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Publisher's Summary

Light in the Darkness. Hope in the Wilderness.

Despite his deep desire to overcome mental illness and lead others out of their own pain, pastor Andrew Stoecklein died by suicide at the age of 30. In the wake of the tragedy, his widow, Kayla, embarked on a journey to better understand Andrew’s harrowing battle, come alongside those with similar struggles, and help the church overcome the stigma of suicide. 

Fear Gone Wild is Kayla’s intimate account of all that led to the heartbreaking day of Andrew’s death and the insights she has gleaned since then about the wilderness experience. From her own hard-won understanding, Kayla offers:

  • Hope for those facing a mental health diagnosis, wisdom for family and friends, and companionship for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide
  • An exploration of Jesus’ wilderness experience and what it means for our own journeys
  • Helpful information about panic attacks, anxiety, depression, and living with fear
  • Truth in the face of myths and misconceptions about suicide
  • And practical guidance for the church in handling mental health challenges

This heartfelt, hope-filled book equips us to walk alongside someone on their journey with mental illness, offers strength for those of us struggling with depression or anxiety, and turns each of us again and again to the comfort of a God who never leaves.

Discussion questions and additional resources are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Kayla Stoecklein (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Too religious

I don’t mind a bit of religious perspective but this was over the top for me. It was a DNF for that reason. I made it more than halfway through the book but when the author started speaking in terms of a battle between darkness and light, good vs evil, I was out.

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Raw, Redeemed and Refreshed

Kayla’s story was beautiful and full of grace and rawnesss that left me in tears and full of hope for the afflicted. As the wife of a Christian, recovery drug addict, Kayla’s story and experiences resonated deeply. I have no idea what she walked through and yet I felt her pain and loss on a deep level that at times made it hard to finish the book. I’m thankful I did finish. And I hope she continues to write and share her story this side of Heaven. God isn’t done with her or her sweet boys and I feel honored to have been able to learn about Andrew and their love and loss. Thank you, Kayla. Your resilience, faith and love are encouraging to my heart. Until Heaven…

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heartfelt

I loved her honesty about her feelings going through the years with her Andrew. What a brutally honest example of mental illness and depression.

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Breathtaking

You feel every moment with her ❤️. Its raw, honest and beautiful. Her journey is so powerful.

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Heartfelt

I loved this book. It is a must read for those who struggle with depression or if you know someone who is battling depression. Very moving and helpful.

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MUST READ

The heart wrenching truth that is told in this story connects the reader immediately to the book. Kayla's voice is one of a kind. Her voice is so sweet it captivates the reader. This book will bring comfort and show people that God is always with us. He comforts and heals His children. God bless Kayla and her boys. Thank you Kayla for sharing your story.

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Must read!!!

Although this is a sad story, it is so uplifting to read about how Kayla desires to bring glory to the name of the Lord through her actions! I would Recommend this book to anyone!

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A transparent story of loss and hope... and His faithfulness in it all to rebuild.

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Wow

When I first learned of that happened I was in a deep dark place of depression and pain. I was so moved by Kayla’s willingness to share her grief that I decided to reach out for help when the opportunity presented itself. I love that she wrote this book and a beautiful reminder that we are indeed human and God’s love for us is absolutely unconditional! This book is so necessary and I’m thankful it was written! God bless!

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So Poweful

So beautifully written, Kayla is such an inspiration and a powerful writer. It’s an honor to hear this story.
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A powerful story

Thank you Kayla for opening up to the world and sharing your story on a very important topic.