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My Spiritual Grandfather

I was spiritually formed at a small Bible School near the Adirondacks called Pinecrest. Its founder was Wade Taylor. I regarded him as a spiritual father. His greatest gift to me was the hope and the truth that God could be personally known. One of his spiritual fathers was John Wright Follette.

Follette was articulate and poetic. I have heard him pray in tongues on an old reel-to-reel tape—even there he sounded articulate! He was one of the great Pentecostal mystics of the twentieth century. In an era when priorities were shifting from the spiritual (knowing God) to sociological pragmatism in many denominations, Follette shone as a beacon of light, standing for the priority of the believer’s personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. He had great wisdom and insight into the Scriptures and into the ways in which God worked in the soul of the believer.

Follette had a salutary influence on Eugene Peterson, the translator of The Message Bible, and author of many books dealing with pastoral theology, the Psalms, and spiritual formation. Peterson was a great help to me when I was working on my doctorate. So I trace my spiritual lineage to Follette both through Wade Taylor and Eugene Peterson.

Follette’s greatest gift to me was that he set me free to be myself. From the beginning of my walk with the Lord, I had this peculiar inclination to write Christmas poetry. I was in a milieu where this kind of thing was not nearly as prized as, say, the spontaneous expressions we witnessed in Pentecostal meetings. And then I stumbled across Follette’s A Christmas Wreath, a collection of his yearly Christmas poems which he wrote for his students and friends throughout his adult life. I thought to myself: “Here is a highly regarded Pentecostal father who writes Christmas poetry! Maybe I’m on the right track after all. Here is another soul who has been captivated by the Incarnation.” Listen to Follette describe the dynamic here:

Every year, I think, “What could I write more,” but when the year comes around, He just drops one into my heart. You see, you are dealing with the Incarnation and that is inexhaustible. I approach it from every angle. I believe if I lived a hundred more years, I would still have a fresh one still dealing with that Mystery—God come down in flesh (J. W. Follette, A Christmas Wreath, ix).

Like Follette, the more I deal with the Incarnation, the more I realize the ways in which I have not written about it yet:

“The winds still whisper in the ancient tree.
A feast is spread where once the heart was bare” (Ibid., 6)

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THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT JUST RELEASED:  THE INCARNATION – TWENTY-FIVE POEMS FOR ADVENT  ON THE WORD MADE FLESH

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT JUST RELEASED: THE INCARNATION – TWENTY-FIVE POEMS FOR ADVENT ON THE WORD MADE FLESH

The beloved poems of Thomas Ryder Worth now available!

Brooklyn, NY, November 21, 2018 –

Thomas Ryder Worth’s long-awaited Christmas poems are finally available to the public this Christmas and Advent Season. EvangAlliance Publications wants readers and their families to experience the gospel afresh in the “key of the incarnation” within the pages of The Incarnation – Twenty-five Poems for Advent on the Word Made Flesh, their newly released title.   Not only will the reader find a beautifully unique collection of Advent poems, prayers and meditations from author, Thomas Ryder Worth, but they will touch the gospel afresh within the pages.

“This music of the gospel,

‘the glad tidings which shall be for all people,’

was written in the key of the Incarnation.

And when all is said and done,

it must resolve itself in that keynote

in profound and eternal ways.”

-Thomas Ryder Worth, The Incarnation

Kilby wrote, “Poetry makes the half man whole by saying the things which he feels but cannot say.” This is exactly what readers sense when they read The Incarnation – Twenty-five Poems for Advent on the Word Made Flesh.

Publisher James G. Palumbo notes, “EvangAlliance Publications is dedicated to publishing classic Christian literature.  The Incarnation – Twenty-five Poems for Advent on the Word Made Flesh is one such classic every reader will want on their shelves. Why?  Because they will fall more in love with the One who became incarnate and dwelt among us.”

The incredible folk-art plates in the book have an incredible story behind them. Bulgarian artist, Petrana Petsova’s early Christian-themed paintings were seized and burned by the communists in her village.  She was also a beekeeper and found that the canvases fit perfectly into the beehives. She would remove random honeycomb-frames and replace them with the finished canvases. She successfully hid the paintings there until the fall of communism in 1991.

This collection will be cherished by readers for years to come, and more editions are planned through 2021.  Readers are also invited to contribute their own Incarnation poems for the Incarnation blog with possible inclusion in a future edition.

The Incarnation is available for purchase from Amazon and the audio-book from Audible and iTunes.  It is perfect as a personal, family or church devotional, coffee-table book, Daily Reading for Advent, or Christmas gift for a loved one.

For more information visit:  www.IncarnationPoems.org

“I have been a pastor for over thirty years and a Bible teacher for almost forty, but I have been a poet of the Incarnation the longest—forty-four years.  The Incarnation is a poetic Advent Calendar, with a poem for each day in December leading up to Christmas.  May the Lord bless you as you make your way through my reflections on the Coming of our Lord Jesus,” writes Dr. Worth

If you would like more information about this topic, or wish to schedule an interview, book signing or speaking engagement with the author, or would like special church pricing, please contact Carl Dobrowolski, Goodwill Rights Management at: carl@goodwillrights.com.

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About EvangAlliance Publications – EvangAlliance is a non-profit organization seeking to deliver Christ-centered content that is relevant, contemporary, and deeply impactful. The goal of its founder, Jim Palumbo, is to go beyond “nice and interesting” and to empower people to draw near to God and meaningfully change their lives, families, communities, and the world. Look for another collection of Thomas Ryder Worth poems on The Incarnation in 2019, and their upcoming books, The Foundations of the FaithJesus According to John, and Start Your Business Today: 101 Business Ideas You Can Start with Almost No Money or Education

About Goodwill Rights Management Corp.:  Headquartered in New York City, Goodwill Rights Management Corp. acquires top quality Christian content as well as licenses rights to numerous resources, including Bible translations and best-selling titles across categories.

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