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When the dead come to mind, they are like holy ghosts, as real as hope or faith, as tangible as trust and love. This book is a collection of questions, memories, and loves that continue to live with me, in me, and through me. . . . Here is displayed the basis of my personal faith that encompasses the story of a man who rose from the dead and showed all who would see that death is not the end. Life is. Period.
– from the preface
Ragan’s poetry echoes of his past and reflects thoughts and words that visualize his hope for the future. He has lived his life with truth, joy and some grief. All three feelings share the positives of his book. I am delighted to welcome you to his story, and pleased to be known as his friend.
George Founder and Artistic Director A.D. Players Theater
Having known Ragan and his work for many years, I am not surprised by this honest confession of raw grief. The reaction to death for many people of faith is an embarrassment that is to be covered by holy emotions and spiritual shoulds. This collection of poems is like the lancing of festering, aching wounds in response to dismissive invitations to accept that “time will heal the hurt.” Recognizing that in all of life and especially in the shadow experience of “waiting for the fog to part,” we learn “eternity’s lessons.” Holy Ghosts frees us to feel and keep on feeling. It is not a curse to feel; it is a curse to miss the opportunity to move from the present to the eternal, and to reject the idea there has “to be ignorance in order for faith to come into play.”
—Bill Heston Executive Pastor,
First Presbyterian Church, Houston
I am so glad the world will finally know what I’ve known for over 30 years. Ragan Courtney is a true poet. Enjoy!
Singer, Songwriter, and Comedian
Ragan Courtney’s vulnerability is so real in these poems that you can almost hear his voice in the vivid imagery. Sometimes gently and sometimes with force, he coaxes light out of the darkness of loss and sorrow. With each poem he helps us yield our fears of death and dying bit by bit, calling us to “believe a bit more, sing a bit louder and pray a bit deeper.” It is a glad irony that he shows us another way to celebrate life and all of its mysteries. I was profoundly affected by the raw and rich beauty of Holy Ghosts.
Author of Fierce Love and Meeting Jesus Today