|Publication Date: 21 Sep 2017|
|Publisher: Marylebone House|
|Page Count: 144|
|Author: Kenneth Steven|
|ISBN-13: 9781910674505, 9781910674512|
Although each is complete in itself, these beautifully crafted tales contain recurring motifs so our understanding of one is enriched by the reading of others. The perspectives shift mesmerizingly as layer upon layer of human experience is uncovered. Ambiguity, mystery and spiritual searching abound, as the author meditates on many of the themes found in his highly acclaimed poetry: betrayal, lostness, bullying, the miraculous, faith and the power of love.
Steven is adept at elevating the everyday, and weaving into the apparently ordinary the grace of the eternal . . . Overall these are finely crafted stories, often with subtle Christian inflection, and quiet agendas. “All the Russian greats” would welcome Steven’s company.
[On The Well of the North Wind] An emotionally sensitive, refreshingly honest book [that] brings a little known period of British history vividly to life
This is a beautiful and captivating story set amidst holiness and wonder, moss and heather. If you are a bit of a romantic, into spirituality, are a creative sort, or just fancy something a bit different, then this book is for you!
This is true prose poetry and it took me almost as long to read as a full length novel, it is so dense and poetic. Kenneth Steven has a genius for the perfect phrase – there is absolutely no fat on this story’s bones, every single word serves a purpose and each is perfect in its place.
If you loved and were inspired by The Shack, then expect the same feelings from The Well of the North Wind. With poignant lines such as “‘When do you find God?’ He whispered ‘when in doubt?’ The answer came back at once, as fast as an echo ‘in the small things. In the voice of a child, in the curl of an otter, in the single moment of light on a day in the storm’” it is difficult not to feel moved.
[On Letting in the Light] A gentle light from an unseen source pours into the distilling simplicity of these poems
[On Evensong] This collection of poems by Kenneth Steven is stunning. There is a grave beauty in these lines, revealing a poetic voice of great sensitivity. These poems are, quite simply, wonderful.
Enjoying [Kenneth Steven’s Columba Poems] intensely – style and subject.
each topic is dealt with so delicately that it perfectly fits in with the flow of the book