Donald David Sims Writes “Poems to Peruse,” to Further the Redemptive Work of God

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Donald David Sims’ “Poems to Peruse” weaves themes borrowed from science and scripture to present a clearer understanding of God, and to bring as many non-believers as possible to Christ as Lord and Savior.

Holy Fire Publishing releases “Poems to Peruse” (Paperback, U.S. $15.00, ISBN# 978-1-60383-408-7) Donald David Sims’ poetry uses themes borrowed from science and scripture to further the kingdom of God.

“Poems to Peruse” is a warm, imaginative book of poetry fully illustrated by the author. Sims’ themes of nature, family, compassion and redemption, invite readers to experience greater spiritual insight through vivid symbolism. “Man cannot look at the stars and believe that the universe, ordered and precise as it is, was created without having an intended significance for mankind,” says Sims.

Sims discusses his use of symbolism in his poem, “Bewitched.” The North Star is a fixed reference for the Mariner, an absolute for direction. The poem pictures a helmsman in need of direction. A cynic might resist ideas embracing absolutes. Symbolically, though, the idea of a Creator could be resisted as ‘the Absolute’ to guide us as we navigate through life.

Sims’ "The Quest" rigorously upholds the importance of honoring life. Sims writes with reverence for life and calls readers to peer deeply into their soul and reflect, to celebrate what can be, rather than to mourn what cannot be. Sims recommends readers don their “‘spectacles’ for insight and scrutiny, and perhaps read with a friend for discussion.”

“God is the giver of life, the giver of significance and purpose, the one who creates, from the lowliest elements, the crowns of creation (humanity),” says Sims. His poem, “A Gem,” describes his deceased brother, a faithful pastor, who Sims now sees as a precious stone in Glory: "A gem discovered in its darkened berth / Once swum in molten origin /Predestined there, while in primordial earth / Dreary, to brighten earth's portion."

Sims’ "Pain Broken" offers consolation to sufferers who find that they are not alone in their suffering; it imparts comfort from the One who also has endured the ravages of pain. "Mary Magdalene" tells of a woman's broken life, victimized by guilt and spiritual devastation, but who has an unexpected encounter with the Lord and gains purpose, hope and victory for a new earthly life and an eternal life with Christ.

Donald Sims has written poetry for 65 years. He loves the beauty and power of words and writes out of compassion for people to have an abundant life. He writes to encourage others to take advantage of God’s redemption. Sims’ seminary training shapes his Christian worldview and influences his writing with a desire to further the redemptive work of God. His next projects are a narrative poem and a publication on evangelism.

Donald David Sims lives in Knoxville, TN, with his wife Rhonda Connatser Sims, and their two children. His hobbies are writing, shell sculpture, drawing, and painting. Sims holds a B. S. Degree, East Tennessee State University; and an M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Sims attended Harris School of Advertising Art, Nashville, TN. simsdd37(at)

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