March 26, 2014: Reflection on the Shoes of An Author

~by Susi Pittman

Animals In Heaven? Catholics Want To Know! is approaching its 5th year in publication and this Lent has given me pause to reflect on the journey. Writing the book from personal spiritual inspiration to finished product had been one that took me through unforeseen channels of eager endeavors, artful research, writers block, self-doubt, joyful elation, personal sorrows and spiritual triumphs. Only God’s great kindness aided me in the script and only with the help of the Holy Spirit could I pen the words that would become this book. It has been like living a separate lifetime in a small moment. I am sure all authors can relate.

I equate the experience to being very similar to what a mother feels following the birth of her child, as she holds it close, she knows much is ahead but, she rests in the moment and miracle of the precious gift before her.

From the book’s beginning in the high mountains of North Carolina, where my Dalmatian, Bud and I shared the wilderness with a bear as our closest neighbor and then finally arriving at the book launch at an inn located in Saint Augustine, Florida, I walked in a desert of time. Finishing that walk at an 1880’s Inn I chose particularly for its humble significance, this book has been touched in smallness, obscurity and quietude. I have felt Jesus’ presence in all the ways the book has evolved to this day. The launch of  the website of creation stewardship and in a very special way, the Pet Prayers section has produced much fruit and continues to point to the Holy Trinity.

God has provided many new friends from around the globe, friendships with new authors, new contacts, speaking engagements, new experiences and new demands. How blessed it has been. The sublime joy of being before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration in prayer; of sharing intimate moments with people of faith; of supporting successful advocacy for creation and its creatures; and most importantly, bringing peaceful responsibility of creation into the hearts of those who visit our website…words cannot express the humble gratefulness that I have to Jesus for such as this.

My life has been full of creatures both wild and domestic that have been a blessing all. I cannot imagine living outside of the realm of the wild and wilderness about me and all the beautiful creatures which populate these areas. It is in this environment, in the vista of God’s mirror that I continue to grow close to the One who embraces all of His creation, at times being left breathless in the beauty of solitary moments in His sanctuary of creation.

It has been a road “less traveled” with new and wonderful interludes along the way. It has been in the mission of touching souls for Jesus who loves ALL that the Father has given Him that I continue to find strength. It has been in my weakest moments that I have found heavenly comfort and guidance and “light” at day’s end.

This may be the only book I ever write, or it may not be. The Lord knows I am open to both.

For now, there is great joy in providing a spiritual conscience for stewardship of the Earth and its creatures.  One that will continue to point to the teachings of the Church with great love and to the mysteries that pour forth from the Holy Trinity.

Thank you for being part of the journey.

Peace be with you this Lent and with all those you hold dear.

May the Creator of All bless you and yours always.

Behold, I make all things new!

Jesus, Revelation 21:5

Susi Pittman is founder of and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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