Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem

Amazing Peace A Christmas Poem In this beautiful deeply moving poem Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world Angels and Morta

  • Title: Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
  • Author: Maya Angelou
  • ISBN: 9781400065585
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward, she writes, and speak the word aloud Peace Read by the poet at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the WhiteIn this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward, she writes, and speak the word aloud Peace Read by the poet at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House on December 1, 2005, Maya Angelou s celebration of the Glad Season is a radiant affirmation of the goodness of life and a beautiful holiday gift for people of all faiths.

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    1. I saw this was by Maya Angelou at the Library and scooped it up. I love this. I love the mixing of religions and races the art does and I enjoy the simple message we can use right now - Peace. It's about coming together and hearing the song we all long for = Peace.The kids were rather reactionless. It did not strike a chord for them, at least not in this time of Christmas. It is a Christmas message and about this time of year when Peace is most possible. It might not be about getting gifts and I [...]

    2. This is a special edition of Maya Angelou's poem, which she wrote to celebrate Christmas. The poem Amazing Peace was read by Maya Angelou at the lighting of the National Christmas tree near the White House, in Washington D.C. in 2005. It is printed here, divided into a picture book, suitable for family reading. The illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are unusual; oil on canvas, rather than the standard illustrative technique for children's books of watercolour. The result is a rough t [...]

    3. Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou is aptly named, not just because it reflects the content of the poem, but also because amazing peace is what the words deliver to it's reader.This is one of the most beautiful poems that I have read, and it spoke to my heart, especially on this day when our country is so divided over election results.I recommend everyone to read this, and experience the message as I have. Note: There is also a children's picture book available.Quotes:Streaming lights of joy, ringing [...]

    4. This poem was written as a celebration of peace and Christmas and read by Maya Angelou at the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the White House in 2005.So I'm not really mixed on this poem, but I have to say a few things:1) Of course the poem sounds good, because when words come together in a well-written way they'll always sound good (hopefully). But that's not enough. There is so much that a writer can do with form and language that can transform a poem from good to SPECTACULAR. This poem fall [...]

    5. Maya Angelou presents a festive, more or less religious, and very well written homage on peace. Amazing Peace is not really my cup of tea but I cannot imagine a better poem for a White House tree-lighting ceremony.3,5*

    6. This is a beautiful book with lovely illustrations. The version I read had a CD with the poem being read by Maya Angelou and it was even more remarkable when read by her. Listen to these remarkable words:"It is loud now.Louder than the explosion of bombs.We tremble at the sound. We are thrilledby its presence.It is what we have hungered for. Not just the absence of war. But true Peace.A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.Security for our beloveds and their beloveds."Truly lovelyd so need [...]

    7. Two different versions of this book -- the one in my hand is a slim white book with no pictures. The other one is a brightly illustrated version with Children and Christmas trees throughout. The main theme of the poem is that Christmas is the only time of year that believers and nonbeliever can "say without shyness or apology or hesitation: Peace, My Brother. Peace, My Sister. Peace, My Soul."

    8. The audio reading by Angelou herself is a real treat. A beautiful poem with beautiful illustrations. A lovely read for the season.

    9. What a beautiful Christmas Poem written by Maya Angelou. I have read some of her writings before and enjoyed them very much. Not only is her words beautiful, but the art in this book, by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher was stunning. Love, Peace and Good Will are always the theme for the Christmas season. But oh how they are needed in the world today.

    10. What a beautiful Christmas Poem written by Maya Angelou. I have read some of her writings before and enjoyed them very much. Not only is her words beautiful, but the art in this book, by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher was stunning. Love, Peace and Good Will are always the theme for the Christmas season. But oh how they are needed in the world today.

    11. This was a short an easy read. I love how Maya Angelou was able to put words together and have it be so simple and yet so profound at the same time. Even though this was published in 2010 the racial harmony/unity she speaks about is so relevant for today. The only thing that would have made this better is if it was an audiobook, read by Angelou herself.

    12. Not my favorite poem by her, and not my favorite Christmas poem. It is however a good poem and broken down in this edition my children and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    13. This isn't geared for children. Although it has pictures, it's a tolerance/politically correct speech on having peace towards all peoples and all religions.#christmasLike my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

    14. Amazing Peace is visually amazing and beautiful as the colors are muted but still vibrant. The gold lettering in the title stands out and adds a touch of style. This book was a true collaboration between Maya Angelou and illustrators Steve Johnston and Lou Fancher. The poetry and pictures meld together, and the words touch your heart. The pictures are textured, which adds to their magic. This is truly a book to bring people together to forget our petty differences.This book is a call for peace [...]

