When a car accident unexpectedly took her husband’s life, Julie Kemp knew her life would never be the same.
For Kemp, the crash was the beginning of a long and painful grief journey, as her son, Landon Whitley, was in a coma for 19 days.
Landon’s recovery was miraculous, as were his accounts of three visits to heaven that corresponded with the three times his body had medically died. Kemp felt called to share this story, penning and publishing the first edition of “Faith Has Its Reasons” after driving past a marquis with those words inscribed on it.
“I really felt that God was calling me to write this book, and I argued with Him about it for a long time,” Kemp said. “I told Jesus that He picked the wrong person, that I’m not a writer.”
However, Kemp began writing, and once her story was published, it picked up traction. She and her son traveled around the country speaking at churches and appearing on “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The 700 Club.”
Kemp, of Waxhaw, has been working since 2008 as a GriefShare facilitator, using her experience to help others navigate loss.
“Losing someone you love is a very dark season, but people need to have hope that it is not a forever season,” Kemp said. “Even before you get to heaven, you can still find joy.”
Kemp is releasing the second edition of “Faith Has Its Reasons.” She has also teamed up with her son to publish a book for children, “Highway to Heaven,” about Landon’s three trips to heaven.
“My hope for these books has always been to help just one person who is on their grief journey and struggling,” Kemp said.
Accompanied by vivid illustrations, “Highway to Heaven” helps to broach the difficult subject of death with children.
“Julie and Landon’s story has already touched so many lives, and I know it will continue impacting lives,” Publisher Lisa Umina said. “These books offer hope and a beacon of light to many who need to hear this message.”
Want the books?
“Faith Has Its Reasons” and “Highway to Heaven” are now available in stores and online. Visit www.halopub lishing.com and www.faithhasitsreasons.com for details.