Interview & Book Review: Kaitlin Curtice, Author of Glory Happening

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I’m excited to have Kaitlin at the cafe today. Her book is a treasure in which I hope you find solace. I’ve followed Kaitlin on Twitter for a while. She’s a very welcoming soul. She tweets about women and marginalized voices in the church as a Potawatomi woman.

I had the pleasure of reading her book, Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places, before launch on November 7, 2017. You will want to curl up and read it out loud to your family. I know I did. Kaitlin shares 50 stories, paired with prayers, which bring glory gently and beautifully into our day.

My favorite chapter is Sanctuary where Kaitlin speaks of vacationing at her friend’s home. It is a welcoming place where she feels safe and honored.

“We know that sanctuary can be an assortment of things, but that it always holds steady to what it needs to be: the resting place, the breathing place, the place that calls us safe and home” (Curtice, 169).

Reading through the pages of Glory Happening invites readers to pull up a chair and watch Kaitlin unfold notes of hope and glory in the everyday unspoken of our lives. From making bread with her children to honoring friendships, Kaitlin’s heart wraps you in delicate surprise.

Grab her book. It makes a great gift.

Here are a few questions I asked Kaitlin of Glory Happening. I hope it moves you to grab your copy.

What was the inspiration for Glory Happening?
Really, I just needed to write. I’d been blogging for about four years at that time, and I began writing down these stories that didn’t seem like they belonged on the blog. They were coming together and forming something, and when I realized that the theme throughout the stories was actually the idea of glory, I decided that I’d try to get it published.
 
Why do you think Glory Happening is necessary?
We live in a world that is tired. Over and over again, throughout the centuries, people have said, “The world has never been so dark.” Of course, this isn’t the darkest time, but it’s also not the brightest time, either. We will always walk the tension of love and hate, and having these stories to tether me to what is good in the everyday, in the mundane, is exactly what fuels me to fight the darkness outside. That’s what I want people who read the book to take from it. I want these stories to remind others of their own stories, and then let that fuel them to go into the world and do what they are called to do.
 
How did writing Glory Happening change or inform your perspective on your own faith journey?
I would never have considered myself a mystic or contemplative before writing this book, even though it’s been a part of who I am for a long time. In the middle of writing this, it kind of hit me. First, that I am a mystic, and second, that we are all capable of being mystics! It’s not that unrealistic. It’s not a scary word. It’s simply doing the beautiful work of seeing, really seeing. It’s practicing presence. And we can all do that. We can all pay more attention. On days when I am stressed, when I’m not being present, when I’m in my own head–and it happens all the time–my own book, my own words are reminding me that it’s possible to step back, breathe, and enter back in with patience and calm. That has changed everything for me.
 
What do you hope are the main takeaways for your readers?
I want people to feel empowered to be storytellers. It’s a lost art, and we need to reclaim it.
I hope people will discover that prayer can be poetry, and that it’s infused in everything we do.
I also hope that people read my book and go away with ideas of how they can begin simplifying their days, taking a moment here and there to stop and breathe and rewire their brains to imagine a world in which the glory of God is literally in everything.
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Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian author, speaker and worship leader. As an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Citizen Band and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Native American spirituality, mystic faith in everyday life, and the church. She is an author with Paraclete Press and her recently released book is Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places. She is a contributor to Sojourners, and you can also find her work at kaitlincurtice.com.
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Cover photo credit: Photo by Joshua Fuller on Unsplash

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