Poems of Living & Dying, Praying & Playing, Belonging & Longing
Need a moment of retreat, to breathe, refresh, unplug? These poems and meditative verses will soak you in both the earthy and the transcendent, finding wonder in everyday things while asking deeper questions of both life and death.
Enter these poetic pages and let yourself feel that you are… …musing in an old-growth Redwood forest. …exploring an Island off the coast of Maine. …finding hope in a wildlife-welcoming garden. …awe-struck in a sunny Rocky Mountain meadow. …amazed by stars singing in the night sky. …delighting in the return of spring birds. …experiencing healing of painful memories. …attending births and deaths of loved ones. …affirming faith in the God of all creation. Let these poems take you there.
Composed in lyrical, penetrating, sometimes even playful words, these 66 poems are varied in style from traditional rhyme and meter to free verse.
From 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.
The poems are interspersed with colorful art by Breanna Slike
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. After college, where she studied English literature and music (then post-graduate studies in education and theology) Cathy and her husband, Larry, raised their children amidst the chaparral-covered hills, Redwood forests, and wild beaches of the north coast. In mid-life the Lawtons moved to Cathy’s birth state of Colorado, where they enjoy hiking and observing wildlife in the Rocky Mountains, gardening, birding, and time with family and friends. Cathy has been writing and publishing for many years in magazines, journals, books, and compilations. In her writing she explores our relationships with God, with nature, and with each other. Her previous books include Face to Face: A Novel , Journeys to Mother Love, Remembering Softly: A Life In Poems and Something Is Coming To Our World : How a Backyard Bird Sees Christmas . Cathy is editor-in-chief at Cladach Publishing.
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Glimpsing Glory, in its varied poetic forms, is a beautiful, unusual view of life and death, of nature and contemplation, and is infused with the all-encompassing faith that covers our individual journeys in Christ. As a woman of faith still healing from loss, I was immediately drawn to the section entitled Dying… ‘Forget-Me-Nots’, ‘Bedside Vigils’ and ‘When I Lie Dying’ touched me in profound ways. But there is so much more. ‘Mountain Bluebirds’ and ‘Blood and Dust’ are also must reads, as is ‘Pieces of Heaven’s Radiance’ and ‘Love Song of the King.’ It is a captivating collection from Catherine Lawton’s heart, and the extraordinary wording varies from intense to lighthearted. But all of it is memorable and worth reading again and again! ~Martha Wells-Smith, writer
Terrific second book of poetry with beautiful illustrations. Some poems are of nature, some spiritual, some mourning losses, and some celebrating joys. I will keep on my bookshelf to return to again and again. Bravo! ~Mary Langer Thompson, past Senior Poet Laureate of California
Catherine Lawton delivers luminous, Christian spiritual walk poetry that blends the daily journey with God and the beauty and glory of God’s created world… A stunning poetry collection that will have you returning time and time to dip into her mastery and the majesty of her word magic. You’ll again share time with God and His creation as you recall and navigate through life’s journey with the author as your guide.” ~Jimmie Kepler, writer and poet, (from his review on Goodreads)
What a Book! This collection of poems … brought me back to my childhood and other events in my life in a gentle way. I felt as though a loving hand was caressing my cheek, reminding me of things I had long forgotten. Ms. Lawton’s descriptions were vivid and accurate. She captured the world around her in many of her poems. Even her poems about death were gentle, for a lack of any other word. The book reflects God’s love for us and the world he created. …Beautiful illustrations by Breanna Slike are colorful yet soft and fit perfectly with the overall tone of the book. Even if you are not a reader of poetry, I heartily recommend this book. ~Susan Bulanda, author and blogger
Poet, writer, editor, and publisher Catherine Lawton’s second book of poems, Glimpsing Glory, shows a love of God and appreciation for nature, rhyme, contemplation, and prayer. ~Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, author and blogger at Poetry Editor
Cathy Lawton has acquired the knack. Hers are not passing thoughts on her subjects. It is obvious her mind has lingered long on these ideas, so her readers willingly linger with her. As one of her readers, I know I do. … Let’s face it, there are many poets whose poems you cannot wait to finish after only a few bites, and thankfully Mrs. Lawton is not one of these. She makes you willingly linger. The poem We Don’t Know How to Pray as Ought is my personal favorite from the book. You know the poem is real because you have had many of the same thoughts yourself.’ –Jesse Baird, poet, writer, musician