Consider What Is Truly Important

Joy Walker Author Interview

Poetry to Ponder: Good News! Hope for the Heart is a beautiful collection of poetry that will inspire readers and give them hope and a better understanding of God and creation. What was the inspiration for this collection of poems? 

My first book, Journey to Joy: An Inspirational Memoir, was published in 2016. Four years later, I felt it was time to attempt another book.  I wanted this to be a collection from the many poems I had written. As I pondered the theme, I had no idea what was up ahead. I began early in 2020, not anticipating how relevant this book would become in light of the dissension, division, and denial of reality that would project themselves to center stage in our country.

The mixed messages about the pandemic, the growing fear and alienation, the countless lives lost, the grabbing of political power by some elected officials wanting to eclipse our freedoms, the brutal murder of George Floyd and the ensuing eruption of violence and destruction clearly established the fact that humanity was in trouble. Peaceful protests against the wrongful actions of police were being undermined by more killing and destruction. Whoever thought that the response to social injustice would be more social injustice?

I thought the terror of the Corona Virus would cause people to pause and consider God, would urge them to reckon with their mortality and consider what is truly important in life. Instead, there was a segment of our population who believed that attempting to destroy our past or the memory of it, would make our future better. I believe it is the memory of our past and the acknowledgment of the atrocities committed that should inform our future and cause us to make better and sounder judgments in the present.

People, myself included, were terrified by the news being spewed from the airways. There was a widespread aura of doom and gloom. It was time for some “Good News!”

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

As I considered the poems for this collection, I wanted to remind myself of who God is and why I could trust Him amid the turmoil. I needed to bolster my own spirit as the daily news assaulted my ears. I also wanted to highlight the fact that people are not who we were created to be. The rebellion and anarchy in our society is a result of our fallen nature and need for a Savior. I purposefully chose poems that described creation, the nature of God, the fall of man and the provision for sin through Jesus who showed us how to love God and our neighbor. I wanted the concluding poems to express a triumphant resolution to the problem of evil, the hope we all long for when Jesus returns and when we will all give an account to Him for the deeds done in the body, whether good or bad.

What is one thing you want readers to take away from your collection of poetry?

The poems had already been written but the social maladies of 2020 informed my selection. My prayer was that the hope presented in Poetry to Ponder: Good News!–Hope for the Heart, would turn some hearts toward God, our only hope in the midst of the ongoing madness.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

That has not yet been decided, but I am always busy writing new poems inspired by Bible Study Fellowship (BSF.) I have to wait and see what comes next. I follow the inspiration that God sends my way as to if and when there will be another book. I am still awed by the fact that I have 3 books under my belt. It is a daunting task to undertake considering my legal blindness.

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Poetry to Ponder: Good News! is a collection of poems reflecting the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. It offers meaning and hope to both believers and skeptics in the face of life’s perplexities. Themes include creation, the nature of God, the nature of man, the sin problem, salvation through Jesus and His return as King and Judge of mankind.

The overarching message of this collection will bolster the faith of the believer while answering some of the skeptic’s questions: Is the God of the Bible the only true God? If God created everything, why did He create evil? If God is good, why does He allow injustice and suffering? How can a loving God send people to hell? Why do I need a savior? Who is Jesus and why did He die? Did the resurrection really happen? Is Jesus the only way to God? Will God accept me if I live a good life? Where will I go after death? What must I do to be saved? When will all this suffering end?

Powerful in its simplicity, rhythmic and captivating in its cadence, each poem is followed by relevant quotations from the Bible that enhance the message of the poem. Altogether, they present a cohesive narrative beginning with creation and ending with the promised return of Jesus Christ.

The opening poem describes the Sovereign God at work in creating a beautiful and unblemished world. We are reminded that He requires our allegiance and that we have a responsibility to love and serve Him. There is a depiction of the fall of man when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, bequeathing the sin nature to the rest of us. That act disrupted their relationship with the Creator and with each other, and spoiled the beauty and harmony of creation. Despite their rebellion against His authority, God promised to eventually restore all that is broken.

We see God’s love in action as He enters our misery, humbling Himself in the form of the man, Jesus, who suffered and died to procure our forgiveness. He promises to walk with us in our brokenness and through our storms. He offers His peace for the journey, and guarantees His imminent return to remove those who love Him from this present darkness. The final poem is a cry for Christ’s return that will bring relief from the burden of sin for His followers. It ends in triumphant assurance of God’s promise to establish a new creation ruled by love, peace and justice, a kingdom where joy abounds.

In a world filled with turmoil, fear, uncertainty and heartache, many are losing hope and some, sadly, have abandoned all hope. This book is a rallying cry: All is not lost. The Sovereign God is still in control. Although trouble is inevitable, He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him. There is still good news! These creative expressions of life-transforming truths, as they reflect the divine light of spiritual hope for the human condition, will resonate with the reader.

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