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Klaio is a small bird that is one of God's agents of good. She was in the Garden of Eden and witnessed the lie that Satan told to Eve. As she flew to tell the Lord, the serpent's glare turned her into stone. Now she is passed down as a relic from generation to generation, going where the Lord wills her to go, able to fly only through entering the hearts of the people she comes to love. Brody Whittaker is a twelve-year-old girl whose family is falling apart. Klaio was given to her by her beloved grandmother, who is now dead. When her parents decide to get a divorce, Brody must leave the country home she loves. After spending a miserable summer in town with her mother, she and her older brother return to their childhood home to stay with their father. There, Brody must deal with her father's drinking problem and her brother's increased estrangement. Brody must overcome loneliness, her father's alcoholism, separation from her family, and even a physical assault. With the help of two of her friends, and Klaio, Brody discovers where her strength truly lies. Book One in The Wings of Klaio series.
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Sometimes it's tough to grow up. I know. After years of struggling, my parents divorced when I was twelve. The changes my family went through during that time were devastating for me and my siblings. We needed a friend like Klaio.
Klaio was born out of my desire to comfort other young girls and boys who are going through tough times.
I first heard the word klaio in a Bible study (the correct pronunciation is "klah'-yo"). We were studying Luke 19:41, which tells how Jesus wept upon seeing Jerusalem during His Triumphal Entry. My Bible study teacher shared that the Greek word for wept in that passage is klaio, which can be translated as : to weep, to lament, every outward expression of grief. She went on to say that Jesus' tears in this passage were not the pretty tears we often see in the movies. Rather, the word indicates that He was wailing in sorrow, that he was overcome with emotion.
This description made an impression on me. The thought of our Lord expressing such sorrow nearly broke my heart.
Later that day, as I was out running, I found myself thinking about the word klaio. When I thought of the depth of grief the word expressed, I felt a strange longing in my heart, a recognition of sorts. It felt like something inside of me had finally been named. I realized that this was the kind of grief I had experienced as a child--Klaio, gave word to the emotion I experienced when my parents divorced and my family was changed forever.
As I ran along, lost in thoughts and memories, suddenly, a little bird alighted on the path in front of me. She seemed to look at me. She seemed to be there for a reason. The thought occurred to me that there is no greater sorrow than the fall of man. And so, the bird Klaio was born.
When I look back on that very painful time after my parents' divorce, I clearly see the Lord's fingerprints all over my life. It is much easier to see that now, in hindsight. It is my prayer that this book, and subsequent ones in the series, will speak to those experiencing difficult times and that they will be reassured of God's presence in their lives, even during trials.
Laura Boggess lives in a little valley in West Virginia with her husband, Jeff, their two boys, and their Boston terrier, Lucy Mae. She works as a psychologist by day and is passionate about sharing Jesus and stories and loves a happy ending.
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Book Description OakTara, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1602900582