Written by cycleguy on April 4th, 2012

Look up the intersection in the dictionary and it gives a pretty straightforward definition:

“A place where two or more roads cross each other.”

All neat and tidy.  In fact, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.  Strange then how confusing it is when peoples’ lives intersect. We will hear things like:

“Lorraine, my density has brought me to you.”  “What?”  “What I meant to say was, ‘I am your density, I mean, your destiny.’ ” (shortened version from Back to the Future)

“I’m sort of glad dad hit you with that car.  If he hadn’t we wouldn’t have met and fallen in love.”  (same movie)

“I guess it was fate that brought us together.”

“If you build it, he will come.”

Fate. Destiny. Chance. Planet alignment.  Karma.  (None of which I believe).  We use all sorts of words to describe the intersecting of our lives as we move through life and experience various events.  From my perspective I don’t see it as any of those offerings.  I see it as God’s intervention.  Not puppet-like, but “there is a purpose” type.  That word (intersection) kept running through my mind as I read the book, HE HEARD HANNAH, by Lynnette Kraft with Courtney Becker.   This is my review of the book, and I am honored to be part of Lynnette’s blog tour.   I honestly have no clue how or why Lynnette contacted me and asked if I would read her book, review it, and be involved in the blog tour.  I told her I would do all of them.  🙂

Anna was Kyle and Lynnette’s sixth child: older brother, Jared, and two sisters, Abigail and Cecily would greet her.  Two other brothers had already gone to heaven (she tells about that in the book).  In the womb, Anna was diagnosed with a condition called Heterotaxy Syndrome.  Her form of HS was called Asplenia.  Needless to say, life took on a unique pattern, one that had its ups and downs.  Fine one minute, but requiring surgery another became almost an expected occurrence for the Kraft family.

Life intersected when Anna was six years old and stopped breathing early one morning.  A call to a dispatcher at 911 would be all that Courtney Becker would need to have his life radically changed.   Not right away…at least not in the way this story ends.  But how does a dispatcher deal with hearing the pleadings of parents over the phone for their daughter to breathe?  What drew him in even more was the name: he thought he heard the name Hannah…the name of his daughter.  His story is best told by him, so I won’t even try to do so.  Ironically, years pass before they officially meet face-to-face, and if I might interject, it is a God-thing.  His life was going downhill for more reasons than one, and it was his “chance” meeting with the Krafts that began the change which would turn into an eternal change as well.  It would be unfair for me to unfold all the nuances of their lives,  and how the intersection of them made a difference in both families.  That is best left up to them to tell.

Let me put it this way: YOU GOTTA READ THIS BOOK!  Every pastor ought to read it.  Every woman/man who has a heart to help others ought to read it.  Every heart-broken parent dealing with the death of a child ought to read it.   You will cry, laugh, ache, and even wonder who you could help.   This link here will take you directly to the book.  Oh, but don’t take my word for it.  You can read other reviews and interviews here, and here.

I am grateful the publisher (and Lynnette) has graciously offered two books to give away if you comment here.  You also get another entry for linking to fb or Twitter.  I will take your word on the latter two since I am not on either.  🙂  Just let me know.  You can also visit Lynnette’s site here.


34 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jan says:

    AWESOME post Bill! I always love it when you quote one of my favorite movies(BTTF)!!! This book sounds amazing, I am going to visit Lynette’s website. I have been looking for something inspirational to read! I love these kind of testimonies, can’t wait to read the book! 🙂 I would connect this with fb, but alas, I do not have that techno savvy gene in me…in other words, I don’t know how to do that. 🙂

    • cycleguy says:

      Another fan! Hot dog! I do hope you will visit Jan. i will enter your name to be considered. From what I understand, if you are on FB all you have to do is recommend people visit my site to read the review about the book. Word it however you want. 🙂

  2. Daniel says:

    I think that this post really displays your passion of this work. It has me intrigued. I will poke around and read some reviews. Looks like good stuff.

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks Daniel. I am passionate about hurting hearts finding hope. Lynnette’s story shows where to find it. Thanks for reading.

  3. Zee says:

    Wow, sounds interesting – although I guess I will wait on reading it. Not ready to read something emotional.

