For Hattie Kauffman, finding God was easier than publicizing the book she wrote about the experience.
A former CBS and ABC correspondent, Kauffman has hopped onto the promotional treadmill for ‘Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming,’ her deeply-personal first book. The PR parade is not her definition of a religious experience.
“It’s uncomfortable to think you have to quote, unquote, sell your writing, but it’s a necessary part of it,” Kauffman, 58, says. “Writing a book is so much easier than launching one. I can see why somebody would want to fly to New Zealand for six months.”
Kauffman put in 20 years at CBS, beginning in 1990 as a correspondent and substitute anchor for “CBS This Morning.” She reported for a variety of broadcasts, including “48 Hours,” “Sunday Morning” and “Evening News.” A member of the Nez Perce tribe of Idaho, she was the first Native American to report on a network evening newscast.
In ‘Falling into Place,’ Kauffman turns an unblinking reporter’s eye to her own life, including growing up in searing poverty with abusive, alcoholic parents. It was during a year-long, nightmare divorce from her second husband that she found God.
“My relationship with Christ is a very personal thing,” says Kauffman, now remarried — to a Christian man she met in church — and living in Seattle. “The word ‘religion’ can be so heavy. It can connote so many different things. It’s very important in my life.”
The themes for ‘Falling into Place’ are more universal than just Christianity, she says, acknowledging that such an emphasis “might be off-putting to segments of the population.”