    15. This is a special-edition poetry book, which contains the deeply soul-moving poem, Amazing Peace, that Maya Angelou read at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on December 1st, 2005.Rhapsodic and resplendent, this poem made me feel as if I was standing with others at the lighting of the tree, there were candles casting flippant shadows on the snow covered earth, spirits were animated despite the brisk winter air, the voice of the poetess gently danced on the ears of listeners, her voice [...]

    16. Poetry reviewELM 5723-26-2015In Maya Angelou, “Amazing Peace ”, I enjoyed the Christmas poem about the community coming together for one common purpose the Birth of Jesus “Peace”. The setting for this poem is in a small town or community in the coldest of winter filled with snow. The residents questions God about the covenant (promise to take care of them) he made since it snowed on top of snow with no relief from the cold. Then comes the Christmas season shining a new light on life for [...]

    17. Peace to the world What a beautiful collection of poems for the holiday season. the poems help the reader find the meaning of Christmas

    18. This poem is so delightful and heart warming. It really translates a beautiful message and the true meaning of Christmas (to my understanding, at least). Angelou talks to us about Christmas, this lovely time of year: a time for hope to be born again in our hearts, a time for kindness to reign and thrive above hate. For peace to sound louder than violence; peace in all of our hearts to open way for love, understanding and respect. I really enjoyed this! The only shame is that it is quite small, l [...]

    19. Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip aka "The Genius" for Kids @ TeensReadTooMaya Angelou, world-renowned poet, philanthropist, and humanitarian, brings to vivid life the true meaning of Christmas. Her poems are not the simple rhyming ones of many children's books, but rather a meshing of words that go straight to the heart. "Come and fill us and our world with your majesty. We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian, Implore you to stay awhile with us So we may learn by your shimmering [...]

    20. Well, of course it was beautiful, and I really love Maya Angelou's everything. But I don't love the illustrations, and honestly, even the content of the poem was a stretch for me. It reminds me of these memes I've been seeing, and while I can appreciate the intent of the memes, they are essentially victim-blaming. The problem isn't that non-Christians are offended by being wished a merry Christmas; it's that Christians don't respect the fact that not everyone is Christian. Non-Christians wouldn' [...]

    21. "Hope is born again in the faces of children.It rides on the shoulders of our aged as theywalk into their sunsets.Hope spreads around the world, brightening all things,Even hate,which crouches breeding indark corridors.""We Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers,Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.Peace. We look at our world and speak the aloud.Peace. We look to each other, then into ourselves,And we say without shyness or apology, or hesitation:Peace, My Brother.Peace, My Sister.Pe [...]

    22. With the Christmas season swiftly approaching, this picture book with a poem written by Maya Angelou for the 2005 White House treelighting ceremony beautifully prepares our hearts for this season of hope & peace. The book comes with a CD that you can listen to Angelou read the poem as you enjoy the illustrations so well done by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Angelou writes "Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters, Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope And singin [...]

    23. A small-sized gift book (like Angelou's The Pulse of Morning, which I highly recommend) of a single poem, I chanced upon this as I was browsing at the library. The poem itself is what shines on nice quality paper with no adornment of photo or illustration. I could almost hear the poet's voice reading it aloud and suspect that if I looked, perhaps there is a video of her somewhere doing just that; I have memory of hearing her reading her poetry on TV for Clinton's inauguration. This is invitation [...]

    24. "In our Joy, we think we hear a whisper.At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.We listen carefully as it gathers strength.We hear a sweetness.The word is peace."Amazing Peace is the perfect way for a family to start its holiday season. In her sparse but beautiful prose, Ms. Angelou reminds us of what is really important this season. It's not the flashing lights, brightly colored packages, or even the stress. It is very simply, that "We look at each other, then into ourselves. and we say w [...]

    25. I picked this up at the library, as I was in the mood for a bit of poetry. Opening it up however, I had to battle back annoyance over how small a poem it was, tucked into just as small a book. I wanted a bit more substance. But as I got into the poem, it is a nice once. Not super moving, but some nice words and phrases ideal for Christmas time poetry. So overall, nice poem, but one small poem for a "book" just seems wrong.

    26. A poem about true peace. Unfortunately, it tries to make the Christmas Peace something relevant to Jews, Buddhists, Jainists, Muslims, AND Christians.I think peace is relevant and important to all those groups, but only Christians say and celebrate "At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ".

    27. This little book had beautiful poems about peace & being kind to others. It had little focus on Christmas. I could hear Maya Angelou's voice reciting each poem as I read them silently. Wonderful way to start my day!

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