Saint Peter Killed God

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Father Peter wakes up with amnesia in a psychiatric hospital after a suicide attempt only to discover he wanted to revolutionize the church. More

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Published: June 30, 2011
Words: 75,600
Language: English
About KJ Kron

KJ Kron grew up in a Catholic family in Fairfax, VA. In his third year in college he took a creative writing class, wrote a short story that won an award, and decided he wanted to write novels.

After graduating from James Madison University in 1989, KJ Kron moved to Kansas City to find a place to write free of distractions. He volunteered through theCatholic Church helping teenagers with drug problems and he wrote his first unpublished novel (Pinkie System). When the founder turned the place into a religious community, KJ quit and moved into a neighboring gospel singing church until he got on his feet. Eventually he came back to Northern Virginia with a new plan –work overnight in a psychiatric hospital. Four years later he finished his second unpublished novel (Five Guys Named Johnson) and took classes at George Mason University to get a teaching license and his masters’ degree in Education.

KJ Kron has taught English and creative writing for 15 years, two of them part-time so he could write Saint Peter Killed God. While teaching, KJ met a VIF (Visiting International Faculty) teacher from Spain. Two and a half years later they married. KJ agreed to spend summers and the winter breaks in Spain with his wife and son unless they moved to Spain. KJ is conversant in Spanish. The hope is that their son will grow up bilingual. KJ dreams of moving to Spain to work on more novels, but cannot afford it at the moment so he and his wife continue teaching.

Reviews

Review by: Elizabeth Miller on May 10, 2012 : star star star star
Being anti-religion I was reticent about reading this book. The story of a priest who ends up in a mental health ward though caught my interest. Bold ideas that are presented in a clever story about a man trying to figure out his own beliefs while still trying to help others. Well done and a really nice way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Miller on May 10, 2012 : star star star star
Being anti-religion I was reticent about reading this story. The story of a priest who ends up in a mental health ward though caught my interest. Bold ideas that are presented in a clever story about a man trying to figure out his own beliefs while still trying to help others. Well done and a really bice way to soend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: K.C. Hilton on Aug. 28, 2011 : star star star star star
Don't let the title throw you! This is a great book! It starts off with a priest (Peter) trying to get the attention of his congregation. Then his attemps suicide but wait... in doing so, he felt faint, then falls and hits his head. He wakes up in a mental institution with amnesia! What would you do?

Peter has his journals giving him insight to the man he was before the accident. But what would bring him to try to commit suicide? He was a priest! What kind of man was he? Will he ever be the man he once was? The thrilling journey begins and is a page turner. My favorite character was William. He was a strange man, he was a poet, rude, funny and crazy at the same time and yes, he was in the mental institution with Peter.

The patients soon become Peter's new flock. Peter's journal drove me insane! You'll have to read the book to find out why.

This book kept my attention that's for sure! Kron's research provides a better understanding of the Catholic church and the mental institution.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Chaz Young on Aug. 25, 2011 : star star star star star
This is one of the most thought provoking books that I have read in some time. Even though I am not Catholic, it makes me want to get out my bible and read the New Testament, to understand what Jesus was teaching. The author drew me in with the story of Peter, a priest who wakes up in a psychiatric hospital. Peter reads his diary, in which he wrote about himself as Saint Peter, and his plan to reform the church. The reader learns about Peter's life at the same time as Peter, who has amnesia and has to rely on his diary to tell him how he ended up in the hospital. All during the story, I wonder if Peter is insane or a visionary, and I like the way that the author lets the reader decide. A must read for anyone who wonders about religion.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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