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Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected Paperback – July 1, 2015
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I say that to say that I expected that I would know this story, and that it would be a recap of her blog. I almost didn't buy the book because I thought it would just be a reprint of what I've already read.
It's still signature Kayla, with a mastery of story telling that will lead you from hysterical stitches to tears and back again so quickly, you'll find yourself unsure of what just happened. But there is a depth and vulnerability in this book that is more intimate, personal, and carefully woven. She never challenges the reader to change her own mind about something she may believe or have experienced. However, the way in which she presents the things that changed, shaped, or challenged her is so real, and normal, that your guard is down and you can unthreateningly examine the conclusions and experiences your own life has made in response to pain and sorrow. Kayla is not preachy, and a lot of times I thought I was just reading a nice story, and then "bam!" something so poignant it caught my breath in my chest would jump right off the page at me. I have many doggeared pages to read again at another time. I read the book in less than one day because it was so easy to read with her. Even though I already knew how the story "ends" (up to this point), I could not stop reading.
Kayla's book is not just for NICU Mommies. If you or someone you love has ever faced despair, or if you simply want to read witness to how one woman walking in grace learned to face her despair, this book is for you. Read it, savor it, be encouraged by it, be challenged by it, and join me in appreciating Kayla's wise stewardship of the story that has been given to her.
I'm the type of person who typically avoids any type of story that involves something traumatic or extra tough, ESPECIALLY if it involves a child. My mama bear emotions just fall to pieces at the mere thought of sad things involving little ones.
And yet, Kayla didn't have to just read this book, as I was a bit frightened to do; she had to write it. And the wrote it because she had to live through it. She is such a gentle and caring guide as she walks you through the hardest thing she has ever had to endure, and she makes it so that "sad story-averse" folks like me can absolutely get through this book, and even stay up late to finish it because as it turns out, she shares a story that nobody really wanted, but that all of us really need. Brutiful, indeed.
It's one of the best books I've read in a LONG time.
When I heard KA was writing a book about her experience with her premature daughter, I preordered it right away. I'll admit, I was a little worried that her writing style wouldn't be as amazing, translating from an informal blog post to a "formal" book-- but it was just as wonderful. I was laughing one minute, crying the next, and then right back to laughing so hard I WAS crying. It was amazing. I wish I had more words to describe it than that.
Reading KA's journey through her faith-- that it was rocked, but she was still faithful-- was incredibly inspiring. If she can continue to be this faithful in the midst of terrible experiences, I can grow my own faith-- I have every blessing and reason to rejoice in the Lord!
I highly recommend Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected-- if you love KA's blog (or even if you don't read her blog... you'll want to read it by the end of the book!) you'll want to pick this up. Again, I wish I had more words to describe it, but the only one I can come up with is "amazing." You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel inspired to grow in your faith... you'll want to go hug your husband and your children extra tight and thank the Lord that you have them in your life.