Book Review: Ogadinma by Ukamaka Olisakwe

Book Title:  Ogadinma Genre: FictionAuthor:  Ukamaka OlisakwePublisher:  Masobe BooksYear of Publication:  2021Number of Pages: 266ISBN: 978-978-57645-6-7Reviewer: Tola Ijalusi Book Review Ogadinma is the story of triumph, a story of Ogadinma’s journey to liberation and self-discovery. A story that stands for the voice of many Nigerian women who has faced abuse, and patriarchal oppression. A true Nigerian story.  A good girl of 17 who want to study Literature at the University went to see Barrister Chima for assistance in gaining admission but the rich lawyer took advantage of her, thwarting her dreams and giving her some money to ‘take care of yourself’ which Ogadinma later used … Continue reading Book Review: Ogadinma by Ukamaka Olisakwe

Pride by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

He was fibbed to like a house on fire, He was maligned and unjustly criticized, But, despite all that, he pocketed his pride. He didn’t hurl back because of the goal ahead, And that is why his enemy is always abased. Why did you pocket your pride? They asked. It is highly legitimate if you fight back, they said. It doesn’t matter what is right, What matters is what He likes, he answered. I paid the painful price, To set the sinful free, he added. He further explained, You need to hold your horses, If you want to be unique … Continue reading Pride by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

O, Lord of Lives by Ujjal Mandal

when all men treat me as impostor let my mind fill with serenity and go out the flame of anger let my heart shine with melody and beauty like the pearl of great worth when all men turn down my tongue let you take back the sighs you gave me once to breathe endless and let me put on new dress of flesh O, my god! Bio: Ujjal Mandal is an Indian poet who hails from Ganguria, West Bengal, India. He is the author of two books of poetry: “Ambrosia in Budding Flowers” & “Shobder Phul.” Continue reading O, Lord of Lives by Ujjal Mandal

Divine Inspiration of the Holy Bible by Psalmuel Benjamin – Article – PAROUSIA Magazine

DIVINE INSPIRATION OF THE HOLY BIBLE  The Bible is a documented book that shows how God relates with His people. This documented book is called the scripture. The scripture is not a text or story but a divinely inspired word from God to His people. The word “inspiration” is a translation of the Greek word “theopneustos” which literally means “God-breathed.”  The translation of “theopneustos” found in the King James Version was derived from the Latin Bible where the word “inspiro” is used in 2 Timothy 3:16 to translate the word “theopneustos.”  The Importance, however, is that scripture was breathed-out by … Continue reading Divine Inspiration of the Holy Bible by Psalmuel Benjamin – Article – PAROUSIA Magazine

PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021

PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021 we are pleased to announce that Parousia Magazine is open for its annual Christmas short story contest with a ₦25,000 prize. The theme for this year contest is “A Christmas Miracle.” Deadline is December 22nd, 2021. This contest is open to Christian writers from Nigeria only. The winning entry claims the prize. Send your story, maximum of 3000 words to parousiareads@gmail.com All contestants should follow us on all our social media platforms Facebook Page: Parousia Reads and Magazine Facebook Group: Parousia Collective Instagram: @parousiamag Twitter: @Parousiamag Continue reading PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021

An Antenna by Ann Privateer

An Antenna Sits on my windowsill Two long silver fingers As thin as fishing poles Like a V for victory Pointing to heaven Captures the signal From networks in the ether Connecting me To comedy, sometimes Or news of the day And then, I’m not alone. Bio: Ann Privateer is a poet, artist, and photographer. Some of her recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday and Entering to name a few. Continue reading An Antenna by Ann Privateer

BEAUTY FOR ASHES by Oluwatoyin A. Olojo – BOOK RELEASE – PAROUSIA Reads

We are so glad to announce the release of the debut book of Oluwatoyin A. Olojo, “BEAUTY FOR ASHES.” About the Book Beauty for Ashes by Oluwatoyin A. Olojo is a masterpiece on healing, love, faith and hope with love being the foundation.  It describes the unique journey of man with God, a true Christian life, and that of other people using the author’s life as a canvas for the reader’s reflection. It also emphasizes the ways and need to let go of every pain from the past in order to fully embrace the beauty in the present and expected … Continue reading BEAUTY FOR ASHES by Oluwatoyin A. Olojo – BOOK RELEASE – PAROUSIA Reads