    I’ve read a word on someone’s blog (don’t remember where) – “Godincidence” – it means God’s coincidence, i.e. some people can think it’s just a coincidence that the man’s daughter’s name was Hannah, but those who believe in God, know that there are no true accidents with Him.

    • cycleguy says:

      I don’t believe in coincidence either Zee. Will enter your name, even though you will not be ready to read it right away. 🙂 Thanks for coming by.

  4. David Rupert says:

    You got me hooked. I ‘ve been at some crossroads lately myself. And I’m still wondering. “Did I make t he right choice?”

    • cycleguy says:

      I think we all tend to do that (some more than others) as we look back. I will put your name in for a chance at the book David. Thanks for coming by.

  5. Jason says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  6. Linda says:

    Hi, I’m Lynnette’s Momma. So glad you were chosen to be a part of sharing this story! God is good like that…He choses people to do His work, and to be His helpers! (smile)

    Have a great day!

    • cycleguy says:

      Hi Lynnette’s momma! So glad you came by. Thanks for the kind words. I hope what she and Courtney have written reaches tons of people, especially those who need it. Hope you don’t mind if I don’t enter you into the drawing. 😛

  7. floyd says:

    I want to read it, I’m still working on Unfinished Love, the other one you recommended. it’s not an easy read, not because it’s not good, it’s just hard reality.
    I’ll try to get to this one too.

    • cycleguy says:

      UL is not an easy read because it is, as you say, reality. Stark reality. This reads easier and is not as heart-wrenching in its depth. But this book still goes deep into the heart. Thanks Floyd. I believe you will appreciate the book.

  8. Corri says:

    I loved your review of Lynnette ‘s book. 🙂 I have read part of her story on her blog and can’t wait to get my hands on her book! And I am for sure linking this to facebook and twitter. Your review definitely makes this sounds like the must-read I know that it is.

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks so much Corri for coming by and commenting. I will put you down for 3 entries. 🙂 But more, I really believe you will benefit from the book.

  9. Ed says:

    Would love to read this one Bill. I’m just kinda dissapointed that all these great books don’t come in the epub format. I havea Kobo reader, and it doesn’t do Kindle or Nook. 🙁

    • cycleguy says:

      i will put your name in Ed and maybe it will be picked. 🙂 Don’t know what to tell you about the epub format. I’ve never heard of a Kobo and don’t have either of the others. Thanks for chiming in.

      • Comfort Publishing says:

        Hi Ed,

        He Heard Hannah will be up on Kindle any day now. The formatting has been finished and we are waiting on Amazon to approve it and list it. Keep an eye out for it. Barnes and Noble will follow soon after. It can take little longer there! 🙂

    • Zee says:

      I’ve been using Stanza reader on my iPhone / iPod and this program works beautifully with most formats.

  10. I love these kinds of stories. Call them ‘divine appointments’ or whatever else, they produce so much from seemingly insignificant details and encounters. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this, Bill.

    • cycleguy says:

      Divine appointments is how I see them also jason. Thanks so much for taking some time out of your busy schedule to comment.

  11. Lynnette says:

    I loved your review Bill! It’s so true – it was a God ordained intersection.

    I so much appreciate your willingness to share this story with your readers. I just know it will touch their hearts… it still overwhelms mine.

    God bless you my new friend.

    • cycleguy says:

      I am honored Lynnette that you asked me to read and review and be a part of your blog tour. Hope it has been a good one for you. Hope you also don’t mind if I don’t enter you in the free book giveaway. 😛

  12. Jan says:

    I don’t know how I did it, but it’s on Carol’s fb page…..I know she will love hearing about Lynette’s homeschooling(as she is thinking of doing this with Jonah) and Lynette’s blog is awesome. I am definitely going to read her books. 🙂

    • cycleguy says:

      Very cool jan. You are now more technological than I am, since I am not on FB nor do I know how to work it. 🙂 I also tend to call it home educated. I like that term better. Heard Craig Groeschel use it and they have home educated all 6 (I think) of theirs. I have entered you twice to maybe win.

  13. Great review Bill, I read it last night when you posted it but storms in our area messed with the internet so I could not comment. This sounds like something that I need to add to my list for sure. (I also love the BTTF references).
    I put this on my FB & Twitter as well.

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks Sele. Hope you and the family are okay through the storms. Man, they have been devastating in certain areas. Thanks for “announcing” it. Have you for 3 entries.