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Burnt Offerings, Poems by Cathy Warner

Black Over Fire by Trueblood Art StudioBurnt 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 life.
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.

Burnt Offerings is available  at eLectio Publishing
as well as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Autographed and inscribed copies are available directly from Cathy.

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 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 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:
Full Ablaze
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Things That Are Beautiful
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Was That You Jesus?
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Becoming Blackfish
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Find Me in Print Anthologies

California Prose Directory


Not What I Expected

ArchipelagoRhythm & FireCourageous Spirit
Find Me Online: A Sampling

Creative Nonfiction: Dear Lt. Colonel at

Essay: Falling Upward: Don Draper Meets Richard Rohr 

Essay: Praying for Words

Essay: The Summer I Wasn't Attacked 
by a Shark at Good Letters 

Fiction: Weeds in Verdad

Fiction: Applied Material Science 

Fiction: The Painter Is Here 

Fiction: Waiting For the 17 

A complete listing of my published work appears in the sidebar of my blog

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