Welcome to the website of Harry Hunter, author of Christian fiction.
This website contains lots of acrostics that can be freely used in church magazines and similar miscellanies, as well as for personal enjoyment. Harry’s distinctive device is the ‘rhyming acrostic’.
Harry Hunter is the pen name of a retired academic who lives with his wife (and cat) at West Kilbride on the Ayrshire coast.
Harry also writes books (follow the Books tab at the top). His new novella – “The Kilfinan Treasure” – was published in spring 2019 by Instant Apostle.
…which had its ‘book launch’ in West Kilbride library, ably chaired by Liz Pugh
Each day, I look across to the island of Arran (the “sleeping warrior”) which, depending on weather conditions, seems either close enough to touch or else invisible, but you know it’s still there. Some use this as an allegory for God. (It also provides an opportunity to illustrate the power of an acrostic poem, in this case based on Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.)
At times the island basks in aquamarine
Rising from a waveless, tranquil sea
Recumbent warrior, dormant and serene;
And suddenly a fret descends, and we
Need faith as our evidence of things unseen.
Each month, I like to add a new acrostic, so here’s one for July. I had been reading Romans 5 and was pondering the nature of ‘righteousness’ – not an easy topic. Here’s what I eventually came up with.
Reckon you’re good enough? Think again!
Inside each of us dwells the mark of Cain.
God reckons righteousness to us, cancels our sin,
Helps us to conquer our struggles within;
Trying to keep the law, striving to be wise
Ends with us being righteous in our own eyes.
Offer our bodies, then, as a living sacrifice
Unclean vessels washed pure at great price
Speak ill of no-one, let your faith shine
No longer wild olives but grafts in God’s vine:
Every worldly gain we now count as loss,
Status and pride, we consider them dross,
Surrendering all at the foot of the cross.
A useful tip! If you are copying acrostics for use elsewhere please check that the initial letter of each line remains highlighted, or else readers often don’t realise it’s an acrostic.
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