Are you too focused on the “right” ways of worship, work, and family life? Learn about the dangers of quiet legalism in Kendra Fletcher’s new book, Lost and Found. Kendra, 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.
Ready our story spotlight on Lost and Found with Kendra Fletcher to learn more!
Tells us a bit about your book—what inspired you to write it?
Initially, I wrote this story for my family, but when an old friend in the publishing industry asked me what I was writing, his response was an enthusiastic, “This story needs to be told!”
We nearly lost three of our children in a period of 18 months, and through those harrowing experiences, God overhauled our personal lives and pulled the rug out from underneath our faith. It slowly began to dawn on us that our faith was largely about us and what we were doing, and very, very little about Jesus.
What is the main message of your book?
Jesus is enough. Jesus is everything. Jesus is our faith, and we have to learn to identify those areas in our lives where we shift our hope from Him to the good things He’s given us.
It’s an insipid habit, but it’s no less than idolatry, and the farther we find ourselves from the centrality of the gospel, the farther we find ourselves from Christ Himself.
What was the hardest part about writing nonfiction?
The most difficult thing for me was remember details, so I spent a lot of time asking questions of anyone who walked those journeys with us.
What is one thing you learned while writing Lost and Found?
Write down everything you remember, as you remember it! Grab a 3×5 card, a voice recorder, the back of an envelope — it doesn’t matter. But get it down so you can recall the details when you need to be writing about them.
Do you have any advice for those interested in writing nonfiction?
Don’t be afraid to go deep. Don’t be afraid to let God show you the darkest parts of your heart, because when we delve into the depths of our human condition and honestly flay open the wounds and the pain that accompanies them, we find a rush of grace and healing that God pours out into those most uncomfortable of places.
We also find that others respond far less with disgust and far more readily with their own stories of brokenness and need. If we can be in the business of helping others find freedom in Christ, all the unpleasant introspection is worth every second it took to get there.
What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on a blog series specifically for people coming out of legalistic homeschooling communities. I’m also starting to work on another book!