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.
- Trusting God Despite The Circumstances
Anchored by Kayla Aimee is the heart breaking story of a mother who gave birth to her beautiful baby daughter sixteen weeks early and the struggle for life that they endured together. It documents the struggle for life that little Scarlette had to endure and the amazing support that the hospital staff offered to keep her alive.
She documents the expected strain it placed on their finances and marriage but also shows how God helped them get through this most difficult of times. Despite the circumstances she seems to have kept her sense of humour as amidst all the struggles she still has time to joke about none of the motherhood books talking about some of the experiences she encountered plus a funny experience changing in one of the rooms that just happened to have security cameras in it.
Despite being a single guy I found this book particularly moving because I would love to have a family one day and I could not even imagine how I would be able to cope with this sort of situation.
The narration was done by the author, so she does an amazing job of bringing out the emotion of the situation, as well as a special guest narrator for the few seconds late in the book which was a nice touch.
This book would be helpful for parents struggling with medical issues with their children to see this amazing testimony of how God worked a miracle in little baby, Scarlette's life.
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- Only a mother can understand (or maybe a father)
Although this book was written by a woman and probably is best understood by other mothers who have gone through the process, I found it very engaging and insightful. Once again, our problems seem so small when compared with the challenges that others face.
We had a baby who was very, very jaundiced when she was born. We experienced the neonatal intensive care unit ourselves. We lived close by and therefore did not have to try to stay at or near the hospital while our daughter recovered from light treatment and a full blood exchange transfusion but we experienced many of the same emotions.
We also had a loving God and He brought us through the trauma of leaving our first born in the hospital. Our mutual experiences with this book make me wonder how a mother (or father) can endure the sadness and helplessness that one feels when in such a situation.
We wondered why we seldom saw other parents at the hospital. We were told that it was such a sad place that it is hard for parents to deal with their tiny babies. The fact that our baby was a giant at eight pounds, three ounces among the preemies prevented us from having it quite so bad. I was a student at the time struggling especially in a chemistry class during our ordeal. I have vivid memories of openly crying in front of my professor as I shared my hardship. God was also on my side as the professor changed my “F” to an “S” meaning that I passed the required course without affecting my grade-point average. God allowed that medically challenged girl to grow up and eventually become a doctor herself. His plan from the beginning I’m sure.
The narrator did a wonderful job of keeping the listener engaged.
I was given a free audio version of this book for my agreement to review it but this has not influenced my personal impressions of the book.
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