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Where I End: A Story of Tragedy, Truth, and Rebellious Hope

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“Those who are hidden in Jesus, though they suffer, will discover a more beautiful ending—or should I say beginning—than they ever could imagine.”

Katherine Clark was just an average wife and mother with two young children when she was in a tragic playground accident in late May 2009. A little boy playing on the jungle gym jumped and landed on Kate’s head, knocking her
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Published January 2nd 2018 by Moody Publishers
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Michele Morin
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where Tragedy Intersects with Truth

Some stories leave a reader short of breath, muscles stiffened, dreading to turn the page because of the unavoidable outcome of the narrative arc. Katherine Clark’s story began on a routine Friday, volunteering at her son’s school. However, when she rounded the playground equipment in a schoolyard game of tag, one of the children bounded into the air from above and crashed into her head. She landed on the ground, paralyzed from the neck down, and Where I End: A
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was inspiring and the story of Kate's accident and injury was what made me turning the pages right away. This book also had me turning the pages because of the fact that Kate lives in my backyard, which also helped me to relate. I cannot imagine how the innocence of playing with her children ended up with her being a paralygic. However, just because she received a diagnosis doesn't mean she was going to allow her to keep her down.
I loved how her faith was strong in this book
Dana Cristiana
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, christian
I couldn't finish this. It wasn't for me or I wasn't in the mood for it. It is also cringe-worthy. In fact that Katherine has the worst thing happening to her. When she plays with some kids, she fractures her back and doesn't feel anything from neck to toes anymore. And I cried... and had shivers through my skin.

It was painful to read and I am sorry for the author. Maybe she got through this safely in the end, but I couldn't know. I don't think I'll ever try to read this book. There are a lot of
This book was really powerful and inspiring. The story of Kate’s accident and injury drew me in right away and I knew this would be a book I would finish quickly. Not just because it is actually a really short book, but because it is so out of the ordinary. I cannot imagine an innocent day playing with children on the playground turning into an absolute catastrophe but in Kate’s case, that is exactly what happened. She could have let that keep her down. She could have believed the doctors when t ...more
Julie D.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared when you read this book and have a highlighter handy! My book is covered page after page with highlighting!

This book touched my heart in such a profound way. It strengthened my faith and gave me hope where I had none for certain situations in my life. Katherine's love for Jesus and her calm faith radiated throughout this book and gave me such a boost in my spirit!

On a beautiful Spring day, Katherine is at her children's school playing tag on the playground when the most tragic and, t
Callie Daruk
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Publishers aren’t always eager to print memoirs these days and for good reason I suppose. I don’t presume to know the ins and outs of publishing nor can I see the industry from their perspective. As a reader however, Where I End by Katherine Elizabeth Clark, is the perfect example of why I wish the industry would be quicker to print these beautiful stories that hold timeless truths.

Katherine skillfully weaves hope through a story riddled with tragedy and sadness. I was moved to tears but more im
Carleene  Hibbs Reeder
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! This was such an incredible story of faith in the midst of life shattering circumstances. As someone who has seen God work miracles in my life and others I understood so much on an emotional level. Maybe it is because I am a person who loves books and the written word. I loved the many references from books that she has read as well as numerous examples from the bible. I will say at times these other references overshadowed her own personal story but it also enriched it somehow. This is a b ...more
Donovan Westbrooks
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lament
This book is lovely. With literary wealth and theological integrity, Where I End is a story that needs to be read and re-read. I was struck with the beautiful edgyness of Kate Clark's theology; one that allows those who have been deeply wounded to be so, yet with hope.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The only faithful response to living this story is to tell it." This is the personal, true story of a figurative journey through drastic life change, physical disability, and faith. Kate Clark had embarked on another average suburban mom day of helping at her son's school, and mothering her younger daughter when a tragic accident altered that trajectory forever. Playing at recess with the school children, Kate is the unsuspecting landing for a child's fall from the top of the jungle gym. He bre ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jesus…teaches us to put our question in a way which is meaningful. He tells us that we should not ask ‘Why?’ but ‘To what end?’ … Jesus is a true Pastor. For when we understand the change, we are no longer cloaked with terror. We can breathe again. We can cry and not be weary. We can live by the profound peace in our hearts.

