Thank you to all the readers who made The Misfit Miracle Girl: Candid Reflections a best seller in 2017
“Honesty. That’s Kate Mahoney’s biggest attribute. Whenever she writes or speaks, she lays it all out on the table — her love, her joy, her pain.”
“Through Kate’s accounts of doubt and devotion we are reminded of the humanity and divinity in all of us. An inspiring, courageous memoir about owning the past, honoring the present and looking to the future.”
– Father Richard Rohr, Author, spiritual world leader and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation
“Sharing hilarious anecdotes and wisdom acquired along the way, Kate tells her story with humility and grace in The Misfit Miracle Girl: Candid Reflections as she does the seemingly impossible task of taking an unimaginable event…and making it completely relatable. You’ll be awed by her strength and, at the same time, you’ll want to be her best friend.”
”In The Misfit Miracle Girl: Candid Reflections, Kate writes of the long journey toward understanding such a profound childhood moment. With each page, Kate projects the same qualities those who know her always find in her presence: Her words evoke a joyous and loving intensity, a searching wonder and humility, about her story and communion with the larger world.”
– Sean Kirst, Author, longtime Upstate NY columnist and journalist
“Mahoney is the tater-tot of the soul – tasty, popular, and a little crunchy.
Kate Mahoney is the kind of person that you want to impress, to match her quick-witted replies with your own, even when you know you have a fraction of her eloquence and astute grasp of life. She will impress you, not only with her intelligence and warmth, but with her ability to make you feel intelligent and warm-hearted yourself. She’s the preppy-pretty homecoming queen with whom you debate global politics that can end in an all-out mashed-potato fight. She is a survivor not just of life’s tragedies, but a resistor of settling and mediocrity. She’s the friend who can make you laugh while she’s telling you a story that should make you cry. And when it’s your turn to be the sad story, she will organize a militia of strength and love to support you, and inspire you not to be defined by what is taken from you, but by what you create.”
Kate Dowling, artist and friend
“Honesty. That’s Kate Mahoney’s biggest attribute. Whenever she writes or speaks, she lays it all out on the table — her love, her joy, her pain. She doesn’t beat around the bush, and there’s something to be said for that. Kate will always tell you the truth. And she tells it with a side of laughter, a glimmer of hope. She reminds us that we’re human. She reminds us that we all make mistakes — and that that’s okay. She reminds us to find joy in difficult moments. And I admire her for that.”
– Alyssa LaFaro, writer and editor, Chapel Hill, NC
Kate Mahoney fashions stories and weaves threads of experience into a delightful and compelling engagement with her audiences. She challenges people to participate, listens well, and transforms time together into a bond.
“Autobiographies often reveal significant information and frequently contribute to our understanding, appreciation and celebration of the miracles that transform lives. Kate Mahoney’s miraculous life proves to us that the recognition of these miracles demonstrates God’s daily significant contact with humanity.”
-Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt
Ed.D. Le Moyne College Education Professor, Emerita Syracuse, NY
“It is always such an honor to be asked to speak about someone as unique as Kate Mahoney. I have known Kate well since meeting her at the time of Mother Marianne’s Beatification. I remember whispering to Mother Marianne, “You have chosen well”.
Kate doesn’t wait for opportunities to present themselves, she creates her opportunity and then takes hold of that potential and makes it happen. She understands patience, and has a heart so full of love that more often than not she presses pause on her plans to take care of those around her. There has never been any doubt in my mind that the detours she has taken in life have only served to make her stronger, smarter and more determined to make an impact.”
“I first heard Kate speak on summer vacation. Her experience was one I felt deeply connected to having lost my father at age 14 to cancer. Kate speaks from the heart and her message is delivered in a that isn’t overly spiritual but with a touch of humor and reality. To hear this story is a true gift.”