From a Cry of Anguish to a Shout of Praise : Poetry and Prose for the Hard Times in Life
Feeling weary of life? Is it all too much? Allow this book to bring you encouragement as you walk in faith through the dark valleys. Learn that hope and joy are possible, no matter how great the problem. Join the author on her journey from her own cry of anguish to her shout of praise. You are not alone. It is possible for you too.
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1 . When I picked up From a Cry of Anguish to a Shout of Praise by Crystal J. Ortmann, it was the title that first intrigued me.
Posted March 01, 2013 by Jim Cole-Rous , Springfield, MOWhen I picked up From a Cry of Anguish to a Shout of Praise by Crystal J. Ortmann, it was the title that first intrigued me. The cover portrays storm-clouds with sunlight breaking through, and speaks to the intent of the title. While she predominantly uses poetry, she blends a nice balance of prose to the book. The print edition, from WestBow Press, is attractive and the parchment colored paper makes for easy reading. This book is also available as an e-book, making it the best of both worlds.
In the article, Terror Stalks, she writes "It is dark, quiet . . . nothing to be heard but rhythmic breathing. With tiny darts, it edges its way into my half-asleep mind." verbalizing what many of us have felt, but never expressed.
Her Poem Sea of Agony grabs you with the first verse, "As a dried leaf, upon a restless wave, I feel tossed about upon a sea of agony."
Her poetry is strong in its attention-grabbing imagery, and her unique choice of words pull at the heart-strings of the reader. Ortmann writes with purpose; born out of her own journey through deep valleys of grief and anguish. She has emerged triumphant, with intent to help those who are still wallowing in the quagmire of fear, and self-pity.
Throughout her book she points to the One who helped her through the dark days, and her 'shout of Praise' is clearly directed towards her Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the fourth book published under her name, and it is clearly the work of a mature author. I would have liked to see this book printed with a hard cover; for I believe it will rest for many years on bed-side tables, and be browsed repeatedly in times of stress.
Â© 2013 Jim Cole-Rous
Reviewer: Jim Cole-Rous is Director of Content for Network211.com and Managing Editor for the Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers. He has authored over 200 articles and researched and written a major reference handbook titled God's Honorable Mentions.
November 01, 2012
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