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Waxahachie, Texas — November 6, 2012 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) English Instructor Amy George will release her third poetry book "Desideratum" (Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, Ky.) on January 5, 2013. The book will be available for pre-sale until November 30, 2012 (www.finishinglinepress.org).

George believes that poetry can have an impact in the Church. She says, "This generation is looking for creative ways to express their experiences with God and develop a deeper relationship with Him. Poetry is my platform for encouraging people in the church to write about their spiritual walk with God."

"Desideratum" is a collection of poems containing reflections on Scripture, life and personal experiences. George says, “The poems in 'Desideratum' profile and respond to biblical characters, reflect on God and His people and recall my experiences in ministry.”

Ben Witherington, III, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., and a member of the Doctoral Faculty at St. Mary's College and St. Andrews University in Scotland, says, "[George's] imagery speaks of deep communion with nature and its Creator. . . I highly recommend 'Desideratum.' It will nourish your soul."

Cindy M. Kelly, editor of “Plain Spoke,” says, "[Desideratum's] pages help us explore and confront what we think we know about the differences between our everyday and our 'Sunday best.' Ms. George takes apart and describes the ordinary and unremarkable with such fresh and sensual language that. . . she curates a landscape deeper, truer and more spiritual than the one we knew before."

George is an English instructor at SAGU, where she teaches composition and a course in writing and publishing poetry. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from National University in San Diego and is currently pursuing a docorate in literature and criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

George has authored three collections of poetry: “The Fragrance of Memory” (Amsterdam Press, 2010), “Sacred Fires and Ebullient Flames” (Red Ochre Press, 2011) and “Desideratum” (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Journals  such as “The Toronto Quarterly” and “Jones Av." and "WestWard Quarterly” have published George's poetry. Her work has also been included in the podcast for MiPOesias and in the textbook-anthology “The Working Poet: 75 Writing Exercises and a Poetry Anthology,” edited by Scott Minar (Autumn House Press, 2009).

George has taught poetry writing workshops at local venues, including lecturing at the Nicholas P. Sims Library in Waxahachie, Texas, and being a judge for the Spoken Word Poetry category of the 2012 North Texas District Fine Arts for the Assemblies of God.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.