Christian Themes

(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Craig’s Mercy’s Face is poetry of adoration and of the trials and epiphanies of the individual soul. His biblical sonnet sequence is a devotion-filled, sustained work that interprets the Bible and helps apply it to modern times. The sonnets are lyrical pieces expressing adoration. Other poems detail the lives of the saints and the poet’s own spiritual struggles.

Craig’s themes include the phases of a soul’s relationship with God, like those of the Psalms of the Bible. He portrays the soul as cut off, struggling, pleading, reunited, and adoring. The emotions of each stage in the relationship are portrayed through vibrant images that echo as they transform the biblical images.

In his sequence on the Psalms, his open, honest poems follow the Psalms and interpret them in the journey of one man’s soul. Craig provides exegeses in his own Psalms that are sharply insightful, contemporary, and rich in images. He recasts the surface of the Psalms in ways that reflect our present lives. It is an enlightening experience to read the Psalms together with Craig’s poems based on them. Psalm 6 in the English Standard Version of the Bible begins:

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,nor discipline me in your wrath.Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;heal me, O Lord, for my...

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