The Hundred Story Home A Memoir of Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger By Kathy Izard
The Hundred Story HomeA Memoir of Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger
By Kathy Izard
Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, wife, mother of four daughters, and volunteer at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center when an unlikely meeting with formerly homeless author Denver Moore changed the course of her life. Inspired by Denver’s challenge to do more than serve in this soup kitchen, Kathy quit her job to take on what seemed like an unimaginable task in her second half of life—to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless.
Woven together in this motivational story of a call to social action is Kathy’s personal journey to define the meaning of home and her own struggle with faith, family, and fulfillment. Reading this book will not only make you believe you can change the world, it will also end up changing you.
Kathy Izard begins a journey when she was asked the question "where are the beds?" She discovers that her life has a huge sense of purpose and meaning when she decides to step out of her comfort zone and answer that question for her city of Charlotte, North Carolina. With patience, dedication and diligence, Kathy created a place for homeless people to thrive. Of course, there are several amazing people behind the story of these homes and of those who lived on the streets. Their stories will make your life better and this memoir will make you take a look at your life asking the question how can you make a positive impact on the world?
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it made me think a lot about my life. I really think Kathy is an inspiration for us all and reminds us to step out and take a leap of faith. I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars.
About the Author:
I grew up a little off the grid in El Paso, Texas. My father always believed my sisters and I could change the world. I don't know that I really believed him, but his message imprinted on me. I became a Longhorn (University of Texas at Austin) graduating with a B.S. in Advertising and took my first job out of college in Charlotte, N.C. where I have lived most of the last thirty years. Being an art director for ad agencies meant long hours so I started my own graphic design business in order to be home for carpools and naptime for my four daughters. While I loved helping clients and nonprofits communicate their mission, I kept feeling I was missing my own.