WINONA LAKE — Author and Inspirational Speaker Kelly Schaefer will be available to sign books and meet local friends at Sacs & Co., in the Village of Winona, on from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.
Award-winning and best-selling author, Michelle Weidenbenner, released Kelly Schaefer’s memoir “Fractured Not Broken” a year ago. Since then Kelly won the New Apple Literary Award in two categories.
Years ago, parts of Kelly’s story appeared on ESPN and in Rosie.
Nineteen-year-old Kelly had it all—a healthy and athletic body, a star basketball-player boyfriend, and a fun college life with close friends.
But everything changed when a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic.
Kelly was left with arms and legs that couldn’t move. She couldn’t walk, write, feed herself or comb her hair. When she thought she couldn’t lose anything more—her boyfriend left her, unwilling to endure a life with a quadriplegic.
Through her darkest days of loss and pain, her family and community gathered together to push her forward, to help her persevere. With their help, Kelly moved closer to God and toward a faith she’d never had.
“Miracles come in many obscure moments,” Kelly said. “I spent most of my life awaiting my big break. I expected my miracle to be in the form of a pill, injection, or surgery that would enable my spine to heal and give me the mobile freedom I prayed for, but that didn’t happen.
“Kristen Jongen’s quote says it all, ‘My miracle came unannounced, and in an odd package. It looked different from what I imagined–untimely, unexpected, unpretentious–yet it fit perfectly. Divinely constructed solely for me.’”
“Fractured Not Broken” is a memoir of loss and faith, but it’s also a love story that sounds like fiction.