Everything changes under our hands if with our hand in the hand of our Lord we are ready to march forward to the great ends of God. Our conscience is stained and we are guilt
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Katherine Elizabeth Clark has a story to tell and it isn’t like any other story I’ve heard. Where I End begins with a freak accident, the kind of thing that could happen to any young mom trying to have fun with her kids at the playground: One second she is playing tag. The next, she is lying paralyzed on the ground after a little boy jumps from a playground set and lands on her head.

Suddenly an active young mother is stuck in a body she can’t use. Clark shares the humiliations and griefs that go
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2018
Quadriplegic. You hear the word and it pricks your heart. You struggle to wrap your head around the concept of someone no longer being able to use either of their arms or legs, especially when you hear that this particular quadriplegic is a healthy, young 32-year-old woman with a husband and two small children, and her entire life ahead of her.

Questions swirl in your head as you contemplate what this poor woman must've went through. What would you do if you were told you would never be able to w
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Where I End, Katherine Elizabeth Clark shares a chance accident, a moment in time, that altered her life and the lives of her family members forever. She describes and analyzes the event and her journey to healing from the viewpoint of a Christian. Although she did not have a “leap to her feet dancing” experience, she did eventually regain the ability to walk, which her surgeon regarded as a miracle: “I can take no credit. God did this.”

Although Kate is left with residual, fairly dramatic di
Phillip Cole
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What would go through your mind if you were suddenly unable to do anything for yourself? Shame, humility, pride? Katherine Elizabeth Clark found out what happens when something like that occurs, and shares her story in where i end.

After a tragic accident that left her paralyzed, Katherine Clark was taken out of the world of activity that she was used to. Normal, everyday things, like playing with her kids, were now out of reach. She relates her journey, both physical and spiritual, and what she
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Where I End by Katherine Elizabeth Clark tells the redemptive story of an unbelievable
accident that happens on a school playground that causes the paralysis of the author. I have never read a book quite like this before. The author shares not only her journey, but she has so much faith and biblical knowledge, that she also shares with her readers. The author is inspirational in telling her life story from the point of the accident forward. The author shares details of her rehabilitation along wi
Kemi Talabi
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
this is just such an amazing book to read, as i was going on i shared this with my family as the messages about gods love and guidance were so amazing to read. my favourite part in this book was when the author decided to bring up the issue of suffering and evil, in discussing it she revealed something to me that touched my heart, that without god the world is chaotic, and evil can't be understood because of its chaotic nature. following the author through this struggle and the miracle that god ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
`Where I End` is a memoir by author Katherine Elizabeth Clark. It tells of how she was injured in a freak accident at her child's school and how God is working in her life. The book is divided into five parts: The Fall, The Journey, The Miraculous, The Light, and The Way Home.

Katherine does not blame her incident on God, and she uses much scripture to back her thoughts up. There are also quotes from other writers at the beginning of each chapter. My favorite quote was `You never really underst
Sharon Paavola
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Clark's story moved me to deeper faith and trust in our Heavenly Father. What started out as a lovely afternoon at a playground became a horrific tragedy for her and her family. On the ground after a child jumped from a jungle gym falling on top of her, she really thought she would just get up. How wrong she was as she spent months in the hospital and in recovery with a diagnosis of quadriplegia. Her determination and strength in God created a miraculous advance in her dire prognosis. ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am drawn to true stories of suffering and hope, which is why after immediately upon stumbling across this book title, I knew I wanted to read it. Where I End: A Story of Tragedy, Truth, and Rebellious Hope by Katherine Elizabeth Clark (who goes by Kate throughout the book) is a beautifully written and beautifully honest memoir that chronicles her story of suffering when a freak accident at a playground leaves her paralyzed from the neck down and reveals her story of hope through the journey an ...more
Dana Walker
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
My daughter recommended this book to me after I broke my neck in a motor vehicle accident in March. Unlike the author, however, my spinal cord was not damaged, and so far, I have not required surgery. I spent two nights in the hospital and missed the last 11 weeks of the school year as I convalesced at home in a rigid cervical collar. I received home health care my first three weeks at home from a nurse, an occupational therapist, and a physical therapist who visited once or twice a week. The fi ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In Where I End Katherine Elizabeth Clark recounts her journey after a freak accident left her paralysed from the neck down. The subtitle which makes reference to 'tragedy, truth and rebellious hope' aptly summaries the core of this book - it's hard to even comprehend what Clark has been through, but her story dares the reader to hold onto hope in difficult and tragic situations.

