Reading Anchored was like sitting across from a dear friend over coffee at a quaint little shop, tucked in a cozy corner where laughter and tears are acceptable. Tissues would pass back and forth between sips of coffee and bites of something yummy. A cherished time of faith building and hope filling.
In 208 short pages (you'll keep turning the pages or swiping the screen), Kayla Aimee shares her mother's heartbeat in the telling of her daughter's story. Scarlette, a micro-preemie, fought dramatic odds that were stacked against her, much like the six sticks of butter she didn't quite match in weight.
Anchored reads like a personal journal (with real journal entries included), transparent and full of gut wrenching emotion. The author's southern charm, wit, and outright "real" moments endear her to the reader, to the point where your tears will leave trails on the pages (or on your electronic device, so be careful). Moment to moment for months and months, Kayla and her husband watched as their tiny daughter fought for the precious gift of life. Never knowing what the outcome of each day held, grace became the lifeline of their existence.
Below is a passage I, along with many other readers, highlighted:
"There in the most wrenching moment of grief and fear arose the deepest assurance that if all else shattered, He would remain."
I am the mother of a preemie, but his 35 week status was practically full-term compared to Scarlette's journey. Regardless of your status as a mother, both men and women can relate to this journey of finding hope in the unexpected. Highly recommend.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.