April 22, 2014

Outside Eden: Mary Harwell Sayler: 9780615994864: Amazon.com: Books

Hallelujah!Hallelujah! Kelsay Books has published my book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, which can now be found on Amazon with these kind words from other poets and writers:

Sometimes fierce and often funny or quick-witted, Mary Harwell Sayler's Outside Eden shows us what our world is now, after the fall, and what it can be. Where some would say of the wise men that their minds had “burned from watching stars,” Sayler “would keep the lyrics going as long / as she could speak with clarity and ease,” and so she does in this fine, heartfelt book of beautifully turned poems that remind us our “Bright Vision” is always, always “here.”
—Kelly Cherry, The Life and Death of Poetry and many other books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction

Mary Sayler’s new book of poems, Outside Eden, is filled with fervent, rounded visions of our exile and our return from exile. Old Testament people become new again, familiar and yet transformed into transcendent projections of a mysterious eternity. I think the book could be epitomized by these lines from the poem Elevation: “I am / dust. I am / uplifted. My breath / takes in the wonder and the wind.”
—Pavel Chichikov, A House Rejoicing and other books of poetry and nonfiction

To read the poems in Outside Eden is to take a walk in the understanding of Scripture, of faith, and of the human heart. We question, we doubt, but we keep walking forward. “In God's heart are / many chambers,” she writes, and Sayler seeks to find them.
—Glynn Young, poet and author of Poetry At Work

Outside Eden: Mary Harwell Sayler: 9780615994864: Amazon.com: Books


April 21, 2014

Bible Reviewer: Anselm Academic Study Bible

[Note from Mary: The reader-friendly articles accompanying the Anselm Academic Study Bible in the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) help us to gain a larger view of the societies, geography, and religions in Bible times or places and also widen our ways of approaching, studying and living out Bible truths.]

Bible Reviewer: Anselm Academic Study Bible


Texting God: Y freewill if U wnt Ctrl?

Would God give free will if He wants to control us? No, God wants us to be free to chose The Way, The Truth, and The Life in Jesus Christ.

Texting God: Y freewill if U wnt Ctrl?


April 19, 2014

Easter joy and peanuts

Almost Late for Lent
by Mary Harwell Sayler

During Lent, I lost
my hallelujahs, dressed
myself in ash, and
confessed each sin
I had failed
to commit.

I forgave the church-
yard cat, meowing
to come in.

Finally, I asked God
what to do or not to do
to get it right, and I heard
this word:

Spread joy.

Spread it as thick as
peanut butter. Let it
stick to the roof of your

Easter morning, I found
mounds and mounds
of peanuts in my pew.

(c) 2006, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved.

April 18, 2014

The Goodness in Good Friday

by Mary Harwell Sayler

It was finished.

There was nothing left to do
but take down Jesus' body
and hide it quickly
from mind, from view.

The terror of the tomb
closed the matter,
once for all,
wrapping sin
for its descent
into down-falling darkness
where never light had been.

Even from the Upper Room
no one had known our own
souls would be exhumed.

But Christ arose.

And with Him angels rolled
away the tombstone,
and doubt –
releasing all
who wanted out.

© 1983, 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Originally accepted by The Disciple, “Resurrection” appears in a slightly different form here and in the poetry book, Outside Eden, to be released soon by Kelsay Books.


April 15, 2014

April 14, 2014

The Poetry Editor and Poetry: A Modern Herbal, Poems by Amy Glynn

[Note from MaryIn A Modern Herbal, Amy Glynn skillfully uses traditional forms to address one of my favorite subjects where myth, beauty, and medicinal properties abound.]

The Poetry Editor and Poetry: A Modern Herbal, Poems by Amy Glynn