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Catholic Housewife Carmen Hartono Recounts Spiritual Journey in First Book

Carmen Hartono is forever curious, and tough. She "found the good news" and had the good sense to hold on to it

Oakland, California, USA – WEBWIRE

She talks about faith the same way a bride speaks of falling in love. Chronology is less important than meaning, and stories unfold in their own good time and in no time at all. Like meeting a good friend after many years, her writing is like a sweetly coveted conversation over slowly steeping tea.

Based in San Francisco, the memoir “Chronicles of a Catholic Housewife: Forty Years Toward the Promised Land” (Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, 2014) traces a forty-year marriage through the sexual revolution in the 1970s and the materialism of the 1980s. The author keeps hope alive in spite of personal tragedy occurring in 1993.
Carmen Hartono discusses the global, religious, and political thinking of the new millennium. A Roman Catholic from El Salvador, her husband is from Indonesia and holds Muslim values. God’s plan further unfolds when their daughter moves to New York and marries a Jewish man.
The story begins with the question or quest for the meaning of life. The author finds joy in everyday existence until devastating grief turns her world upside down. She comes to realize that there is something or someone greater in life that transcends the ordinary.
Hartono ponders an existence beyond the physical and material world. She repeatedly asks, “Is this a coincidence or another God-incidence?” She concludes that eternal life is love everlasting.
Carmen Hartono’s “Chronicles of a Catholic Housewife: Forty Years toward the Promised Land” is available at
Chronicles of a Catholic Housewife: Forty Years toward the Promised Land
Written by Carmen Hartono
Published by Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC
Published date: February 6, 2014
Paperback price: $11.70
About the Author
Traveling between El Salvador in Central America and San Francisco in California, Carmen Hartono was raised bilingual and bicultural. Her travels extended to Europe and Southeast Asia in her adult life.

Hartono sees the family as a building block for local communities, leading to national movements that create a new global existence. Her education began with a fascination in nuclear physics and engineering. Her interest in social engineering led to studies in psychology, philosphy and theology. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies and a MA in Culture and Spirituality.

The author considers her home country of El Salvador to be a fertile ground for Liberation Theology. While some say Pope Francis has a ’liberal’ point of view, Hartono sees the pope’s thinking as consistent with the Church in Latin America. Through her work with different ministries, including religious education for the developmentally disabled, Hartono has learned to see the face of God in the most vulnerable.

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 Chronicles of a Catholic
 Forty Years
 toward the Promised Land
 Carmen Hartono

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