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The new book is finally out, & it’s with a real publisher.  REDEMPTION SONGS: Prayers For People Like Us is a sequence of prayer/poems, originally responses to the Book of Psalms, but wider-ranging, & including a few lyrical ideas that grew from my own songs.  It’s published by Philip Garside Publishing in Wellington, & as well as print it’s available in Kindle, e-Pub & PDF formats.

Here are a few encouraging responses I’ve received so far.

‘Never stop speaking hope.’ So begins Mark Laurent’s 34th Redemption Song, and hope is what he’s sung to us throughout. Hope in those days of darkness, when it’s hard to breathe, hard to think. Hope in those days of turmoil, when goodness and mercy are long-lost dreams.”  - Anna Johnstone, inspirational author

“Mark's writing has the ability to engage the heart, evoking a raft of emotions that lead us on a journey through our own troughs and valleys. I love the way he gets it...My thoughts often flirt with death...and another...The winds of change howled through every crack. Powerful in their imagery they help us unpack our own life story.  They sing of 'God in the midst', One who is alongside, ahead and behind.”
- Betty Drew-Diprose, St Francis Retreat Centre
“Songs for these times. Psalms really. Mapping the way through mud and valley, over plain and mountain, under sun and rain.  As Leonard Cohen said, making cracks for the light to get in when all seems lost and undone. David the King knew how to write them. Brought great comfort in times of stress and in times of joy. Like spilling the beans and saying how it is in the moment; dropping the mask, unafraid of the naked Emperor. Hank Williams too. Bare heart of mixed up confusion, always reaching for the light; hanging out the tune on number eight wire fences down every side road. “  -  Mark Raffills, poet

Of course you can also get print copies from me.

My other bit of news is that my 2010 book of poetry, SNAPSHOT OF A SOUL IN TRANSIT, has been released as an e-book by Proost in the UK & US.  If you’d like to buy a copy (I’m sorry it’s out of paper-print now) here are the links;

SNAPSHOT - UK                                                            SNAPSHOT - UShttp://www.pgpl.co.nzmailto:mark@marklaurent.co.nz?subject=Redemption%20Songshttp://proost.co.uk/snapshot-soul-transithttp://www.proost.us/snapshot-soul-transitshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3

Redemption Songs