Sarah Jakes, the daughter of the renowned mega-church pastor and world preacher Bishop T.D. Jakes, has written a courageous memoir about her experiences growing up “Jakes.” In her new book Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life which released on April 1st, Sarah takes readers on a journey through some of the most difficult seasons in her life: from teenage pregnancy, college dropout and strip club waitress, to divorced single mother turned inspirational blogger, author, and speaker.
A mixture of grit and gospel, “Lost and Found” has something for everyone, from the every Sunday go-to-meeting believer to the Easter/Mother’s Day pew warmer. This coming of age and coming to Christ story gives readers permission to be less judgmental and more forgiving of themselves and of others.
Before diving into the book, I will warn you that because the narrative reads so effortlessly, you’ll probably wish for less commentary in favor of a more seamless retelling of events. Nonetheless, you’ll be finished reading the book before you know it and eager to share it with a friend or church group.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Sarah about Lost and Found and the hopes she has for its impact in the church and beyond.
BMWK: Why share your story with the world now?
Sarah: I started writing my blog about 3 years ago. Started writing from my own frustrations really within my marriage and the church because I thought I had the type of marriage that church said would make me happy. But because I didn’t start off with the key foundation, I was frustrated and experienced a lot of heartache and infidelity, and so I just wanted to put those emotions into words. As I continued to blog, I was really convicted to share my story authentically, especially after I made the decision to divorce. I felt like if they were moved and inspired by my life in the church and having my son at 14 years old, that I could take some of the pain that resulted in my marriage to help other women.