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Cold Spring Hallelujah

Heidi Barr


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Cold Spring Hallelujah explores the experience of being human in a world that often seems broken. Woven together by threads of healing, coming to terms with limitation, and deep reflection on what truly matters, author Heidi Barr issues an invitation to notice the fractured radiance that has the potential to be uncovered in each human life—and to claim the story that finds a foundation in love, of both self and neighbor. Often in dialogue with the reader, she writes, “Claiming your story takes patience and persistence. It takes the sort of self compassion that might, one day, paint the sky with a splendor that can only be found by falling into the fractured radiance that defines what it means to be alive on planet earth. Be brave enough to look through a different lens if you need to, and explore an unfamiliar path. Let the stumbles and the joys and everything in between lead you toward hallelujah. I’ll meet you there.” Cold Spring Hallelujah is a book to keep close on the path into healing.

Praise For Cold Spring Hallelujah

“Reading these poems feels like being grounded back into the wildness of the world, even while human-made devices and distractions try to pull us from it.”  — Alissa Wild, founder of We Are Wildness

“Readers following the author’s healing journey might even be inspired to try their own poem-a-day process—pausing and noticing and marveling at our wondrous, natural world.”  — Kristin Bartley Lenz, author, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go

"If compassionate empathy is the highest, most human state of consciousness, this collection will be a Springtime of it, quickening a hopeful sense of all that is waiting for you after all and in every season."  — James Scott Smith, author, Water, Rocks and Trees

"The gorgeous poems she shares as gentle suggestions in how we might do so make me grateful for her company in the trying."  — Chris La Tray, author, One-Sentence Journal

 "Cold Spring Hallelujah changed my pace and found the forest of my soul where all things are connected."  — Pastor Meta Herrick Carlson, author, Ordinary Blessings

"Barr's poems demonstrate how to slow down and come into holy union with the numinous that is ever-present in our everyday lives."  — Frank LaRue Owen, poet, author, The School of Soft-Attention

"A powerful message that nourishes the soul, and just like the warmth of hot tea when chilled to the bone, Barr's collection has a magnetic quality you'll want to experience time and time again. A book for lingering."  — D.A. Hickman, author, Ancients of the Earth: Poems of Time

Homebound Publications, 9781947003569, 140pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2019

About the Author

Heidi Barr lives near the St. Croix River Valley in Minnesota with her husband and daughter where they tend a large organic vegetable garden, explore nature and do their best to live simply. As a mother, spouse, gardener, and writer, she is committed to cultivating ways of being that are life-giving and sustainable for people, communities and the planet. She loves putting words together to paint pictures of ideas, as well as walking with others as they explore what it means to live well on a finite planet. Hiking through forests and across prairies, wading in streams, digging in the soil and surrounding herself with natural wonder help her stay grounded in reality. Heidi works as a wellness coach and coordinates with yoga studios, teachers, and organic farms to offer retreat experiences.