Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Lost and Found
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.
My thoughts: Wow! It was so interesting to read about the Fletchers and their journey through trials to a deeper relationship with the Lord. I can't believe just how much they went through in and 18 month period. As a mother, it confronted some of my worst fears, and yet I was so blessed by this book to see how God blessed them through the hard times and how their heartbreak was used for good. Having been homeschooled, I found the patriarchal group they were a part of interesting, since some of my friends were in groups like that growing up.
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.