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Serial Killer's Daughter : My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming
2019
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<p>What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer?</p> <p> </p> <p>In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. It was then that she learned her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he'd given himself that described the horrific way he committed his crimes: bind, torture, kill. As news of his capture spread, Wichitacelebrated the end of a thirty-one-year nightmare.</p> <p> </p> <p>For Kerri Rawson, another was just beginning. She was plunged into a black hole of horror and disbelief. The same man who had been a loving father, a devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and a public servant had been using their family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born. Everything she had believed about her life had been a lie.</p> <p>Written with candor and extraordinary courage, A Serial Killer's Daughter is an unflinching exploration of life with one of America's most infamous killers and an astonishing tale of personal and spiritual transformation. For all who suffer from unhealed wounds or the crippling effects of violence, betrayal, and anger, Kerri Rawson's story offers the hope of reclaiming sanity in the midst of madness, rebuilding a life in the shadow of death, and learning to forgive the unforgivable.</p> <p>"No easy answers here. No platitudes. Only raw honesty, written with the gracious authority of one who has glimpsed hell. Kerri Rawson shares her earned wisdom and a hope that has been bought with tears and nightmares. This book is a gritty must-read in the library of hope."</p> <p>--Paul J. Pastor, author of The Face of the Deep and The Listening Day</p>
Table of Contents
Author Notep. viii
Prologue: Stubbornness Might Be Enoughp. ix
Part IHold On to Your Foundations
1What Doesn't Kill Youp. 3
2Believe in Good Beginningsp. 9
3Hope for Happily Ever Afterp. 14
4Weave Among the Pines Like a Tomboyp. 20
5Go Comet Hunting in the Winterp. 26
6Have Adventures, Because Life Is Fragilep. 31
7Allow Yourself to Grievep. 35
8Attempt to Outrun What Haunts Youp. 42
9... Makes You Strongerp. 47
Part IIMake Your Way Through the Wilderness
10Know and Respect Your Limitations ... Yeah, Rightp. 57
11Miscalculations of the Ego Can Be Deadlyp. 66
12The Milky Way Makes an Excellent Nightlightp. 74
13Find a Stream in the Wastelandp. 80
14If It's Good Enough for Tadpoles, It's Good Enough for Youp. 87
15Coming Back from the Abyss Doesn't Have to Be So Dramaticp. 93
Part IIILove Will Never Fail You
16Find a Hope and a Futurep. 101
17Fall in Love at Least Once in Your Lifep. 105
18Make a Place of Your Ownp. 110
19Head Down the Wedding Aisle, Even If You Have to Hobblep. 116
20Some Carpet Cleaners Can Leave Unexpected Resultsp. 121
21Don't Say Goodbye-Say "See Ya in a While"p. 125
Part IVWhen All Else Has Fallen Away
22Offer the FBI Your DNA-It's Just Easier That Wayp. 136
23All Reality Can Sometimes Be Lostp. 143
24Don't Google for an Alibip. 150
25Media Circuses Belong in Big Tops, Not Apartmentsp. 156
Part VSeek Refuge
26Respite Can Be Found Thousands of Feet in the Airp. 165
27There is Safety in Numbersp. 171
28Maybe Love Is Enoughp. 181
29Leave the Crime Solving to the Expertsp. 187
30Light Will Overcome the Darknessp. 194
Part VIStand on Your Rock
31Long Distance Can Offer Sanityp. 203
32At Some Point You Have to Face Your Fears Head-Onp. 211
33Most Folks Are Good and Intend You No Harmp. 217
34Fight for Those You Lovep. 224
35Refuse to Let the Bad Stuff Winp. 229
36Try to Hold On to the Good Timesp. 236
37Truth and Justice Can Hurtp. 244
38175 Years Is a Long Timep. 251
Part VIIBinding Up a Broken Heart
39Keep Faith in the Goodp. 261
40A Desert Is a Great Place to Hidep. 270
41PTSD Blows Chunksp. 278
42Therapy Might Just Save Your Lifep. 286
43Laugh or Cry to Survivep. 293
44Grit Your Teeth and Keep Goingp. 301
45Put Your Armor Onp. 305
46Try to Forgivep. 313
Epilogue: On the Good Daysp. 318
Acknowledgmentsp. 320
Notesp. 321
About the Authorp. 326
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