Acceptable Words: Prayers for the Writer by Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

By Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

Acceptable Words deals prayers that correspond with every one degree of the writer's paintings -- from discovering concept to penning the 1st phrases to "offering it to God" at crowning glory. Gary Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney, skilled writers themselves, introduce each one bankruptcy of prayers with pithy pastoral reflections that would motivate writers of their craft.

This welcome religious source for writers comprises either historical and modern poems and prayers -- a few of that have been written specifically for this quantity. A considerate reward for any author, Acceptable Words will accompany writers on their non secular trip, lending phrases of compliment and petition in particular crafted to fit their designated vocation.

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Out of the formless stone, when the artist united himself with stone, Spring always new forms of life, from the soul of man that is joined to the soul of stone; Out of the meaningless practical shapes of all that is living or lifeless, Joined with the artist’s eye, new life, new form, new colour. Out of the sea of sound the life of music, Out of the slimy mud of words, out of the sleet and hail of verbal imprecisions, Approximate thoughts and feelings, words that have taken the place of thoughts and feelings, There spring the perfect order of speech, and the beauty of incantation.

Be in our minds, that no soiled or bitter thought may gain an entry to them. Be in our hearts, that they may be warm with love for Thee, and for our fellow-men. William Barclay O Lord, guide my thoughts and my words. It is not that I lack subjects for meditations. On the contrary, I am crushed with the weight of them. . Now I am overwhelmed by your blessings. O beloved Bridegroom there is nothing that you have not done for me. Now tell me what you want of me, how you expect me to serve you. Create in my thoughts, words and actions that which will give true glory to you.

T. S. ELIOT When we see any man doe any work well, that belongs to the hand, to write, to carve, to play, to doe any mechanique office well . . doe we not rather raise our contemplation to the soule, and her faculties, which enable that hand to do that work? JOHN DONNE You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the play and the opera, And grace before the concert and pantomime, And grace before I open a book, And grace before sketching, painting, Swimming, fencing, boxing, watching, playing, dancing; And grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

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