Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Llink-up and A MUST READ!!!!

I recently read the book,
In Faithfulness He Afflicted Me by Lynette Kraft.
It is an inspiring and griping book that I could not put down. I read it in one day then re-read it over the next week to really absorb her wisdom. 

Lynette Kraft is a mother to nine, six here on earth and three in Heaven. In this heartfelt biography she tells the story of her family's heartbreak at having to say goodbye to two precious infant sons and a six year old daughter. She is candid and descriptive in this inspirational story of loss and faith. Her personal journal entries are a transparent look into her heart and relationship with Jesus. Even if you have not walked the path of losing a child, there is wisdom to be gleaned from these pages. Her tender, personal, love for the Lord will inspired and encourage anyone. She has devoted her life to raising her children to love and trust the Lord as well as encouraging broken-hearted mommies.

Who would benefit from reading this book
  • Anyone wanting encouragement from a heartwarming story of victory in trials.
  • Mommies that have experienced the death of a baby or child.
  • Mommies struggling with fear over a pregnancy after loss 
  • Mommies that have trusted the lord with their family size
  • Anyone wondering why bad things happen to good people
  • Pastors that want resources to help family cope with loss
  • Anyone wanting the learn to mistier to those that have suffered loss.
A few quotes I loved:
"Worrying is a sickness, It feels like a sickness and it affects your mind and body like a sickness, I hate it. The only cure for worry is resting in Jesus truly resting." (page 140)

"Attaching the term defect to a person just seems so dishonoring to God considering it is an insult to his creative design." (page 105)

"If God had asked my permission would I have said yes? I thought about it for a while and decided I would! I would do anything to please the Lord even if it meant pain and sorrow." (page 72)

"Victory is when you can forge ahead with a feeling of excitement for the future, not just tolerating it or being okay with it, but truly anticipating great things." (page 297)

My thoughts
I love the way Lynette writes! I felt as though I was sitting with a friend, listening as she shared her personal experiences, helping me cope with my own loss. Her quote about saying yes to God when he asked her to walk through the trial of her children dying, profoundly touched me. In my heart I want to believe I would do anything the Lord asks of me. To think of Jesus asking, "Will you accept the assignment to carry Jonathan, even though he will never live on earth?" deeply changed my heart. I truly desire to do the will of Jesus. I want to remember this perspective of Jesus asking my permission for the rest of my life.

Another really encouraging point in her book was her thoughts on fear. She spoke of sickness or death reoccurring in her family, and the grace of God that carried her through three heartbreaking prognosis. I have been really fearful over a future pregnancy. All of my disillusionment that complication or even death won't happen to our family are gone. I feel her faith and courage under these trials helped me believe God will indeed carry me through anything in the future.

I have heard many Bereaved mommies talk about how they dislike being quoted that God will not give you more than you can handle taken from I Corinthians 10:13. Lynette's perspective on this verse is truly amazing and it alone is worth buying the book for. You will be so encourage by what she writes about this passage of scripture.

A few last thoughts:
  •   She had a surprising wealth of wisdom about performance oriented Christians and church attendance.  
  •  I will be forever changed regarding the use of the term “birth defect”. I know that God does not make mistakes. I questioned why I would use a term that implies He does.
  •  The chapter regarding hurtful things people say helped me gain a new mindset- to give grace and forgiveness to those that accidentally offend me.

I highly recommend this book and plan on keeping a few on hand to give to mommies in need of hope. Lynette's testimony changed my perspective on Jonathan's death.  I was so blessed by her love for Jesus in the midst of unimaginable trails.You will be encouraged and blessed to read her story.

You can find Lynette's web sight here and purchase the book here

I am giving away a copy of this book, to enter leave a comment that you would like to receive it. I will announce the winner next Tuesday. To enter twice, post it on Facebook and leave a comment that you did!
NO Rules, just link up and encourage each other! I am so thankful for you!

Here are some other link-ups to support and 
connect with other mommies
Baby Angel Mama's link-up (Wednesday's)
The Journey (first Tuesday of every month)
.Whispering hope and support (on the 10th of every month)
Just an ordinary girl link-up for Mommies with a negative prenatal diagnosis now or in the past (Monday's)

and here are private Facebook support groups.
Grief journeys
Still birthday

The person who blesses others will prosper; he who satisfies others will be satisfied himself.
~Proverbs 11:25 


Allison Renee said...

Tesha, I would love to be in the drawing for the book for me to read and then to pass on:)

HopeUnbroken said...

i would love to read this! i am constantly looking for excellent resources to give our grieving mothers at work, and since it's a catholic-based hospital we have a lot of freedom to include faith-based ones.
thank you for sharing this and for continuing to share your journey! i love to hear your thoughts, feelings. . . your STORY. it is in the remembering that God continues the healing. i see so much hope in your writing voice, even through your grief. i know you are clinging to Him and it is a beautiful thing to witness.
have a blessed week, tesha!

Becs said...

I would love to be in the drawing too. And just want to let you know that I am thinking of you and praying for you this week xx

jenmom said...

Don't enter me in the drawing, but I've been reading Lynette's blog for sometime now and she certainly is a gifted and inspiring communicator!
So glad you found her book!

Amy said...

Dear Tesha you are a sweet blessing to many.Your words give me hope in my darkest days, thank you. I am praying for you.

Amy said...

Dear Tesha you are a sweet blessing to many.Your words give me hope in my darkest days, thank you. I am praying for you.

Amy said...