Divine Encounter With Jesus Christ (My Testimony) by Chinwe Chinaka – PAROUSIA READS

We are pleased to announce the release of “Divine Encounters With Jesus (My Testimony)” by Chinwe Chinaka. This is a memoir written to inspire you to march into victory. Chinwe Lillian Chinaka hails from South Eastern Nigeria, she is the fourth child in a family of seven: four girls and three boys. She hold a Post graduate Diploma in Education from University of Benin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science with Social Policy from Open University United Kingdom. It was during her one year youth service programme in Nigeria she met her husband. They got married immediately … Continue reading Divine Encounter With Jesus Christ (My Testimony) by Chinwe Chinaka – PAROUSIA READS

Three poems from Chandra Gurung | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

This Evening Hoard in heart holding the ears of this stormThat, like a tormenter, entered the gardenTo rob it of its beautySome bright dayWe can talk about this dark time. Don’t allow an easy fallTo the tears falling from your eyesLet some dust of rage rise from the floorWhere the drops fallLet dissatisfaction take a few stepsLet some hands rise in dissent. My friend, adorn in the canvas of your heartThe beautiful image of a smileThat drifted to the fringe of a cheek.In the sky of time, some day-This bird of smile can flap its wings of desireAnd take a … Continue reading Three poems from Chandra Gurung | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Two Poems from Anayo Valentine Dioha | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

THE EPIDEMIC (NEW CORONA) Woe bring’st thou and woe thee betide.For all that sorrow to thee are tied.And for fatalities by yours upon our comrades;First the SARS, then MERS; all in raids,Usurping our dominance over lower beings,From bats and cats to donkeys and dogs, like outlawed kings. Perhaps these, for transgressions by our kind,Perpetrated against the will of a mega mind;And thou, the vindication of cautions clearly laid.Only though such a warning, only subtly said. Now we cast thee; from us be gone!With thy mantra at present we’re done.Flee from ours for thy case now clear,And we are bound to … Continue reading Two Poems from Anayo Valentine Dioha | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

The Day We Learnt To Wash Our Hands by Elizabeth Robyn Stanton | Short Story | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

The Day We Learnt To Wash Our Hands The Universal creator took a paint brush and flicked it across the world. It landed where it did. The people didn’t see it coming, even though it was quite a bright white, it wasn’t until it landed on the skin that it came into awareness. Still many just looked at the afflicted and decided, while it’s not me, I will not bother. The word on the street was, it’s those people over there, it’s how they live, it’s what they eat, it’s their fault. It’s their governments fault, it’s their religion, it’s … Continue reading The Day We Learnt To Wash Our Hands by Elizabeth Robyn Stanton | Short Story | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Three poems from Kwaghkule Jacob | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

SUNLESS DAYS Our hopes have flownAnd our dreams drownedIn the shattered streamsOf anxiety and perplexityShadowed by dreariness. Die not the smearing sunFor thy creatures need it.Die not the scorching sunFor the whole world weepsFor the coldness of the dawn. Our sight is blurred,But the thundering voiceOf a blissful sonShall change the shrieky tuneOf wails; Christ is the healing. WAR WITHOUT WEAPONS The world is at war;Fighting an invisible rivalWhose fame of victorySpreads like a wildfireCirculating flames of furiesInto the burning minds of men. Bring not bow and arrowsFor the enemy’s shell is sturdy,Stronger than that of a coconut.Bring not spears,For … Continue reading Three poems from Kwaghkule Jacob | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

How Invaluable Can Life Be by Ololade Edun | Fiction | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

How Invaluable Can Life Be? If anyone told me that I’ll lose a loved one to viruses which I’ve been studying in the university, I’ll call it the biggest lie of the century. I will gather strength to discredit such person and maybe dissociate from such Harbinger of Death. But here it is, 33 days later and I still hope, pray fervently that all and everything of these past months should be a dream, one I will wake up from and regard as devil’s antics to destroy me. My name is Ololade Edun and this is not your usual story. … Continue reading How Invaluable Can Life Be by Ololade Edun | Fiction | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

What Defines Healing by Ololade Edun | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

