Alexandra Kuykendall pens her story with such uniqueness and authenticity. I especially loved reading the truthfulness of her relationship with her father, her marriage and her experiences of motherhood. I appreciated the fact that she did not sugar coat or make it seem that all was perfect. I find many Christians hide behind a veneer of image and show, instead of keeping it real.
Alexandra Kuykendall doesn't do this, she is honest as she exposes truth, even if it was messy. I appreciated the fact that she was vulnerable in telling her story with abandon.
There is something to admire and respect about her memoir. Her struggles as a woman, a wife, a mother, a friend, a daughter, etc...
This is a beautiful memoir I highly recommend to women, whether single or married, with or without children.
I would like to thank Revell Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book to review.
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.
"Alex" speaks with clarity and openness as she lays her memoir to the light with those around her, loving her, speaking into her life. Realizing unmet expectations of what others do not have to give or do not choose to give. A story of settling (not "settling for" but "settling in"), of finding a place to live, to be alive with hope. As a mother hen spread her wings over her chicks to fend off harm, the Lord has done this for Alex. So dear, and so close, His breath is near.
To join your past with open ears and hearts, to open feelings to the unknown. To come aware of what is lacking, to reach out for what is not to be. A heart of passion, a heart of caring, Alex feels her way as she begins to close the gap for others, searching and sharing where they are.
Alexandra Kuykendall is a giver as she exposes her heart with gratitude; becoming aware of what she has been given.
Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
--2 Corinthians 12:9
Alexandra weaves yesterday and today in a vivid and soothing relating of a life hidden and revealed. She has entered with others in hopes of connection and openness to bring life alive out of the darkness into His marvelous light. What is exposed cannot remain hidden to bring you to freedom, to set the captives free.
Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
In vulnerability, she shows what receiving grace means, what it has done; to be loved with an everlasting love.
The strengthening that comes from loss and separation, from abandonment in our lives. Who I am can better be answered by Whose I am. I am loved. I am cared for. I am complete in Him.
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
It takes a lifetime to know what-and who-defines you.
When Alexandra Kuykendall became a mother, she knew she had to go back to the beginning. To that hot July afternoon in Barcelona when she met her father for the first time. The only daughter of a single, world-traveling mother and an absent artist father, Alexandra embarks on a soul-searching trip into the past to make sense of the layers of her lifeâ€•both the memories she experienced and the ones she wished for.
The Artist's Daughter will take you on a journey of discovery through childhood, marriage, and motherhood. Through short vignettes full of both wonder and heartache, Alexandra seeks answers to three life-defining questions: Am I lovable? Am I loved? Am I loving? If you long to better understand the path your life has taken, where it is heading, and who is guiding you, this revealing and refreshing story will push you toward those answers as it changes your heart.
Alexandra Kuykendall lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Derek and their four daughters. She is on staff at MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) where she is a regular contributor and consulting editor to various publications and a frequent speaker for the organization. While she spends most days buckling and unbuckling car seats and trying to find a better solution to the laundry dilemma, she manages to snatch minutes here and there to write about the quest for purpose in it all.
***Thank you to Revell Blog Tour Network Nonfiction for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour for Alexandra Kuykendall's The Artist's Daughter and for sending me a copy of the book. No other compensation was received.***
Questions for Reflection are included in the back of the memoir for each section.
On travel with her mother and anxious to finally meet her father in Barcelona she anticipated the perfect image but instead encountered someone far different.
Childhood, spirituality, youth, marriage and family is strong within these pages. With her heart exposed the struggles, experiences, joys, thoughts, expectations and disappointments defined her. Her fascinating story in her own words captured my heart and I felt as if I knew her like a friend by the end of the book. Her life as a mother, daughter, wife and sister is written with honesty and grace. I was glued to the pages as I dove in to read her memoir. I heartily recommend this book to others as it has touched my life. I enjoyed and was entertained by this hard to put down book that I will recommend to others. 4 Stars! I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing for this blog tour for my review.
This is not your typical dry memoir. This book has personality, feeling, and so much more. The first chapter draws you into Alexandra's life, and you want to learn more. While her life is different in so many ways than mine, her feelings questions about life are universal. This memoir is easy for a busy mom to read - the chapters are short enough to be read in those few moments you have alone - yet it keeps you wanting to read more. Truly a touching, heartfelt story. I highly recommend this book for every woman.
I truly appreciate the author's complete honesty in this book. Though Alex's story is unique and her own, the book captures so many feelings and moments that all women can relate to. Her reflections on how her past affected her, not only as a young girl, but also as a woman, wife, mother, and friend helped shine a light of awareness in my own life.
Once I started reading this book I could not put it down, and I plan to read it again! I have more than 20 bookmarks in this book marking the sections that I know I need to go back through and really take time to process and digest. I highly recommend this book for all women and mothers out there, you will not be disappointed!