Featured Reviews of "Believing is not the same as Being Saved

“Lisa Martin’s Believing is not the same as Being Saved cleaves even closer to the holy, keeping religious motifs so near her natural language that they slip in unnoticed until they start to pile up, as in the various uses of the sword ‘saved’ in the title poem. Martin’s best poems have a knack for reaching epiphanies by assiduously focusing and unfocusing their gaze…. Martin takes seriously the need to navigate between the philosophical and material worlds. ” Jacob McArthur Mooney, Quill & Quire

Believing is not the same as Being Saved is a quietly elegant book of poems…. You can see and feel the meticulous care Martin has taken in crafting these poems, constructing this book…. Martin understands that much of life is a paradox, that joy and sorrow are birds dancing on the same high wire.” (Full review at http://michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca/2017/06/believing-is-not-same-as-being-saved.html) Michael Dennis, Today’s Book of Poetry

‘[This] is an intricate collection of poems that meditates on pivotal traumatic events in the speaker’s life thatchallenge her faith…. In language that turns in and out of itself in finely tuned poetic phrasing, Martin deftly manages a vision that embraces death and loss as the other side of life and love and what matters most to us…. With poems that carry a religious and philosophic fervour—whose parallel in literary tradition might be Gerard Manley Hopkins with his rapturous sonnets that delve into his own faith and doubt about God – Martin’s verses are embedded with incandescent images from the natural world and are sinuous with thought riddled with paradox.” The Goose, Vol. 16, Iss. 1 [2017] [Full review at http://scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose/vol16/iss1/10/] Gillian Harding-Russell

# 1 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, April 02, 2017

# 4 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, April 23, 2017