Kelly’s new book Sufficient Grace addresses many of the questions people ask in the face of tragedy:
What happens when physical healing doesn’t occur this side of heaven? Where is God in those moments, and what does faith look like when we don’t get the answers we are longing to hear? How do we continue to trust God, in the midst of our deepest fears becoming reality? What happens to a marriage tested by fire, more than once?
Sufficient Grace chronicles not only Kelly’s own family’s painful journey through the stormy sea of grief after the loss of three of their five children, but also shares the lessons they learned about the true faith and grace God gives to His people, even in the midst of life’s storms. Through their story of grief, brokenness, and healing in their marriage and in their lives we find great hope in an infinite God who is faithful to carry His children through whatever we face in this life. In Part II of the book, Kelly shares the birth of Sufficient Grace Ministries, and offers helpful information for families walking through grief after the loss of a child. Her mission to comfort others with the comfort she received continues, as she tells her compelling story of trading ashes for beauty.
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What others are saying about Sufficient Grace:
“In her book, Kelly honestly and bravely shares with us the
harrowing and heartbreaking road that is paved with His grace. It is
her story, but it is the story so many know so well because it holds a
truth for us all. His Grace is sufficient…and beautiful, even in
~ Lori Ennis, mother to Matthew, Luke, and Trey and editor of Still
“Women need to know they are not alone and that they will recover from
their broken heart. This book will be an understanding companion for
those facing sorrow, but will also offer a view of the beauty that can
be found in the aftermath.”
~ Lynnette Kraft, bereaved mother and author of In Faithfulness He
Afflicted Me, He Heard Hannah, and Ingrid
“Sufficient Grace cuts right to the heart of life, love, loss and a
mother’s enduring, unconditional love. Heartfelt, real, moving,
compassionate… I cannot stop thinking about this book.”
— Angela Miller, author of You Are the Mother of All Mothers
Sufficient Grace shows how much we love our babies and how much hope we hold in our hearts for our life with them on earth prior to their birth. And when they die unexpectedly (like Kelly’s did, mine did, and over 4 million babies also do each year), what heartache and deep, intense pain take over our very souls. Thankfully, the author also affirms that love for our babies does not diminish, but holds steady throughout our lives as we hold them close forever. It seems that how we grieve and where we find our strength defines our parenthood and even our ‘new’ lives as we go forward without them in our arms.
Kelly offers her personal story of love, loss, and faith even when questioning God and asking why during the darkest moments, which are frequent and intense in the early days, months, and beyond. Yet, through it all, Kelly stayed grounded in her understanding that God offers ‘sufficient grace’ to carry each of us, no matter what. She felt it, trusted Him, and came out the other side alive and hopeful…while still knowing that her broken heart would never fully mended. Now she helps others on a daily basis, doing God’s work and honoring her three babies, who surely do ‘dance in heaven.’
I found this to be a well-crafted, gentle, honest, tale of love on many levels. Having read and reviewed hundreds of books on baby loss over the past three decades of living through my own losses and being in the puddle with others, I must say…This is one of my favorites!!
~ Sherokee Ilse, author of the book Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death. Her new
book with Stephanie Azri, The Prenatal Bombshell: Help and Hope When Continuing or Ending a Precious Pregnancy After an Abnormal
Diagnosis, is available for pre-order from Amazon.
I just finished this book, through tears, because of the myriad ways it touched me. Yes, this book is a beautiful story of grace and faith in the midst of unthinkable circumstances, but it is also full of “everyday” truths. It doesn’t diminish grief into trite sayings and “feel better” words, instead, Kelly lets the reader into the deep waters of unspeakable pain, while still showing us that our God is right there with us, through every part of our lives. She also gives sound advice on sibling grief, dealing with loss as a couple, and how to respond to someone else who is in the depths of pain. All this is rounded out by Kelly sharing how her Sufficient Grace Ministries was birthed and sharing the work that she continues to do. This is a book for anyone who desires to see God’s hand at work through any kind of suffering and not only those touched by the loss of a child.
~ Andi Soergel, Bereaved Mother and SBD/SGM Doula