I have so many friends writing the most amazing books, y’all! Last week I got to tell you about a book that hit me square between my perfectionistic eyes. If Amy’s book was like a conversation with a good friend, Kayla Aimee’s new book, Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected*, is like peeking into the journal of someone you already adore.
Anchored is the story of a preemie mom. But really, Anchored is the story of every one of us. Whether our circumstances have led us to 156 days in the NICU or not, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t walked a path where sections were thorny and dark and you couldn’t see past the next step.
Kayla Aimee shares her story of learning to see and hear and know God more powerfully in the most profoundly difficult season of her life. And as I read her words in the car on the way home from our two weeks at the beach this summer, I choked back the tears. Because I knew what she meant.
I’ve wondered where God was in the middle of my situation. I’ve questioned His love when I’ve felt alone. I’ve doubted He was able to hold me up when all the world around me was falling down.
Maybe you have too?
If so, Anchored is for you. Kayla Aimee writes with the most delightful blend of humor and honesty, sharing her thoughts and emotions with a rare transparency. She doesn’t sugar-coat the hard days or make light of the difficulty she experienced. Instead, she invites us all to join her there — so we too can experience the brilliant light of the God she met there in the darkest days of her life.
Perhaps you know someone who is struggling right now, looking for God’s fingerprints on the chaos of life. This book is for you. By sharing how others helped her work through her heartache, Kayla Aimee becomes a beautiful guide for those of us who want to come alongside the people we love in their hard seasons.
Anchored is, at its very core, a love story. The love of a husband and wife facing their biggest fear—losing their child. The love of a mother, hanging on to every thread of hope for her little girl. And most of all, the love of God, who reaches into the hardest and scariest moments of our lives with His love and grace and strength.
In Kayla Aimee’s story there is a gentle invitation for those whose faith has failed or faltered … an open door to see Emmanuel, God with us, in the midst of our stories, even in the painful ones.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs an injection of hope in their lives and for all those who want to love others better. Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected is a gift to all of us.