lisa kratz thomas


  • I am thankful for Lisa’s courage to share her life story, the consequences she endured along the way and the blessings that come from a relationship with our Savior.   I don’t remember a longer line at the end of the program to meet Lisa and to purchase her book!  Hope to work with Lisa again in Michigan very soon

    Barbara Rotary
    Barbara Rotary Development Coordinator | Right to Life of Michigan
  • Honest. Searingly honest. Lisa pulls no punches as she describes her years as a junkie. It's tough, painful stuff. You will cheer and marvel at Lisa's redemption. Her story is gripping and inspirational.

    Doris Buffett
    Doris Buffett Philanthropist | President of the Sunshine Lady Foundation
  • Lisa gets to the heart of the matter! Empowering, educational and real

    Darryl and Tracy Strawberry
    Darryl and Tracy Strawberry Strawberry Ministries
  • I was captivated by Lisa's story and her ability to overcome addiction. She is a natural communicator and an inspiring picture of transformation.

    Joe Theismann
    Joe Theismann World Champion Quarterback, sports commentator, corporate speaker and restaurateur
  • It is rare in our world today that you encounter true transparency. Lisa has an amazing, brave story.

    Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G.
    Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. Executive Vice President | Family Research Council
  • Lisa is a good friend and has one of the most inspiring life stories of anyone I know.  She had some rough early years, became addicted to drugs and even spent some time in jail.  Now, she is an author, speaker, pro-life leader and mentor and friend to many influential people across the country. Bob McDonnell

    Bob McDonnell
    Bob McDonnell Former Governor of Virginia
  • Lisa Kratz Thomas has written a book of astounding honesty, genuine passion and explicit guidelines for anyone concerned with addictive behavior and recovery. Her story inspires and gives hope while exposing the real despair of substance abuse and addiction.

    Gayle Wolfe Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychology Professor Germanna Community College
  • Lisa showed [our VADOC employees] that with effort they can make a difference, even if it's just one person at a time. She certainly inspired us. Her words speak volumes.

    Jennifer Lester Chief, Probation and Parole, Virginia District 18
  • It is rare that a book touches my heart so deeply. The courses of the lives of Kathy, Lisa, and Dr. Nathanson took very different paths. Yet the Lord was faithful to meet each of them at just the right moment since grace, peace, and the opportunity to refocus are not one-size-fits-all. Transparent honesty is uncommon today. These three share the vulnerability of their own human thinking and choices to help the rest of us see that, no matter what, we can heal and make new choices going forward. I have purchased additional copies for family and friends. The gift of this book is too precious not to share!

  • In a world where people are devalued, commodified, abused, exploited, degraded, and murdered, this book is important work. Especially in light of current events, this book speaks to the wisdom of valuing all human life. Fascinating history, universally relatable characters, and three interconnecting true stories make this book relevant and deeply meaningful. It is hard to turn your attention away from such timeless and weighty truth. It would be hard to walk away from this book unchanged. You will find it worth your attention—would be great for a book club or just to generate discussion.

  • Stories change lives. Stories save lives.  Great book! I read it in one day. I was moved by their stories of redemption. As stated in the Author's Note, "Stories change lives. Stories save lives." Thank you, Kathy and Lisa, for your courage and humility to share your stories.

    Brian Hindman
  • Incredible stories by incredible women. A must-read!

  • A riveting account full of inspiration to change your life.  Light in Our Darkness is a riveting account of three lives woven together. Thomas and Gray are heart-wrenchingly honest in sharing the details of their lives. They incorporate the true story of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a man I never heard of, but one with great influence. I found the book was well written, thought-provoking, and perceptive into human behavior. Although the accounts are dark and seemingly without hope, they are anything but bleak. Thomas and Gray show us that there is hope, there is healing, and there is deliverance. It comes from light. Light chases away the darkness and reveals truth and beauty. This book challenged me. I had a hard time putting it down.

  • This is one hard-to-put-down book! It is fascinating to see the lives of three individuals, from completely different backgrounds, woven together to support the same truth. Every life has value. Whether we have met the person yet (the unborn) or someone who has lived a long life with many regrets. This book is beautifully written and I appreciate the fact that it didn't waste my time with unnecessary words. Reading it felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop talking with Lisa and Kathy. No pretense. Just raw and authentic. I've ordered several copies for my family and friends!

    B. Hayes
  • My daughter Morgan read this book, this is her review: Lisa is one of the biggest blessings in my life. Her transformed heart has been such a blessing and guiding force in my life and this book perfectly tells the story of that beautiful transformation intertwined with the incredible stories of two others! I could not put it down. If you are doubtful about the power of the Lord, a Christian looking for inspiration, or just looking for a book that tells the stories of people who experienced radical life change, this is it ya'll.

