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My Mother Killed Christ: But God Loves Me Anyway [Kindle Edition]

Katie Roberta Stevens
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Every person has her secrets. If Katie can forgive her mother and herself for theirs, readers of this book can certainly find it in their hearts to forgive their own transgressions. This deeply affecting memoir by a Catholic schoolgirl during the 1960s shares her inspiring journey from an abusive childhood with a schizophrenic mother to an adulthood of redemptive love. My Mother Killed Christ: But God Loves Me Anyway is a triumphant memoir detailing the life of Katie Murphy, a 1960s Catholic School girl struggling to keep the faith acquired at school in a home ruled by a mentally ill mother who believed she killed Jesus Christ. This life story is not divided into years, but into episodes capturing her family’s chaos, created by an absentee father and a mother frequently committed to a mental hospital. She and her four siblings are forced to shoplift food, toiletries and clothing to survive. Meanwhile, Katie's misguided search for parental love leads to an ongoing affair with a priest in high school, marriage to a man twice her age in college, and a twelve year affair with a married man in adulthood. She finally learns the truth about her childhood. Successful, safe and loved today, she lifts the veil of self-blame and anger to trace a path to true forgiveness. The author shares poignant proof that, with conviction, compassion, and truth, even the most damaging past can be transformed into a peaceful and meaningful present.

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About the Author

Katie Roberta Stevens has worked as a professional grant writer for public school districts for the past fourteen years. Prior to that, she taught high school English for twelve years, during which she enjoyed serving as a basketball coach and advisor to various clubs. She considers herself a true "Jersey Girl," but now resides in Brevard County, Florida, with her husband of five years.

Product Details

  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615438091
  • Publisher: Away With Words, Inc. (April 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z7SRKO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story August 3, 2011
My Mother Killed Christ But God Loves Me Anyway was a difficult book to read. It is the author's story of growing up with a mentally unstable mother. It is very honestly written. As such I would recommend it for mature readers. Ms. Stevens holds nothing back in writing of her memories of neglect, abuse, theft, sexual issues, and graphic mental breakdowns. That could make the book depressing, harsh and heartbreaking. What saves it are the hope, perseverance, the strong family ties between the siblings ,the kindness and guidance given by others.
In reading this we come to realize that we can make a difference in the life of a child, even if we have no children. And the importance not to miss the opportunity to do so. My Mother Killed Christ is also a story of forgiveness, not only of those who may have hurt us, but also of ourselves. It took me a bit to get through this book. I think most who read this will either be glued to it or will need to read, put down, go do something fun, comeback and read some more. There will be those who will not make it through as well as those who hate it. That is the reality with any book but more so with one that touches on such harsh issues. I can't say I enjoyed this book because it is not entertaining. Am I sorry I read it? No I am not. It is well written. It is a book that will leave you feeling a lot of mixed feelings. It is a book you want to discuss with a good friend or in a therapy group.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Mother Killed Christ But God Still Loves Me April 22, 2011
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Katie definitely took her teacher's advice to use concrete language in her writings. She had strong feelings to express and I could "see them, taste them ,smell them, and touch them" I couldn't put the book down and when it ended I was sad because I couldn't read more about the life of this Beautiful Strong Women! I think what struck me the most were her honesty and forgiveness. The teacher in me hopes that I had even a small influence on the children that were in my classroom. I would highly recommend this book to all educators (parents, teachers and administrators). I'm looking forward to reading other books by this first time author. I love her poems too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate words tell a passionate tale July 20, 2011
Sometimes books like this are a cumbersome read and a story weighed down by description with no meaning. That wasn't the case in this chilling, mesmerizing tale by Katherine Roberta Stevens, who captured a graphic, heart-wrenching moment in time with the right amount of description and pause.

There was no overwriting, just storytelling, as Stevens laid it all out, piece-by-piece, in striking detail then sat back and allowed the reader to absorb such horrifying occurrences before continuing the tale.

I only had to re-read sections because of there startling meaning, not because I didn't understand the overall point she was trying to make with each paragraph, each page.

This is a true page-turner that, as a fellow author, I highly recommended for any avid reader who is captivated by true stories told by true storytellers.

