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Praying with Katie : God, my cat, and me
Holt, Don.
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Kansas City [Mo.] : Andrews McMeel Pub., [2001]

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xiv, 130 pages ; 19 cm
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BV4501.2 .H573 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Unemployed-depressed about the past and anxious about the future-Don Holt had both time and motive to doubt and pray about the trip on which he was being taken. These daily times of wondering and praying were continuously interrupted by his cat, Katie. The lessons he learned from that cat, about the trip with God and love and himself, is the heart of this profound book on faith. The lessons were numerous and unusual. Her chewing and walking and rubbing and nestling lured me, even summoned me, to a different kind of prayer. Don began to see Katie's mixture of curiosity and caution as a metaphor for his own approach to a fresh spirituality. She showed him unexpected ways of loving, centering, worshiping, trusting, and finding peace.Praying with Katie provides a different, and wonderful, perspective for everyone who is looking for new ways to experience God. It is a heartwarming and inspiring book.

Author Notes

Don Holt is a retired Presbyterian pastor who served small, urban churches for most of his career. In 1993 he became a Roman Catholic and worked as a lay minister. He has earned M.Div., M.A., M.P.H., and D.Min. degrees and has taught at Keystone Junior College and Western Michigan University. He served three years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He currently lives in an inner-city neighborhood in Minneapolis, where he volunteers as an adjunct to the Sisters of the Visitation, tutors students in an alternative high school, and writes

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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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
1 Teach Us to Prayp. 1
2 Lovep. 7
3 Judgmentp. 13
4 Contemplationp. 21
5 Petitionp. 29
6 Self-improvementp. 37
7 Eucharistp. 45
8 Explorations of Noveltyp. 51
9 Trinityp. 59
10 Travelp. 63
11 Idolatryp. 69
12 The Centerp. 75
13 Delight and Disturbance at the Centerp. 81
14 Exploring Cupboardsp. 87
15 Cleansingp. 93
16 Purring and Lovingp. 99
17 Unintentional Lovep. 107
18 Deathp. 113
19 Aftermathp. 121
20 One Last Tripp. 127