My first full-length collection of poetry, Having Decided To Stay, is an exploration in verse of G.K. Chesterton’s assertion that, “gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” Drawing from classical literature, popular culture, personal experience and the awe of the untamed wild, these poems were spun out of the spilling over of an overwhelmed heart.
Praise For Having Decided To Stay:
This collection is a feast, and it goes to show that although God said ‘not many wise are called,’ a few do get through.
Andrée Seu Peterson, Senior Writer, WORLD Magazine
Having Decided To Stay surprises and delights with fresh phrases, sharp images and bright sounds. Bryana Johnson’s first collection of poetry establishes her as a Christian poet who communicates the gutsy, bleeding beat of life and death. Although the volume includes a number of poems founded in Christian thought and Bible text, this book is not a collection of ‘religious poetry.’ It is too creative, too crafted and too challenging to be so simply labeled. It is a collection that restores our confidence that there are poets who labor over the word, and who have something to say that the world needs to hear.
Nathan Harms, Director, Utmost Christian Writers Foundation
These poems are works of elegance…In a voice both compassionate and compelling, Bryana presents her readers with works that examine what it means to be human and how our very faults and foibles can, in the end, become instruments of grace.
Wendy Galgan, editor of Assisi
Having Decided to Stay is a promising debut and already a considerable achievement. Bryana’s “trembly-fingered” poems bound and careen with both honesty and joy. They are equally in love with great books and the wild world, the former perhaps more deserving of that love, the latter more desperate for it.
John Savoie, Ph.D. Yale, Professor at Southern Illinois University