Lost & Found: Losing Religion & Finding Grace by Kendra Fletcher
Published February 19, 2017 by New Growth Press
Genres Nonfiction, Christian, Memoir
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.
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. She mentions in the book, “Sometimes it takes a crisis, or several, for to realize, if Jesus is all you have, you have all you need”, which again, I could really personally relate to, as I think a lot of other Christians can as well. One of the other major themes of this book is learning how to deal with major events, such as the ones that happened to the Fletcher family and be able to move forward with your life and even making it better through that process. The author takes you through the crises that happened to her family, the struggle that came along with it and the lessons that they learned along the way. I really enjoyed this book and think it is something that many Christians can benefit from reading. I think many of us get lost in our religion along the way, without even realizing that it’s happening. We focus on how to make everything “right”, as the book’s synopsis talks about and forget that we should be focusing our energy on our relationship with our Savior. Overall, a very good book about a very important topics, filled with personal stories and lessons from the author. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy of this book.