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Know someone who’s lost a loved one? This book provides practical advice on how to offer assistance and how to avoid doing or saying things that aren’t helpful.

not my plans

Kathy Yokeley

Know someone who’s lost a loved one? This book provides practical advice on how to offer assistance and how to avoid doing or saying things that aren’t helpful.

NOT MY PLANS When God Allows a Parent’s Worst Fear to Come True

When Kathy Yokeley’s daughter Natalie was born, the perfect family she’d dreamed of was complete—a loving husband, beautiful little boy and girl, even the family dog. Active in her church, a career she enjoyed, a happy family, Kathy thanked God daily for a wonderful life and a future that looked equally bright. But God had different plans. When at age twelve Natalie was diagnosed with inoperable spinal cord cancer, Kathy’s picture-perfect world came crashing down. Nine nightmare months later, her precious daughter was gone.

Not My Plans shares poignantly and honestly one mother’s story of loss, pain, and ultimate healing when the God you’ve loved and trusted allows a parent’s worst fear to come true. It offers no easy answers but honest faith and practical insight for others walking a similar journey.

Above all, this story is not of a young life cut tragically short but of God’s infinite faithfulness and love in the darkest of life’s storms. And it chronicles the amazing ongoing legacy of a life that in thirteen short years left a lasting impact of courage, love, unwavering faith, and unexpected joy on countless others. Those who knew Natalie Yokeley will never forget her. Nor will any reader who meets her in these pages.

About Kathy Yokeley

Author Kathy Yokeley has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in Christian Education. She worked for over thirty years in advertising, public relations, and marketing and has served for sixteen years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), currently as Vice President of Communications. Kathy and her husband Tom live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Not My Plans shares poignantly and honestly one mother’s story of loss, pain, and ultimate healing when the God you’ve loved and trusted allows a parent’s worst fear to come true. It offers no easy answers but honest faith and practical insight for others walking a similar journey.

Above all, this story is not of a young life cut tragically short but of God’s infinite faithfulness and love in the darkest of life’s storms. And it chronicles the amazing ongoing legacy of a life that in thirteen short years left a lasting impact of courage, love, unwavering faith, and unexpected joy on countless others. Those who knew Natalie Yokeley will never forget her. Nor will any reader who meets her in these pages.


About Kathy Yokeley

Author Kathy Yokeley has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in Christian Education. She worked for over thirty years in advertising, public relations, and marketing and has served for sixteen years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), currently as Vice President of Communications. Kathy and her husband Tom live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

About Kathy Yokeley

Author Kathy Yokeley has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in Christian Education. She worked for over thirty years in advertising, public relations, and marketing and has served for sixteen years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), currently as Vice President of Communications. Kathy and her husband Tom live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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