Kate H. Rademacher
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Following The Red Bird

In Following the Red Bird: First Steps into a Life of Faith, Kate Rademacher describes how she came to embrace a relationship with God after maintaining a pick-and-choose approach to spirituality for many years. Part memoir and part meditation on Christian teachings, Following the Red Bird explores not only the why of Christianity but the how.


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2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award Shortlist Finalist 

2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award Shortlist Finalist 


"Rademacher’s memoir is an honest portrayal of the confusion of discernment and the comfort of abiding and trusting in God."

-Publishers Weekly

"This modern, succinct meditation on grace amply demonstrates that following God is an ongoing journey. Personal failings, distance, and constant efforts to return mark a faith that is flawed and genuine and all the more convincing for its humanness."

-Foreword Reviews, 5-heart review & selected as a Spotlight book (Religion)

"We live in a time in which we naturally distrust religious narratives by those who claim they have found God. I do not think that distrust will haunt any reader of this book because Kate Rademacher does not claim so much that she has found God but the God who Christians believe is Trinity has found her. Not only has she been found but she has been given something to do in service to the Kingdom. Hopefully this book will be read by believer and unbeliever alike because it is an honest narrative of a person of faith."

-Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke University. Named America's Best Theologian by Time Magazine in 2001. Author of Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir.

"In Following the Red Bird, Kate Rademacher traces the steps of her journey into Christianity with suspense, grace, and power. She describes with unfailing honesty and integrity how she experienced God calling her into a relationship with Jesus, to baptism, and to a life of Christian discipline and practice. As we follow her riveting and joyful story, she inspires us to discern how God might be calling us, too."

-The Rev. Liz Dowling-Sendor, co-author of Wide Open Spaces: Women Exploring Call Through Stories and Reflections

"Kate Rademacher's debut book is a refreshing take on why spirituality—particularly the Christian tradition—matters. Kate leads the reader on a rare journey of listening for God's voice amid a busy world that overwhelms us with its buffet of choice. Her poignant prose helps us understand the significance of the spiritual path for our lives."

- J. Dana Trent, author of Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk

Other writing on faith by Kate Rademacher:

Seeking Sabbath: Crankiness and Delight

"I don’t want to take God’s gift and break it down in convenient chunks. I want the big, beautiful challenge that comes with the discipline of setting aside a full 24-hours for rest."

A Theology of Gratitude: Reflections of a Recent Convert

"One of the biggest surprises in the conversion journey has been the realization that my entire relationship to gratitude has changed."

Christian-Buddhist Double Header:

“Mommy, do you think I’m more of a Buddhist Christian or a Christian Buddhist?”

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Following the Red Bird  is Kate Rademacher's debut memoir. Her second book,  Their Faces Shone , will be released in the summer of 2020.

Following the Red Bird is Kate Rademacher's debut memoir. Her second book, Their Faces Shone, will be released in the summer of 2020.

Upcoming Work

Kate’s second book, Their Faces Shone: Lessons on Loving and Letting Go will be released in the summer of 2020.