Praying with Katie: God, My Cat, and Me

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At a time when Don Holt's life was full of difficult problems to worry about and he endured many sleepless nights, he spent several hours each day praying, meditating, and writing in his journal. As he sat on the sofa writing, his cat, Katie, would join him, leap into his lap, rub against his pen, and sniff at his face. At first he was annoyed with this interruption of his important spiritual work. But one day she climbed onto his shoulder and went to sleep. It struck him that this was precisely the relationship ...
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Overview

At a time when Don Holt's life was full of difficult problems to worry about and he endured many sleepless nights, he spent several hours each day praying, meditating, and writing in his journal. As he sat on the sofa writing, his cat, Katie, would join him, leap into his lap, rub against his pen, and sniff at his face. At first he was annoyed with this interruption of his important spiritual work. But one day she climbed onto his shoulder and went to sleep. It struck him that this was precisely the relationship he wished he had with God--that metaphorically he could just lay his head on the Divine Shoulder and get a good night's sleep.

Holt began to observe Katie's other behaviors, wondering if they, too, might be sources of spiritual insight. They were, and he wrote about them. These collected reflections are presented in Praying with Katie, a profound commentary on the meaning of God, faith, and life.

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When Rev. Don Holt was unemployed and depressed, he spent hours in prayer but was often interrupted by his cat, Katie. Holt gradually realized that Katie had a great deal to teach him about spirituality, and he recorded his insights in Praying with Katie: God, My Cat, and Me. It would be catty to note that Holt's stints of poetry constitute "doggerel," but suffice it to say that the art here does not lie in the writing. Holt's ideas, on the other hand, are intriguing simple but not simplistic, and deeply theological. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740711572
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/19/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.34 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xiii
1 Teach Us to Pray 1
2 Love 7
3 Judgment 13
4 Contemplation 21
5 Petition 29
6 Self-improvement 37
7 Eucharist 45
8 Explorations of Novelty 51
9 Trinity 59
10 Travel 63
11 Idolatry 69
12 The Center 75
13 Delight and Disturbance at the Center 81
14 Exploring Cupboards 87
15 Cleansing 93
16 Purring and Loving 99
17 Unintentional Love 107
18 Death 113
19 Aftermath 121
20 One Last Trip 127
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