Out of the Silence
In this moving sequence of poems and reflections Terry Waite recalls the highs and lows of his life, both during that ordeal and throughout the happier years of humanitarian work that have followed. They give us a glimpse into the depths of faith, hope and love that sustained him through that intense time of suffering. They also take us into memories of his later life, reminding us of the joy to be found in meaningful work, and in the humanity we share with those around us.
Out of the Silence not only offers a rare insight into one man’s experience in the throes of a bitter conflict of the past; it also bears witness to the enduring power of forgiveness, truth and reconciliation in the face of adverse forces still at work in the world today.
Out of the Silence is a remarkable book by a remarkable man, a man of great humility and compassion who shares with us his private inner space. The prose gives great insight into the poetry and the result is inspirational. Peace would universally reign if the world were full of people like Terry Waite.
Throughout a life of incident and commitment, Terry Waite has recorded his feelings in simple and poignant prose and poetry. It is a record of a unique sensibility.
I read and re-read Out of the Silence. I still am rereading it! Terry Waite’s thoughts and questions are totally compelling, whether in prose or in verse.
A literary postscript about redemption, and grace.
Searingly simple, yet moving honesty . . . is prevalent on each page.