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Author and Visual Artist – Lynda McKinney Lambert
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A review of Lynda McKinney’s new book, Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems
by Beckie Ann Horter – VisionAware Blog Book Review
The FIRST BOOK REVIEW for _Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems_ was published by Abbie Johnson Taylor:
Here is the LINK to her REVIEW on _My Corner_ Read it Here!
The FIRST BOOK REVIEW is by Abbie Johnson Taylor, on her blog, _My Corner_
This is a copy of that first book review, f
This collection starts with a prologue in which the author, who is also an artist, describes how knitting sustained her during difficult times after she lost most of her vision in 2007. The poetry and prose that follow are divided into twelve sections, one for each month of the year. Some pieces reflect the time of year while others discuss the author’s faith in God, nature, art, music, and other topics.
My favorite piece is “A Wintry Tale” because it reminds me of many tumbles I took in the snow when I was younger due to my lack of vision. I believe Lynda was still sighted at the time of this story, so I found that refreshing. My second favorite is “A Pennsylvania Christmas” because it brings back memories of my own childhood Christmases, even though I’ve never received coal in my stocking.
I’ve known Lynda for years through our association with Behind Our Eyes, a not-for-profit organization for writers with disabilities. I’ve always been amazed by how, despite her sight loss, her appreciation of art and nature comes through in her vivid descriptions. Even if you have normal vision, this book will open your eyes, ears, and heart to life’s wonders.
“A Touching and Creative Book”
Walking by Inner Vision: Stories and Poems
© 2017 By Lynda McKinney Lambert
For this review, I accessed this creative writing collection via the Kindle eBook reader app after purchasing the book on Amazon
The depth of the author’s creativity brings together artistic mediums and presents them in a format inspired by the 12-month calendar and seasonal influences. She writes of the craft of writing and other visual arts with an understated ease. She foregoes pretentions and her voice is clear and concise from the first line to the last.
Lambert begins with winter, which she presents as a rebirth, of nature’s awakening. She recalls how the crispness of fresh snow reminds her of other childhood sensations.
From the winter, the musings and prose continue onto the spring, then summer, highlighting the personal and spiritual accents of which she finds inspiring.
In one poignant story, she describes a spiritual comforting as her daughter lies in the hospital fighting for her life. In this essay, Lambert expresses feeling helpless but also hopeful.
In another section, she shares her creative process, which, as a writer, I found fascinating.
This unique and varied collection can be read a one’s leisure, something to keep on the coffee table or by the bedside for those times when a little inspiration and comfort is sought. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for gift giving season for any creative individual.