As part of the Litfuse Blog Tour for Lost and Found I am honored to welcome Kendra Fletcher to the blog today!
Kendra Fletcher writes on faith and education for a variety of publications, including her blog. She is also a frequent speaker at homeschooling conventions, but she spends most of her time with her very large family. The Fletchers reside in California, where they play in the Pacific Ocean as often as possible.
Her book Lost and Found released in February 2017 from New Growth Press.
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.
Hi Kendra! Welcome to the blog 🙂 I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Kendra: I’m an apple and an orange girl in September, but by February I’m kind of over them both. Papaya, though. Year-round.
Carrie: Confession – I have never tried papaya.
Kendra: Summer. I live in the middle of California and was raised in the swimming pool or at the beach. Neither is very fun in the winter.
Carrie: That would be true lol.
Kendra: Like people, it depends on the dog and the cat. LOL!
Carrie: hahaha! I love this answer!
Kendra: Tea. Always tea, although my husband gave our toddlers coffee in their sippy cups so now I’m outnumbered.
Carrie: Don’t toddlers have enough energy without adding coffee to the mix?!? haha!
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Kendra: I’m not sure it’s a superpower, but I’d really like to be able to wiggle my nose like Samantha Stephens and just get things done. Every time I watched Bewitched as a child, I’d try. I felt totally gypped.
Carrie: YES!!! Wouldn’t that be fantastic?!?
If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut?
Kendra: Les Miserables, A P.G. Wodehouse compendium, New Morning Mercies, The Mitford series (cheating, I know), The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook
Carrie: My hubby loves Wodehouse – i really need to read more of his books!
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Kendra: I’m not sure you want to picture this, but I write mostly on my bed. I didn’t plan it that way; my beautiful, light-filled writing corner with the cushy upholstered chair and over-sized ottoman is too far from the wifi in our house. Lame.
Carrie: Hey – beds are comfy 😀
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.
Carrie: YES! YES! This is a cry of my heart too! Side note – I now have “Be-yond Be-lief. Be-yond Be-lief” playing in my head 😉
What is something that surprised you the most while researching Lost and Found?
Kendra: I wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming emotions of writing our children’s painful stories. Reliving those harrowing moments brought even more soul-crushing but Phoenix-rising experiences that I am grateful for. It’s easier to run, but it’s more powerful to face where you’ve been.
Carrie: I can’t even imagine.
What do you most want readers to take away from Lost and Found?
Kendra: Rest. Because when we learn to really rest in the overflow of God’s remarkable love for us, we find the freedom and rest we so desperately desire.
Kendra, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Kendra: I’m speaking in several different locations across the country this year and my husband and I are still cranking out our weekly podcast at HomeschoolingIRL. I’m currently at the very beginning of a new book, so we’ll see where God takes that!
What about you? Just for fun – what’s your fave fruit?