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4 Volume Poetry Gift Set4 Volume Poetry Gift SetFour volumes of your choosing from the Kaufmann Publishing page on our site.   These are lovely pocket-sized hardcover gift volumes that will delight your gift recipient(s) -- or you yourself -- for many years.  If you prefer different selections from those shown in this image, please just indicate in the comments section on the order page what four Kaufmann Publishing volumes you would like to have at the gift set price and we will gladly accommodate you.
A Ballad of Sixty-Six DaysA Ballad of Sixty-Six DaysThis magnificent epic poem will warm the heart, capture the imagination and inspire the soul. Littleton recounts a compelling series of events within the brief span of sixty-six days that Charles Wesley spent on St. Simons Island in 1736. Poignantly uncovered here is the deep and pious spirit of a man who helped transform the religious culture of the world.
A Sudden CertaintyA Sudden CertaintyYou will not find in this book poetry that is explicitly Catholic or explicitly devotional. Instead Fr. Longenecker tries in his "Priest Poems" to find God locked in the ordinary experiences of life, creating moments of insight that are 'sacramental.' 
Animal KingdomAnimal Kingdom"Pavel Chichikov sees the natural through the mystical eyes of the supernatural....This is to see things as they are meant to be seen. It is to see God's presence in the weaving of a spider's web or in the flight of a bird. It is to see as Gerard Manley Hopkins saw. It is to paint inscapes. It is to see truly."
Cause of JoyCause of JoyIt has been said that the "South" is not a really a place, but instead, a state of mind. Ellison Turner's book of poems, although not about the "South," nevertheless is rimed with sentiments from his southern roots. In this small tome, Turner has revealed bits of his life's journey; part subtle, part direct, yet totally honest.  Life - sometimes painful, often disappointing, rewarding and fulfilling, but in the end, like Turner's title, a "Cause of Joy."
Church of the Kevin, TheChurch of the Kevin, TheA short book combining comic material from the author's newsletter for his nationally performed comedy murder mysteries with somewhat more serious essays and some satirical poems. "THE BOOK OF THE KEVIN (or whatever it's called) is a literary revolution. Everyone should read this book. I intend to read it myself. That's how strongly I feel about it." ----Dale Ahlquist, president and co-founder of the American Chesterton Society and the author of many books on GKC.
Divining DivinityDivining DivinityThe poems in this volume are not only as sensitive and fine as anything by Emily Dickenson, they also have the brilliant structure and playful wordsmanship of Gerard Manley Hopkins, with an endearing quiet sense of the sublime—and all of them offered up in a humble attitude of praise. 
Following the LightFollowing the Light"On a gray March afternoon in 1998, driving through the mountains of North Carolina, I experienced a brilliant light that I knew was God. Immediately, a hardened atheist was transformed into a believer in Jesus Christ with the knowledge that the Catholic Church is the one true Church. I also recognized that this was the light that had been calling me in nature and in the writing of my poetry."
GodGodA series of Biblical meditations with special emphasis on the hidden core of the Bible, the Name of God. The author claims no special Scriptural expertise, but he approaches the Bible as a human being, as a priest, and as a specialist in the drama of William Shakespeare and the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
In the Saguaro ForestIn the Saguaro ForestA Saguaro Forest surrounds us all. The world is the Saguaro Forest -- a place of beauty and wonder, ever pointing beyond itself to the greater beauty and wonder of its First Cause and Final End, while at the same time confronting us with the discomfort and danger of its thorns, reminding us that this is no Eden, that for the present we partake of paradise only by Hope.
MaryMaryA brilliant meditation on the hidden Gospel of Mary enabling us to see her as we never have before. Evocative as it is imaginative, charming as it is learned, Milward recounts the familiar narrative of gospel events in which Mary plays her illustrious part, enriching each episode with fresh insights, surprising analogies, rich cultural histories, and lively etymologies.
Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of IgnatiusMysteries and Stations in the Manner of IgnatiusAs meditations, whose manner resembles the Ignatian technique called composition of place, these poems mine the Mysteries of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross in order to bring forth a luminous iconography of redemption.  An eye for vivid imagery and an ear for the telling phrase meet here in verse that is as much to be prayed as read.
