A Common Thirst (Beaver’s Pond Press)

As a parent, grandparent, elementary teacher and collector of children’s books I highly recommend this beautiful book. It has all the elements of great children’s literature: rich language and literary techniques, a classic story line, captivating illustrations that also tell the story and multiple lessons ranging from the importance of water to the common good.

John Schmidt


Step Close In: Poems From the Path (Orchard Street Press)

Immersing yourself in these poems is like meandering along a labyrinth path drawing you into the center with intriguing images crafted from a deep sense of knowing. The lyrical phrasing flows gracefully over your heart, and unexpected turns enlighten and enrich the journey. These are words of wisdom and wonder for the soul, delightful for individual and group reflection.

Lisa Gidlow Moriarity: artist and founder of Paths of Peace Spiritual Resources

Naming Rites: Poems (Holy Cow! Press)

“Gary Boelhower’s poems resist convention and confinement even as they speak deeply of and from history, family, and community. The persona names and narrates himself into being as he chronicles profound and tender encounters as well as ‘tectonic shifts and betrayals.’ Software engineers meditate, children go hungry and faith is lost and reconfigured. ‘Let me not forget to be what I have spoken,’ Boelhower reminds himself and his readers. Naming Rites is an important and sustaining book for our times, with its ‘cadence that calls us into the streets with voices / of protest and hope.’”

Julie Gard, author of Home Studies and Scrap: On Louise Nevelson.


Choose Wisely: Practical Insights from Spiritual Traditions (Paulist Press)

“Profoundly practical and inspiring. You will read and reread this book, mark it up, and seek it out when facing difficult decisions. It is that practical and inspiring. Gary Boelhower writes from a lifetime of learning, teaching, and reflective living, but most especially from his heart.”

Don M. Frick, PhD, author of Robert K. Greenleaf: A Life of Servant Leadership; coauthor of Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership.


Mountain 10: Climbing the Labyrinth Within (Mountain 10 Resources)

“There is something about the physicality of the LABgraphic, combined with the repetition of reflections and questions that takes you deeper and deeper into your own soul journey. I came away from Mountain 10 with new insights bout my life and work…”

Judi Neal, PhD, author of Edgewalkers: People and Organizations that Take Risks, Build Bridges and Break New Ground and Creating Enlightened Organizations and editor of Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace.


Marrow, Muscle, Flight: Poems (Wildwood River Press)

“A passionate heart finds expression in Marrow, Muscle, Flight. Gary Boelhower is extraordinarily attuned to the lyrical: ‘clear syllables/ of spring rain sing on the warm / shingles…’ or ‘…loss is the cost / of love…’ As in the meditations of the metaphysical poet, George Herbert, the earthly and the divine merge in these moving poems.”

Connie Wanek, author of Rival Gardens, On Speaking Terms, and Hartley Field.