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.
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 August. We have lost some stalwarts of our church family recently, and some people seem to have been having especially hard times. We have to acknowledge that the Christian life involves suffering, as well as comfort and blessings.
Say it! Rant at God. Tell Him you’re mad.
Unleash the anger you didn’t know you had.
Faith should help, but now it’s hanging by a thread;
Friends speak clumsy words that are easier left unsaid.
Empty. Bereft. Scared by a diagnosis.
Raw emotion lets guilt seep in by osmosis.
In a heartbeat, your known world turns to dross.
No-one feels your pain or comprehends your loss.
God only knows! He went through it on 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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