I’ve a special announcement to make today about a book launch! This is a special release for me because I’ve known the author, Maya Joelle, for several years in the blogsphere and she’s a talented writer! (Check out her main blog for helpful book reviews & recommendations – I owe my discovery and love for Red Rising to her foreva ;), and her personal blog for beautiful shorts and poetry and reflections.)
If you’re looking for something short but exquisite to enjoy while on the fly, or for a one-sitting read during a quiet evening at home, this is for you. You won’t regret it.
Cathedral is a collection of poetry and creative prose about beauty in the midst of grief and joy in the face of great sorrow.
Here’s a small excerpt:
oh brave one,// to the broken ones
oh broken, beautifully brave one,
remember that no matter how tiny the fragments this time,
how far apart they are scattered,
how long you must search,
he will help you find the pieces of the person you once were
and the image you once bore.
About The Author:
Maya Joelle is a wordsmith, bookdragon, and avid forest enthusiast from Michigan. In addition to poetry, she writes high fantasy novels and short stories that turn into novels. When she’s not writing or studying, she is often found marveling at the beauty of creation through the wonders of nature, music, and friendship. She writes poems to remind herself and others of God’s goodness amidst pain and sorrow, for the glory of the Author who knows the ending of her story.
all the important links: https://mayajoelle.carrd.co/
Pre-Order From Amazon.com (link shall be active on 12.18.2021)
SAVE THE DATE: 12.18.2021
QUESTIONS/FUN FACTS from the author 🙂
- How long did it take you to write Cathedral? Cathedral was written over a period of 5 years. One of the earliest pieces in it is a poem I wrote for my piano recital in 2016, and I wrote the first poem in the whole book in August 2021!
- Cathedral is about 6k words long.
- Some of my biggest influences (in terms of content) were N.D. Wilson, Andrew Peterson, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and S.D. Smith. For style, I was inspired by the poetry of Allison Beery, Levi the Poet, Havilah Gael, EssieWritesPoetry, and Rebekah Elle Rosamilia.
- What is your favorite piece from the book? I think my favorite is my poem “goodbyes,” because whenever I re-read it I feel all over again the emotions that I felt when I wrote it.
you know what hurts more than goodbye?
letting go of someone you never quite knew
and knowing you cannot know each other
- What inspired the title? Read the book to find out! 🙂 It was partially inspired by the song “Cathedrals” by Tenth Avenue North and the idea that we are temples for the Holy Spirit, but the biggest reason I named the book Cathedral is a lecture by S.D. Smith I heard in 2017. You can read about it in my acknowledgements.
I have the honor of getting an ARC from Maya, so look out for my review coming soon! (Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss when I post it! 😉 But I’m 100% going to buy a paperback copy once it’s available because I simply love the feel of an actual BOOK in my hands!
But for now… here are some reviews:
- An evocative, ethereal, and poignantly real sketch of dreams, dawn, and darkness in our everyday life as members of the human race. If you don’t like poetry, you’ll like this anyway. ~ The Grim Writer
- [A] collection of short stories and poetry in a sequential order from sleep to wakening. Lovely pieces of poetry… overall a truly soul-satisfying work. ~ Lemon Duck @ World of Chronicles
- It will change your life…. A collection of poems and stories that reflect the beauty of life and the pain of death with grace. ~ Eva Grace
- [A] pleasant read that you can pick up anytime you’d like to take in one “entry” or ten. ~ H. R. Peirce
- An illumination of God in darkness, a demonstration of God in the author’s heart, and a cry from both depths and heights to the Lord of pain and joy. ~ Ellery @ The Gadfly)
Do you read poetry? What are some of your favorite poems? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know – I look forward to hearing from you!