“Live, Love, Laugh A Lot: It’s Good Medicine for the Soul,” is an excellent poetry book by Jacquelyn Sturge, who is a wonderful author of several books. This one is very spiritually uplifting and inspiring. It starts with a poem entitled “The Call,” regarding her sister in the hospital, and ends with a poem entitled, “Thank You Lord,” where she is giving thanks for each and every day.
Sturge is the reigning “Queen of Limerick Poetry” based on her style of writing limerick poems, using them in story lines, and at times just for fun and humor. She has certainly blessed us this time with her poetic talent in this book, “Live, Love, Laugh A Lot: It’s Good Medicine for the Soul.” She uses the limerick poetic writing style in her series known as, “Pastor Sly Foxx.” This series is very humorous yet serious in the same breath, which is like an oxymoron. It also exposes some of the unbiblical things taking place in some churches today.
The moral impressions from this series regarding “Pastor Sly Foxx” are as follows: 1) There is always a chance for repentance; 2) Abusing one’s spouse is not helpful, especially when serving as a minister of a church; and 3) The stuff hiding in secret will eventually comes to light, usually when one is in a high profile position, or a fish bowl, as an example. Pastor Sly Foxx was really a character and the story also reflects some aspects of reality regarding religion in a different form.
A variety of poetic forms and styles are used in this book such as: the nonet, double reverse nonet, acrostic, concrete poetry, limerick, quatrain, biblical verse, and others just to name a few.
One section of the book which is of particular interest is entitled, “Church Folks.” This is also written in a series with several interesting parts. It’s striking to note how church folks really gossip about each other. One could easily form a socio-diagram about the people in attendance at time, which boils down to human nature in any organizations-but church folks? This is just unimaginable!
This is really a very interesting poetry book to read. It’s down to earth, dynamic, and very inspiring!