Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected  -     By: Kayla Aimee
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Based on the verse from Hebrews 6:19, Kayla Aimee's memoir weaves emotion and humor together to answer the question of where God is in the midst of suffering. Feeling as fragile as her one and a half pound daughter, she finds herself facing her greatest fear; that she may have finally become a mother just to lose her only child. With vulnerability and plenty of wit, Kayla lays bare her struggle to redefine her faith, her marriage, and herself within the context of a tragedy she never saw coming. Foreword by Lisa-Jo Baker

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.55 (inches)
ISBN: 1433686104
ISBN-13: 9781433686108

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You count a pregnancy by weeks and Kayla Aimee had only ticked off 24 of the 40 when she unexpectedly went into labor. She thought her church upbringing had prepared her for every circumstance but when tragedy struck and threatened to take the life of her newborn daughter, it felt as though once solid ground had turned to glass beneath her feet, destined to shatter everything she held sacred.
 
When swept into a story of suffering, we all find ourselves vulnerable, questioning everything we thought we knew as we wonder, "Where is God in this?" With everything feeling as fragile as her one and a half pound daughter, Kayla finds herself asking that same question as she faces  her greatest fear: that she may have finally become a mother just to lose her only child. 
 
Both poignant and humorous, Anchored recounts Kayla’s gripping story of learning to navigate her newfound motherhood in the most unexpected of ways, from holidays in the hospital and middle-of-the-night phone calls to the joy of coming home. With vulnerability and plenty of wit, Kayla lays bare her struggle to redefine her faith, her marriage, and herself within the context of a tragedy she never saw coming. For anyone who has felt their faith in God falter, Anchored extends a gentle invitation to join her as she uncovers a hope that holds. 

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Kayla Aimee is a writer, mother and slightly spirited southern girl who spends her days uncovering hope and humor in unexpected places. She makes her home and garden in northern Georgia with her husband, Jeff and daughter Scarlette. Kayla shares stories of faith, family and her favorite things at www.kaylaaimee.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    July 10, 2015
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Isaiah 61:3 spells out the promise that we will receive beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for heaviness. In Anchored:Finding Hope in the Unexpected Kayla Aimee gives testimony to that.

    Kayla and her husband were thrilled to learn they were pregnant and looked forward to the birth with all the usual excitement and anticipation. But one day all that joy came crashing down. Their sweet girl Scarlette was born way too soon bringing the storybook tale to a screeching halt. The weeks and months that followed took a toll on her marriage, her pocketbook, and above all her faith.

    But God is faithful to His children. Through her infectious sense of humor Kayla brings you her family's journey to wholeness. Her momma's heart will resonate with other mommas whether you have had a similar situation or not.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well written with honesty and humor
    June 24, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Becoming a first time mommy is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After years of infertility, Kayla Aimee was thrilled to be pregnant and highly anticipated the day she would give birth to her daughter. When that day came at only 25 weeks in the womb, Kayla's faith was shaken and she feared for her tiny newborn.

    This is an extremely well written and compelling account of a preemie birth and the months afterward. Besides great communication skills, Kayla has a sense of humor that comes across loud and clear. I found the book a delight to read, even though it deals with a difficult subject.

    When Scarlette was born, she weighed less than six cubes of butter, not even a pound and a half. Kayla takes us into the NICU, through the emergencies, the pulmonary numbers, the sounding alarms, the hole in Scarlette's heart, the oscillating ventilator, the heart surgery, the clinging to life.

    Kayla is honest about her broken faith and her questions toward God. She shares her feelings of failure and her inability to pray. She writes of being stripped to the barest of hope at yet another code. She also shares her change in confidence when she noticed a problem a nurse overlooked. She began taking an active part in monitoring her daughter's care. She also shares the pressure that was put on their marriage, including their finances.

    This is a great book about a very hard experience, made pleasantly readable because of Kayla's writing ability and sense of humor. The book is very informative and is good for anyone wanting to know about how preemie babies are cared for in the NICU. Reading the book may be hard for a mother who has had a similar experience. Scarlette survived yet many in the NICU did not. I would not recommend the book for parents who have lost a preemie child. For others, however, this is a very honest and informative book.

    Food for thought:

    What we choose to do with our own suffering is what we send out into the world, and well stewarded it can bring forth beauty from ashes, hope for the hopeless. (181)

    I received a complimentary galley of this book through Icon Media for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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