Kate Headshot

In her writing, Kate Rademacher explores the ways that we can listen for and respond to God’s call. She grew up outside of Boston and now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her family.

Kate’s debut memoir Following the Red Bird describes how she came to embrace a relationship with God after maintaining a pick-and-choose approach to spirituality for many years.Married to a devout Buddhist, Rademacher was sitting on a cushion at her husband’s meditation center one day when Jesus appeared unexpectedly in her consciousness and called her to follow him. She was baptized a year later to the day.

In her memoir, Kate draws from her readings of some of the great faith and spirituality giants such as C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Thomas A. Kempis, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She also finds inspiration in the work of modern authors like Elizabeth Gilbert, Kathleen Norris, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Parker J. Palmer.

Kate’s second book, Their Faces Shone: A Foster Parent’s Lessons on Loving and Letting Go will be released in August, 2020 by Light Messages Publishing. She is currently working on her third book, Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Nonstop World.

Visit Kate online at www.katerademacher.com.


by Kate Rademacher

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

"Not only has Kate been found (by God), 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, Time Magazine's "America's Best Theologian" (2001), Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke University, and author of Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir

In Following the Red Bird, Kate Rademacher describes how she came to embrace a relationship with Christ after maintaining a pick-and- choose approach to spirituality for many years. The image from the book’s title becomes a metaphor for the ways Rademacher unexpectedly began to experience God in her life and how she slowly learned to follow the breadcrumbs that God seemed to leave out for her.

Part memoir and part meditation on Christian teachings, Following the Red Bird explores not only the why of Christianity but the how. How do we learn to listen for God’s voice? How do we develop and sustain a relationship with Jesus? How do we apply Christian teachings to everyday life? Rademacher describes her journey of discovering answers to these questions one step at a time as she stumbled into a new life in the church. Both the searcher and the long-time believer will benefit from Rademacher’s experience and insights.

Now Available!


Pledge to Buy

Show your support for Kate H. Rademacher. Pledge to buy her debut memoir about her first steps into the Christian faith. (Don't worry... we won't sell your info.)





Read Local
Seal StandardsChecklist 01