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Norwich Christian poet publishes Lent project

Local Christian author Tim Lenton has published  a book of poems written during Lent last year. The poems are thought-provoking and honest. Review by Helen Baldry.


Waving from a Distance is a Lent project by Tim Lenton, who compiled the poems he wrote during this period in 2016. Tim is a retired journalist and he attends St Augustine’s Church in Norwich.
 
The poems express the distractions, irritations, observations and sudden moments of illumination in daily living. During ordinary tasks, such as booking a holiday or installing a new phone, Tim discovers extraordinary realisations about God, faith and life. Some of the poems are sparked by a sermon or a book or film. I found the comments at the end of each poem useful to help explain the context.
 
Lent is often seen as an opportunity to reflect on God, who he is and what he has done for us. Rather than God’s awesomeness as the starting point, Tim’s poems often begin with an everyday observation which leads to a profound question or feeling.
 
Waving from a distanceThe poems strike me as honest, sometimes funny and there is a quickness about them which means they flow and are easy to read.
 
I enjoyed reflecting on the poet’s ideas which led me to think more deeply and come up  with my own ideas. My favourites are Dead Space, The Fire Inside, Field of Forgiveness and Shadows on the Hill.
 
Waving from a Distance could be used as a personal reflection during Lent or could be used in a group Bible study setting as a starting point for discussion or prayer.
 
The book was published last month and is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waving-Distance-Poems-written-during/dp/1540846571/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487333229&sr=8-1&keywords=waving+from
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