Poems of Living & Dying, Praying & Playing, Belonging & Longing
with 12 Full-Color Paintings/Illustrations by Breanna Slike
Composed in lyrical, penetrating, sometimes playful words, these poems aim to evoke, provoke, and soak the reader in both the earthy and the transcendent. 66 poems, varied in style, are organized into 7 sections:
As the author states in the Introduction:
What do I mean by Glory? A taste, a flicker, a glimpse, a glimmer; a flash, a whisper, a rustling breeze; a fleeting moment that lingers on taste buds, nerve ends, rides overtones of sound, tingles with goose bumps of closeness, surprise, recognition…
God is for us, with us, in us, among us; but only in the glimpses—usually coming uninvited, unexpected—are we awake to God’s presence and life’s mysteries and surprises.
We may be awakened in momentary, sensory experiences—as the Spirit hovers over our chaos—of beauty, living things, a word spoken, thin places….
Moments in which we receive glimpses of glory are worth holding and treasuring. That is my purpose in writing these poems.
A few of the moments that inspired these poems include:
- musing in an old-growth Redwood forest.
- exploring an Island off the coast of Maine.
- awe-struck in a Rocky Mountain meadow.
- amazed by stars singing in the night sky.
- finding hope in a wildlife-welcoming garden.
- experiencing healing of painful memories.
- attending births and deaths of loved ones.
- affirming faith in the God of all creation.
Catherine Lawton (Cathy) lived most of her life in rural parts of Northern California, moving from one town to another as a preacher’s daughter. She learned to love evocative language, spoken or written from the heart, that paints a picture in the mind and, mixed with faith, awakens the spirit. She became a keen observer of both the vagaries of human nature and the wilds of outdoor nature. During college Cathy married her high-school sweetheart, and they raised their children near the north coast Redwoods. In mid-life she returned to her birth state of Colorado with her husband, Larry, where they enjoy hiking and observing wildlife in the Rocky Mountains, gardening, birding, and time with family and friends. Inner healing is a theme running through her writing, as she explores the depths of our relationships with – and need for – God, nature, and each other. Her previous books include Face to Face: A Novel and Remembering Softly: A Life In Poems and Something Is Coming To Our World .
Glimpsing Glory $15.59
Advance Reader Comments:
A joy, from the first page forward. ..the poems evoked so many feelings and thoughts, I had to take frequent breaks while reading. As I read, I kept whispering, ‘How did she even THINK of this? So beautiful!’ She is a gifted poet who captures the senses with breathtaking beauty; a poet who sees the ‘spaces between’—spaces not many are even aware of. I highly recommend this book as a gift, perhaps, or for your own reading (& thinking & feeling) pleasure. ~Susan Elaine Jenkins, teacher, speaker, and author of SCANDALON