Little Lamb Finds Christmas (A Book Review)

Cathy Gilmore’s newly released children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas touches the heart and helps children (and adults) focus on the deepest meaning of Christmas.

Following Lemi, the “little lamb,” through his troubles, the reader witnesses moments of physical challenges, loneliness, fear, and confusion. However, the story beautifully counters these troubles with strength, companionship, faith, and miracles. As Gilmore has said, “Lemi is an ‘everylamb’ like all of us.” We struggle again and again in countless ways, but through it all Jesus is our “forever Shepherd,” and we “belong to a King”!

Illustrator Kim Wilson delivers a visual feast with her display of realistic images, texture, and color.  Her artwork mirrors the unique mixture of simplicity and depth of Faith. My favorite image is when Lemi bleats a “soft hello to the little King”…the hay beneath Jesus is dry, scratchy, and harsh, but He is comfortable in his soft swaddling cloths and so close to Lemi’s soft, warm fleece.

Little Lamb Finds Christmas is available from Liguori.org, Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.com and Catholic bookstores.

Check Cathy Gilmore’s website for a calendar of events and how to get free downloads of songs and activities.

(Re-post from DeniseYMontgomery.com)

Congratulations, author and CWStL Member, Cathy Gilmore!

LOS ANGELES – USA BOOK NEWS ANNOUNCES WINNERS AND FINALISTS OF THE 2015 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS

Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the
12th Annual USA Best Book Awards.

Random House, Tarcher/Penguin, HarperOne, WW Norton, Harper Collins, William Morrow, Crown Business, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, American Cancer Society, The White House Historical Association and hundreds of Independent Houses contribute to this year’s
Outstanding Competition!

Among thousands of titles submitted, winners were announced in over 100 categories.

Little Lamb Finds Christmas written by Cathy Gilmore, illustrated by Kim Wilson, and published by Liguori Publications WON the 2015 USA Best Book Award in the Children’s Religious category!

Click on Liguori.org to share this Little Lamb as a gift for someone special this year.

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IMG_1232Author, speaker and catechist, Cathy Gilmore, is a native of St. Louis, MO and is a married mother of three. Experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature. She is the author of the endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas in which the LOVE of the Good Shepherd, the MIRACLE of the Peaceable Kingdom and the JOY of Christmas are all tucked into one charming holiday parable. Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ.

 

Your Word is My Delight

Catholic Writers Guild
Hello Catholic Writers Guild members,

I would like to invite you to our popular Your Word is My Delight, a Catholic Writers Retreat.
Do you need time away to finish or start a manuscript? Work on that proposal?
Organize your writing project? Finish work to meet your editor’s deadline?
On October 25-29, 2015 the Catholic Writers Guild, for the third time, is offering
a writers retreat near Lansing, Michigan.
St. Francis Retreat and Conference Center, 703 E. Main Street, DeWitt, MI, is
situated on a 93 acre site of woodlands, meadows, and prayer gardens.
$490
includes a private room with a single share bath, three meals a day (and all
the coffee you can drink!), internet access, breakout spaces, resource library,
three daily presenters, critique sessions, Mass and reconciliation.
The power of the Catholic Writers Guild is why we can keep the cost so low! This
retreat, offered every other year, is popular because it is a true writers retreat
offering you abundant time to work at writing, and time to critique with other
Catholic writers.
You can register online at http://www.stfrancis.ws/retreats.html; click on the
Other Offerings tab. Or call 1-866-669-8321.
Handicap accessible and dietary needs accommodated.
If you fly into Lansing Capital Region International Airport, a shuttle to the retreat

house-only 7 minutes away-is provided. (You must arrange your own transportation for the two hour drive from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.)

Included at the beginning of the retreat on Sunday night is the Writer’s Meet and Greet. This wine and cheese gathering also includes an opportunity to sell your books, so be sure to bring them along!

It will be a wonderful retreat, and I look forward to seeing you there.

Retreat space is limited so register soon!  October 19th is the registration deadline!

In Christ,

Ellen Gable Hrkach
President, CWG

Are You Ready for a Challenge…Short Story and Essay Contests!

What Single Decision Changed Your Life?

Deadline: September 21, 2015

Would your world now be completely different—even unthinkable—if, at some point in the past, you hadn’t made a seemingly random choice? Tell us about it. Maybe you stayed a few extra minutes at a party—and met your soul mate. Maybe you decided to have lunch with a friend or quit a job or just took the long way home. If you can’t imagine the rest of your life without what happened next, write it down and share it with us.

Enter Real Simple’s eighth annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000.

Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition

Deadline: November 16, 2015

“We’re looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.”

New Book: Counting on Faith by CWStL Member Maurice Prater

“Counting on Faith is a scriptural counting book for children. Children will learn to count while learning their Catholic Faith because each number represents an important truth found in Scripture. Written to be enjoyed by the entire family, Counting on Faith will stir the soul and inspire the mind.”

About the author:

Maurice Prater has a Master in Business Administration Degree from Washington University in Saint Louis, and he has worked for the Catholic Church in the ministries of Communications and Development since 1999. Maurice is the Advancement Director for the Missionaries of the Holy Family, a religious order of Catholic priests and brothers. He was the in-house editor of the community’s Holy Family Prayer Book, which is published in English and Spanish by Liguori Publications. A member of the Catholic Writers Guild, Maurice is responsible for production of the Family Moment videos which air on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

Counting on Faith
Counting on Faith by Maurice Prater

 

Breathing Realistic Personality into Your Fictional Characters

On Saturday the 28th of February, almost thirty local Catholic writers attended the CWStL’s two-hour special presentation and workshop: Enliven Your Writing with an Understanding of Clinical and Spiritual Psychology.

The meeting was held at All Saints Catholic Church in St. Peters, Missouri. Author Cathy Gilmore of the CWStL welcomed guest presenter Dr. Richard P. Johnson who invited all attendees to broaden their understanding of “personality.”

With a deep understanding of and a heart for the Catholic Faith, Dr. Johnson explained and illustrated his paradigm of personality (based on years of research, study, and development). Then, he defined with his unique terminology and further elucidated with anecdotes how writers can use this understanding of personality in order to create and develop vivid, believable characters.

“Writing accurately, and especially writing in the light of Jesus and
with the hand of the Holy Spirit, demands that we describe the redemptive process
as it unfolds in the spiritual personality of the characters we create.
For this we need to know what constitutes human personality
and how the Spirit works to bring us closer to God.”
-Dr. Richard P. Johnson

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After a coffee/tea and pastries break, Cathy Gilmore then lead the group in a writing workshop. She asked the writers to take 15 minutes in silence and put pen to paper using their newfound understandings as presented by Dr. Johnson. Attendees sketched scenes, developed characters, and composed poetry; and some even shared their unique results.

It was a spiritually uplifting and intellectually stimulating morning!

To learn more about Dr. Johnson, Ph.D., PCSG, LPC, NCC and his nationally recognized pioneering work in Healing and Medical Behavioral Sciences, visit his website: www.HealYourIllness.com

Dr. Johnson is an award-winning author of numerous books focused on spiritual growth. He published his first novel, The Nun and The Doctor, in 2004.