Within the story, Clark is quite forthright with her Christian faith. Possibly my favourite section of the book talked
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
An emotional read that leaves you gasping for air.

I admire Katherine's faith not only in God but in her marriage and friends. How many of us could say that if we suffered a tragedy in our life even as half as devasting as Katherine did that our family and friends would be as steady and loving? Put the shoe on the other foot and think about how you would react if something happened to your spouse and life as you know it is changed forever?

I appreciate that Katherine did not solely focus on how th
Mary Vogelsong
An active mother playing tag with her daughter and some other children is suddenly paralyzed by a freak playground accident. Where I End: A Story of Tragedy, Truth, and Rebellious Hope isn’t just another story of misfortune told from a Christian perspective.
This story is well told, and the accompanying theology is well-considered. This is a story of hope that didn’t die in the face of a “Christopher Reeve-level injury”, an irrevocable medical prognosis, and the pitying look she got when that ho
C.E. Hart
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
“Those who are hidden in Jesus, though they suffer, will discover a more beautiful ending—or should I say beginning—than they ever could imagine.”

Where I End is a raw and real revelation of Katherine Elizabeth Clark’s life after a tragic accident. She doesn’t glide over the pain and doubts she and her family experienced, or give the allusion that sheer strength saw her through, but she shares how her faith and dependence on God’s care preserved her.

I am deeply moved by Katherine’s honesty.
Eve Lyn
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
"We are depending on a job, our health, a child, our marriage, a retirement fund - yet, in a breath, all can be lost."
- Katherine Elizabeth Clark

Katherine's story open my eyes how all we have are so fragile. Just by one accident, her worlds turn upside down. It's not a big accident, it's just because of one child fell on top of her, and broke her arm. And with just that she become paralyzed.

Her story is so beautiful. She shared how she managed to get through her hard time. It's not easy, but as
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
When Kate Clark has a terrible accident, she decides to cling to her faith in God and details how God and her family helped pull her through and help her adjust to her new life as someone with quadriplegia.

This was a bittersweet and inspiring story and it was interesting to hear Kate's relationship with her church, her perspectives and interpretations of various Bible stories, and the Bible verses she used to get her through her difficult time. I think this could be an excellent resource for pe
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Moody and NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

While reading this book, I have a close family member suffering through cancer treatment and I read an article about Joni Eareckson Tada and her winning the Daniel of the Year Award from World magazine.

This book was a great source of wisdom and encouragement for this time in my life and I believe others will feel the same. At the very least we are reminded of how lightning quick a life can change. Katherine Elizabeth Clark was playing tag
Edward Arrington
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Clark suffered a life-changing injury while playing with her young daughter on a school playground. Her life could have been over but God had other plans for her. Using the accident and the tremendous efforts put forth to be restored to a new normal, she shares truths from the Bible and from other writers to help others deal with tragedy and to give them hope. We serve an awesome God who can take horrible choices and terrible tragedies to lead us closer to Himself. Is it necessary to s ...more
Vicky Sluiter
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Katherine Clark takes us on her journey from a healthy, strong wife and mother, to a wife and mother told that she would never walk again.

I thought this would be a bit more autobiographical than it was, but instead the author chose to share the things of God that helped her to withstand the assaults on her body. These truths can be applied to our lives, whatever storms we are going through.

I love that the author didn’t gloss over the pain and hurts she was dealing with, such as not being
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a heart felt book!! Katherine Clark writes this book from her experiences as a quadriplegic and around the incidents that caused her life to change forever..

Katherine Clark shows us how with God's healing power and the determination an individual can possess with thinking a positive way can change the outcome of what can or could be. Mrs. Clark is a great example of this.

I can say so much more about this book, but I'm afraid I'll spoil it for you all. It was very touching and made me want t
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KATHERINE CLARK is wife to a gifted theologian and mom to two bright kids, all of whom bring merriment and humor to her days. A native of Detroit, Kate has had the privilege of living in several great cities, including Dallas, Toronto, Grand Rapids, and Chicago. Kate studied at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Dallas Theological Seminary. With a background in psychology, she ...more

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