Olivet The Magazine | Lake Cora Haiku

Lauren Beatty

May 14, 2024 Alumni & Friends, Olivet The Magazine

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Former Olivet Nazarene University President Dr. John. C. Bowling ’71 recently completed the manuscript for Lake Cora Haiku. This curated collection of modern haiku — based on the Japanese tradition of brief poetic phrasing inspired by the natural world — was inspired by and written from his retirement home on Lake Cora, which is near Paw Paw, Michigan.

“I think the value of the book is to illustrate how to be more observant of everyday things: a sunset or the leaves turning or the first snowfall,” Dr. Bowling said. “The last 40 years of my life, I was just full-out. Ministry is not a job; it’s a way of life, and I loved every part of it. At the same time, at some point, a person has to recognize that there are different seasons of life — not necessarily better or worse, just different. The book will hopefully help people push a pause button to wait and see and get in tune with the Creator.”

Lake Cora Haiku is now available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Fulton Publishing.

From Olivet The Magazine, Compassion & Conviction – Spring 2024. Read the full issue here.

Lauren Beatty

Lauren Beatty ’13 is a freelance writer, author, editor, artist and an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication at Olivet. She earned a Master of Arts degree in cross-cultural and sustainable business management from the American University of Paris in 2014. Her thesis explored the evolution of socially responsible business practices in America.

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