A couple of glitches, necessary repairs, and re-do's distracted me, but I'm happy to say that the original contents (plus new pages) of my former blog have now been collected into a book with the same name: What the Bible Says About Love.
To give you a tiny glimpse of that nonfiction book of prayerfully paraphrased (prayer-a-phrased) scriptures on love, these paragraphs can be found in the first few pages:
"Translations in contemporary language often contain 700 or more references to love, ranging from selfless acts of kindness to intimate sexual encounters.
Most of the literal translations, such as the King James Version and Douay-Rheims, separate aspects of love into various words such as charity but still translate over 400 Bible verses as love that comes from the choices and actions based on the closest, purest, most caring relationships.
New Testament readers often hear of this pure form of love by its Greek name, agape (ah-GAH-pay.) In the Hebrew Bible, however, the word for love is ahava, which springs from its root-word hav – to give.
We may fall into love, but we cannot fall into give.
We have to get there on purpose."
About the same time the repairs and re-do's of What the Bible Says About Love were completed, I felt led to collect my "faith" poems into a book that realistically portrays doubts, concerns, and spiritual growth leading to deeper faith in God. This offering of free verse, prose poems, rhythmic verse, micropoetry, and haiku begin with the title poem, Lost in Faith.
Lost in Faith
by You, Lord?
I throw myself
on your mercy.
by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2017, from the poetry book Lost in Faith