The Life I Dreamed by Kari Burke focuses on Emmy, a worn-out mother of four young children and her husband Jason who works as an underpaid youth minister. Emmy is struggling through a typical crazy day in her life when her husband takes a phone call that changes their lives forever.
Kaila Noble, a young woman from their parish, is sixteen, pregnant, and scared. She’s told one friend who told her to get an abortion and move on with her life. Jason and Emmy meet with her and encourage her to talk with her parents, but they tell her to have an abortion or leave their house. When she has nowhere to go, Emmy and Jason take her in and their lives take on a whole new dimension.
Told in Emmy’s first-person voice, The Life I Dreamed is one of the most refreshingly honest works of Catholic fiction I’ve read in a long time. Emmy wants very much to do the right thing and is trying to live her Catholic faith to the best of her ability, but she is completely at the end of her personal resources. When God (and her husband) ask her to take on one more thing, she feels like she is going to break.
The Life I Dreamed is a beautiful pro-life story well-worth reading that anyone who struggles with doing God’s will in their lives can relate to.