Endorsements for The Grace of Rain

I was deeply moved as I read The Grace of Rain. Manton has a genius for combining poetry with personal reflection and spiritual challenge. A delightful resource that will quiet your busy mind, ease your frantic heart, and bless your soul. I loved it. 

Diana Pavlac Glyer, Professor of English and author of The Company They Keep and Bandersnatch: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings. | dianaglyer.com

In the Grace of Rain Kirk Manton has given us a treasure trove of thoughtful, playful, open poems, poems that will reward repeated reading and perhaps help us see the grace, not only of rain, but of so much else we take for granted. He has also given his readers some rich and original ways to turn poetry into prayer, this is a very helpful book.

Malcolm Guite, English poet, Anglican priest, singer-songwriter, and academic. Bye-Fellow and Chaplin, Girton College, Cambridge and author of Parable and Paradox and Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge | Malcolm’s blog

Kudos to Kirk Manton for helping to revive the devotional in all its glory. Kirk not only provides us with accessible and meaning-filled poems that cut to the heart; he shares with us the struggles and victories that led him to compose the poem and provides helpful tips for applying the poem, and relevant biblical verses, to our own spiritual growth. May the grace in these poems and stories rain down on you.

Louis Markos, Professor in English and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University; author of Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis and On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis.

Kirk Manton is a gift. He is given to us as one who shows us how to see the glory of God in His Creation. He is a man alive with the presence of God. St. Thomas Aquinas teaches us that humility opens the eyes of wonder and that wonder opens the soul to reality. Kirk Manton has the humility to see with the wonder that opens the soul. He sees because he is on his knees.

Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College; author of Flowers of Heaven: One Thousand Years of Christian Verse and The Quest for Shakespeare.

The Grace of Rain by Kirk Manton is an invitation to experience the holiness and wonder of what we so often think is simply ‘ordinary’ – the present moment. With the skill of a poet, the humility of a sojourner, and the compassion of a shepherd, Manton introduces us afresh to the feel and taste of grace in a way that is immediate, intimate, and enduring. To walk through this book and come out on the other side is a pilgrimage that brings us face to face with the goodness already present in our lives, and a readiness to receive what is yet to come!

— Lancia E. Smith, Host of Cultivating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, Founder of The Cultivating Project. | lanciaesmith.com

In The Grace of Rain, Kirk Manton has given us a powerful, accessible and artful tool for spiritual transformation in the image of Christ. His poetry slips behind our defenses and resistances to see life through a different prism – that of God’s gracious transforming reign. He accomplishes this by unpacking the spiritual and emotional movements in his own life that lie behind his poems from the retrospective view of how God has healed and redeemed his own pain and ambiguity. In so doing, he invites us to experience the same. What a gift to all of us who aspire to follow Jesus and to be more like Him, but who often get stuck! Kirk is a wise guide and his book provides us a fresh map for getting unstuck.

— Paul Jensen, Founder and President of The Leadership Institute and Affiliate Professor of Leadership and Discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary. Author of Subversive Spirituality | spiritualleadership.com