Poem of the New Creation, APoem of the New Creation, A"In its lyrical intensity, its mastery of literary techniques and artistic structure, so rich in many perceptive allusions to biblical, theological, historical and literary sources, this poem is indeed a "new creation:" at once traditional and original, a fresh revelation of how the dark confusions in mankind's temporal condition can be transfused through the voice of Christian grace and prophecy from its sorrowful tragedy into the joyous comedy of redemption." (Peter J. Stanlis)
Reading God's Handwriting: PoemsReading God's Handwriting: PoemsA work of deep faith that grants a vivid sense of the poet's great desire to find God in all spiritual experiences and in the many lives and moments that mirror His creation.  Drawing on Scripture as well as the cycles of the liturgical year, these poems give voice to biblical prophets and saints while also celebrating the impact of prayer in the lives of ordinary folks, including monks in Lectio Divina and an aged Russian woman in Praying the Icons, two evocative portraits among many. 
Stage RightStage RightBroadway star and lifelong Christian Joan Roberts testifies to her personal and professional history of "struggle for integrity in the arts and entertainment business," speaking from the perspective of faith and writing intentionally for the sake of young artists who will inevitably face similar challenges now and in the future.  
The Enclosed GardenThe Enclosed GardenIn the form of poetic meditations on the Old Testament, Peter Milward's literary masterpiece combines the ideal of Paradise in Solomon's The Song of Songs with the magnificent poetic magic of the pleasure-dome in Kubla Khan. As the Biblical setting for the contemplative life, so essential for both religious Jews and Christians, THE ENCLOSED GARDEN provides everything that is seriously lacking in the active secular and materialist life of modern Jewish and Christian society.
The Letters of Magdalen MontagueThe Letters of Magdalen MontagueThis novella boldly addresses themes of grace, faith, evil, sacrifice, spiritual exile, martyrdom of the everyday, and the redemptive power of narrative, all mediated through the deftly-wielded pen of the protagonist. Drawing largely on the traditions of Decadent literature, The Letters of Magdalen Montague presents a profound portrait of humanity's quest for God.
The LordThe LordI, who erstwhile took it upon myself to sing of The Enclosed Garden in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and went on to look through her eyes on the mystery of God, now venture to look through the same eyes on the related mystery of The Lord. Mine, I confess, is the effrontery of Dante who in the related garden of his Paradiso beheld the vision of the same Blessed Virgin on the introduction of Bernard, and who went on to glimpse a further vision of the Holy Trinity in the form of a triple rainbow. Mine is also, I further confess, the effrontery of Ignatius who in his Spiritual Exercises begins with his human sinful self before turning to the kingdom of God as the point of departure for his series of meditations on the Gospels, on the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ ... (from the P
The SpiritThe SpiritThis beautifully realized work of Christian spirituality is an innovative and inviting way to pray with the Old and New Testaments. By providing brief but moving commentaries for important Scripture passages, Peter Milward, SJ, unlocks for you the treasures of the Bible, and, like a trusted friend and wise teacher, accompanies you through the story of our salvation history.
Ways of PrayerWays of PrayerAn owner's manual for the soul, showing it how to acknowledge, adore, converse with, and lead others to God.  Fr. Milward effortlessly introduces readers to a wide range of theological concepts, Church teachings, and key saints (especially St. Ignatius and his influential Spiritual Exercises) in clear language uncluttered with jargon and picayune detail.
Whose Saints We AreWhose Saints We AreA slim pocket-sized volume of powerful poems about the most powerful people ever to walk this earth -- those whom in the tradition of the Church we call saints.  The author writes: "Saints are somehow more alive than the rest of us, and that is because they understand humility.  It is sanity, joy, the only way to heaven."
Wind Among the LeavesWind Among the Leaves"A mind alive with the truth of Christian realism, a heart that beats in unity with the Faith, an eye that rejoices in the beauties of Creation, and an ear that notes the music of the Muse"... this beautifully bound little volume of poetry (by a man noted author Joseph Pearce describes as "one of the finest" of this century's Catholic poets) makes a very lovely gift.
With Roses for AllWith Roses for AllPoetry is absorbing. Poetry is engaging. Poetry reaches into the very faculty of play. Poetry calls out to human freedom by speaking to heart and mind in a single moment, unraveling human nature before one has the time to stop its invasion. What good can possibly come from that?  Read this and see.
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