To heal is to let go of your broken past,Retold sins and the will to forgo those ills,Creating a new human from the ruins of old souls,A new you baptized with abundant Grace. To heal is to merge your present with God,Confess old sins and drink from his cup of grace,Bathe your soul with his words until they stick,A memento – that his grace lasts forever. To heal is to create a world on planet Earth,Living in the throes of good and evil,To agree that there is a superior being,One who weaves and clothes all He created. I write this … Continue reading What Defines Healing by Ololade Edun | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

“I Am Sincerely Speaking Spiritually!” Pray For The World To Defeat Covid-19! – PAROUSIA Magazine

Greetings, my dearly beloved brothers and sisters of God’s inspirational grace; today, I am pleading that each of you will defeat Covid-19 and live a blessed life with your family. Today, let’s join hands in prayers for these three countries. They are currently rated as the top three countries in the world with the worst surge of Covid-19 infections and invasions. They are as follows: 1) Brazil, South America, is experiencing a coronavirus storm of infections and deaths across the country. It’s now the epic center for coronavirus. The highest restrictions are in place on all travels to Brazil. It’s … Continue reading “I Am Sincerely Speaking Spiritually!” Pray For The World To Defeat Covid-19! – PAROUSIA Magazine

Four Poems from Emmanuel Momoh | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

COME ALL YE To the ones whose eyes have seen gory daysAnd those whose hope went up in flamesThere’s a panacea to every hurt, every painCome all ye, let this name be your shade.To the ones who’ve had their backs to the wallAnd those the locusts devoured their cropsDon’t just sit and mourn and count your lossRise up, look yonder, find solace in the cross.I know your essence have been smeared with poignant pains& life has gifted you moonless nights, cloudy daysRejoice o brother, the sun will rise againAnd those dead bones will surely live again.Come all ye, out of … Continue reading Four Poems from Emmanuel Momoh | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Three poems from Abigail-Tydale Bassey | Poetry | PAROUSIA Magazine

I ESTHER walked into the king’s lairwith little hope whatsoever her first attempt was at dinner her shaking voice asked forpityjusticeandrevengepray about the plot of peoplelike Hamaneating with youand beating bones into your throat:an enemy. II LISTEN TO GOD What’d you make of so raging thoughtsgathered beneath your eyes?See, they sag_with very pale glow;voice locked in your throat _hardly, a word comes through. Around is a wind of fear:closing in on you _many doubts tuck in your waistand your soul? panting through dark forest paths;crickets chirping, calling crimes you know by name,you’ve done_ugly sins. Trapped, you are:feeling it’s over. Set … Continue reading Three poems from Abigail-Tydale Bassey | Poetry | PAROUSIA Magazine

IF SILENCE COULD SPEAK by Roberta Monokroussos | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

The babbling brook grows silent before the still watersjoining forces reports exchanged about upriver quartersthe redwood forest’s shafts of light through the sacred steeplethe sound of silence the soul soaring to galaxies beyond gospel the silvery sequined sleeve of the sophisticated gownworn at the ballroom dances, governor’s balls, senior promsthe sparkling stream sidling down the steep mountain crownpicnic baskets, bread cheese and fine wines, hiking with aplomb people talking without listening to the sounds of silencepeople coming to conclusions without thinking expired licensethe leaves whisper the sounds of transience midst the permanenceof old oak trees with the circles of the … Continue reading IF SILENCE COULD SPEAK by Roberta Monokroussos | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

O Hope by Aldo Quagliotti | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

O Hope As light filtered through the crackour faces densely packedwith ragged-looking petalswere similar to a burgundy varietyof sunsetwe were tangling our majestic spireshands floating like fliesfalling like spiders along our armsa new day was starting,we were recoveringfrom the night in quarantinedebating what season would come nextright inside our rooma sweaty summer of enveloped bodiesor a myriad of autumn impervious cloudsYour heavenly fragrancecould wake up your own dormancythat feathery smile I holdmirrors your eyebrows, so upward-looking I decided that your wisdom, o Godwould suit spring betterYour heavenly fragrancecould wake up my own dormancythat feathery smile I holdmirrors your eyebrows, so … Continue reading O Hope by Aldo Quagliotti | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine