From a decade lived deeply in the chokehold of a legalistic community, Kendra Fletcher emerged to find healing, grace for herself, and a renewed faith that stood apart from the religious confines of her previous life in a rigid church community.

Are you there, too, finding yourself leaving a legalistic or cult-like church and wondering what it all meant? Gasping for breath, hoping to find peace, looking to find your way after years of spiritual abuse and religion-driven shame? 

If it's your time to find freedom and healing, Leaving Legalism will serve as a guide to help you learn not only to separate religious behavior from true faith in Christ, but to emerge confident in the knowledge that you're already loved and accepted far beyond your wildest dreams.

Begin your journey to healing as Kendra discusses:

  • Swinging the pendulum from law to grace

  • Why rules make us feel safe

  • How we all end up evangelizing a lifestyle

  • Our identity in Christ

  • How to let go of the past

  • How to learn to rest in what God has done for us

  • How to move forward (including how to apologize to your children)



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I can’t think of a single book that addresses legalism in the same way as Leaving Legalism. This book is filled with grace, gospel, and countless arrows pointing the reader away from religious rule following and back to Jesus. Thank God for Kendra’s heart to help those on their journey from the burdensome life of legalism to the life-giving freedom of the cross. Jesus really is enough!
— Kimm Crandall, Author of Beloved Mess and Christ in the Chaos
Leaving Legalism is a book the modern church needs—a grace-filled, heart-nourishing volume you can read in an evening and apply for a lifetime. Kendra hits the balance perfectly, helping readers to shed the burden of legalism, stop trying to earn forgiveness, and learn to walk again as the children of a trusted and loving heavenly father.
— Hal & Melanie Young, Authors of Raising Real Men

Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace

New Growth Press

The “right” homeschooling philosophy. The “right” brand of theology. The “right” meal-planning, home-managing, keep-it-all-together parenting. Kendra Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, had it all “right,” until it all fell apart. In the course of eighteen months, Kendra found her baby in a coma, ran over her five-year-old, and nearly lost her eight-year-old to a septic ruptured appendix. Lost and Found is the story of how God used those events to transform her family’s self-righteous religion into freedom in Christ.

Fletcher’s debut book is the gripping true story of how God used suffering to save her family from empty religion. As wave after wave of crisis hit, the Fletchers discovered that getting religion “right” wasn’t a good substitute for a living relationship with a loving God. Through their suffering, they learned about misplaced identities and false hope, and they threw themselves wholly into the arms of Jesus—where they found the grace they needed.

Fletcher, a well-known writer and conference speaker in Christian homeschooling circles, addresses the quiet legalism that so easily infiltrates Christian communities and exposes the dangers of focusing our hopes on the “right” ways of worship, work, and family life. More than a memoir, Lost and Found invites all of us to give up the things that hold us in bondage and find our value, worth, significance, hope, and identity in Christ alone. 


Someone has said that the hard places of life will either make you hard and mean or drive you to Jesus. That’s true, but there’s more than that. Sometimes the dark will teach you about yourself, about God’s love and about amazing grace. There are those who have been there and teach the rest of us what they found so we can find it too. That’s what Kendra Fletcher has done in a wonderful and refreshing way. As I read this book I cried, I laughed and I sang “The Hallelujah Chorus”! This is a book that just might change your life!
— Steve Brown, President of Key Life Network
In the decade of knowing Kendra Fletcher, she’s known suffering and I’ve known more of the complete freedom found in our Suffering Savior because of her journey and His open arms.

This book isn’t pages — it’s a compass. That points you toward the Light, toward Christ, toward a life liberated to be freely and completely who you are in Christ.

If you feel like you can’t life right enough — read on. There’s a way out: into Him alone who is always more than enough.
— Ann Voskamp, Author of the New York Times Bestsellers The Broken Way & One Thousand Gifts

Kendra writes regularly for Key Life Ministries.
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