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By Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

Acceptable Words deals prayers that correspond with every one degree of the writer's paintings — from discovering proposal to penning the 1st phrases to "offering it to God" at crowning glory. Gary Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney, skilled writers themselves, introduce each one bankruptcy of prayers with pithy pastoral reflections that would inspire writers of their craft.

This welcome religious source for writers comprises either historic and modern poems and prayers — a few of that have been written specially for this quantity. A considerate reward for any author, Acceptable Words will accompany writers on their religious trip, lending phrases of compliment and petition in particular crafted to fit their distinctive vocation.

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If you were a writer in ancient Greece or Rome you would know the exact nature of your problem: you neglected to call down the power of the Muse. Homer opens The Odyssey by requesting the Muse to sing to him the story of Odysseus, so that in turn he can relate it to his hearers. Virgil begins the Aeneid with this plea: “O Muse! ” So. This style of invocation lasted a long time: “Look in thy heart and write,” chides Sir Philip Sidney’s Renaissance Muse. John Milton, writing even later in Puritan England, adopts this convention in the opening lines of Paradise Lost.

Who knows if it hasn’t been destroyed? But we still travel to that museum once a year — now with college students who are going, as we once did, for the first time. They climb the broad stairs with us, go into the dark-tiled room, and see us stand before the empty frame, which still hangs on the wall — a sign of hope. It gives the students one more reason to be quite sure that we are odd, standing there, in the middle of this room, looking at an empty frame. But they cannot know that when we stand there, we are seeing the painting as if it were on the wall; we are seeing every character, every glint of whirling light, the sinking ship, the wild ropes, the demon, the guy throwing up, and, most of all, the calm Christ.

G. K. CHESTERTON General Introduction Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. 14 [KJV] You have an idea for a screenplay, novel, blog, article, drama, biography, memoir, poem, short story, long epic. The premise sets up housekeeping in your mind among all your other thoughts and agendas. It occupies you, this germ of human expression. You arrange your affairs so that you have the time to write. It’s a hard business, this arranging, so you spend hundreds of dollars to go to a retreat center, away from your normal routines.

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