6 - 10 June
Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance
Shoes Off Feet Up
(By HopePost Publishing, 25 November 2015)
by Ellen Carr
About the Book:
Shoes Off, Feet Up: Poems of everyday life and faith invites you to sit down, put your feet up and read awhile. It celebrates life with all its fun and adventures, its blessings and encouragements and its challenges. Some of Ellen's poems touch on the light-hearted and humorous side of life, some rejoice in the joys of life and nature, while others deal with the deeper issues of living with faith in God.
You are invited to dip into this book and find some treasures. You will be blessed, encouraged and amused by these poems, and occasionally you will be challenged. Shoes Off, Feet Up ~ poems you will want to return to again and again.
Ellen Carr is an award winning author who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She writes about life, nature, things of amusement, and of her faith in God. She enjoys seeing the funny side of life, as well as pondering things of more serious importance.
About the Author
Ellen Carr lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband,Rod. She has two adult daughters, Sarah and Alison, who have flown the nest. When she isn’t busy writing, Ellen delights in pottering about, drinking coffee, singing in a community choir, volunteering as a Christian religious studies teacher, travelling, and spending time with family and friends. A retired teacher, Ellen has always enjoyed writing. She has written educational material, radio scripts, short stories, and of course, poetry. Writing from her heart, her works are about life, nature, amusing situations, and her faith in God. Her faith and her daily walk with God are high priorities in her life, followed by
family, friends and fun. She enjoys seeing the funny side of life as well as pondering things of more serious importance.
Many of her award-winning poems and stories have been published at FaithWriters.com, an online Christian writers’ website, and some poems appear in Glimpses of Light, an Australian anthology, which raised money for CBM (formally Christian Blind Mission).
Several of her pieces will appear in the upcoming series, Mixed Blessings. Her poem, Twelve Long Years, included in this collection, was awarded a Judges’ Commendation in the Tabor Adelaide
Creative Writing Awards competition.
In addition, her poems have been read on the radio program, Songs of Hope, on 88.3 Southern FM, in Melbourne, Australia. She also wrote the lyrics for a song, The Peace of God, played on that same station. Other poems have appeared in church news sheets, religious educational material, magazines, and on Ellen’s blog.
You can find more of her work, and a link to her blog, at her website: Ellen Carr, Postbox Poetry and HopePost Publishing, at: postboxpoetry.wordpress.com
This is a gentle, unassuming collection of poems and prayers many of them centred around the wonders of God’s creation or on social injustices. A number of them take as their starting point a biblical passage and then seek to bring them to life in poems. I particularly liked Twelve Long years, which was awarded a judge’s commendation in the Tabor Creative Writing Awards competition. I also liked Ruffle My Thoughts, You See the Cracks and Fear which do not rely heavily on rhyme as most of the poems do. Other poems display a nice touch of humour.
An expression I liked was ‘wash-rippled sand- which comes from the poem, Remembering, Never Forgetting and I really appreciated the thoughts expressed in Let’s Make Pearls. This is an easy to read collection of poems that can be dipped into from time to time. The index at the back is helpful in pointing the reader to poems on various topics.
Thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.