Charlotte Ostermann

Charlotte Ostermann is a Catholic convert, freelance writer and editor, homemaker, poet, humorist, veteran educator, and spiritual mentor. Her book, Souls at Rest: An Exploration of the Eucharistic Sabbath, has received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, and the enthusiastic recommendation of her priests, spiritual director, and others. With its sequel, Souls at Work: An Invitation to Freedom, it will be republished by Angelico Press in the fall of 2013. She blogs for the Catholic Writers Guild, at Charlotte\'s Web - www.charlotteweb.org, and at Chatty Catholic Doll - www.chattycatholicdoll.com. Charlotte has written, or is writing You, Free; Fun With Diagramming; Life in Motion: Why I Love Driver Education Time With My Teens; Holy Geometry!; A Destiny to Burn: Collected Poems; Elizabeth of the Epiphany; 25 Ways to Help an Artist: The Art of Low Cost Philanthropy; Souls at Play: A Reflection on Creativity will be the third in the ‘Holy Leisure Trilogy’. Her feature articles and poems have been published in Envoy, Canticle, Hereditas, Thessaurae Ecclesiae, and Gilbert magazines. Catholics Communicate Christ: How to Serve the Church as a Writer is ‘pithy encouragement and practical helps for emerging Catholic writers’. Charlotte lives with her husband, Russ, and five of their eight children on a ‘farm wannabe’ north of Lawrence, Kansas. She sings in the Sursum Corda Polyphony Ensemble and at her home church, the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center. She is a member of the Family of the Apostles of the Interior Life, in Kansas City, Kansas. Charlotte has spoken for home educators, women’s retreats, moms groups, C.S. Lewis Conferences and classes, and more. Her topics include poetic learning, aesthetic education, true beauty, creativity and faith, the art of dialogue, holy leisure, literature and life, interior freedom. (See www.CharlotteOstermann.com for speaker info.)

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ARAM

My children and I just finished a read-aloud and are about to read its sequel! Aram is A.K. Frailey’s inside story of a fictional tribal culture whose leaders and members must face fearful realities – internal and external, imagined and real – as they carry on typical human lives of family interaction and metaphysical questioning.

Frailey’s characters are complex and varied – no cardboard cut-out Good Guys and Bad Guys here – but with no attempt to render right and wrong ambiguous or iffy. Aram struggles against a formless fear he identifies with a real, beastl...

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