Dear Tesha you are a sweet blessing to many.Your words give me hope in my darkest days, thank you. I am praying for you.

Amy said...

Dear Tesha you are a sweet blessing to many.Your words give me hope in my darkest days, thank you. I am praying for you.

Amanda Hoyt said...

I would love to read this book and then pass it on to other BLM friends.
Thank you for blessing us.
Thinking of you, sweet friend.

Amanda Hoyt said...

:) Just facebooked :)

Amy said...

Sorry about the repeats

Kristy said...

I would love to win the book. Praying for you this week. I know it's going to be especially hard. Hugs friend!

Jenn said...

I'd love to read this book! I've been following Lynnette for sometime now and have briefly chatted with her. She is so encouraging and a great Godly example. I have always said that even though my son had Trisomy 13, he was made perfectly, just the way God intended him to be. And just yesterday on facebook I shared that I would've have rather gone through all of this with Noah than to never have had the chance to have met him at all. Thank you for sharing my friend!!

Kindy Belew said...

I need to read this book, thank you for sharing about it! :) This week will be tough - you are in my prayers. (all of those "should have been" times are SO HARD!) I look forward to "link up Tuesdays"!!! Love ya friend!

Jennifer Ross said...

I'll take a shot at this book. I have seen this book on Kelly's blog, I just haven't got it for myself yet.

I've asked myself that same question...... If carrying Isaiah was all I was allowed, I would have done it a million times over....

Blessings to you....

Ashley said...

Would love to read this book!

Tasha Jansen said...

Would love to win this book

Franchesca said...

Oh wow, I forgot all about her book. After reading your overview and comments about it, I definitely need to read this. Big hugs to you!

Franchesca said...

ps- don't enter me into the drawing, I just realized this was a contest, and just wanted to share my thoughts. Thank you so much for everything you do xxxx

DeeDee said...

I would love to read that book! Thank you for sharing it with us :)

Payton&Jake's Mommy said...

Thank you Tesha for hosting these events. You are such a great lady. :)

Stephanie said...

Tesha, I would love to be entered to win the book. I am always on the look out for uplifting and encouraging stories to share with my MEND group. Thanks for sharing!!

Deanna said...

Oh I am so very very happy to read that you've received comfort from the book you've mentioned! Bless the author's willingness to share about her loss and her Lord:)

* I heard something today from a young husband who lost his young wife. While he grieves, while he still cries, he still trusts and takes joy in the Lord, (Funny how the two can mix so greatly, and often mix so well). He said in his pain that, his wife was a part of his past, but now, she is even greater a part of his future. He said he believes this because his Savior and her Savior is a Risen Lord, and gives life everlasting. He knows that it is not over. * -pretty powerful, I thought I'd share it with you:).

And even with these truths, I still keep your fragile heart in prayers.

Because of Jesus,

Nicole said...


I just want to thank you for sharing this book with everyone...and sharing your blog, too. You are always an encouragement to me, and I really appreciate that.

Please don't enter me in the book giveaway. Though I would LOVE to read it, we're so busy these days I can barely sit down!

What Joy Is Mine said...

Tesha...The book sounds like an encouraging read. Put me in the drawing. And thank you for the giveaway. Have a sweet day in the Lord my friend. :o)

Hannah Rose said...

Hi Tesha!

Thanks so much for hosting this blog link-up.

I'd love to win this book!

Hannah Rose said...

I also posted about the link-up and giveaway on my "Lily's Legacy" facebook page. :)

EverythingIam-blogspot.blogspot.com said...

Hi Tesha, thank you for sharing this great read. I have a friend who is a wife of a pastor at our church. She gave birth to her beautiful baby that the Lord took away. Very similar to your situation. I will go out and buy this book for her. God Bless You friend

Denise said...

Sounds like a great read.

kvwriter said...

Wow, haven't heard of this book before. Sounds wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway and referral!

Dandelion Breeze said...

Sounds like an amazing book... thanks for recommending a good read on such a hard issue. And thank you for mentioning my little BlogHop xoxo

Countrified Hicks said...

I would love to have this book. It sounds like such a blessing. And thank you for giving me the chance to read it!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thank you for the wonderful review. It sounds like a very good book. I went and put it in my Amazon cart so I remember to buy it. Hope your having a pleasant day. ((HUGS))

brigette said...

This book sounds amazing!! Im in need of some good insight! I would love a copy!! Hugs tesha!

leeannestone said...

We will be thinking and praying for you this week!

Jessica Nelles said...

Tesha, I would LOVE to win a copy of this book, as a mom who has also lost two infant sons I have really been struggling a lot with my relationship with God. I also am trying to add to our bereaved families group of book resources and would love to share this with everyone else. Please enter me.

SingerMamaMelody said...

Hi dear Tesha,

I'd love to be entered into the drawing for the book. That sounds like an incredible story.

Thankful for you and praying for you today,

Morgan said...

Tesha, that is so thoughtful for you to host a give-a-way. The book sounds like it has been a blessing to you. I am entering the drawing at a chance to win this book. Regardless of if I win or not though from what you wrote, this book is going on my "to read" list.

Holly said...

I've read her book. Very good!

L said...

Please enter me into the drawing! I feel like I need to read some books like this. I'm just scared. :( God bless you Tesha!

Ashley said...

I totally want to read this book now!! I have already told another BLM about it and told her what you said about it. It sounds like an amazing book. Thank you so much for sharing.

Singing Pilgrim said...

I'd love to win this book it looks like an amazing and inspiring read.

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