Friday, December 7, 2012

John Catenacci - Dianna's Way - Excerpt & Giveaway

About the Book

Dianna is a young woman in her late 20’s when she meets John, a man in his late 40's. They fall in love and marry. A central feature of their life plan is to have one child to fulfill her fervent lifelong dream of being a mother.

Not to be.

Not long into their marriage, Dianna discovers she has an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Hand in hand, they begin a 17 year spiritual journey into the nature of love and healing. Along the way, she discovers and fulfills her life purpose and, in the process, takes John by the hand, gently helping him to reveal, then fulfill, his own.

In the beginning, John, being much older, thought he would be her teacher but gradually discovers in the most important dimensions of life quite the opposite is true. With Dianna’s guidance, he ultimately discovers we are all teachers, we are all students and we are all one.

Theirs is a story of courage, determination and a lightness of being, as they descend into the deepest valleys of crushing disappointment, pain and suffering only to rise again to ever higher peaks of appreciation, gratitude and love. Throughout it all, their journey is laced with light and laughter.

Even today, after her passing, they continue their relationship, piercing the Illusion that veils this reality, exploring its limits while continuing a spiritual journey without end.

The Beginning of Something Else

The next morning, I get up, leaving Dianna still asleep, and go into the kitchen to make coffee. My back is facing the hallway to the bedroom. Suddenly I feel her arms around me as she lays her head sideways against my back.

“I know what love is, John.”

“You do?” I ask without turning toward her.


“Look at me,” she says.

I turn around and look into her eyes. They look wet, but she’s smiling. “Love is the way you are with me,” she pauses, then, in a more perky tone of voice, “And the way I am with you, too.”

Now I can’t help it. I fall apart. She wraps her arms tight around me and I bury my head into her neck.

“It’s going to be okay,” she says.

“It is okay,” she says, then adds, “More than okay.”

John's wife, Dianna

After a minute, she steps back and looks at me with a smirk on her face. “Do you ever desire other women?”

I think about that minefield, but decide to go ahead anyway. “Of course. Once in awhile, I do. Some women are sexually attractive and, …and don’t look wounded to me, I guess. Must be about a billion of ’em out there.”

She smiles, gives me a little kiss on the cheek, then walks over to the dining room window and looks out over the lake. Finally, she says quietly, without looking at me, “Maybe one day, honey, you’ll see we are all wounded.”

I stop pouring water into the coffee pot in midstream, about to enlist my skills in mental masturbation, when she darts away to a different flower.

“Oh, honey, I think it’s going to be a beautiful day today. In fact, I’m sure it is.” She comes across the room and peeks over the bar. “Oh. Are you making coffee for me?”

“Everything is for you,” I say with a smile.


Price: $16.95 paperback
ISBN: 9780985247904
Pages: 365
Release: December 14, 2012

About the Author

After spending his youth doing cement construction work while getting his education, John Catenacci earned a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He went on to work on the Apollo 11 Project as a member of the USAF in California, then as an engineer for the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, MI, doing both process research as well as designing and building chemical plants.

Mid-career he became interested in group dynamics, leading to another 20-year career in team building that took him across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Saudi Arabia.

With a sprinkling of published short stories and articles in small magazines along the way, his abiding passion has always been writing, something now coming to fruition in this, his first book.

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