I’m not a great fan of dribbly thoughts about religion that are iced over with sugarcoated pious overtones of underthought theology. Occasionally, however, something sticks out in the literature that catches my eye—something that is based on Biblical principles and that approaches the sublime and empirical truth: With Glory and Honor is, in my opinion, one of those works.
As with other considered pieces, such as The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan, or My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers, Mulkey’s poems at once speaks of truths within truths, and do not simply echo already-stated scripture.
The book is organized into a collection of Scripture references, original poetry relating to those references (by Mrs. Mulkey) and a relevant thought for the day (also by the author)...one for each day of the year. On the back cover of her book, Mulkey maintains that her poetry is not “preachy,” and I find that it is not. It is simply reflective and based upon her own experience and understanding. As a wife of a retired United Methodist Minister, she has a deep well of experience to draw from, you may agree.
Barbara was also the director of the Arkansas Writers’ Conference this last year and has taught English and journalism as well as being in a weekly newspaper column and a poetry editor. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
I quote now from selected pages of her book that I found to be significant:
From January 24th:
Some snippets come to mind also:
From March 5:
Her “Thought for the Day:”
“I will try to forget my past mistakes and misdeeds, accept God’s forgiveness, and forgive myself. I will move on into the light.”
From February 9:
This, from November 21 (about Thanksgiving Day)
Finally, there is this, from December 7 (And perhaps my favorite Mulkey poem!)
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