Sunday, September 22
Book Review: Breaking Old Rhythms by Amena Brown
Amena Brown is a poet.
A poet does more than write poetry. Poets pay close attention to both the world and to words. They catch meaning and hear sounds. They know when to submit to words and images and rhythms and when to take control.
That's why I say that Amena Brown is a poet.
I find her book - Breaking Old Rhythms - difficult to describe. On the one hand, the book reflects on our life with God and with our walk/jog/dance with Him. On the other hand, the book is a collection of insightful poetry and poetic prose. Her writing is full of challenges. And it was a joy to read.
Two of her core ideas connected with me on this reading ...
The way we live our lives can be well summed-up by the concept of rhythm. We all have a rhythm. Rhythm is powerful. Even God has a rhythm. Day by day and week by week. Life goes by in rhythm
Answering God's call looks like adapting our rhythm to His rhythm. We have to make a break with our old rhythm and jump in with Him. And His rhythm begins to shape the way we live our lives. But in order to do this, we have to make a break.
Breaking Old Rhythms is a quick and strong read. Check it out.
If you want to know more about Amena Brown, here is a sample of her work:
Photo from Blake Atwood and FV Editors