About the Author

Thanks so much for visiting. I’m a trauma surgeon turned writer and homeschooling mom, who goes by Katie, Mum, Mommy, and occasionally Dr. Butler.


I earned my M.D. from Columbia University, and completed my surgical and critical care training at Massachusetts General Hospital where I then joined the staff. In an unexpected turn of events that was never part of my “plan,” the Lord  drew me away from academic surgery to homeschool my kids. I’ve now exchanged the scalpel for caterpillar terrariums, peanut butter and jelly, and plenty of moments when the Lord lays bare my insufficiencies. In the crevices of days, I write about faith, medicine, and the joys of reading great stories with kids.

The multiple instances of heartache I witnessed among families in the ICU inspired my book Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care (winner of the TGC 2019 Book Award in New Author category, and finalist for the ECPA 2020 Christian Book award in Faith and Culture). My second book, Glimmers of Grace: A Doctor’s Reflections on Faith, Suffering, and the Goodness of God, is my attempt to steward the insights about faith and illness that God entrusted to me during my years in medicine, with an emphasis on turning to Scripture for reassurance of God’s love.

In a different vein, I’ve written The Dream Keeper Saga, a series of middle-grade fantasy novels with Christian themes, intended to point families to the Gospel through vivid storytelling. This series will include a total of five books, with three currently published by Crossway: 

The Dragon and the Stone (Award of Merit in Young Adult category, Christianity Today 2023 Book Awards)

The Prince and the Blight  (Finalist in the Youth Literature category, ECPA 2023 Christian Book Awards) 

Lost in the Caverns

On this blog, you’ll find thoughts on faith, medicine, motherhood, books, and moments in life that demand remembering.  You can also find links to my writing at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and other ministries here. Most of all, I’d love to connect with you. I hope some of the content here moves you, just as the fellowship with readers has so touched me.

Thank you for visiting. May God bless you and yours.