Strung between heaven and earth

This beautiful full-colour coffee table book contains a collection of poems and art-images that capture the raw reality of the life caught in the tension between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet’. Funny, lofty, ironic, profound – these words bring hope without hype and shatter religious mind-sets with their honest vulnerability.


“Serenity and surrender are not the ultimate goals of spirituality. If anyone told you that the spiritual life was a ‘higher plane’, a ‘zone of tranquillity’, to be reached by surrendering your will to the divine and merging with the cosmos – don’t believe them! There is no escaping the daily experience that we live our lives in tension, ‘strung-out.’ But if our seeming earth-bound souls are anchored in a heavenly reality, it is a tension that creates beautiful music, music that comforts the weary hearts of other travellers.”


Jill Lawton was born in the UK and studied English Literature at Jesus College, Oxford. She has lived in the Durban area since 1985 and has obtained two master’s degrees in psychology and practical theology. She loves all things creative – she has been writing poetry for a number of years, but this book is her first venture into the world of mixed media art.

Available from:

Café Você, 39 Inanda Road, Hillcrest
Bellevue Gallery, 5 Bellevue Road Kloof
Adams Books, Musgrave and West Street, Durban
David Krut Bookstore, 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, JHB
Online (can be posted anywhere in South Africa or UK/Europe

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Book title: Strung Between Heaven and Earth
Author: Jill Lawton
Genre: Poetry and Art
Author website
Price:  R300 (Hardcover)
R240 (Softcover)


Audio-enhanced e-book for iPad and computer
(full colour with recordings of all poems)
available from iTunes Store