I’ve told my story in the hope it will inspire someone to move beyond the shadows of despair, regret and self-negation, into the sunshine of hope, faith, purpose and success.
If you are reading my book in the midst of a difficult situation, I hope you will find encouragement to dream beyond your present calamity to a future worth fighting for. More than that, I hope you will remember that you are not alone. We all walk this same journey, and no matter where we find ourselves or what we face along the way, we can find the inspiration and courage to start again and arrive at a worthy conclusion.
I am still young, but I have had an eventful life with many creases on my tapestry. I have been awed to see many of these creases ironed out one after the other. Like all of us, I am a work in progress, but I am encouraged by what I have seen God do so far in my life and I am hopeful for what He will do in the future.
Come walk with me, as I tell you my story of stepping beyond the shadows and finding hope and courage to create new seasons of life.
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I loved reading Catherine’s story and her take on the world. Australia is the richer for having people like Catherine in it, with such a ‘conquer all obstacles’ attitude. Her willingness to address issues which are taboo for many in her culture will be a challenge to some, and a breath of fresh air to others, but she is to be commended for her bravery in doing so.
Author, Love Tears & Autism
Catherine’s story is raw, honest, and beautifully redemptive. She doesn’t shy away from hard truths but speaks with courage and grace about subjects that have long been taboo. Her courage, not only in living her story, but in writing about it, is inspirational. This is a story that needs to be read by women everywhere!
Writer, Communications Manager Ultra 106.5 FM
Catherine bravely bares her soul in this Chronicle you are about to read. Real life struggles, unforeseen complications and unpredicted course of events. Beyond the Shadows is simply a story of LOVE, of GRACE that redeems, restores and of HOPE that never fails.
Pastoral Care & Accredited Mental Health First Aider
I applaud Catherine’s bravery and willingness to break the mould and free many. I absolutely love the book. It’s real, it’s intriguing and has lots of gold nuggets to take away and apply to your life and others. It’s encouraging and breaks through silence, shame, brokenness, failures and challenges in life. I enjoyed the book and learned a lot.
I agree with Catherine that women and girls have an innate desire to be deeply valued and loved for who they are. No matter what tragedy you may have encountered, Catherine demonstrates that it is possible to transition from a place of great cost and grief, to a place of humble celebration, through strength and victory. To any woman affected by domestic violence, this book will show you there is a great tomorrow still possible for you – it’s waiting for you.
CEO and Founding Director, Brave Foundation 2019
Tasmania Australian of the Year
A moving narrative at once heartbreaking and filled with hope. Catherine retells her journey toward healing from early trauma. With courageous honesty, her offering is an important account of overcoming through perseverance and faith. The courage to share the story of her past, along with her present accomplishments and learnings, is incredibly inspiring. Catherine’s invitation to walk for a time in her shoes provides valuable insight and wisdom for thriving in every season of life.
Senior Pastor, C3 Hobart
A story of an amazing turnaround from a very dark place into a purpose led life by the power of love, faith and hope. An encouragement for all to rise above their fears in order to see their dreams fulfilled. A must read.