Everyone’s Story welcomes back Catherine West an author who first appeared here when her novel, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, debuted. And here’s Catherine now, with another novel making its appearance from a considerably larger publishing house–congratulations, Catherine! The Things We Knew launches on July 12th–this coming Tuesday–and with the story taking place on Nantucket, this is the perfect time to join what I’m sure will be many fans of this novel. Reach for your glass of iced tea or lemonade and give Catherine a big hello. Please check out Catherine’s generous BookGiveaway offer of The Things We Knew, and Catherine’s invitation to her FaceBook party. We’re both looking forward to hearing from you.
Catherine is offering 1 print copy of The Things We Knew, to 1 randomly chosen commenter, so please do leave a comment. The winners will be announced here on Friday, July 15th between 5-6 PM EST.
** Please note regarding BookGiveaways: email contact information within comments are no longer required. However, if I have a question regarding yours I’ll leave a comment for you to forward it in order for you to chance winning.
Check out Catherine’s previous Everyone’s Story visit when she was a debut author: Interview With Author Catherine West Please excuse my beginner blogger’s formatting!
How To Offer Hope To A Broken World by Catherine West
You have a choice. You can stay in this place of despair and despondency, waiting for things that may never happen . . . or you can move on.
Find another place to dwell.
If you’ve had that revelation, you know it’s life changing. You never forget that moment, the way you stood up, shaky on legs unused to standing firm. You never forget the way it felt when you tipped your chin just so, raised your eyes and faced down that fear. And took that first step, when you thought you might stumble, but instead you had hands to hold and arms to get all wrapped up in, and words were whispered through the tears . . . and then . . . and then the laughter came.
When you’ve been there so long, in that place of despondency, listened to the same lies over and over, even bought into them when you swore you wouldn’t, it’s hard to believe things can change. But they can.
You just have to move.
So often in victory, once we’ve climbed the mountain, we do forget. We forget what it felt like back there, in that hard place, and we don’t think about what we left behind. We don’t want to think about the ones who may still be struggling.
Remember that feeling of inadequacy? Feeling like no matter what you do, what you say, how you dress, what gifts you give, it is never enough. That you . . . you . . . will never be enough. It’s an ache like damp cold that seeps in and stays and you know you need to shake it off but you’ve tried time and again and today . . . you’re tired. Today you can’t. Just. Can’t. They just can’t.
Let them know they’re not alone.
There’s a broken world out there, so desperate for something new and life giving, and they’re looking at us . . . and we are failing.
Why? Because we’ve forgotten. We’ve forgotten that moment we made the choice to change our lives and move. Forgotten that we were once in that place with no way out, desperate to escape cloying darkness determined to snuff out all our light.
And now that we’re here, rescued and rested and ready for this new thing . . . warm and safe and secure . . . we don’t want to look back.
Sometimes it hurts to remember the reality of being vulnerable and wounded and scared. Sometimes we don’t want to admit that even now, we’re still not perfect. We don’t have it all together. Some days we’re still just faking it.
So what if we just get real? Because nobody wants your fake perfect. They just want your love.
Brokenness is not contagious. But it can kill a spirit.
Self-righteousness slices deep and wounds so dangerously.
And judgment? Bleeds life right out of a person.
I wonder if we can do better? In all our moving on and moving up and moving out I wonder if there is room for more in the place we now dwell.
More love. More laughter. More life.
Because we don’t have to have it all together.
You can take my vulnerable and my honest and my blunt and wrap it all up pretty if you want, but it still comes from that same hard place. That place I left behind not so long ago. The place that marked me and left a few scars and some not so pretty stories to tell. And I’m okay with that. You want to know me? Really know me? Get ready for real. That’s all I’ve got.
But you are welcome to walk alongside and listen. Maybe together we can embrace the here and now, the saving grace, love and mercy. And maybe, with a deep breath and a whole lot of courage, maybe I can just put my arms out and help somebody else.
Right where I dwell.
And maybe you can too.
Celebrate with Catherine…
Join Catherine July 14th as she celebrates the release of The Things We Knew at a FaceBook Party. There will be fun chatter, book conversation, special guests, and Giveaways: Event Page.
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Award-winning author Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine’s novel, Bridge of Faith, won the 2015 Grace Award. Her latest novel, The Things We Knew, releases July 12th, 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing.
Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com
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