{review} Lost & Found by Kendra Fletcher

I’ve been a fan of the HomeschoolingIRL podcast for quite some time. Their transparent and refreshing style has always been appealing to me. So when I heard that Kendra was writing a book, I was really looking forward to reading it. Well. I was not disappointed.

I finished Lost and Found in one sitting. Under 100 pages, it’s the story of one family’s journey from a legalistic Christianity to understanding true grace, as they endured some unbelievable hardships due to medical emergencies with their children. It was a great autobiography and really made me consider how I would handle the situations they found themselves in. I think we all want to hope that we are strong enough to stand in faith during trials, but the truth is we just don’t know unless we’ve walked down that rough road. To read how Andy and Kendra endured such trials is inspiring and encouraging.

Lost and Found is a great book for anyone that wants to be encouraged in their faith. I plan on having my teen daughter read it next. Want to learn more? Head over to the Litfuse site or read more below!

 

The “right” homeschooling philosophy. The “right” brand of theology. The “right” meal-planning, home-managing, keep-it-all-together parenting.

Kendra Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, had it all “right,” until it all fell apart. In the course of eighteen months, Kendra found her baby in a coma, ran over her five-year-old, and nearly lost her eight-year-old to a septic ruptured appendix.

Lost and Found is the story of how God used those events to transform her family’s self-righteous religion into freedom in Christ.

Fletcher’s debut book is the gripping true story of how God used suffering to save her family from empty religion. As wave after wave of crisis hit, the Fletchers discovered that getting religion “right” wasn’t a good substitute for a living relationship with a loving God. Through their suffering, they learned about misplaced identities and false hope, and they threw themselves wholly into the arms of Jesus-where they found the grace they needed.

Fletcher, a well-known writer and conference speaker in Christian homeschooling circles, addresses the quiet legalism that so easily infiltrates Christian communities and exposes the dangers of focusing our hopes on the “right” ways of worship, work, and family life. More than a memoir,

Lost and Found invites all of us to give up the things that hold us in bondage and find our value, worth, significance, hope, and identity in Christ alone.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Kendra Fletcher writes on faith and education for a variety of publications, including her blog. She is also a frequent speaker at homeschooling conventions, but she spends most of her time with her very large family. The Fletchers reside in California, where they play in the Pacific Ocean as often as possible.

Find out more about Kendra at  http://www.kendrafletcher.com.

When Words Hurt

I was picking up my daughter from the nursery at church. The worker seemed annoyed, so I asked if everything went alright. She started by telling me briefly about her job, but I can’t remember what she said because for a moment I was so confused by her words. But then came the rest of her explanation –

If you spent less time trying to teach her to read at 3, and more time disciplining her then she wouldn’t be so difficult to handle.

I was crushed.

What she didn’t know is that I wasn’t trying to teach my daughter to read at all. She just was picking up books and watching Sesame Street. Didn’t know that I was exhausted because it seemed all I did was discipline and direct this little ball of energy. She didn’t know that I was struggling with how to train her to listen to me, when all this little one wanted to to was talk and move and ask questions. so many questions. This tired nursery worker just assumed something, based on the 40 minutes she spent with my precocious toddler and judged my parenting.

So how do you respond to such a statement?

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Homeschooling Through a Busy Season

I really thought I knew what busy was. Homeschooling four daughters, a part-time job, a little hobby farm, occasionally cleaning the house -> busy, right? Well, this is the thing about me. I crave the perfect balance between having things to do and having time to veg on the couch, watching tv or reading. So when some new opportunities came our way, we jumped in. It’s busier than ever around here, but we still have a nice balance of activity and veg time (because I am not missing This Is Us on Tuesdays!). And although all of our activities are just getting rolling, I’ve learned a few things.

 

 

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{review} The Mark of the King

About The Book:

Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

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About the Author:
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of Gettysburg; Yankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa.
My Thoughts:
This book was the perfect read for our Christmas vacation! I hadn’t ever learned the history behind how Louisiana was settled and found the historical backdrop of this novel so very interesting. Julianne is a strong, determined character that held my attention through this novel. The story was much more than just a romance novel – that is a minor part of the overall story, really. I loved that the main part of the story was Julianne and every part of her personality – her work, her brother, her community. The writing style was lovely and the imagery really brought the settlement of New Orleans to life.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical novels. It was interesting and shed light on a side of history that I knew nothing about.
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{I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}