few words, so much said, and with such clarity and grace.
Elizabeth Rooney lived as she wrote her poetry,
discovering the love of God in the concrete realities of her
Jack Fortin, Executive
Center for Lifelong Learning
St. Paul, MN
For years only Emily Dickinson and Amy Carmichael
among women poets gave me the heart pain that poetry ought to
give like someone with a spade getting close to things inside
never yet uncovered and articulated. Then Luci Shaw began writing
and the spade dug deep. And now, that earthwoman with wings,
Elizabeth Rooney, is digging as well.
Poet, Author of Don't Call Me Spry
What a joy to discover a new American poet! Elizabeth
Rooney's lyrical celebration of nature renews the spirit and
gives wings to the heart.
Author, A Passion for Prayer
Elizabeth Rooney's poems continue to speak
with the same clarity, simplicity and strength that her friends
and readers have come to value so highly. Her verses, like her
life, are powerful because they are focused on the extraordinary,
ordinary way the incarnate God of love is present in the seasons,
as He is in every event of our daily lives, our very human existence.
Love breathes through these poems, and a light that is both
heavenly and earthly
Author of Water My Soul, Writing the River and
The Angles of Light
There aren't many material things I want these
days, but a book of Elizabeth Rooney's poetry is one.
Rooney knew how deeply the human soul yearnsfor its sacred,
wild Lover. But she also knew the heart of God, and each line
of her poetry reveals that she spent most of her time there.
Dr. M. Craig Barnes
Pastor of National Presbyterian Church,
Author, Sacred Thirst
Elizabeth Rooney's poems remind
us that the simplest gifts of our ordinary lives are filled
with the 'grandeur of God.'
Peronne-Marie Thibert, V.H.M.
Translator of Francis de Sales, Jane de Chantal:
Letters of Spiritual Direction
verse reveals her rich and constantly growing friendship with
This lyrical walk with her through the four seasons is a journey
you'll want to take again and again.
Author of 'The Spirit Flyer Series'
Elizabeth Rooney ties our everyday life to paradise and helps
us know the connection between yellow school buses and sacred
mystery. 'Something within us trembles'as we recognize our deeper
selves in her poetry.
Wife of the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold,
Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
is a refreshing immediacy of the Spirit to Elizabeth Rooney's
work. Whatever season of the soul I might experience, her words
never fail to offer the sunlight glint of hope.
Author of Dancing to the Heartbeat of
Redemption and The Art of the Soul.
I first came to know Elizabeth Rooney her through
a prayer circle; I came to love her through her poetry. Hear
your voiceless thoughts and longings in Elizabeth's lyric and
find a friend who speaks true.
Rev. Kristin Smoot
Dean of Spiritual Formation
Eastern Baptist Theological Seminar