A Real Life Story of Heroic Virtue Parts of this memoir appeared on ESPN and in Rosie
July 08, 2015
Award-winning and best-selling author, Michelle Weidenbenner, announces the release of Kelly Schaefer’s memoir, Fractured Not Broken.
Years ago, parts of Kelly’s story appeared on ESPN and in Rosie, but now Kelly reveals the rest of the story in her new book, Fractured Not Broken.
Nineteen-year-old Kelly had it all—a healthy and athletic body, a star basketball-player boyfriend, and a fun college life with close friends.
But everything changed when a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic.
Kelly was left with arms and legs that couldn’t move. She couldn’t walk, write, feed herself or comb her hair. When she thought she couldn’t lose anything more—her boyfriend left her, unwilling to endure a life with a quad.
Through her darkest days of loss and pain, her family and community gathered together to push her forward, to help her persevere. With their help, Kelly moved closer to God and toward a faith she’d never had.
“Miracles come in many obscure moments,” Kelly said. “I spent most of my life awaiting my big break. I expected my miracle to be in the form of a pill, injection, or surgery that would enable my spine to heal and give me the mobile freedom I prayed for, but that didn’t happen.
“Kristen Jongen’s quote says it all:
“‘My miracle came unannounced, and in an odd package. It looked different from what I imagined--untimely, unexpected, unpretentious--yet it fit perfectly. Divinely constructed solely for me.’"
Fractured Not Broken is a memoir of loss and faith, but it’s also a love story that sounds like fiction.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Fractured Not Broken is the inspiring Christian Memoir of Kelly Craig Schaeffer, a young woman with a bright future turned quadriplegic after a near fatal car accident which claimed two other teenagers and caused irreparable brain damage to Kelly's brother, Jason. Through it all Kelly focuses on God's will for her life as she embarks upon a life of new experiences.
The first half of this story had me in tears as I saw many parallels in her disabled life and my own. I have spent many days wondering where God is in this situation or that circumstance, and for once it feels great to know that I'm not alone, that we serve an amazing and mighty God. We may not receive the healing that we expect, sometimes it can be as simple as an opportunity availing itself, or maybe it's just our broken spirit that needs the strength to continue to fight. I don't think when Kelly and Michelle wrote this book together that they had intended to heal someone's broken spirit. I commend you both on restoring my hope for the future. I honestly thought my world was over, but because of you I now see that my story has only just begun.
“Life has its tragic moments of defeat, setbacks, and fracturing for everyone. Kelly's story proves, however, that individual momentum, personal progress, and genuine achievement can still be attained. Her courage and optimism are uplifting. Open these pages and experience the joy of ultimate victory.” —Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Author of Jesus in All Four Seasons
“This book has been a true encouragement to me. Thank you Kelly for sharing your story— the loss and the unexpected joy— so that each reader can be uplifted knowing there is a full, rich life available to those who lean in to our Lord Jesus.” —Renee Bondi, Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter
“This is a real life story of heroic virtue—especially of courage, humility, and generosity—a triumph of faith, hope and love. This story involves the very essence of the human spirit, family, and community. To know Kelly and her journey of miracles is to know that with God all things are possible.” —Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson Bishop of Evansville
This book will fracture the paradigms of the goals and expectations we set for ourselves and others. Kelly’s words will change how readers think of people with disabilities and bring hope to readers who have lost faith in finding true love.
Weidenbenner’s other novels include Cache a Predator, Scattered Links, and an early chapter book series for girls called Éclair.
Kelly is a teacher, speaker, Young Life mentor and a Skittles lover. She brings fun to her classroom and inspires others every day with her faith and positive attitude.
Michelle, her aunt, feels blessed to be the one to write and share Kelly’s story. Although this is Michelle’s first nonfiction project, it was heart-felt inspired like her novels.