Five stars from open to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Teachers June 6, 2011
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At first, I had to put this book down and stop reading it because I found the beginning to be a bit overwhelming. However, I'm glad that I picked it up again because it truly is a powerful story. It amazes me what some people have survived and reminds me that you really don't know the whole story of people you meet every day. Also, as an educator in a leadership position, it confirms for me once again how much power teachers have in the lives of their students.It seems that just a few words of encouragement were enough to assist the author with surviving a dreadful home life. I hope that I will always remember to encourage my staff to take the time to give our students those few extra words or minutes.Make sure you keep reading this book because you will be eventually laughing out loud. Just put on your seat belt because it's quite a ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Mother Killed Christ:But God Loves Me Anyway May 18, 2011
By NCGirl
After reading the first few chapters of this book, I had to put it down. It was too intense because I actually know the author and have known her for years. I never had one idea about what she endured in her childhood. At first, I was hurt for her, but then I also felt hurt that she never shared her past with me. After getting through the beginning, the rest of the book was a page-turner. I couldn't put it down. I loved the last chapter and hope that one day I will feel the peace that the author has now found. My advice to readers is to get through the tough part becomes it becomes a wonderful love story that I would highly recommend. You can't understand just how good life has become unless you know how it started. Katie, I'm proud of you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read! June 10, 2011
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It is almost impossible to fathom how a woman filled with a lifetime of insecurity could bare her soul to the reader in such an open and honest fashion. Her courage in exposing her innermost thoughts, and sometimes unconventional social behavior, allows the reader to travel along the journey of a life overflowing with both torment and joy.

Katie Roberta Stevens is a woman who has gone through her own personal hell and has come out the other side strong, incredibly positive, and ready to tackle the rest of her life with humor and a willingness to face new challenges head on. I laughed, I cried and my admiration for her knows no bounds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good book
Published 3 months ago by Hannible
3.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've read
Worst book I've read. Vulgar and totally non-Christian. I burned my book after scanning looking for a positive turn. Never considered passing it on.
Published 6 months ago by Janice Brehm
2.0 out of 5 stars This book started out good
But eventually web came very difficult for me to read as I lost interest. Very strong first few chapters... And then it bored me to no end...
Just my opinion...
Published 8 months ago by Holycats
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading!
This book is good reading but traumatizing to know it is true! I commend Katie for having the courage to dig deep and tell what is so intimate. I actually know and love Katie. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sharian Y. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I enjoyed the way the author described her life. It was easy to visualize the characters and relate to how they were feeling. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tiffany
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging read
This memoir degenerates into second rate erotica in the second part, but the earlier pages are powerful as the writer describes her psychotic mother. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chris Cennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book is so touching and gives you insite of how hard it is to have a parent with a medical disorder and how strong of a bound brothers and sisters have with each other and how... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Samantha shenk
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and insightful
It's a very interesting yet at times difficult to read. It covers many emotions and is very heartfelt. Read more
Published on February 26, 2013 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves all 5 stars
I rarely give 5 stars to any book--my standards are high. I demand drama, humor, emotion, insight, descriptions that create clear mind pictures, and above all, an engaging story... Read more
Published on February 13, 2013 by V. WELCH
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Survivor's story - harsh honesty wrapped in love
I seek honesty - even when it hurts. Katie 's truth gushed over me, but her love and compassion cushioned the pain. Read more
Published on February 12, 2013 by L.C. in Colorado
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More About the Author

Katie Roberta Stevens grew up in New Jersey, on welfare, with an absentee father and a mentally ill mother, who went in and out of the mental hospital every year. She and her four siblings had to steal food, clothing, and toiletries to survive throughout high school. Yet, today, they have all broken the cycle and have children who are college graduates as well. How? They had exceptional teachers. These educators didn't just dispense facts. Instead, they made a meaningful connection with EVERY child in their classrooms to ensure they were seen and valued by someone.

Since writing My Mother Killed Christ: But God Loves Me Anyway, Ms. Stevens has been overwhelmed by the many readers who have shared their personal stories of triumph! It confirms what her grandmother always told her, "If every person was allowed to walk into a room and put the cross they carry in the middle of the room with the option of selecting the cross another person must carry, we would all pick up our own cross again and carry it gladly."
All in all, life is good! Please e-mail me at to share your story.

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