SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two women—one of them Sullivan County’s senior assistant attorney Cheryl McCausland—have published a book in which they share their personal encounters with the spiritual world. “Intertwined: Humble Journeys on the Pathway to God,” is a heartfelt and candid account of how each arrived at the shared belief that “human souls are predisposed to seek God and, by doing so, journey with the souls of others on the pathway to Him.”
Co-authors McCausland and Laura Terry, as well as Terry’s younger sister, Tracy, offer their individual stories of visits from spirit beings, life-altering events and communications from beyond the physical realm that reassure, comfort and ultimately connect them more deeply with God. Readers are invited into the women’s soul-searching and are encouraged to reflect on their own life journeys.
Through a friendship that has spanned decades, McCausland and Terry analyze otherwise unexplainable events such as the timely arrival of each one’s personal “Annette,” real-life women who appear at the right time and place to help each through a crisis.
All of it serves to demonstrate the connection human beings have to one another—and to God, according to Terry. “My journey begins in childhood as I witness unusual events involving my younger sister Tracy. It takes an unanticipated turn years later while I participate in a corporate-sponsored competition.
“Cheryl’s journey seems to simmer and then advance full force after an accident nearly takes her life. Tracy’s journey varies greatly from those of Cheryl and I and reflects a life filled with extraordinary abilities and spirit encounters. After struggling to understand God’s desires for her, she now openly shares her story to encourage others who are similarly situated to release the fear that prevents them from embracing their gifts.”
In explaining her motivation, McCausland writes, “I was born inquisitive and have made a living delving into the details of situations. The prospect of a provocative investigation in the interplay among psychic abilities, spirituality and faith was irresistible.”
Terry wanted to show how those seemingly disparate tenets were, in fact, deeply connected. Tracy, who has received visits from spirit beings throughout her life, believes the world is bursting with individuals who have similar abilities but remain trapped inside the fear of exposure and ridicule.
Response to the book has been heartwarming for the trio. “Since the book’s release, we have been so humbled by the feedback we have received from people who have related to the stories in a way in which we could not have imagined,” said Terry, who notes that both men and women have been moved or comforted in some way by the book. “It is also truly amazing to hear how ‘Intertwined’ has sparked conversations between spouses, family members and friends, which have proven to deepen their mutual understanding regarding very personal and intimate thoughts that were once unspoken.”
McCausland and Terry’s long friendship has become even more intertwined with the publication of their book. McCausland has practiced law since 1986 and lives in New York with her family. Active in her community, she volunteers as an adult leader for her church youth group and teaches religion classes. Terry lives in New Jersey with her family, but calls her “true home” a renovated cabin on Tennanah Lake in Roscoe, where she summered as a child. She worked as a corporate executive for many years before pursuing her first love, interior decoration. She loves to garden and read and volunteers at her church.