Bronwyn Angela White

Bronwyn Angela White.

You Who Delight Me: Words of Spirit and Faith.

2012. Wellington: Steele Roberts Publishers. 64 pages. NZ$24.95 + p&p from publishers:

This small book by New Zealander Bronwyn White is a fresh and valuable resource for those seeking new material to read or use in worship.

Divided into two parts, the first part is headed: Poems of Love. These 28 poems are very personal, touching both everyday and special events and people. Topics covered include “In the Garden”, “Hugs like Coffee”, “Rainbow Dance”, “Women in the Graveyard” and “Raining in Bali”.

When the book was launched in April last year, an article in the local Wairarapa News reported the poems included “from tragic affairs, to recollections of life with her daughter, to sex and observations on society”.

The second part: Words of Sprit and Faith offers a wide selection of 27 liturgical reflections suitable for a Sunday morning experience. They include: “This Sacred Space”, “Way of Justice”, “Bread for the Journey”, “Autumn Benediction” and “Litany for the Journey”.

The copyright details are helpful. Those wishing to publicly use or adapt material from Part Two are allowed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. While the poems, if used or republished publicly, need permission from the author.

Of this collection Sir Lloyd Geering writes: “In this rapidly changing world where the century-old liturgies have become tired and lifeless, Bronwyn has used her poetical skill to create new expressions of thanksgiving and spiritual nurture that are inspiringly fresh”.

Bronwyn is collating a second publication of liturgies suitable for both Advent and Christmas.