    Diane Britt
  • Amazing book! I will NEVER forget it.

    Light in our darkness was by far one of the best books I have ever read. I'm 13 and this book touched my heart so deeply. It is so amazing how God can forgive people no matter how far gone they think they are. These intertwined stories of hardship are a spot-on representation of how much God loves his children and how little it takes him to forgive us. These stories are ones that everyone should read and apply to their own lives. Thank you so much, Lisa, Kathy, and Bernie for giving us the gift of your personal stories. I will never forget it!

  • I found myself wishing that I could have been right there learning too as the two of you developed such a wonderful bond!

    Kathy and Lisa, you are both blatantly honest and descriptive in how this story was put together and told. I found myself wishing that I could have been right there learning too as the two of you developed such a wonderful bond! I realized that we just have no idea what our next-door neighbor or close friends may have to deal with in life, every single day. You two matter a lot and we all benefit from your willingness to write this book. It is true that Light does reveal the truth.

  • This book is hard to put down once you start reading it. I found the stories of all three people in the book almost hard to believe, and yet each one ending in hope for a brighter tomorrow. If Lisa, Kathy, and Bernard could be rescued from the depths of their despair and redeemed for their unique purpose in life, then there is hope for the rest of us. If you have ever wondered why God put you on this earth or what your purpose is in life, then this book is for you.

    David G
  • An amazing story of Redemption.  This book is great. It's amazing how these three lives intersect and form a story only God could write. It also brings so much light to how the lives of all Americans have been affected by the horrors of abortion in our country. I love the redemptive story of God's grace & how His story shines through!

  • Couldn't put it down!  I read this book in 2 days because the story was so compelling. The hard subject matter was covered with grace and authenticity that is refreshing and enlightening.

  • Thank you for your book. I am in tears as I finish this, good tears. I read it straight through and it was so encouraging. It was the kind of encouraging that brought me tearful hope. Thank you.

    Lisa Austin
  • Thank you for your stirring presentation at the VA Women in Corrections Conference.  Not only did we receive positive feedback about your presentation on the evaluations, it was heartwarming to see so many of my colleagues moved by your words.  I saw women both smiling and crying, and the standing ovation you received is a testimony to how impressed these ladies were.  Thank you for the inspiration!

    Ann B. Wessells
    Ann B. Wessells Chief Probation and Parole Officer
  • Are you haunted by guilt, shame or remorse? There is hope for you in the pages of this book. Readers will be shown through real life stories that they too can come from darkness into life giving light.

    Ruth Graham
    Ruth Graham Daughter of the famous evangelist Billy Graham
  • Many themes run through this chronicle; foremost from utter depravity, through forgiveness to victorious redemption. Another is the powerful explanation of Dr. Bernard Nathanson a man who unleashed a bloody revolution on America and spent his twilight years trying to rein it back in.

    Evangelist Alveda C. King Pastoral Associate, Priests for Life
  • Unflinching, compelling and grippingly honest! In their powerful book, Light in Our Darkness, Lisa and Kathy weave together the tapestry of three broken people who followed that thin ray of grace out of the darkness and into the light. You will cheer their redemption and courage, and be deeply moved by their commitment to the truth that every life matters.

    Randy Singer
    Randy Singer Author
  • This captivating story is for those who may worry about their place in the world, wonder how to use their past mistakes for good, or struggle with their identity and sense of purpose. It is for anyone who needs hope for the future - which is all of us. Janet Kelly, Foster Care/Adoption Advocate and former Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth

    Janet Kelly
    Janet Kelly Foster Care/Adoption Advocate & former Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • Light in Our Darkness weaves the true stories of three incredibly different people into one compelling account of what happens when good intentions go dangerously awry ... and Lisa and Kathy reveal how you and I can help others discover light in the midst of their darkness!

    David Bereit
    David Bereit CEO of 40 Days for Life
  • You might think you've heard it all before, but not like this. I have witnessed firsthand the life-changing power of Lisa Thomas's story. For years, I have watched Lisa walk this walk.

    Bill Howell
    Bill Howell Speaker, Virginia House of Delegates
  • Experience can't be taught. This 'been there, done that' life story provides a roadmap of how one's life experience can move to the abyss of addiction then transform to a life with a purpose and passion to teach others there is a better way.

    Rob Wittman
    Rob Wittman Congressman
  • Lisa will open your eyes and help you understand the reality of addiction and how to stay committed to positive achievement.

    James Malinchak
    James Malinchak The Big Money Speaker | Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the College Soul

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