Thursday, January 22, 2015

As Soon As I Fell by Kay Bruner

I was consumed by this book over the last couple of days.

Bruner grew up in a missionary family and met her husband, Andy, in college. He had also grown up in a missionary family, so it just seemed like the "right" thing to be missionaries together. They worked on a Bible translation project for ten years on the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. Well, Andy worked on the translation project, and Kay struggled to keep things running at home with all of the cooking, laundry, and homeschooling for their four children.

Kay grew up wanting to be perfect and accepted, so she did what others expected of her. Self-care was non-existent and this lifestyle of never saying "No" and doing whatever was expected of her was not sustainable. At the same time, Andy was also stressed  out and sought relief in an internet porn addiction. After ten years, they were disconnected from each other and from themselves.

This is their story of healing and learning to listen to themselves and each other. An amazing journey, and a really profound and emotionally aware book.

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