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Catherine Wheels [Paperback]

By Leif Peterson (Author)
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This lyrical novel of hope and redemption follows men and women who have had all the zest for life knocked out of themPdamaged souls who are slowly brought back to health by a little girl who knows something they either never knew or had forgotten: something about prayer, love, and sacrifice.

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Thomas's carefully built life has been shattered. Everywhere he turns, he finds tragedy. After being left at the altar, he retreats to a remote castle in the mountains of Northwest Montana to live with an old college friend dying of lupus. But their painfully peaceful seclusion is ripped apart by the news that Thomas's brother, an Episcopal priest, has killed himself-and his sister-in-law is abandoning her seven-year-old daughter, Catherine, into Thomas's care.
After her unexpected arrival into this grim corner of the world, Catherine slowly breaches the isolation and penetrates the self-absorption. Like the prayer wheel on the wall of a nearby convent, Catherine gently but surely pulls the various dying people around her into the robust company of the loving and living.
"Catherine Wheels" is a lyrical novel of hope and redemption, the honest story of men and women who have had all the zest for life knocked out of them-damaged souls who are slowly brought back to health by a little girl who knows something the rest of them either never knew or had forgotten: something about prayer, love, and sacrifice.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Catherine Wheels by Leif Peterson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 09/01/2005 page 126
  • Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 121

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Item Specifications...

Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.16" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 20, 2005
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1578568943  
ISBN13  9781578568949  

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More About Leif Peterson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leif Peterson is the author of the novel Catherine Wheels and the short story collection Normal Like Us. He holds an MFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Born on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, he now lives with his wife and children in Northwest Montana where he writes and recycles.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Catherine Wheels?

Very different from what I normally read...  Feb 13, 2006
I took this book out of the Library having never heard of the book or the author. I was unaware that this was a "christian" themed book and I couldn't have been more surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

The book does center around God and faith, but the reader is not preached at. Instead we are allowed to decide for ourselves, based on the characters, their struggles and their own use of faith, how much we want to incorporate God into our lives.

There are several unanswered questions in the book, (i.e. why did Stephen commit suicide, why does nine year old Catherine have so much knowledge of Catholic Saints), but this does not detract form the story in any way. I loved how all these characters grew to love, depend and have faith in each other.

I think the book ended a little too soon. It should have ended with the birth of Julia's baby, hence the four star review, but I still highly recommend it.
This is not a glorifying novel  Nov 1, 2005
The author may be the son of Message-renowned Eugene Peterson, but Leif's novel is not a Christian novel. It deals with Christian themes, certainly, but let's look at the characters. The protagonist is agnostic and drinks heavily. Perry and Juliana have premarital sex and get pregnant, and this is considered fine. By marketing this novel as "Christian," the publishing house has bought into American culture which states that the Bible is good but not absolute and certainly not worthy of talking about. Likewise, sin is acceptable and doesn't need to be dealt with. I offended by the characters and annoyed that I wasted 12 bucks on this book.
A story to comfort in a time of grief  Oct 4, 2005
Escaping into the pages of Catherine Wheels was a solace during my own time of acute grief. Peterson gets the details right. He created characters that I was anxious to know, places I longed to visit. The pace of the narrative was itself a source of comfort; gentle and unhurried. Peterson exhibits an uncanny sense for the journey of mourning a loved one: the struggle to make sense of life, to come to terms with our old notions of faith, to grapple with the mysteries of prayer. This book was a reminder that diving into a great story can bring comfort faster than a theological treatise or self-help book. I am anxious to see what this author has in store for us next.
A book not afraid of a faith unashamed to adore.  Sep 29, 2005
I was stunned by the ability of Leif Peterson to create characters which embraced a faith in the midst of hard times that was honest, clear, real, and yet unashamed to be filled with pathos and a decent sense of romanticism of a classical nature. The Right Reverend Daniel Tuttle, who flourished in the late 1800's, once remarked that he engaged in a faith not afraid of reason and reason unashamed to adore. Peterson's Catherine Wheels brings his words to mind. I heartedly recommend it as a great read and as a wonderful articulation of profound drama and spirituality.
(The Reverend Canon) Bradley S. Wirth
Engaging! Brilliant!  Sep 29, 2005
Thank you Leif for drawing us into the pain - and hope - of life. What a beautiful story this is, wrought with angst and anger, brimming with joy and hope. A reminder of family - in all the good and the bad of it.

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