New Release! Laments (free ebook)

LAMENTSNew Release! Ever feel like you’re the only one struggling while everyone else’s life seems to be going great? You’re not alone! Laments is a collection of authentic essays and genuine poems that capture life’s darkest moments, yet they also hold onto hope in God. Topics encompass death, broken relationships, financial struggles, and more. Authors include: Sandra L. Hickman, Molly woundresser, Ross Archer, Judy K. Haught, Gerard Sarnat, Erika B. Girard, Sandy Loam, Jane Beal, PhD, Wanda J. Burnside, Rachelle Larsen, Ramelle Lee, and Susannah Cragwick. Read more about the authors below. Click HERE to read this book in its entirety for free.

Erika B. Girard is a graduate of Saint Leo University in Florida with her B.A. in English Literary Studies and a minor in Hospitality Management. Originally from Rhode Island, she loves her family, friends, faith, and finding suitable words to express concepts beyond herself. She claims writing, proofreading, and photography as some of her greatest passions and says, “Challenge yourself to great things; if you find something you can’t do, try harder.”

Gerard Sarnat MD’s won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize; has been nominated for Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards; authored HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016); and is widely published including recently by New Ulster, Gargoyle, Stanford, Oberlin, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, Virginia Commonwealth, Harvard, University of Edinburgh, Columbia, Brown, Main Street Rag, American Journal Of Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Magazine, New York Times. Mount Analogue selected KADDISH for distribution nationwide Inauguration Day. Poetry was chosen for a 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids, five grandsons and looking forward to future granddaughters.

Jane Beal, PhD has created many collections of poetry, including _Sanctuary_ (2008), _Rising_ (2015) and _Song of the Selkie_ (forthcoming) as well as three audio recording projects: “Songs from the Secret Life,” “Love-Song,” and “The Jazz Bird.” She also writes magical realist fiction, creative non-fiction, literary criticism, and music, and she teaches at the University of La Verne in southern California: http://janebeal.wordpress.com.

Judy K. Haught, Christian 48 years. She began with short stories, and poetry. She discovered her writings were always ending with Christ as Victorious, showing Him as the “Great I Am.”

Molly ~ wound dresser These are desperate days and people are losing hope in record numbers. “People need the LORD” just like the old Steve Green song said. My desire is to bring the gifts God has given me, of encouragement and teaching, to a world dying for hope and searching for the healing, I believe, only Jesus Christ can bring to the wounded heart.

Rachelle Larsen was born and raised in Spring, Texas. Currently, she is pursuing a Creative Writing MFA at BYU while teaching high school Physics and Chemistry.

Ramelle T. Lee, author, poet, businesswoman, staff writer for the Lamp Newsletter. Former co-host and news anchor for Restore! Restore! radio ministry for six seasons 2016-2019. Founder and President of Touching Your Heart Ministries, to reach people who feel hopeless, deeply hurt, rejected, wounded and broken-hearted. She has published over 50 poems and numerous other meditation messages. Three of her books are available on Amazon.com: Step into His Greatness, For You… A Prayer For Our Family, and Rescued by God’s Almighty Power. Author Lee has eleven basket ministries to reach women, men, boys, teens, and little children. She desires to bring hope and joy to others through the message of God’s love. Ramelle resides in Detroit, MI.

Ross Archer is a retired Colonel from the US Army where he served 23 years. He is an active Rotarian and a Gideon. He and his wife reside in Thomasville, Georgia and share five children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Sandra Lynn Hickman is an Australian author, writer, poet and songwriter. A mother of two adult daughters and a grandmother of 12 wonderful blessings. Born in Fremantle Western Australia, she currently lives south of the capital city of Perth, Western Australia. Sandra is the Australian Headquarters Ministry Leader and Staff Writer for the Lamp Newsletter in Detroit USA. She considers writing as a marvellous mission to spread the name of Jesus. Sandra is a Contributing Author to six Christian Publications. Her ambition is to see her beloved book entitled “The Letter” published.

Sandy Loam is the pen name of a wife and mother from Los Baños and Bay, Laguna, Philippines. A researcher at heart, she occasionally writes as the Lord leads. She also loves to sing and play some instruments, making melody in her heart, as well as gardening and sketching for the Lord.

Susannah Cragwick holds a Masters degree in Music Performance from The University of Montana and is the granddaughter of WWII Veterans. She currently resides in Missoula, Montana and runs her own business teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and beginner and intermediate level Arabic.

Wanda J. Burnside is an author, poet, teacher and publisher/founder of The Lamp Newsletter. She is the founder and president of Write the Vision Ministries and Media Productions, Int’l. She has been married to Simmie Lee Burnside, Jr. since 1972. They reside in Detroit, MI.

Psalm 42 as a Lament

Writers, here is some inspiration for the upcoming publication. Let’s consider Psalm 42 as a lament. In the first verse, note the author’s utter desperation.

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One d
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.

Here is his encouraging self-talk as he reminds himself to trust in God.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

Then the author pours out his problems and honest emotions because God can handle it (and He already knows our heart anyway).

I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

How desperate are you for deliverance from your situation? Will you trust Jesus to take you out of it? Be completely honest about your problems and emotions. Write several laments as poems. Then write them as essays. Then write them as prayers. Write letters to those who have sinned against you. Then submit your most powerful piece of writing to Draw Near. Make sure it follows all of the guidelines for Draw Near’s next publication. (Please participate in this writing exercise even if you never plan to submit. This cathartic artistic expression of your negative emotions can be healing.)