The 2008 inSpirit title. The inSpirit Series was previously known as the Meditation Manual Series.

Product Code: 4717
ISBN: 9781558965362
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Skinner House
Pages: 88
Size: 7 x 5
Published Date: 05/19/2008
Availability:In stock
Price: $8.00

A collection of poetic prayers about human connections, the search for stillness, and the mysteries of life and death.

As the title suggests, Belletini's poetry is shaped by the theme of sound and silence. Listen to moon songs, chirping crickets and chanting bees. Experience the silence of love, friendship, snowflakes, and creation. Fifty-four poems in total.

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Reading for the Day

Another Psalm 139

During Wartime


De Colores

Slower and Slower

Always There

Via Negativa

War Requiem

Sunday Spell


In Heaven


Love Prayer

A Kol Nidrei

Mystical Song


First Principles

Creation Story

An Irony for Public Worship



Communion Circle

Part as Parcel

Question Prayer

Ode to Silence

Spiritual History

Forever Turning



Conversation with Avinu Malkenu

The Rose of Hafiz

Simple Amidah

When to Speak, When to Keep Silence

Everyone's Memorial Day


Exultet for Easter Morning

Spring Benedicite


Summer Silence

Early October

Election Promises

Late Fall


Winter Sequence

Christmas Evensong


Morning Psalm

Evening Psalm

Psalm to God


Laud for Life

The Hallowing of the Silence



Solemn Te Deum for Peace

Ah, it's true.
When our ancestors spoke of heaven,
they were speaking of this moment.
When they went on about nirvana
they imagined a time like this.
When they sang of paradise,
it was this morning they imagined.
A time where all the mysteries of life and death
are blended in a community of praise,
where the bones of ancient lovers
are given flesh again in our own bodies,
teachers of long ago speaking of love and truth
once more in lives so ordinary they are
—from "Heaven's Gate"
Praise for Sonata for Voice and Silence:

"Weaving words, music and silence into a tapestry of delight, Mark Belletini spins his magic (which is our magic) ever so gently here. In Sonata for Voice and Silence, he lays claim to that loftiest of titles, impressario of the human spirit."

—Forrest Church, author, So Help Me God, and minister of public theology, Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City

"This is a gift for the spirit and mind and heart. Harry (were he here) would caution us not to use these fierce and exquisite words but to live with them in the silences found in the depths of our souls. Thank you, Mark."

—Laurel Hallman, minister, First Unitarian Church of Dallas

"In joy and in struggle, Belletini’s psalms ask us to engage—to leap up singing, plumb our own silences, and to lean into the fullness of a friend’s final days. And, in each paean, we hear his insistence that we trust the conversation unfolding among us—poet-friend-reader-Thou."

—Barbara Pescan, minister, Unitarian Church of Evanston

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