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Book Review: How Far You Have Come by Morgan Harper Nichols

Book Review: How Far You Have Come by Morgan Harper Nichols

Book Review: How Far You Have Come by Morgan Harper Nichols

7 December 2021

Reviewed by Jessica Morris

When artist Morgan Harper Nichols’ first poem went viral on Instagram a few years ago, I assumed she had been writing poetry for years.

Her words encouraging me to ‘Remember the mountains and valleys that got you here’ connected me to God in a way only anointed art can. Since then, I have ardently followed her work, inspired by her musings on God, hope and healing. And once, I even commissioned her to create art for a friend’s birthday.

Given this, you can imagine how delighted I was when Christian publisher Tyndale brought out her anthology, How Far You Have Come. Comprised of poetry, artwork and essays, it takes us on a journey of self-discovery, ultimately reminding us that though this world is not our home, we can still find moments of hope in this place – scars and all.

Divided into eight sections, each is themed around a US state she has travelled through at different times in her life. It means we are treated to childlike ponderings, the isolation of becoming a young adult, and the heartbreak of adulthood. Her reflections about her identity as an introverted pastor’s daughter and life as a woman of colour are compelling. Meanwhile, her ability to see how God works through the land, colour and imagination will remind you to pause and be present.

This stunning book is full of depth, hope and honesty. A great Christmas gift for the artistic souls in your life!

How Far You Have Come is available at major bookstores and Koorong.

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