As soon as I picked up Glory Happening and saw Annie Dillard and Anne Lamott mentioned within the first couple of pages, I knew I was going to love Kaitlin Curtice’s new book. I couldn’t put it down, so if spiritual memoir is your cup of tea, I know you’re going to feel the same. Check out the interview with Kaitlin, and leave a comment below to win one of two copies. Good luck!
Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? I was born in Oklahoma, but grew up mostly in the Midwest. I’m married, have two young boys and two dogs. I write from home and will begin traveling to speak at some conferences next year. My passion is to share, through writing and speaking, the ways in which my Potawatomi faith and my Christian faith work together in real and beautiful ways, contrary to what we’ve been taught in American Christianity or various other ways in this country.
Let’s talk about your book: what, in a nutshell, is your book about anyway? My book, Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places is about that exactly—learning to see the glory of God in our everyday life, whether it’s through a painful situation or the most mundane moment imaginable. We see that “God is in our midst.” It is a collection of fifty stories form my life, and a reflective prayer that accompanies each story.
Do tell, what was the inspiration behind it? I’ve had a blog for a few years now called STORIES, and that’s just what I am—a storyteller. So these stories in my book began as reflections. Then I realized that there is a theme of glory that runs through them. Suddenly, I realized that maybe, possibly, this might be a book! Then it got published and here we are today.
How do you hope readers will be changed by your words? I hope that my readers will begin to recognize the beautiful power of both slowing down and telling their own stories, whether it’s to themselves or to others. We need to recognize the sacredness of our own stories so that we can share them with others and then begin to recognize that all of us have human experiences that are similar, that are holy, that matter.
Lest we forget to ask, how have YOU been changed by writing the book? In a lot of the book I write about Ebenezers—ways in which we mark that we have seen and known God. This book is actually an Ebenezer to me. It’s this tangible thing that reminds me of the ways God has seen and known me, and the ways I’m learning to see better, the ways I’m learning to slow down, the ways I’m learning to walk in my indigenous faith and my Christian faith together.
How and where can we find you on the internet? You can find me on my website, www.kaitlincurtice.com. I am a contributor to Sojourners as well. If you want to book me for an event, all my booking is through www.chaffeemanagement.com.
Yup. Glory Happening is just as dreamy as it sounds. So, tell me: why are YOU excited to read Kaitlin’s new book? Leave a comment below to win one of two copies of it. Contest ends Friday, December 29th. Good luck!
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