Be Still, My Soul
Leatherwood Press, 2008
Jenna Mitchell has brought together the works of many poets to bring a
bit of peace into daily life. These poets include: Eliza R. Snow, John
Greenleaf Whittier, Orson F. Whitney, William Blake, and Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow among others. The topics that are expounded on are: Charity,
Contentment, Courage, Faith, Motherhood, Peace, Prayer, and Womanhood.
This short sampling of what these poets have to say is encouraging and
yet so simple. There are reminders that it is not in the grandiose
moments of our lives, but rather in the personal and introspective
moments that we manage to have fulfilling lives. The quiet and sincere
acts of life are what make life rich to live and are what enrich the
lives of those around us. The poems are short and take a few seconds to
I never saw a moor
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.
I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.
Emily Dickinson (p41)
The poetry provides a quick-pick-me up and a moment of peaceful
renewal. There is one poem per page and they are arranged in such a
manner that it is easy to find one on your chosen topic. This is also
an excellent way to introduce poetry to those who are not aware of it
yet and to help those whose love for it is not strong. This book has a
wide appeal range and is a favorite poetry book at my house.