Spirituality books

Realities of Life in VerseThe poems in Realities of Life – Reflections in Verse were first written, sometimes quickly, by Alex to capture insights about life that he had gained. Some of the thoughts came straight from his heart, in the peaceful early morning hours, spent reflecting on life over a cup of green tea. Others were inspired by reading and contemplation.

After sharing his first drafts with Eva, she masterfully edited them. Furthermore, she meaningfully added to the initial thoughts and reflections, greatly enhancing the original versions. She also drafted a few of the poems herself.

In compiling this collection of poems, Realities of Life – Reflections in Verse, the intentions have been that as much as possible, the poems would be:


  • Reality-based – true to lived experience.
  • Inclusive – speaking to readers on any spiritual path, or none.
  • Timeless – relevant today, next year, and in decades to come.
  • Universal – able to touch people’s lives across a broad spectrum.

However, while the poems are intended to speak to people of any spiritual orientation, readers may find a gentle undercurrent of Christian and/or Buddhist thought as a result of the background and studies by their authors.

Alex and Eva are pleased to have permission from Jindrich (Henry) Degen, Eva’s father, to use some of his mainly abstract paintings as introductory pages to the sections and to the individual poems in this book.

The poems in Realities of Life – Reflections in Verse are arranged under the following themes:

  • Truths of Life
  • Wisdom for Life
  • Acceptance
  • End-of-Life Reflections
  • In Memoriam
  • Friendship
  • Family
  • On a Lighter Note

With the authors, Alexander and Eva Peck, now well into their sixties, the poems reflect a serious side of life. To balance the soberness of the poems, a section entitled “On a Lighter Note” is included.

Alex and Eva have both been drawn to exploring spirituality since their teen years. Later they both gained Masters of Theology degrees in Australia where they presently live. They continue to write in the area of spirituality, and have self-published several books and created a number of websites.

May readers find the feelings and thoughts about life captured in the poems helpful and insightful for their own life journey.


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See this page for the author’s other books.

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