Salvation: A Judge's Memoir of a Mormon Childhood



"Protection from harm: " This is the original Greek definition of "salvation," and it's an innate human need that begins at birth.

Protection can come in many shapes and forms. Sometimes it is simple, but often it is complicated and confusing. Salvation, Judge Katharine English's personal memoir, presents a road trip through her tumultuous past that traces the many faces of her journey to protect herself, and eventually others, from harm.

Mormonism provides exotic stories, gospels, and doctrines that come to life in English's childhood imagination-but she confronts confusing contradictions that are difficult to reconcile. Her attentive and devoted father protects her from an abusive, alcoholic mother, but his love takes a devastating turn. As English grows up, salvation drifts farther and farther away from her reality-and rebellion creeps into her life to compensate.

Throughout this journey, English digs into her childhood, reveals her dark secrets, and uncovers the forces that have influenced who she's become-a family court judge-and chronicles her journey toward finding peace.

A tribute to parenting challenges, religious complications, and forgiving the wrongs committed to us during childhood, this memoir is ultimately a testament to the true meaning of salvation.

Product Details

Katharine English
Publish Date
May 10, 2016
6.0 X 0.72 X 9.0 inches | 1.02 pounds
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About the Author

Katharine English is a retired family court referee and judge who grew up within the Mormon Church in Utah and graduated from Portland State University, Lewis and Clark Law School, and Goddard College, where she earned an MFA in creative writing.

English practiced law at English and Metcalf, served on Portland's family court bench for fourteen years, and was chief judge of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for seven years. Throughout her career, she was a faculty member of the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges.

English has traveled the United States, teaching and speaking on a wide range of subjects to judges, lawyers, child service agency workers, and volunteer advocates. Raised by a Mormon mother and Southern Baptist father, and provided with her professional experience in court, she has a uniquely broad perspective on factors that help children rise from the destructive forces in their lives.