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Poets and Saints: Eternal Insight. Extravagant Love. Ordinary People.

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  37 reviews
One of the most beautiful ways to know God better is to learn from those who served Him in other times and cultures. The poets and saints of Christian history were imperfect, yet they offer wisdom across the centuries that is as powerful today as it was to their contemporaries.
In Poets and Saints, Jamie George takes readers from a pub in Oxford, to a cathedral in the Ital
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by David C Cook
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Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok here's the thing: I really wanted to love this book. It has all the makings to be the type of book I would love: A story, creatively surged by travel, dripping with the theology of so many great Christian thinkers and set to music in a way, where the chapters are divided by different songs and their inspirations. Not to mention it is aesthetically pleasing with frequent line breaks and a beautiful clean cover. But unfortunately it just didn't deliver for me. It read more like a glorified jour ...more
Paul Farmer
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to travel. I love to get glimpses into Heaven. I love to hear stories that draw me into the Kingdom Way. This book "Poets & Saints" scratches all these itches for me. Jamie and a band of others traveled across Europe in quest to tell the stories of some of the most popular figures of our faith FROM the actual locations where they lived. This book is filled with amazing stories of how God used broken people, very much like you and me, to advance the love story of Jesus. The author, Jamie G ...more
MarkandJoy Crouch
I grew up in a strong Christian home. I was actively involved in my church for as long as I can remember, I attended a Christian school from K-12, and I graduated from a large Christian university. In all of those years, I don't have any recollection of being taught about these poets and saints. I honestly believed that "saints" were a huge part of the catholic faith, but not of any importance to mine.

This book has given me a brand new perspective. Not only were the poets & saints instrumental t
Austin Hood
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Impactful stories of the real, broken people that God has redeemed to carry out his purpose. None should feel excluded from the calling of a poet or saint.
Eugene O'Fallon
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perspectives from poets and saints. Were they perfect? No. Were they better than the average person? No. They saw God, and lived for Him.
Justin Wiggins
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book by Jamie George has been a profound literary experience and very spiritually nourishing. It has helped me understand more,with my mind and heart, that every human being is a work of Art, a living poeima, that I can use my gift with writing and passion for literature, teaching and art to help other people with my story and glorify Christ with it, that Art is very important to humanity, and it is a great thing to be able to look at the lives of figures like C.S.Lewis, George MacD ...more
Anthony Rodriguez
There really wasn't much of a book here. The spacing between paragraphs and the one-line paragraphs really add about 30% to the length of the book with no real purposes. The stories of the individuals are great, the "application" portions are pretty generic. The trip sounds amazing. The album that goes with this book is terrific. Maybe I just expected too as a church history nerd. But I zipped through this book in a day and was relatively bored through much of it. I'd probably give this a 2.5 if ...more
Cheri Hudspith
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. History. Family. Journey. Music recordings too when you by the album by the same title.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love history but I generally don’t gravitate to 500 page tomes of works that delve into every inch of a historical event or significant people in history. Who has time for that? I was immediately intrigued when my sales rep at David C. Cook presented Poets and Saints by Jamie George. George invites us along on his European travels to dive into the lives of some of the world’s most respected Christians throughout history.

