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Glimpses of Light
(By the Light Books, 15 December 2015)
Edited by Jeanette O'Hagan and Nola L Passmore
About the Book:
Be challenged, captivated and moved by these imaginative reflections on faith, help in time of need, joy in the midst of tragedy, and surprising encounters with God.
During 2015, the International Year of Light, twenty-one authors from Australia and the United States have come together to explore the theme of 'glimpses of light'—finding light in dark places—through short stories, poems, flash fiction and creative non-fiction.
Glimpses of Light includes contributions from respected and award-winning authors and poets Jo-Anne Berthelsen, Paula Vince, Lynne Stringer, Adele Jones, Jo Wanmer, Jeanette Grant-Thomson and Ellen Carr, as well as exciting new talent.
Profits from this anthology go to CBM Australia, giving sight to the blind.
About the Authors
Jeanette O’Hagan enjoys writing fiction, poetry, blogging and editing. She is writing her Akrad’s Legacy Series—a Young Adult secondary world fantasy fiction with adventure, courtly intrigue and romantic elements. Her short stories and poems are published in Tied in Pink romance anthology, Another Time Another Place, Poetica Christi’s Inner Child, Let the Sea Roar, Like a Girl.
Jeanette has practised medicine, studied communication, history, theology and, more recently, a Master’s in writing. She loves reading, painting, travel, catching up for coffee with friends, pondering the meaning of life and communicating God’s great love. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and children.
Nola Passmore’s poetry, devotions, inspirational articles, and short fiction have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas. Although she’s a former academic with qualifications in creative writing, psychology, and Christian ministry; she’s found that you can never underestimate the power of friends and mentors in the writing journey.
With ringleader roles in Quirky Quills and the Toowoomba chapter of Omega Writers, she’ll be nagging (oops, encouraging) other writers for some time. She and her husband Tim have a freelance writing and editing business called The Write Flourish.
From the stunning cover this book is a great and varied collection of stories, poems, prayers and non-fiction from real life experience. There are fantasy and science fiction stories, one told from the point of view of a horse and heartfelt poems. This book contains stories to inspire and to entertain. One story gives to those of us who are readers, an unthinkable picture of a people who were unable to read. They had been told, ‘it was evil to read.’ Who would tell them that? ‘People who didn’t want the truth to be known,’ comes the answer.
Thanks to the editors, I received a copy of this book free of charge as part of blog tour.
Not being one who usually reads short stories, rather than read this book cover to cover as I would a novel, I dipped into it from time to time. A story here, a poem or two there. Written by 21 Christian writers this book is a joy to read and should delight many readers with its variety of topics and approaches all written around the theme glimpses of light. Some of the authors were familiar to me. Other names were not but the standard of contributions to this anthology was consistently good. I found it hard to pick a favourite. However I did think the end piece which includes words and a story about one of my favourites hymns seemed a fitting place to finish. That hymn echoed in my head as I typed this review.