by Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave (Today’s PRIZE GIVEAWAY is a copy of Beloved Spirit. Simply leave a COMMENT to enter. See details below)
Andrew Cort’s Mini-Review:
“On the night of September 11, 2001,” writes Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, “as anguish hung in the air like a veil of tears, I began to pray for a way to bring some small measure of comfort and healing to the families who had suffered the most devastating loss of their loved ones. Then, on the first anniversary of that day of sorrow, as I watched the children call out their parents’ names at Ground Zero with great courage, a space opened in my heart that made way for earnest verses about love, hope, and courage to flow out of me.”
Alexandra had never written poetry before, but now she has published several books of inspirational poems, including Healing Light: Thirty Messages of Love, Hope and Courage, Heavenly Order: Twenty-Five Meditations of Wisdom and Harmony, and her latest work, which is being released today in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9-11, Beloved Spirit: Pathways to Love, Grace and Mercy.
Beloved Spirit is her homage to “an intimate moment of surrender, a time when the soul may connect with a higher being, light, spirit, or God, a part of which I am convinced resides within all of us.” She believes this inner surrender opens the gates of creativity, makes us open and vulnerable, provides courage in the face of terror, and ultimately provides peace.
The poems in this elegantly illustrated volume are light and accessible, but filled with inspiration, hope, and a deep connectedness with the sacred. They provide a welcome focal point of peace and stability in a tumultuous world, they remind us of what is most important, and they encourage the kind of world we all wish for and are struggling to create.
Free the soul to seek hidden grace
in a life divinely bestowed,
And in this search for the Grail of Light,
let perfection be the ardent ode.
Perceive the flaws within the heart
as rungs upon which to climb,
For the ladder of love stretches out to the stars
where the soul resides for all time.
Suffering on earth may crush the will
of the bravest child of life,
Yet the human spirit may draw on a strength
from a source beyond all strife.
A moment may come at the rarest time,
When the moon turns to gold and stars to pearls,
And the soul in need gains a precious sphere
Of healing peace free of perilous swirls.
On this half way path to angelic heights,
When the light and dark dissolve into mist,
Hatred and jealousy are cast aside
And shades of love find reason to exist.
Carry onward the gentle standard of worth,
Love first all others beyond self or land;
Then brightness will surely fill this sad world,
Bringing forth new greatness as once was planned.
Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave has gained distinction as a photojournalist, author, and poet. Her photographs have appeared in internationally renowned publications.
She currently serves on the Board of the Blair House Restoration Fund and the Advisory Committee of the Asia Society Washington Center. She is the founder of The Light of Healing Hope Foundation
a charitable organization dedicated to providing books of hope as gifts to hospitals around the country to comfort patients and their families at a time of adversity. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and lives with her husband in Washington, DC.
Steve is offering a Free Copy of BELOVED SPIRIT to today’s lucky winner.
Today’s Prize Giveaway has the same rules as the other giveaways:
1.To enter to win, simply COMMENT ON THIS BLOG, leaving an email address so we can contact you if you win. All names of commenters go into the ‘hat’.
2.The giveaway period runs for ONE WEEK from posting. The winner will then be chosen by random drawing and contacted.
3. Only one entry per giveaway. (But you can enter as many different Daily Giveaway Contests as you want!)
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