Writing sought for spiritual book

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by Claire Allison

A Pleasant Point writer is calling for submissions for a new nationwide anthology of spiritual writing on Covid-19.

Karalyn Reid said she was looking for spirit-filled poetry or testimonies of hope and inspiration for people who were lost and looking for peace and love in this time of uncertainty and fear.

The anthology would be based on Isaiah 6:8 – a Bible verse about churches rising up and offering peace and love, meaning and purpose, she said.

The verse reads: “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am i! Send me’.”

Ms Reid said she felt led to put together a collection of uplifting and positive contributions as society moved forwards into a world that has significant changes, socially, economically, and globally.

Her vision was to distribute the anthology, once it had been completed, to doctors’ waiting rooms, hospitals and hospices around New Zealand.

As with other anthologies she had put together, Ms Reid would select the content from submissions received. Funding for the book would come from submission fees, private sponsorship and crowdfunding via a Givealittle page.

Ms Reid was keen to hear from anyone who was able to contribute towards the publishing costs.

She had had short stories and poetry published widely in New Zealand and edited a number of works including three other Christian anthologies of writing: Fuel for the Soul, I Saw Love Today and The Journey – Ragworts & Thistles (for New Zealand rural women), and four children’s books.

There had been wonderful feedback about 500 copies of I Saw Love Today that were given out free by Christchurch churches after the Canterbury earthquakes, she said.

A book launch will be held in Timaru later this year.

For any inquiries please contact Karalyn Reid on karalynjoyce@xtra.co.nz