The Sacred Life of Words


 An Introduction to Christian Writing

by: Mark Worthing

Publish date: 3/4/2020
Pages: 224
Publisher: Morning Star Publishing
Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm
ISBN: 9780647530481

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The Sacred Life of Words is an inspiring and comprehensive introduction to the background and practice of poetry and prose. The origins of words, structures of classical poetry and poetry games will inspire even ‘non poets’, while prose wisdom is delivered with Worthing’s inimitable storytelling style and humour. To realise that we as writers are participating in something sacred when we work with words is both sobering and exciting. The Sacred Life of Words will inspire, challenge and transform the practice of writers at any stage of their career.’ – Rosanne Hawke, author of Riding the Wind: Writing for Children and Young Adults

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Mark Worthing is a South Australia-based author and founder of the Creative Writing program at Tabor Adelaide. He is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Adelaide, and also serves as senior editor of Stone Table Books. His writings include Iscariot (Morning Star – shortlisted for the 2019 CALEB award) Abecedarium. A Celebration of the Alphabet in Verse (Immortalise, 2019); The Winter Fae. A Fantasy Novella (Stone Table Books, 2018); Martin Luther: A Wild Boar in the Lord’s Vineyard (Morning Star, 2017 – shortlisted for 2018 Australian Book of the Year); What the Dog Saw (Morning Star, 2017); Graeme Clarke: The Man Who Invented the Bionic Ear (Allen and Unwin, 2015); Narnia, Middle-Earth and the Kingdom of God (Stone Table Books, 2016); and God, Creation, and Contemporary Physics (Fortress Press, Minneapolis – winner of the 1997 Templeton Book Prize).

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2 reviews for The Sacred Life of Words

  1. Valerie Volk, author of In Search of Anna, Bystanders, and Passion Play

    ‘This is much more than a ‘how to’ book of writing. In clear and easily accessible prose, Mark Worthing, himself an excellent writer, offers an invaluable guide to the craft of both poetry and prose writing. A Christian perspective undergirds the book, but this is not a straitjacket. Anyone wishing to write could not do better than have this outstanding book as a basic guide. The wealth of examples and the well-chosen practical exercises show Worthing’s considerable experience as a lecturer in the field.’

  2. Dr James Cooper, Head of Creative Writing, Tabor Adelaide

    ‘The Sacred Life of Words brings together the author’s considerable insight and experience, which have long-formed the basis of our writing arts program. The way in which Worthing considers the creative impulse and the power of words to transform, uplift, challenge and delight, through the lens of Christian belief, makes this book a unique and invaluable resource for aspiring and experienced writers alike.’

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