Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, had it all right – the right homeschooling philosophy, the right theology, the right meal planning, home managing, keep-it-all-together parenting. Then her world fell apart. In the course of eighteen months, Fletcher found her baby in a coma, ran over her five year old, and nearly lost her eight year old to a septic ruptured appendix.
Fletcher has done a good job of creating a memoir that shows how God used thee events in her life to transform her self-righteous religion into freedom in Christ. Fletcher and her husband had started a church in their living room. It had become, over the years, a church permeated with pride in their correct Reformed theology and their correct homeschooling answer to the influence of society. But when they found themselves in the midst of crisis, Fletcher and her husband realized their correct theology and practice was not the same as having a relationship with a loving God.
This book is a memoir much more so than one containing teaching. Fletcher shares her own experiences and her thoughts about them. She reveals how she came to recognize the legalism in their fellowship, such as focusing on the correct way to worship. She and her husband decided to break away from that community, ultimately finding their identity and hope in Christ alone.
I recommend this memoir to those who have been caught up in a Christian fellowship that has become legalistic. Fletcher's story is an encouragement to identify where we might be in bondage and then lean on Jesus to find grace.
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My rating: 4/5 stars.
Kendra Fletcher writes on faith and education for a variety of publications, including her blog. She is also a frequent speaker at homeschooling conventions. The Fletchers live in California. You can find out more at www.kendrafletcher.com.
New Growth Press, 162 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse. My comments are an independent and honest review.