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From divinely miserable to damned happy:
A tale of reckoning, personal redemption, and love-over-dogma epiphany

a spiritual memoir

Holy heathen

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This is a story for kids (and their parents) who are heartbroken by certain terrible information about Santa Claus. 

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This is the story of my metamorphosis from a scared missionary kid growing up in Japan to a thriving heathen mystic who now helps other women flourish.

A Spiritual Memoir



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“As someone who grew up with three ministers in the family, going to church two or three times a week, Holy Heathen tickled my funny bone, triggered some painful memories, and touched my heart. With the sensitivity of a wounded child, the compassion of Quan Yin, the mystery of a mystic, and the wit of a stand up comic, Katherine North shares her poignant story of trauma and triumph as a child growing up in a missionary family in Japan. Yet she never casts herself as the victim, always illuminating the divinity in the humanity that left her feeling painfully squashed during most of her childhood. This is no sob story about a little girl made to sell her soul to Jesus. It’s an exquisitely-written tale of redemption from a wise woman who found her way back to Divinity through the soul of nature. In an animate universe filled with magic, Katherine finds herself. Home at last, she discovers that a loving Consciousness – call it what you will – has been there all along.”

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– Lissa Rankin, MD,

Mind Over Medicine and The Anatomy of a Calling

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“Katherine’s memoir brings you to tears, laughter, and deep quiet, as you travel with her through her own personal Hero’s Journey. You will reach for your own truth, as you celebrate with Katherine for finding hers. An entertaining, powerful read for the heart and soul.”

– Pamela Slim, author, Body of Work and Escape From Cubicle Nation

“This book blew me away with its beautiful storytelling and its incredible message of hope. I’ve never read a book about spirituality that read like a suspense novel! It’s going to blow the roof off the self-help world. Every coach I know needs to read it– it’s going to become a classic in the field.”

– Susan Hyatt, bestselling author of BARE and master life coach

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Holy heathen

This is a story for kids (and their parents) who are heartbroken by certain terrible information about Santa Claus. Think there's no more magic in the world? Oh, the truth is much more interesting. It's time to embrace a deeper magic.

A story for kids heartbroken
about Santa Claus



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Perhaps you have recently heard that Santa Claus isn't a jolly man who lived at the North Pole.

You might think this means that there is no more magic in this world. But the truth is much more interesting.​

Hi, I’m Katherine North. I made this book for my kids, to help them understand that while “Santa Claus” might not be real in the way they had once thought, there is still real magic in the world… and we can help MAKE that magic. I share it with you in hopes that it helps you reframe that tricky conversation with your own little loves.

This is an important moment in a kid's life: a rite of passage that can leave some people with a sense of betrayal or bitterness. This book helps turn it into a loving initiation instead.

I believe that we don’t ever have to give up on magic; our understanding of it just gets deeper and bigger. Never give up on your magic.

Much love,


I write things for women with big, gorgeous, COMPLICATED lives. I help women become epic fucking badasses… but I still retain my right to cry at every diaper commercial ever made.

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