The Artist's Daughter: A Memoir

The Artist's Daughter: A Memoir

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by Alexandra Kuykendall
     
 

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When Alexandra Kuykendall became a mother it was the beginning of a soul-searching journey that took her into her past and made her question everything she'd experienced--and a lot of what she hadn't. The only daughter of a single, world-traveling mother and an absent artist father, Alexandra shares her unique quest to answer universal questions: Am I lovable? Am I

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When Alexandra Kuykendall became a mother it was the beginning of a soul-searching journey that took her into her past and made her question everything she'd experienced--and a lot of what she hadn't. The only daughter of a single, world-traveling mother and an absent artist father, Alexandra shares her unique quest to answer universal questions: Am I lovable? Am I loved? Am I loving?

In short, moving episodes, Alexandra transports readers into a life that included a childhood in Europe, a spiritual conversion marked more by questions than answers, a courtship in the midst of a call to be with troubled teens, marriage and motherhood--and always, always, the question of identity. Through her personal journey, women will discover their own path to understanding the shape of their lives and a deeper sense of God's intimate presence within it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441242716
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
725,296
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Alexandra Kuykendall is on staff at MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) where she encourages mothers of young children to keep growing as they take on their new mothering identity. She is a regular contributor and consulting editor to MomSense magazine, Connections magazine, and the MOPS blog. A frequent speaker for MOPS, Alexandra has been featured on Good Morning America. As the mother of four young children, she continues to refine her mothering identity. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Derek, and their daughters.

