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All I Once Held Paperback – July 1, 2015
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"All I Once Held is such a powerful and redemptive story that it had me weeping for joy."
Marty Russell, Adjunct Professor of Women's Ministries at Talbot School of Theology
"I believe many will be helped in their journey toward healing by entering into the struggles of a couple whose story is so real that it is hard to believe it is fiction."
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"I devoured it all in one sitting, and it destroyed me. Its brutal honesty is a warning about the ugly underbelly of good Christianity, but it also honors those who have lived it and survived."
Micah J. Murray, writer and blogger, redemptionpictures.com
"All who have experienced broken relationships, dashed dreams, ruined lives, and destructive religion will find they have something in common with Katy in this story. But those who walk with her through her pain will also discover hope for the future."
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Ever felt like everything that could go wrong does go wrong? That's pretty much Katy's story. From the beginning to the end Katy is dealt blow after blow. Each situation building on the previous. As a pastor's wife the stress to be perfect, and to have the perfect household constantly weighs on her, while her husband, Adam also deals with his own demons. Eventually the house of cards fall and Katy is left to pick up the pieces the best that she can. In the end she realizes the only thing that she can really do is finally let go.
The story grabbed me from the start, but as the initial background of her story is revealed I got lost in the lengthy nature of some of the paragraphs. However, by midpoint I was pulled back into the story. Katy's story is told more as a memoir than being in the moment. The end is nicely wrapped up and I was left feeling like it was complete and that I wasn't left hanging.
Overall, it was a great story. One of loss, manipulation, co-dependency, and a look into today's modern church culture.