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Catherine Lawton

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The theme of inner healing runs through my writing, as I explore the depths of our relationships with - and need for - God, nature, and each other. My published books include Remembering Softly: A Life In Poems, Something Is Coming To Our World, Face to Face: A Novel, Journeys to Mother Love.
My second volume of poetry, Glimpsing Glory: Poems of Living and Dying, Praying and Playing, Belonging and Longing, is scheduled to be published in February 2020.

I guess you could say I started writing as a toddler--scribbling in the margins of my father's theology books. Later, I made up poems and stories to entertain my little sister and friends. My first poem was published when I was 12, in a national children's periodical. Since then, the inner urge

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Catherine Lawton I got the idea for "Journeys to Mother Love" when four young women shared with me their stories of mother/child relational wounds and the healing they…moreI got the idea for "Journeys to Mother Love" when four young women shared with me their stories of mother/child relational wounds and the healing they were experiencing. I then sent feelers to writers groups across the country and received back excruciatingly honest but powerful and profound personal memoirs. Next step, I opened my old journals and my old wounds and came to grips with my personal story of feeling forsaken but finding joyful wholeness. Truly I felt God's hand in the process as I compiled all these stories, wrote an introduction, and as the book was released by Cladach Publishing almost two years ago.(less)
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From Whence Come the Poems?

“Which do you like most? The mountains or the ocean?” My sister and I would ask each other.

I could never decide. In California for much of my life, I didn’t have to choose. We had both within close distance. I could look up and see the steadfastness of the Sierras or the Coastal Range with their redwoods, pines, deer, bears, raccoons, waterfalls and trout streams that fed the valleys. I could o... Read more of this blog post »
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“At that moment I knew without a doubt that God himself was speaking to me. He cared. He was there. He came to help even when I could not call out loud or explain my fear in words.”
Catherine Lawton, Journeys to Mother Love: Nine Women Tell Their Stories of Forgiveness & Healing

“Within that quiet little girl with no apparent needs lived a person with a great imagination. In that shell I lived and grew and planned, until there emerged a way to pull all the loose threads of my life together.”
A.R. Cecil, Journeys to Mother Love: Nine Women Tell Their Stories of Forgiveness & Healing

“On the fences the shiny blackbirds with red epaulets clicked their dry call. The meadowlarks sang like water, and the wild doves, concealed among the bursting leaves of the oaks, made a sound of restrained grieving.”
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“Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you and to think what you owe the world; to put your rights in the background and your duties in the middle distance and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground; to see that your fellow men are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; to own that probably the only good reason for your existence is not waht you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give life; to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness - are you willing to do these things for even a day?

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and the desires of little children; to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you and ask yourself whether you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to try to understand what those who live in the same house with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front of you so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open - are you willing to do these things for even a day?

Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world, - stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death, - and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas. And if you keep it for a day, why not always?

But you can never keep it alone.”
Caroline Kennedy, A Family Christmas

“At that moment I knew without a doubt that God himself was speaking to me. He cared. He was there. He came to help even when I could not call out loud or explain my fear in words.”
Catherine Lawton, Journeys to Mother Love: Nine Women Tell Their Stories of Forgiveness & Healing

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High Plains Library District Hi Catherine,

So excited to see our local authors on GoodReads! Thanks for the friendvite!


Catherine "Be like the bird, who, halting in his flight on limb too slight, feels it give way beneath him, yet sings, knowing he has wings." ~ Victor Hugo


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