AUTHOR: Cathy Warner
Burnt Offerings is filled with poems about life and death, family and faith, hope and despair, creativity and questions. From Billy Collins and Smokey the Bear to Jesus, from kombucha to the Eucharist, from kindling and forest fires to ash and ember, Cathy Warner employs metaphor, humility, and humor to explore the spiritual life.
PRAISE FOR CATHY WARNER:
What makes Cathy Warner’s poetry so special is the way she dramatizes her faith through deeply engaged metaphors. Animated, fresh, profound, these poems make real the challenges of trying to live as a Christian. —Peggy Rosenthal, author of The Poets’ Jesus and Praying through Poetry: Hope for Violent Times
The first poem I read by Cathy Warner was clear evidence that one day she would be know by many as a gifted poet. That day has come. Her poetry will take you on an adventure of faith that passes through joy, surprise, sorrow, laughter, birth, memory, and more. As in life the path is unpredictable and your soul will be deeply nourished. I count it a blessing to have walked with Cathy in ministry as she offered her early gift of poetic faith to the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church. —Bishop Beverly J. Shamana, author of Seeing in the Dark
“I used to believe a God who created woman from a rib was laughable,” Cathy Warner writes in her poetry collection, Burnt Offerings. “I believe now that the slat between our ribs is the perfect place to carry our faith.” Such appropriate words from someone whose own writings have a way of lodging in my heart and mind for extended periods. Readers of Burnt Offerings will likewise find Warner’s words teleporting from the page to their inner sanctums without invasive surgical maneuvers. —Chad Thomas Johnston, author of Nightmarriage
Life finds words in Cathy Warner’s book of poetry, Burnt Offerings. With poignant depth, Warner calls every sense—sight, touch, taste, sound, smell—to bear witness to the mystery and wonder of a life lived through attentiveness to what really matters. Here, in her poems, faith unfolds against all odds and beyond human boundaries. This collection is for anyone who hopes. —Pamela C. Hawkins, Upper Room author and pastor living in Nashville