How can M&M's teach a child about mercy and redemption? How can the movie, "Men in Black II," lead you to a better understanding of Christ's humanity?
Answers to these questions can be found in a new book by Madras author Katherine Weaver.
Weaver has released her first book, "Seeing God in the Simple Things," a collection of devotionals and short essays that point to God.
This book takes the reader through a series of challenging events in the author's life, where there is joy, sorrow, humor and sadness. But in it all, she keeps looking for God in the everyday things.
Weaver said she didn't start out to write a book. "I didn't know at the time it would become a book. Writing is a comforting thing to me, it helps me put my thoughts in order. When I started writing this particular project, it was more like a journal," she said.
"My life was in a the middle of a tornado and I was reminding myself that God was still nearby and had not abandoned me. As time progressed, I started sharing the essays/devotionals with friends and family. After a while it was brought up that I should put them together in a book," Weaver said.
The company Tate Publishing agreed with her friends. "After submitting a few essays from the book, I was accepted right away. I see it as a `God thing' that I only submitted it to one publisher and they loved it," Weaver said, noting it took a year to get her work in print.
This book's launch also marks Weaver's debut as a public speaker. She has begun a journey as a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, a worldwide evangelical organization.
She will be traveling in 2013 to various club functions to speak and minister to women. The local venue for Stonecroft outreach in Madras is the Girls Night Out dinner on the third Tuesday of every month.
Weaver spent her teenage years in Culver and graduated from Culver High in 1990. After earning an office administration degree at COCC, she moved to Portland to pursue her profession. In 2005, she returned to the high desert and made Madras her home. She is currently serving as the administrative assistant for a local pastor.
Seeing God in the simple things is available at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, through a link on Weaver's website, www.booksbykatherine.com, or from the author in person.
The price of the book is $10.99 and includes a free download of the audiobook, read by the author.
Weaver will have a booth at the Holiday Food and Gift Fair at the Redmond fairgrounds Nov. 16-18. She will also have a booth at the Madras Saturday Market Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 8, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The books will be on sale for $10 each at the events.