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Q & A with Katherine Weaver (part 2)

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I had the privilege of interviewing Katherine Weaver, the author of seeing God in the simple things early in 2013 and here is the second half of that interview.

Lisa: Are the people in your church receptive to you since your divorce?

Katherine: That was difficult because we were attending the church where I worked. I’m not one to talk about the trouble we were having in our relationship, but unfortunately, I was alone in that. Everyone was devastated when we split and he didn’t tell them the whole story, only that I was the unrelenting b**** who kicked him out. The environment became so stressful, that I stopped attending that church even though I did keep my job. I was getting lectured by people who weren’t there. No, it was not fun.

Lisa: But that kind of made you who you are now?

Katherine: It has given me more strength.

My pastor was saying, “If you look at King David, he had quite a journey in his life. If you look at the different points in his life and say, ‘That time he spent playing music for sheep in the meadow was wasted time. And the time he was in the wilderness when King Saul was trying to kill him, and all he did was run for his life that was wasted time.’ All he was trying to do was get to his rightful place as king, no. In the wilderness, David learned to follow authority even when it’s wrong and he learned how not to be king. He learned lessons in the wilderness that were not just another stepping stone, those were important lessons.”

The last 5-6 years in my life have been my wilderness. I have been doing some treasure hunting to find what I learned in the wilderness. I have learned some important things, but it was not fun.

Lisa: Did that experience help you find out where God is?

Katherine: I found out who God is. That is so important, when you watch him take us through something like that, we learn who He is and we lean more on Him. He becomes real.

Lisa: Will you be writing more books?

Katherine: Yes, I have more essays that are ready for the 2nd book, but that is in the background. I am developing retreat curriculum that is an expanded version of one of my speeches. It’s called Lizards and Dragons. It’s about how the issues in our lives (like anger, resentment and fear) can start out as little lizards, but if we don’t deal with them, they turn into dragons. The second book is coming along, but Lizards and Dragons is where I am living at the moment.

Katherine Weaver’s book, seeing God in the simple things is available for purchase online from Tate Publishing:

Please visit Katherine’s website at booksbykatherine.com.

Q & A with Katherine Weaver (part 1)

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I had the privilege of interviewing Katherine Weaver, the author of seeing God in the simple things early in 2013 and here is the first part of that interview. 

Lisa: Where are you from originally?

Katherine: I grew up in the (Williamette) valley, in Dallas, and then my family moved to Culver when I was 13. I went to high school there, got married, went to Central Oregon Community College, moved to Portland for 10 years, moved back to Madras in 2005. I call Central Oregon home. I love the climate and the ability to kayak! It’s something my mom and I do together a lot in the summer.

Lisa: What is your spiritual background? Were you raised in church?

Katherine: I would say I was raised in a Christian home, but not one that attended church religiously. I remember going, but I don’t know that it was every week. God was always understood though, He was part of our lives. Dad wasn’t able to go with us to church; he worked 7 days a week most of the time. He sacrificed so much for us to grow up in such a fantastic place. But you never realize that as a child. Then, when you become an adult, you look back and see what your parents went through. It’s humbling to see now how much they sacrificed for us.

Lisa: Is this (seeing God in the simple things) your first book? How long did it take you to write it?

Katherine: Yes. Well, I didn’t know I was writing a book at first, I’ve always written journals and stories. But when my life hit the fan in 07, I started writing things down. My 15 year marriage ended, among other crises, and writing was my way of reminding myself that God was still close by. He was holding my hand in the hurricane and I would not be blown away. It was more comforting to me at first. Then as I compiled more of them, I started sharing them with family and friends. After a year or so, they told me I should put them together in a book. After about 3 years, I felt I was ready to seek a publisher. I didn’t know how to do that, but a friend of mine had just published a book with Tate Publishing. I sent them six of the chapters and said “God, it’s in your hands, I’m not going to worry, or check back, I’m letting it go.”

Six weeks almost to the day, which they said was their window, I got a phone call. She said, “I’m with Tate publishing and we have received your submission and we are hoping you have more than six chapters.”

I said, “Yes, I have 75 more!” and that was that. It took about a year to get through the publishing process, everything takes forever. But it’s done and published and was quite an experience.

Lisa: But it sounds like you have had some life experiences that a lot of people can relate to, unfortunately.

Katherine: Yes, and when you read the book, you will see that come through. Each of the stories point back to God, He is present, it is never a downer. We were not created to be victims. It is interesting to see how He uses the things we go through. When we are going through the whirlpool we say, “This has to stop, NOW!” But then you get to the other side and look back; “I can do this now, because I went through that.”

Part 2 of this interview will be posted in the next blog. Stay tuned!

Katherine Weaver’s book, seeing God in the simple things is available for purchase online from Tate Publishing:


Please visit Katherine’s website at booksbykatherine.com.

Book Review: seeing God in the simple things

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Book by Katherine Weaver

What do kites, smart phones and M & M’s have in common? The writer of this book finds hope and encouragement in God’s care in these and many other run-of-the-mill objects that we might normally pass right over as we travel through life.

Seeing God in the simple things is a collection of essays written during some difficult years in the author’s life. Unlike the standard fluffy devotional one might find in an inspirational aisle at the book store, this is more along the lines of “comfort food for the wounded soul.” Incorporating a sense of faith and peace, Katherine speaks to some of the most painful and common situations that so many people face these days. Her insightful observations gently teach us that especially during dark times in life, we can find peace and comfort if we slow down enough to appreciate the simple things in life.

I would definitely recommend this book for anybody who may need a tender boost of spirit. For those whose lives seem to be just fine, I would also recommend seeing God in the simple things because even when life seems to be great, we can all stand to become more sensitive to the things of God. This book will help us draw closer to God as we learn to consider His signature on so many of the objects and situations we experience throughout the day.

I had the opportunity to meet Katherine Weaver a couple of months ago and will share her thoughts on her book in my next post. Stay tuned!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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