We travel to Ireland and England to follow in the footsteps of Saint Patri
Sam Hodge
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I was very excited for the creative idea of this book. Putting together saints, poets, hymns, travel, memoir, and music, it had the makings of being an immersive, informative, and insightful book. The highlights of the book for me were the historical pieces about each of the saints. I appreciated the choice stories that were highlighted about each particular saint and how they tied into Jamie George’s points about the gospel. At times, however, the book felt slightly scattered and disjointed. Th ...more
Casey | Essentially Novel
This book is so unique and beautiful, and I loved it! It's part historical biography, part travel memoir, part Christian nonfiction... it doesn't fit in just one genre. The musical group All Sons & Daughters decided to take a trip, alongside some friends and a pastor, that covered the British Isles and Europe to visit towns and sites that poets and saints who contributed to the Great Commission were from. From Oxford to Assisi to Rome, I liked that as the team traveled to these towns the author ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I love the premise: exploring the lives of poets and saints, how their lives were shaped by God and how they helped change the world. But the book did not deliver. The author’s travelogue was distracting and the stories added very little to the stated purpose of the book. Even his stories of the poets and saints were often disjointed and shallow. I think it needed a good editor to make it more cohesive. I finished it because I was interested in ...more
Joel Born
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Cindy Keiger
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hated to come to the end of this book. What I really loved was the author's use of language. Talk about poetry! But he always got right to the heart of things. "Our inspiration comes from the past. Our hope lies in the future. Our perspiration is in the present." "When we share what we've learned from our pain, we give others the gift of hope." "How do we offer up our artistic expressions for inspiration rather than consumption?" I learned a few new and fascinating facts about the saints and p ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I wish I could give this 3.5 or even 3.75 stars. It was a good read and had many nuggets that make it worth reading for sure. A lot of the book was about the author's personal travel experience in Europe, and while that was anecdotal, it made the book more like a blog in some ways.I think I expected it to be more tied to the songs that inspired All Sons & Daughters' album of the same name. All in all, a good read. ...more
Breanna Chov
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall an enjoyable read. Nothing earth shattering, but light and filled with snippets to think about. I did not grow up hearing much about historical church figures, so I really enjoyed the glimpse into some of their lives through this book. George was sure to display inspirational parts of their lives but did not leave out the brokenness. It was a great introduction to many different Christians along with encouragement for my own Christian walk.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good study resource

A solid book to use in a group. It, and the beautiful participants' guide foster great discussion. I wouldn't bother reading it alone; there's just not enough there without group involvement. And perhaps more women should have been included. But still good.
Daniel L.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing insights. Superb clarity and perspective.

Jamie writes from the heart of a poet, and appreciates the record of history and those who blazed the trail before us... warts and all. God is as personal and accessible as He has ever intended to be, and the craft of the poet, musician, and gardener assist us to draw near. Thanks Jamie. Well done sir.
Cameron O’Daniel
This book comprises short biographies on heroes in Christianity. The biography parts of the book are well written and easy to follow. However, the book is written in a way that is almost “self esteem gospel.” It sounds good, but it looks more to how God serving the person instead of the person serving God.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what I needed right now. What an interesting outlook on poets and saints. And to think we are all vital. We are all poets and saints that God will use. We all have a song to sing, a story to tell.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: faith-religion, 2017
The book was a smattering of biography, personal journal, and devotion. I enjoyed reading the author's experiences trekking across Europe to visit the places of these amazing individuals; however, the biological content was a bit cursory, and the devotional/reflective content was a bit light.
Emma Morris
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The church history offered in this book provided a lot of wisdom about living in the presence of God today. I felt George's narrative of his journey and his account of poets and saints of the past tied together a little awkwardly, but it didn't take away from the book's rich content.
Roger Miller
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book, allowed me to travel back in time and meet the saints and poets of the past! A history of the church that is witty and creative. A book that gave me a wholehearted love for their story and my story.
Bret Legg
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was refreshing in that it presented key times in religious history in a way that was readable, enjoyable, and personally challenging. Even if you don’t know anything about history (or even enjoy history) you will be drawn into this book.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Love like poets. Live like saints" - I enjoyed the format, the blend of biography and spiritual formation. Inspiring read.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great window into the lives of people who impacted the practices of Christianity and the spread of the Gospel. Was an easy and enjoyable read!
CiCi V Ford
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Meaty in theology and biblical truth. Seemed a bit all over the place at times with personal experiences while traveling, but overall the writing was fluid and I loved it.
Kenneth Sowers
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I'm not too familiar with saints in the church. This book was an inspiring look at several men and women of God who advanced the Kingdom
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Overview of historical Christians

This is a great introductory intro the lives of those believers who walked before us - the struggles and journey of serving the Lord.
Brittney Slusher
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow starting but worth reading in the end.
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Jamie George founded Journey Church in Franklin, Tennessee, as a safe haven for the religiously wounded. Acclaimed worship band All Sons & Daughters was birthed in this faith community. George is the author of Love Well and The Wisdom of Solomon, and he lives with his family in Franklin. ...more

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