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Spiritual reflections in poetry
Martin is the third son of a large post war Catholic family, born in the West Riding of Yorkshire who, for the past 28 years, has lived in a Staffordshire village with his wife, family and a series of 5 female cats! Practised in the intricacies of a Sunday altar boy, Martin, like many a teenager, subsequently lapsed into quiet agnosticism and occasional church observance until, approaching 50 and by then a successful IT professional, circumstances led him to attend a local evangelical Pentecostal church and the (re)igniting of his faith.
For the past 18 years Martin has served as an elder of his church, whilst pursuing his love of biblical storytelling and latterly the writing of poetry, largely (but not exclusively) on faith based themes.
Martin’s greatest pleasure remains family life. He and his wife Sue regularly visit Bristol where their two daughters live with their husbands and six cherished grandchildren. Martin’s published writings are dedicated to all these vital aspects of his life.
His first volume of poetry "Twice Times Telling" has just been republished as Start to Finish on Amazon in both paperback and ebook format.
This collection comprises 66 poems from Genesis to Revelation with one poem for each book of the Bible alongside "Wordle" images drawn for the text of each book.
Martin's second anthology based on the Gospels will be published later in 2018 - watch this space!
4.0 out of 5 stars Twice Times Telling By Martin Wild Format: Paperback/Kindle eBook `TWICE TIMES TELLING. The books of The Bible in poetry.' provides a series of clever synopsis's of each book of The Bible that prompts the reader to reference the original by giving nothing but the very bare bones and thus wholly succeeding in whetting the appetite of any who decide to explore its very relevant teachings . Each poem carries an important life changing message, be that of inspiration, direction and understanding, or an account of what awaits human kind at the end of life on Earth. Intricately broken down from a large volume of text, there is no meaning lost as each piece gets to the heart of God's timeless message for humanity. Believers and skeptics alike should refer to the poem `Where is Truth' (1 Timothy) especially, as it succeeds in showing the reader just how contemporary the message of the Bible can be (e.g. the occult), and with it the realization that it isn't just a History book full of doctored events to put a spin on the past. I particularly liked the poem `Complete Faith' (James), as I feel it sums up what it means to be a true Christian, and not just on a Sunday morning; `...what good is it to talk of faith...But not to love those so in need?'(Practice what you preach). The most difficult book of the Bible to interpret has to be Revelation, as it is both predictive and metaphorical, but also symbolic. However, Martin has achieved an accurate representation of this final chapter in the Christian story, which is as yet uncharted territory. I would recommend this book to anybody with an open mind who wishes to learn more about the Bible. What would take weeks to read has been paraphrased into bite size chunks that can be digested within just a couple of hours.Christina Smee, Start to Finish
Twice Times Telling by Martin Wild Format: Paperback A pleasure and amazing insight - great for dipping in and out and seeing within the words the amazing truths. A joy to see such creativitiy in one placeBev Marshall, Start to Finish