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Artist's Daughter, The: A Memoir 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not your typical dry memoir. This book has personality, feeling, and so much more. The first chapter draws you into Alexandra's life, and you want to learn more. While her life is different in so many ways than mine, her feelings questions about life are universal. This memoir is easy for a busy mom to read - the chapters are short enough to be read in those few moments you have alone - yet it keeps you wanting to read more. Truly a touching, heartfelt story. I highly recommend this book for every woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly appreciate the author's complete honesty in this book. Though Alex's story is unique and her own, the book captures so many feelings and moments that all women can relate to. Her reflections on how her past affected her, not only as a young girl, but also as a woman, wife, mother, and friend helped shine a light of awareness in my own life. Once I started reading this book I could not put it down, and I plan to read it again! I have more than 20 bookmarks in this book marking the sections that I know I need to go back through and really take time to process and digest. I highly recommend this book for all women and mothers out there, you will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was eager to dive into Alexandra's book. I enjoy connecting with other mothers through their motherhood experience. This book was more! It was a way to realize that we each have God working in our lives sometimes in similar ways and other times, differently. Her experiences may be unique at times, but as a mom I could relate and truly felt more connected to other mothers through reading this book. If you are wondering how to overcome your past by reaching forward to your future, this book will share that sentiment with you. A wonderful read for any mother!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
The Artist’s Daughter is a touching story written with probing honesty. It is a story of overcoming life without a father and how deeply that missing person can affect a woman. It also tells how God is enough, truly El Shaddai, and how only He can fill those broken places. I loved the honesty with which the book was written and found Alexandra very easy to identify with. Ms. Kuykendall writes in a powerful yet tangible way. She was able to convey how the hurts of the past mold a person and those hurts can go far beyond the surface, yet she also talks about how healing takes time. I was also impressed by the way she explained having to reassess her own heart and mind to see if forgiveness was complete. In doing so, she realizes forgiveness and healing does not mean amnesia. A very real book for any woman who has known the pain of the missing father.
Sister-P More than 1 year ago
Alexandra Kuykendall pens her story with such uniqueness and authenticity. I especially loved reading the truthfulness of her relationship with her father, her marriage and her experiences of motherhood. I appreciated the fact that she did not sugar coat or make it seem that all was perfect. I find many Christians hide behind a veneer of image and show, instead of keeping it real. Alexandra Kuykendall doesn't do this, she is honest as she exposes truth, even if it was messy. I appreciated the fact that she was vulnerable in telling her story with abandon. There is something to admire and respect about her memoir. Her struggles as a woman, a wife, a mother, a friend, a daughter, etc... This is a beautiful memoir I highly recommend to women, whether single or married, with or without children. I would like to thank Revell Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book to review.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
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. In this memoir, you travel with Alexandra on her journey of healing and finding who God created her to be. She speaks from her heart from the time of her first moments meeting her father to becoming a mother of four girls and everything in between. Not an upbeat read, but more raw and intense as you read. But isn't that life? It's not all roses and sunshine. There are storms and very dry desert places and seasons of growth. Alexandra does a great job sharing her seasons, storms and dry places with flecks of roses of sunshine in-between. Available may 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 The Artist's Daughter: A Memoir by Alexandra Kuykendall, ©2013 How I've come to understand who I am. --Alexandra Kuykendall I am so thankful to be the Artist's daughter! He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven. --Psalm 107:29-30 "Alex" speaks with clarity and openness as she lays her memoir to the light with those around her, loving her, speaking into her life. Realizing unmet expectations of what others do not have to give or do not choose to give. A story of settling (not "settling for" but "settling in"), of finding a place to live, to be alive with hope. As a mother hen spread her wings over her chicks to fend off harm, the Lord has done this for Alex. So dear, and so close, His breath is near. To join your past with open ears and hearts, to open feelings to the unknown. To come aware of what is lacking, to reach out for what is not to be. A heart of passion, a heart of caring, Alex feels her way as she begins to close the gap for others, searching and sharing where they are. Alexandra Kuykendall is a giver as she exposes her heart with gratitude; becoming aware of what she has been given. Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. --2 Corinthians 12:9 Alexandra weaves yesterday and today in a vivid and soothing relating of a life hidden and revealed. She has entered with others in hopes of connection and openness to bring life alive out of the darkness into His marvelous light. What is exposed cannot remain hidden to bring you to freedom, to set the captives free. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. --Psalm 119:111 In vulnerability, she shows what receiving grace means, what it has done; to be loved with an everlasting love. The strengthening that comes from loss and separation, from abandonment in our lives. Who I am can better be answered by Whose I am. I am loved. I am cared for. I am complete in Him. Psalm 139:1-2 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. ***Thank you to Revell Blog Tour Network Nonfiction for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour for Alexandra Kuykendall's The Artist's Daughter and for sending me a copy of the book. No other compensation was received.*** Questions for Reflection are included in the back of the memoir for each section.
freesamplequeen More than 1 year ago
I was blessed with the opportunity to read and review this new book for free through MOPS International. I have truly enjoyed reading Alexandra's story and found it difficult to put down! Alexandra's story is filled with adventure, heartbreak, struggle, and endurance. In her story, there is something for every reader. Beginning with her rambling childhood, meeting her father and facing a lifelong struggle for acceptance, to the present, the reader walks along Alexandra's side through her heartach and longing into the peace and grace God has provided her as a mother and successful writer and key piece of the MOPS International team. Women of all stages will find ways to relate to her story and find encouragement and belonging. I found the chapters flowing so flawlessly and the story so engaging and easy to read that I struggled to put the book down at times. This is truly an enjoyable book to read cover to cover and I am so glad I have had the opportunity to do so. I am recommending this book to my mommy friends near and far - you will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Alexandra to be a wonderfully authentic storyteller such that you easily get caught up in her journey, from childhood into motherhood, with identity, faith, marriage and mom struggles along the way. At the same time, the book is filled with wisdom and Truth that gives the reader opportunities to reflect and examine their own life experiences and the journey that God is leading them on. The book arrived on a Monday. That evening I decided to start the book, thinking some light reading before bed would be nice. Well 100+ pages later, a little past midnight I finally went to bed. I finished the book the next day. I've since read it a second time. I enjoyed it THAT much.
LizReadsAllNight More than 1 year ago
This book is lingering on my nightstand after a satisfying read. I haven't read a lot of memoir - I'm a fiction girl at heart. The Artist's Daughter impacted me as a mom, wife and woman. The author, Alex, inspired me to ask questions I didn't know I had. This memoir is not about shock value - no "trash tv" moments here. It's a poignant look at the life of a woman whose history both hindered and helped her in defining who she is today - how she relates to her husband and children and lives her life. I find myself more interested in the concept of story after reading this book, "Hey mom on the park bench - what's your story?" And I am suddenly more passionate about making sure my children know my own story. This book offers a bit of escapism through the story, but gives the reader an opportunity for introspection as well. I can't wait to lend it to my best girlfriend!
maybemanicmaybe More than 1 year ago
A born again book. I wished I had read the reviews before picking this up. It is a bit too zealous with the Heavenly Father for my tastes.