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A Sense of History: A Collection of Poetry by John S. Hatcher. Oxford, England: George Ronald Publishers, 1990. (224 pages)
This collection of my poetry pulls together poems I had published individually with poems I wrote specifically for this work. Divided into nine parts, this not a merely an anthology. The individual parts and poems within them are arranged in something of a chronological order—some personal and some not, some brief, and others of a narrative bent—to demonstrate the perspective of history from a Bahá’í point of view.
Adam’s Wish: Unknown Poetry of Táhirih. Wilmette, Ill.: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 2008.
A collection of poems translated from a manuscript of works previously unknown, this book contains useful introductions and explications of those themes that this amazing and heroic poet presents in her examination of some of the more abstruse theological matters related to the advent of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. In particular, these poems focus on how we must await the “second” trumpet blast—Bahá’u’lláh’s declaration of His mission—before we enter the stage of the “Latter Resurrection” foretold in the Qur'án and in the writings of the Báb. Importantly, the book contains in the facsimiles of the calligraphy from the original manuscript.
Ali's Dream: The Story of Bahá'u'lláh. Oxford England: George Ronald, 1980. (248 pages).
This first edition by George Ronald is no longer in print. More recent editions and versions available. This work has also been translated into Spanish, German, and Chinese. Set in `Akká in 1911, this fictional story narrates the quest of a young Bahá’í to learn about the life of Bahá’u’lláh after he has experienced an evocative and mysterious dream. As he inquires about the sequence of events that characterize the series of exiles and tribulations that Bahá’u’lláh faced, Ali finds that the Bahá’í Faith is not simply some ideas he inherited from his parents and the local community, but his own belief to which he can now dedicate himself, whether in the present, or in the future when he becomes an adult with his own family.
Close Connections: The Bridge Between Spiritual Reality and Physical Reality. Wilmette, Ill.: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 2005.
While lengthy and covering a wide variety of related fields of study, this book presents an effort to demonstrate the relationship between spiritual and physical reality. More specifically, the study tries to present evidence demonstrating that there is an interplay or interpenetration between these two dimensions of reality. Though written for the ordinary reader, the work alludes to some of the work of the principal scholars in the various fields it surveys: physics, cosmology, anthropology, etc.
From Sin to Salvation: The Ascent of the Soul. Wilmette, Ill.: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 2016.
This is one in a series of books dealing with some of the most weighty and significant issues that confront those who aspire to understand and follow religious belief—the nature of sin and how we can recover from it. By examining the definition of “sin” in various religious traditions—as well as how various religions enable believers to attain repentance and salvation—this work attempts to demonstrate the unique portrayal of this central theme as it is discussed in the authoritative Bahá’í texts. In particular, the work deals importantly with the causal relationship between our earthly conduct and or afterlife experience, answering the issue, for example, as to whether or not we have the free will to aspire to forgiveness after our departure from this life.
From the Auroral Darkness: The Life and Poetry of Robert Hayden. Oxford England: George Ronald Publishers, 1984. (342 pages)
This is a thorough and possibly definitive examination of the life and poetry of Robert E. Hayden, particularly as it relates to his perspective as a Bahá’í, something that underlies his world view, as well as his personal experience. In particular, it supplants and refutes the assertions and misinterpretations in Robert Hayden: A Critical Analysis of His Poetry by Pontheolla Williams, who unfortunately fails to appreciate the relationship of Hayden’s religious and philosophical beliefs as they inform an understanding of the symbolic meaning of his poetry.
God’s Plan for Planet Earth: And for Your Neighborhood. Wilmette, Ill.: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 2018.
Focused on the sequence of Five Year Plans unleashed by the Universal House of Justice from 2001-2021, this work begins by examining the links in the Covenant to demonstrate how the authoritative of this institution become firmly established by means of documents that explicitly forge together securely transition: from Bahá’u’lláh to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá; from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to the Guardian; from the Guardian to the Custodians, and from the Custodians to the Universal House of Justice. The work deals most critically with the challenge that occurred at the local level as new institutions were created to facilitate these plans, thereby changing the tenor of activity—particularly teaching strategies—in communities that had remained the same for over a century.
Healing Hasan’s Heart. Wilmette, Ill.: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 2015
This is a completely revised version of Conversations published as a companion work to the revised edition of Ali’s Dream by the Bahá'í Publishing Trust of the United States. This is much more readable for the youth, for whom it was originally intended.