Jesus in the Power of Poetry
Jesus in the Power of Poetry

Jesus in the Power of Poetry

A New Voice for Gospel Truth


224 Pages, 6 x 9 1/4

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: April 2009

ISBN 9780824525217

Price: $19.95


Unlocking a new vision of faith through poetry

Viewing prose as a limited way to convey the dream and spirit of the Gospels, this text instead relies upon the power of poetry to provide immediate access to a fresh, radical interpretation of the teachings of Jesus. The original work here separates itself from similar anthologies by showing an ability to rethink everyday faith through empowerment and liberation. O’Murchu uses language in its most direct form to accept the challenge of these prophetic teachings in the modern world. Through the unique freedom of poetry such as this, the full depth and vitality of these beliefs can be grasped and held by a new generation.


"What an exciting exploration! O'Murchu reaches into meaningful territory: where poetry touches the dangerous subversiveness of Jesus and helps us appreciate the radiant humanity of Christ. While rational, linear approaches to spirituality have their place, they fail to resolve the mysteries of suffering and death. With buoyant creativity, the author takes us beyond institutional, patriarchal systems and into the poetic realm that delights, illuminates and offers shining new possibilities." —Kathy Coffey, author, Hidden Women of the Gospels, Women of Mercy and The Art of Faith

“In Jesus in the Power of Poetry, we meet the rebellious Jesus, the mystic at heart, a poet who breaks open a congealed political-religious system . . . The author takes the reader along on a discovery of this ‘companionship of empowerment,’ guided by the rebel of Nazareth.” —Fr. Lode Wostyn, Christologist and author, Doing Christology

“O'Murchu himself is one of the great storytellers, and this book takes us on a journey fuelled by theological creativity and expressed in engaging and challenging language. Through being drawn into the language we are exposed to new possibilities and expanding visions.” —Lisa Isherwood, program director, theology and religious studies, Winchester University, and author, Liberating Christ and The Fat Jesus

“In the Power of Poetry, we encounter another Jesus: the storyteller, the cultural catalyst, the prophetic empowerer, the mystical liberator . . . Hopefully, it will also provide glimpses on how the original followers experienced the living Jesus, thus challenging and inspiring us today how to follow Jesus more authentically.” —Dr. Walter Wink, professor emeritus of Biblical interpretation, Auburn Theological Seminary, and author, The Human Being

“Blessed with the gift of Diarmuid's poetic insights the reader sees beyond many of the culturally-encrusted gospel stories. The result is an understanding of the subversive power of Jesus' message as relevant today as it was then.” —Michael H. Crosby, author, Paradox of Power, Can Religious Life be Prophetic, and Solanus Casey

Author Biography

Diarmuid O’Murchu is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and the author of Quantum Theology and Catching Up with Jesus.