Lost and Found

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Lost and Found

Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace (New Growth Press, February 2017)

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.

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Reviews

  • I was not thrilled to read about what the children in this family went through.

  • Fletcher teaches by example in this touching memoir. Hers is an inspiring story of being in crisis yet realizing what God was teaching her and her family. This is an encouraging book for anyone caught in a legalistic Christian community. One can break free and find grace in a relationship with Jesus.

  • Lost & Found reads like a testimonial, it was a short read and felt like what Fletcher would share if you were sitting in a cafe together getting to know one another. It left me wanting for another visit. It left me asking questions and wanting to be shown more of the journey from legalism to grace. Where she landed is where we all need to find ourselves… JESUS IS ENOUGH.

  • A beautiful well written story that I am sure to read over and over again. Highly recommend to my Christian Readers. I was hooked from the start.

  • I loved how transparent Kendra was in her writing. She tells the nitty gritty of her story, leaving no details out. You’ll feel for the author and relate to her in her many struggles.

  • I really felt good after reading this book. I give this book a 5/5.

  • I will come back again and again to this book. I will share it with friends. I encourage you to lay down bondage and walk in freedom. Embrace the grace of God through Jesus Christ. There is no other other way to live!

  • Kendra takes you through the fight, the struggle, and the lessons she and her family learned. she shows you how to fight and win and get to the other side. An amazing lesson in all things God!

  • I felt like I wasn’t just reading a book, that I was literally sitting next to her with a cup of coffee as she shared her gut-wrenching story. Lost and Found – and Kendra – are approachable, relatable, and above all encouraging in the face of incredible challenges.

  • Lost and Found by Kendra Fletcher is a story of losing your religion and finding Grace. Learning to cope and deal with the major events that have happened in your life and move forward. A moving story that will bring you to tears.

  • These stories will melt your heart, as they teach you powerful truths about living for Jesus according to His way. Not the way we make up.

  • Lost And Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace by Kendra Fletcher is a powerful little book exploring the difference between religion and relationship.

  • Lost and Found is beautifully written and easy to read. This book could easily be read in one sitting. I highly recommend this book, there is much to glean from this powerful book.

  • 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.

  • Our children need to know that life is about knowing Jesus and making Him known. We need those reminders too so we can be reminding our children. Lost & Found gave me one of those beautiful reminders and I’m blessed because of it. I know you will be too.

  • This is a book that looks at the raw pain in life and shows how God is substantially present in the struggles offering His grace, mercy, and peace not because we deserve it but because its who He is and what He does. Furthermore, it is about finding our identity in Jesus and our personal relationship with Him.

  • With being a mother, this book confronted some of my worst fears, seeing a child near deaths door (and not just one!). And yet, I was so blessed through this book to see how God blessed the Fletchers even when things were looking so bleak.

  • This was a quick read. One that causes you to pause and think about your motivations, your actions, and how they effect not only you, but those around you. If you want to see a good example of a Christian who is striving to live a life through Jesus instead of places lists of do’s and don’ts on religion, pick up this book and let Kendra put up some food for thought for you.

  • I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who is desperately seeking grace and they are tired of following religion and all the rules. I liked how open Kendra
    Fletcher was about her trials and her fears she experience in her life.

  • I really enjoyed this book, as well as the author’s writing. This book examines the difference between religion and a relationship with Jesus. One of the quotes early on in the book, “We loved out religion, more than we loved our savior”, was something that really made sense to me and I think a lot of Christians can probably relate to. Fletcher starts out the book by explaining some of the tragedies that occurred in her family, that helped both Fletcher and her husband see that they needed to make a spiritual change.

  • The book is very short, a quick read. But there’s lots of good stuff here. Kendra writes in a conversational tone as if she’s talking to the reader, so the book is simple and interesting to read. Just as on the podcast, Kendra isn’t afraid to talk about a difficult topic- believers who fall into the trap of relying on their legalistic actions instead of resting in God’s grace.

  • This is a great book for all of us that feel the pressure of doing what you are supposed to do because that is what the church or how social groups expect us to be.  It really shows a new side of how it is all about your own belief of putting Jesus first and really having him in your heart. 

  • Moments says:

    Kendra shares her story and her heart in such a way that there is no way you cannot empathize with her and yearn for the peace she has found and the relationship she has found with God.  I found myself in tears so many times throughout this books and so many moments of holding my breath, just praying and hoping that things would turn out okay. 

  • SK Bell says:

    I knew in the moment I read the description that I just had to read Lost& Found. The book was super short—under a hundred pages—but I doubt that’s why I flew through it so quickly. On top of being extremely interested in the stories, I was very moved by Kendra’s writing.

  • Q: Why ‘freedom in Jesus’? Why is that theme important to you?

    Kendra: I grew up in a Christian home, in a Christian church, reading Christian books, and listening to Christian music (Petra was my first concert. *cough*) I knew the gospel but I didn’t know the gospel; I thought it was the story that got you “in”, and didn’t understand how parking there — everyday — could radically transform a life by the work that Jesus does, not the work I pull myself up by my bootstraps and do. It’s that gospel freedom that I want to shout to the world, or at least write over and over and over again.

  • Lost & Found by Kendra Fletcher may be short on pages (less than 100), but it is certainly NOT short on wisdom and grace gained through the crucible of suffering. Fletcher transparently gives readers a peek at her family’s journey from a focus on religion to a heart to heart relationship with God.

  • More of Him says:

    This book was a quick read and yet it is faith changing. I loved how open and honest she was and really feel like she became a good friend by the end of the book. This is an excellent book and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Such an incredible book about moving out of religion and into grace with Jesus. I loved the boldness of Fletcher in sharing her family’s story. This book was just what I needed to hear and a great reminder of who Jesus is for us!

  • This is a must-read for every Christian woman today. I’ve seen obvious signs of legalism in certain popular Christian circles, and even in my own church, and it can be difficult to root them out. However, this book really opened my eyes and helped me see certain sins and biases in my own heart and life as well. Highly recommended.

  • If you feel you have lost your way, wonder why you endure hard times…then you will want to grab a copy of this book.

  • This book was a fascinating, heartbreaking read that was written in such a raw honest way that made one feel instantly connected to the author.

  • Layered Soul says:

    Often as moms we need that reminder, while we desire to do our best job raising our kids…ultimately we are not the ones in control of the outcome…our kids have free will and God has a plan. I am not a great parent if all my children stay in the faith, I am not a bad parent if all my children walk away from the faith…but I am the parent in the trenches fighting for their hearts and pointing them to the truth. Kendra shares that story.

  • This is the story of a family that had a form of  godliness but denying the power of it. On the outside they look like they were doing everything right. They homeschooled their kids, dressed modestly, and associated with only those that fit into their religious circle. But they lacked in relationship of the heart with the Lord.

  • I love that this book is written based on personal experience. The family dynamic/concept is amazing and helps us as readers all relate. It’s not an extremely long book, it’s actually rather short compared to the most average books but it’s a good read. It’s enlightening and makes you understand the feelings of the author as she tells her story.

  • Lost and Found provided a fascinating insight into one woman’s disturbing experiences within the US purity culture and homeschool movement.

  • iLoveMy5Kids says:

    This is one of those books, that will encourage you in your Christian walk. But, you will need a hanky for some Texas-sized tears. Sometimes one needs to hear the gospel from another’s perspective. This is one that I will treasure forever and will encourage others to read.

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