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WALTER NASH: IN GOOD FAITH
Feather Books PO Box 438
Shrewsbury
SY3 0WN
UK
ISBN 978 1 84175 259 4

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WALTER NASH: IN GOOD FAITH

Walter Nash is a well-known supporter of Christian poetry and this collection brings together a substantial number of poems divided into two sections, one focusing on the Christian year and the other reflecting the human condition. I would have liked to have seen an introduction about his life. Perhaps its absence gives testimony to his modesty about his work. He was a professor and is now living in the Canary Islands. I have seen his published poems and I think this book offers something different a kind of honesty a truthfulness to the nature of faith; and the first half of the book, because of the arrangement of poems according to the Christian calendar, can be used in worship:

	Devotion's act is finished,
	uplifted sound has died;
	with yearning undiminished
	we turn aside
	from that imagined splendour
	to bear our common load
	of darkness, as we wander
	the usual road.
The above is from RECESSIONAL HYMN. The second half of the book, called A BROKEN JOURNEY, contains a poem called THE OTHER GIFT, and here is the last line:
	In Your quiet house, at prayer,
	let me learn how to please
	with a submissive thrift
	of words well-tried.  And there
	confirm Your other gift:
	to listen.  On my knees.
Most of these poems can be read as reflections about passages from the Bible. The book is a dedication to Christian faith.

reviewer: Doreen King.