Friday, May 17, 2013

The Artist's Daughter by Alexandra Kuykendall - Reviewed

About the Book : (from Revell)

It takes a lifetime to know what-and who-defines you.
When Alexandra Kuykendall became a mother, she knew she had to go back to the beginning. To that hot July afternoon in Barcelona when she met her father for the first time. The only daughter of a single, world-traveling mother and an absent artist father, Alexandra embarks on a soul-searching trip into the past to make sense of the layers of her life-both the memories she experienced and the ones she wished for.

The Artist's Daughter will take you on a journey of discovery through childhood, marriage, and motherhood. Through short vignettes full of both wonder and heartache, Alexandra seeks answers to three life-defining questions: Am I lovable? Am I loved? Am I loving? If you long to better understand the path your life has taken, where it is heading, and who is guiding you, this revealing and refreshing story will push you toward those answers as it changes your heart.

My Thoughts:

The ‘do what only you can do’ was not only about cutting things out of my life, it was also about stepping up when it was time.”  (p. 215)

I was found before I realized how lost I was.”  (p. 235)

Alexandra Kuykendall tells her own story with grace and poignant transparency.  Told in vignettes of memory from childhood into her present adulthood, she shares a longing that echoes deeply within all of us – a longing to be loved and cherished because …because we are treasured as the unique creation we are in life.  Alexandra learns as she grows into adulthood that the longing can only be filled completely by our Creator.  No matter what our circumstances are and no matter what hardships we face and relationships we must navigate – no one or no thing can fulfill us as completely and profoundly as the knowledge that we are loved and cherished by our Creator.

Understanding that truth transforms our lives like nothing else.  Alexandra  must traverse many trials in her life before this truth is fully formed in her heart.  I was drawn to her from the first pages, and by the time I reached the end of her story, I felt like I was enjoying a visit with a dear friend.  She is like a lot of moms and wives I have known over the years, and I have had friends who shared with me like Alexandra shared life with her friends.  I understood the overwhelming emotions, the desperate , “God change me. Change my heart” prayers that provide an open door through which God’s transforming power flows.  I feel like I am a kindred spirit with Alexandra.

I have been blessed by her life and her obedience to God to share her story.  I hope that you too will choose to receive the blessing of sharing the story of her journey.

About the Author:
Alexandra Kuykendall lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Derek and their four daughters. She is on staff at MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) where she is a regular contributor and consulting editor to various publications and a frequent speaker for the organization. While she spends most days buckling and unbuckling car seats and trying to find a better solution to the laundry dilemma, she manages to snatch minutes here and there to write about the quest for purpose in it all

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