Sunday, April 28, 2013

Poetry Month Celebration: "Don't Frighten the Pansies" by Verna Cole Mitchell Book Review

Book Synopsis 
Poems in this collection will make you laugh and cry and reflect upon your own growing-up experiences. Most of all, you will be encouraged by reminders of God’s forever goodness and love. Verna Cole Mitchell is a poet, teacher, editor, and published author of poems and short stories. Don’t Frighten the Pansies, her first book of poetry, contains some of the poems she has written through the years. Whether you enjoy the pictures of God’s world she paints with words or her descriptions of the security and hope He offers, these poems will inspire you.

Author Bio:
Verna Cole Mitchell attended Southern Wesleyan University and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. She and her husband, Leon, have lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, for 47 years. They have two children, four grandchildren, and just recently, they welcomed two great grandchildren.  

Verna was a secondary English teacher for 37 years and still substitutes occasionally at a private school. She is currently an editor and a writer, whose work has appeared in a number of publications, including Teachers of VisionLooking Back, and Lucidity Journal of Verse. She is an editor for Magnifico Publishing, and she serves as one of the writers and as an editor for the devotional section of her church’s website.

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Excerpt from Poem

Your God Has Not Forsaken You

Oppressed by the problems around you?
Confused by the cares that confound you?
Concerned for what the future holds?
Afraid to watch as it unfolds?
Your God has not forsaken you.

God’s covenant will be with you.
His promises are ever true.
Compassionately He forgives.
His everlasting love He gives.
Your God has not forsaken you.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Poetry is something that is very close to my heart.  I began writing poetry in elementary school, and I always enjoyed reading poets from the great poets in history.  But quality, modern poetry is something that I have struggled to find.  That is until now.

Verna Cole Mitchell is a refreshing breath of air in the world of poetry.  It is evident that she can write about any topic from English to cats to family life to the Bible.  Her language and description are so beautiful, and many of her poems affected me emotionally.  The woman even wrote a poem about Edgar Allen Poe's writings!  None of the poems appear contrived, and I couldn't help but smile throughout the book.  She does have a fantastic sense of humor.

The best thing about this book of poetry is that the author is a Christian, and she does not make apologies nor excuses for her beliefs.  Even in her lighter poems, you can see her faith in an organic way.  She never forces her faith on the reader--it's just there.  I highly recommend this book of poetry to everyone.  You are sure to find some poems that will touch you deeply.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.


  1. Awesome and well-deserved review of a book (and author) close to my heart.

  2. Great review! I will be checking this out, as I love poetry.

  3. Great review. This sounds like a book that I would love to read.

  4. I have not read poetry in a very long time-although I used to read quite a lot of it. Maybe it is time I picked up this book and started reading it again.


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