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Pen of Flame

Product Code: 0200009064

The Life and Poetry of Catherine Baird

  • By John C. Izzard with Henry Gariepy
  • Foreword by Marlene Chase
  • 145 pages.
  • Published 2002, Crest Books
Excerpt from foreword

John Izzard, long-time friend and admirer of Catherine Baird, has provided a carefully researched and rendered biography of one of the great women of Salvation Army history. He introduced the reader to the pioneer days of the Army in Australia and South Africa and follows Catherine Baird's literary career in the United States and in England. Baird comes alive through historic and humorous anecdotes and through associations with friends, protégés and leaders.

Izzard opens a previously unpublished window revealing facets of the Army's literary history. He shares accounts of the editorial department under siege during the days of the London Blitz. Notable literary personas such as Coutts, Brengle, Watson, Gauntlett, Wiggins and Orsborn move in and out of the narrative. Baird's own quotes give insights to her lifelong ministry with her "pen of flame"—a phrase accorded her by Samuel Logan Brengle, who figures prominently in her life.

"There are two parts to my writings. The inner form is what you may call inspiration. The outer form is what makes a poem. I believe that it comes through me and not of me, or out of me…I don't want to express myself. I want to express God."

—Catherine Baird.

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