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Burnt Offerings, Poems by 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 and
Lucky Charms to the Eucharist, from kindling and forest fires to ash and ember,
Cathy Warner employs metaphor, humility, and humor to explore the spiritual
10% of author royalties from Burnt Offerings will be donated to Orca Network a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about
the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them
healthy and safe habitats.
Praise for Burnt Offerings:
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
—Peggy Rosenthal, author of The Poets’ Jesus and Praying through Poetry: Hope for Violent
The first poem I read by Cathy Warner was clear evidence
that one day she would be known 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
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
“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
Listen to Poems from Burnt Offerings: