- Ann Rule, New York Times Bestselling author
The true crime story of Karly Sheehan of Corvallis, Oregon.
Early Praise for A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder
“Riveting. Brilliantly plotted. I couldn’t put it down. A Silence of Mockingbirds will fill your eyes with tears, make you mad, and hopefully make you act.”- Robert Dugoni, New York Times Bestselling Author of Bodily Harm
“Karen Spears Zacharias has written a compassionate and comprehensive story of how abuse affects us all.” - Sara O’Meara, Chairman & CEO and Yvonne Gedderson, President of CHILDHELP
“A Silence of Mockingbirds is an important book. The message has stayed with me. We are all family. This true story shines a laser beam on how children are failed in America by the very systems and people that exist to protect them. Shame on us!”
-Wanda Jewell, Executive Director Southeast Independent Booksellers Association SIBA
“Karen Zacharias, using her own reporting skills files a crime story readers won’t put down and will never forget. A Silence of Mockingbirds will open eyes, raise voices, and save lives.” - Winston Groom, New York Times Bestselling author of Forrest Gump
“A Silence of Mockingbirds is truly an addictive read…I took off work to finish it! In typical Karen Zacharias fashion, it is impeccably researched, extremely well written and uniquely told. It is an important, affecting book about child abuse that I wasn’t sure I could read it at first, but then couldn’t put down.” -Karin Wilson, owner, Page & Palette Bookstore, Alabama.
“If the prosperity gospel had a heart, Karen has stomped that sucker flat. Scouring the back roads between Portland, OR and Pinehurst, NC, Karen spins stories of unforgettable characters including the two-fingered Ambassador and the nearly-bankrupt Bookseller. Each encounter will test your heart and mind, pushing you into a conversation often avoided. Whether you live in a mansion on a cliff, a shack by still waters, or in a single-wide on cinder blocks, this is a worthy read.”–William Paul Young, author, The Shack
“I have been a ‘have’ and a ‘have not’ in my life. I have found in my walk with the Lord, as Karen illustrates so well in these beautiful stories, that the riches he desires for us have nothing to do with money. I love a writer that’s not afraid to walk with real people and speak the truth of their lives.”–Jeff Foxworthy
“Tragedy, hilarity, and poignancy do a square dance together in Karen Spears Zacharias’ latest offering. Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? gives us a Spirit-infused meditation on gratuitous wealth and barely gettin’by, all under the paradoxical canopy of the United States of America — a.k.a. Jesusland. Her portraits of the lonely rich, the happy poor, and everyone in between move beyond clichés to reveal a common humanity and a common grace to be found in faith, hope, and love. The stories will stay with you. Read this book and be changed.”--Mike Morrell, zoecarnate.com and TheOOZE.com
“[Karen Spears Zacharias has] a huge fan in the Allman Brothers Band of heathens. Thank you for being brave enough to stand up and be one of our prophets. We desperately need you.”–Oteil Burbridge, bassist and vocalist, Allman Brothers Band
“If Fanny Flagg got religion, she’d be Karen Spears Zacharias. Zacharias goes after the prosperity gospel not with a theological rebuttal but with stories about people who are living the real gospel: people who’ve loved big, lost big, and become ‘the least of these’ for the sake of Christ, and who are spiritually richer than any slick TV preacher will ever be. She is trailer-trash wonderful, a guilty pleasure: like eating chicken-fried steak with mac & cheese during Bible study.”– Susan E. Isaacs, author of Angry Conversations with God
“Karen Spears Zacharias has written a dead-honest, raw-edged memoir . . . wonderfully told” Joseph L. Galloway, co-author of the New York Times bestseller WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE…AND YOUNG
“One of the most original, heartbreaking books about the Vietnam experience ever written . A relentless narrative, brilliantly written and paced. ” Pat Conroy, author of New York Times bestsellers, South of Broad, Beach Music and The Prince of Tides, and The Great Santini.
“A beautiful and important book . . . This book will stay with me always.” Silas House, author of Eli the Good, Clay’s Quilt and The Coal Tattoo
“Bittersweet” The Oregonian
“Touches the hearts of families who have dealt with death, even if the death wasn’t caused by war.” Las Vegas Review-Journal
“An important and triumphant work of literature, a must read for every American in another time of war.” Military.com
Where’s Your Jesus Now? is heartbreaking and witty, full of compassion and righteous outrage. It’s a fascinating book. — AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
Karen Zacharias has testified! This book is funny, fierce, and fearless. My stomach hurts from laughing, and my heart aches from finding the truth. — Doug Crandell, author of Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed and The Flawless Skin of Ugly People
Poignant, funny, and cutting edge, Where’s Your Jesus Now? breaks new ground and knocks fundamentalist thought on its rear. — Michael Morris, author of Slow Way Home
If Karen Spears Zacharias should turn evangelist, the stadium will be full every night. – Sonny Brewer, author of The Poet of Tolstoy Park
Karen Spears Zacharias craves the Jesus of Hank Williams, Thomas Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, and William Blake. In essays bristling with doubt and fear, buoyed by flashes of the brightest hope and splashes of the darkest humor, she grants us the privilege of joining her search party. She almost—almost!—has me convinced He’s out there somewhere. — Jack Pendarvis, author of Awesome and Your Body Is Changing
Candid as all get out, Karen Spears Zacharias knows where Jesus is. In this essential work she prods us from our comfort zone and–mercifully–transports us straight into His arms. — Sally John, author of A Time to Mend and other novels
The wit and wisdom of Karen Spears Zacharias spoken in a clear, no-holds-barred voice creates a book to be pondered and enjoyed. — Jackie K Cooper, author of The Bookbinder
With wit and common sense, Where’s Your Jesus Now? calls us to live our Christian faith without fear. Karen Spears Zacharias reminds us that if we truly have faith, what should we fear? — W. Ralph Eubanks, author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past
Witty, brave, and bold, Zacharias dares to ask the tough question for the right reason: to affirm that Jesus is far more than many of his fear-driven followers believe He is. In a world that has cheapened God, this is the right book at the right time. It cuts to the cultural chase like the words of Brennan Manning and Oswald Chambers, challenging us while encouarging us. And Zacharias does so with a humble heart, a discerning pair of eyes, and an engaging style. Where’s Your Jesus Now? has the power to change the way we all look at God. This is not only a good book, it’s the most important book I’ve read in years. — Bob Welch, award-winning author, columnist and speaker.
“Witty, intelligent and a poignant analysis of organized religion today—pungent manna for thought.” — Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump