Your Words Your Heart

Poetry - Inspirational
81 Pages
Reviewed on 01/26/2023
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Author Biography

Louise Bélanger is an artist and a gifted storyteller, both with words and photography.

Her inspirational poetry will transport you in her world where there is hope and trust in a loving God. Her faith is strong, and it will strengthen yours.

Her nature photographs will remind you of the beauty of God’s creation. From delicate flowers to breathtaking scenery.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Your Words Your Heart by Louise Bélanger is a collection of Christian poetry that celebrates God’s gifts to humankind. It is composed of twenty-six poems complemented by forty spring and summer pictures of nature and flowers taken by the author in her hometown in Canada. Each poem is dated and they range from 2 December 2021 to 17 August 2022. The poems are written in free verse, with the first poem paying tribute to the place we call home. This effectively establishes the theme for the rest of the book. Most of the poems in this collection are filled with insight into the moral dilemmas that society faces, with religious themes that center on faith and doubt, love, trust, times, and seasons. The colorful and stunning pictures enhance the universal appeal.

Louise Bélanger’s Your Words Your Heart is her third work of inspirational poetry. What I like most about this collection is not only how the poet skillfully uses the elements of simile, metaphor, and personification, but the spirit of worship that is on every page reminding us of God’s love. Most of the poems give meaning and stability to our lives and make us aware of spiritual realities. My favorite poem in this collection is Petals Like Heart where the author laments an unattended heart when its edges are turning into ice, like petals. However, the poem ends on a positive note with: "The sun can warm one/The Son can heal the other/Petals Like hearts Are subject to frost."

Erin Nicole Cochran

Your Words Your Heart by Louise Bélanger is an uplifting and thought-provoking collection of poetry that touches on God and the Bible in a way that sinks in deeply. Included is a kaleidoscope of colors that shoot out from the author’s photographs taken in Montréal. Flowers and trees coalesce to bring the reader a plethora of emotions, from feeling calm and at ease to wanting to spring forth with life. One of my favorite poems is “What do you see?” which asks the reader what it is that they see when they look at the cross. “Some saw a criminal…Or a beloved/Who took our place?” and it opens up your soul in a cross-examining kind of way. It makes you ask yourself questions you might never have expected you’d be asking.

Louise Bélanger’s Your Words Your Heart is one of those poetry collections that make you want to change your life in some way, whether big or small. It tends to that fire in your soul and pushes you to want more for yourself and those around you. Bélanger is a master at combining the right words to extract the strongest emotions from her audience. It’s a kind of biblical therapy that helps you to get the answers you didn’t know that you were seeking. This would be a wonderful book to gift to someone who might be at a crossroads in their life and to anyone who is looking to stay in touch with God.

Luwi Nyakansaila

Your Words Your Heart is a collection of uplifting poems and stories by Louise Bélanger. The book also contains pictures of flowers and nature captured by the author. She expresses her trust in God and shows gratitude for His unconditional love and grace. The author also refers to crossing over into 2022, the beauty of giving, and the price Jesus paid on the cross for our sins. The book is also a reminder that all God wants is for us to repent, and He is ready to forgive us and safeguard us from the ripple effect of our wrong deeds. The poems refer to different topics from the Bible. These include walking on water, the ten lepers, Adam and Eve, and many more.

Words are a powerful tool, and when written with love, they can help build and transform lives. Louise Bélanger bares her soul to God with great passion and conviction. Each piece of art she has created is unique and represents loving emotions. I enjoyed how each picture blended so well with its corresponding poem. The poems have amazing imagery because I kept visualizing beautiful and bright colors as I read each one. This collection is presented like a diary, and the works are dated from December 2021 to August 2022. I enjoyed reading the random stories that the author added. Tinsel, a story about a snowman, was unexpected but cute. Reading Your Words Your Heart today brightens your life with these inspiring poems.

Astrid Iustulin

Poetry and nature are gifts from God, and finally, here is a book that celebrates both in an exceptional way. Your Words Your Heart is an exquisite collection of poems by Louise Bélanger that were inspired by God. These verses, penned during 2021 and 2022, are refined and beautiful to read. They deal with topics that will convey a message of hope and solace to the reader. In addition to these magnificent verses, this book includes many beautiful images of flowers, plants, and other natural elements that the author herself has photographed in her garden. They make the collection wonderful.

I love poems written by those who have faith. Louise Bélanger is one of these people, as she reveals in Your Words Your Heart. In her book, each line seems to be made not of words but light, and I was mesmerized as I read. Each poem radiates light and hope, and when I finished the last one, I did not even realize I had reached the final page. The photographs, especially those of the flowers, are beautiful and reveal the essence of the plants and the garden. They are perfect for illustrating a book like this. It is with great pleasure that I recommend it to all poetry lovers who have faith. This book will fill them with joy.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Your Words Your Heart by Louise Bélanger points out that life is like a garden - pure, selfless, and full of beauty and peace. “Is there a garden in your life?/ A crossroads, a temptation…/ A place where you must decide/ To do the right thing/ To trust, to forgive, to serve God…/ Or go the selfish way.” You might find the answers in your garden. It’s a recurring theme in Biblical stories and its power to connect you with your Creator is awe-inspiring. The flowers all burst with color, the greenery thrives with a devout determination, the pollinators busily flitter about, intent on their task of keeping themselves and the garden healthy, and all appears well within the garden. The images and the words that create images all provide solace for you and your garden. It is teeming with life.

Louise Bélanger’s chapbook, Your Words Your Heart, is a thoughtful and compassionate collection of poems to strengthen your faith. Words and photographs beautify each page and allow readers to soak up the wonder of life as one would find it in the garden, where all life began. The poetic language is both simple and deeply meaningful, as the poet allows the reader to absorb the imagery in her words and through her photographs (which are stunning). The poems will inspire and nourish readers’ faith in God, Jesus, and all they promised: hope, love, life, trust, and the greatest gift, forgiveness, and salvation. The poems are both comforting and deeply intuitive and will have readers returning to study the depth of meanings multiple times. An absolutely beautiful and spiritual book.