Songs & Poems from a Yielded Heart

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
54 Pages
Reviewed on 03/15/2023
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Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

Judith Vander Wege's Christian poetry and song collection Songs and Poems from a Yielded Heart highlights God's love and faithfulness. The book centers on giving thanks to God for His grace and all He does for us. It does not matter what you are going through, God is always by your side. You might have lost your way or stumbled and fallen, but He still loves you. All He wants is for you and me to surrender to Him, and He will light our path. He will give you peace and joy all the days of your life. The poems and songs tell the story of how God continuously loves us and reminds us to thank Him for His welcoming and forgiving nature. Read this book today and experience the unconditional love of God.

Songs and Poems from a Yielded Heart is a refreshing book with a lovely message. I felt calm and at peace when I was reading the poems and songs. Judith Vander Wege's writing style reminds me of the book of Psalms in the Bible. The structure is similar, and I felt as if I was reading from the Bible, which was a beautiful surprise. I could feel the author's emotion and passion in each verse, and every line is perfectly written to uplift your spirit. I loved the consistent themes throughout the book. It felt as if there was a build-up to the last poem that relates to the book title and brings a heartwarming message of redemption.

Astrid Iustulin

Poetry is the best way for us to sing God's praises because, through this literary genre, the message of gratitude and joy we send is uplifting and heartwarming. After much searching, I finally found a poetic collection that effectively conveys this message. If you, too, are looking for a great book inspired by one of the most precious things we have (our faith), I recommend reading Songs & Poems from a Yielded Heart by Judith Vander Wege. Here, the author collects many beautiful poems dedicated to God; among them, you will find some based on the Psalms and others composed in song form.

Songs & Poems from a Yielded Heart is a book that all believers will appreciate both for its message and the wonderful way Judith Vander Wege conveys it. What struck me the most while reading was the sincere and spontaneous way the author expressed her feelings. You really feel her emotions as you read these lines, especially since the poems are written in a way that is easy to understand. Above all, the joy with which Vander Wege thanks God is infectious, and I must say that reading these poems has put me in a good mood and made me more optimistic. My hope is that many other readers will have the same experience as I did when reading this book. I recommend Songs & Poems from a Yielded Heart to anyone who believes in God and wishes to feel closer to Him through the words and lines of another believer. It is an experience you will not regret.

Trisha Dawn

Inspired by the difficult emotional experiences she had endured, Judith Vander Wege wrote her heart out through songs and poems. After noticing the popularity of her pieces in Christian periodicals, she compiled them into Songs and Poems from a Yielded Heart. It is an extensive collection of material that is all about the Almighty, although the sentiment varies with each piece.

Reading Judith Vander Wege's book was such a treat that it genuinely felt as if my soul was being fed comfort food. Each piece elicited my emotions and tapped into other significant feelings as well. They all had me praising, admiring, appreciating, and loving God more from the first poem. It also made me feel inspired and hopeful. This is a worthwhile read and will make you think about your faith. Some poems made a strong impression, and they brought me back to the basis of my belief in God. It helped me answer the burning question of whether I was doing my part as a follower. There were also some realizations and enlightenment. I felt that the book guided me emotionally and spiritually until the very last poem. I liked this collection very much. Songs and Poems from a Yielded Heart should be added to your list of books to read next.

Edith Wairimu

Songs and Poems from a Yielded Heart by Judith Vander Wege is a beautiful, encouraging collection that inspires hope during challenging times. It also includes songs of adoration and praise, as well as poems of comfort, healing, hope, and love. In Holy Spirit, Dwell in Me, the narrator invites the Holy Spirit to live in her and cleanse her. She expresses a yearning to learn God’s purpose for her life. I Am the Ground likens growing in faith to the process of plowing, planting, and cultivating. At the end of the poem, the narrator expresses the desire to yield plentifully according to God’s will. To Him Who Rides Upon the Clouds is a wonderful song of praise, in which the singer expresses gratitude for God’s goodness, faithfulness, and redeeming grace.

I loved that the poems, which relate to different seasons of life, can either be read in one sitting or chosen based on the prevailing period. I appreciated the narrator’s vulnerability and openness and loved the messages of hope included in each piece. The collection includes eye-catching images that enliven the poems and songs. The work includes many relatable experiences of sadness and joy and offers an inspiring and uplifting perspective of such events. Each piece is thoughtfully composed and can be used for praise in a personal setting or larger group. Songs and Poems from a Yielded Heart by Judith Vander Wege is an expressive, hope-filled collection with messages that can be appreciated at any phase of life.

Jamie Michele

Songs & Poems from a Yielded Heart by Judith Vander Wege is a collection of the author's original Christian poetry, many of which are lyrical and can be sung comfortably as hymns. The pieces are written in the free-form style and where some have very pronounced rhyme schemes, others are held together with a more metrical pattern to connect one stanza to the next. The works also vary in tone, tenor, and length, like the short and punchy Poems Are, with its five verses succinctly describing how Wege feels writing it, to the more narrative Inadequacy to Glory, where scripture is embedded in a conversation between its narrator and God through passages of the Bible.

It's clear that Judith Vander Wege has a passion for writing and this is showcased in Songs & Poems from a Yielded Heart. I connected to her work most deeply when it was uplifting and encouraging. The standout for me in this regard is Love Makes Me Soar. The context is the love between God and the narrator, with verses that are so beautifully composed they truly do sing. “Love broke the fetters and let me go free. Love touched my life for a short, sweet time. Love gave me reason to be.” As someone who grew up in a family with a Baptist Minister, I found others were less inspirational, and had hints of fire and brimstone, such as the poems I Cannot Come and Regarding a Loved One. Even here, the passion of the poet is clear and she allows her heart to be opened through profound honesty and unshakeable faith.