Murder, Motherhood, and Miraculous Grace
Debra Moerke

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Narrated By: Marguerite Gavin

Duration: 10 hours and 10 minutes

What to expect

A child disappears. A foster mother faces an impossible choice. A baby’s future hangs in the balance.

When Deb Moerke and her husband decided to become foster parents, they never imagined how their lives would change. And never did they imagine their worst nightmare coming true: their five-year-old foster daughter, Hannah, murdered at the hands of her birth mom, Karen.

The Moerkes were overwhelmed with horror and grief. And just when they didn’t think they could bear any more, Deb received a phone call from Karen in prison. Facing a life sentence for Hannah’s murder, she was pregnant. And Karen had an incredible request: Would Deb take her unborn baby in and love it as her own?

How would you respond? Could you show God’s love to someone who had hurt you and taken away everything you held dear?

Murder, Motherhood, and Miraculous Grace is an unbelievable true story of faith, family, and a journey toward seemingly impossible forgiveness. A story that tests the limits of the human heart, it’s ultimately a beautiful, life-affirming testament to how unconditional love and relentless obedience can transform even the darkest of nights into mornings of hope.


Christian life and practice, Memoirs, Adoption and fostering, Adoption and fostering: advice and issues, Relationships and families: advice and issues, Parenting: advice and issues, True crime: serial killers and murderers

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“A terrific story with surprising twists. You will not be able to put it down. It will both break your heart and mend it as you marvel at the power of love to overcome.”

Ann Spangler, author of Women of the Bible

“What a powerful story that touched my heart deeply, moved me to tears, and enlarged my understanding of what surrender and God’s amazing grace in action looks like.”

Kathe Wunnenberg, president and founder of Hopelifters Unlimited in Phoenix, Arizona

“Once you start reading this book…you will not be able to put it down.”