Late this summer or early this Fall, Robbie invited me to be a guest on her radio show. I look forward to talking with Robbie about my faith journey after Heidi's kidnapping. Initially I planned to travel to Buffalo and make a day of it with a friend but thankfully, Robbie is able to do the radio interview over the phone so my voice and testimony will travel from here to Buffalo and beyond thanks to modern technology.
These weeks leading up to the interview have been filled with prayer and "weather watching". To drive in the snow isn't anything new but to know winter hasn't quite settled in eased the mind and stress. Now I can sing, "Let it Snow" because I'll share how I ran away from Jesus after Heidi's kidnapping on Easter Sunday and then returned to Him in a new and restored way more than a decade later, thanks to one of my students.
The Bible is true, a child shall lead them, at least he led me. This is the foundation for Where's Heidi: One Sister's Journey. I wrote Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey to share how Heidi's kidnapping effected me, as Heidi's only sister. It is a story of faith and the journey one sister traveled to accept and establish a relationship with Jesus. It's a story of hope, healing, and discovery.
The most popular complaint about this book is the lack of case and court coverage. The preface of this book is to share how life changed and some of the grief and journey of faith after such a tragic loss. When people ask, I let them know it isn't about anything you can read in a newspaper or the archives. My Mom selected the "Where's Heidi?" as the title because it's the not knowing that is the foundation of living in a cycle of grief. The subtitle, "One Sister's Journey", reminds the reader this is only one sister's journey, as each person's journey though grief is as unique as we are.
Description of the book on Amazon:
"In 1994, my only sister was abducted while working alone at a local convenience store. This isn't a book about the case or courts, it's a journey of faith in spite of tragedy. The journey starts with an early morning phone call then details of the emotions, grief, and confusion felt in those first moments while transitioning through the days, months, and years that follow.
A sibling's journey is different from that of a parent. Our role and feelings cannot compare yet they are just as important. Parents experience the greatest loss of their lives through the loss of their child and the emotional loss of the surviving children is just as traumatic.
I lost more than my sister on April 3, 1994 I lost my faith. Thanks to the boldness and faith of a child, I have hope and a story to share. There is no one person or thing here on earth to replace Heidi or the friendship we had together yet after ten years of searching I realized there is Someone who can, God...“Mrs. Buske, you need Jesus.” He was right...
My writing and speaking isn't about court cases, it's about hope and a faith lost then restored on a new and more personal level.
I learned a "relationship" with Jesus is different than believing in God. When the two co-exist, life is good, even when it is spiraling around you.
It might not be easy, but it's possible and worth it. We, those who experience tragic loss need to let others know it's possible to move forward.
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