Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Lynnette's book-Intro/Prologue

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This second book reading is for In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me by Lynnette Kraft. (To visit Lynnette's blog click here.)

We are starting off first with the Introduction and the Prologue since not everyone has yet received their books. I encourage you to share your own thoughts about the book so far and to answer any questions I may ask (which will be in bold). Write your thoughts and answers on your own post and link them back to this post please. It will be much easier to find them all!


The Introduction was very short but I think it had a very strong message. I felt myself agreeing with Lynnette as I read it. Have there been times in your life that God has shown you that He cares or that He is near? The first moment that comes to my mind is when we first got Carleigh's diagnosis. I felt God's presence very strongly during that time. Even though it hurt to hear and know that my daughter wouldn't live, I felt a calmness and peace and just knew that everything was going to be ok, even through my pain. This same peace was again with me later when Carleigh was born. I can say, like Lynnette, that I am grateful for the journey. I truly am.

The Prologue recounts the evening that Lynnette and her family lost her daughter Anna. Wow. Reading this brought up some very strong emotions for me. I read through tears as I envisioned Lynnette living through this horrible night. Things happening so quickly.....feeling so helpless. Her and her husband Kyle fought so hard to save Anna, even when they knew she was gone. I know I would've done the same.

"My sweet little daughter was gone. I would not hear her voice, or see her sweet little smiling face, or cuddle her warm soft body again, until we were together again in heaven. Oh, I hoped that it wouldn't be long. I begged the Lord to come and get us all at that moment. I didn't want to live anymore."

When I read these words my tears flowed freely and I couldn't stop them. My mind went back to the time when I realized Carleigh was gone and all the things that I would miss. I mean, I knew I would never really get those things but the finality of it was hard. When my grief was at its lowest I was ready for God to take me. I wanted to be with Carleigh so much. I realize now though that I need to be here for Kyndra. I love her too much and I hold onto her tighter now.

Reading about the lady behind the counter at the hospital made me want to give her a good tongue-lashing. "How dare you treat someone with very little compassion and understanding!" At such low times in our lives I've learned that some people can be so unkind. And I don't understand why. Why be unkind at all, at any time?

One of the things that helped me with losing Carleigh is knowing she was in Heaven and that I will see her again someday. That gives me so much hope. It gives me so much comfort to know that she is happy and not in any pain or experiencing any sorrow. Pure joy with Jesus. In the very best place she can be.

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Jessica said...

Holly I really do want to read along, but I haven't had the money to grab a copy! when I do I will catch up and do a big post all about up to that point! It sounds like it's going to be a very inspiring book! I can't wiat

Danielle said...

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April said...

I completely agree with your post on the introduction and prologue! I know that you can identify greatly with Lynnette and this book will hit you on a whole different level than many of us. I admire your openness and always enjoy your insight!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Holly...I had such good intentions of getting this done today. However, it seems I'm drowning a little in golf outing preparations and I need to get Walking With You ready for tomorrow. I am so sorry. I may be in and out with this, but I DO want to participate. I love Lynnette and I loved her book. I can relate to so much of her story, and love her perspective.

Love to you...

Holly said...

Oh Don't worry Kelly! You've got the whole week to get it done! No rush!!

Andi said...

Okay, so I finally got my book, so now I'm going to get all caught up!
A time when I felt God's presence strongly...there have been many! My pregnancy with Haven was filled with a sweet assurance that He had everything under control, even though our hearts were breaking.
Also, my dad's death. He was in Hospice and we knew the time was drawing near that he was going to leave us. I got a Bible and just started reading Psalms out loud. We were all gathered around and as I read, I felt God's presence so strongly that it's hard to describe!

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