NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Last Ordinary Hour: Living life now that nothing will ever be the same by Kathy Izard

Grace Press
$16.99, paperback / $9.99, e-book / $6.95, audiobook
ISBN: 978-0997778434
April, 2021
Nonfiction: Inspirational / Spiritual Self-Help
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"This is a searing and ultimately beautiful story of Kathy Izard's years-long pilgrimage on the knife edge of time and eternity. It speaks to all who want to find a path of faith, to a life worth living, and a love worth living with."
—Leighton Ford, Founding President, Leighton Ford Ministries, author of The Attentive Life, Transforming Leadership, The Power of Story and Sandy: A Heart for God

"Honest and open, Kathy Izard has penned a gift to anyone wondering how to journey on and fully love and embrace a life they never planned or imaged. . .The Last Ordinary Hour is a book I'll read and reread. It's a book I didn't know I was waiting for."
—Niki Hardy, author of Breathe Again, host of the podcast Chemo Chair Prayers and The Trusting God Through Cancer Summit

"The Last Ordinary Hour is a must read for those who have suffered tragedy and loss, for those who seek to deepen spiritual life, and also for readers who simply long for a book you just can't put down."
—Katherine Olivetti, M.A., M.S.S.W., author, The Guided Dream Journal

Whether your world has been shattered by an untimely death, unfair diagnosis or unexpected disaster, this inspirational true story will help you live wholeheartedly even after life breaks your heart.

On February 22, 2013, Kathy Izard’s world was shattered when her healthy husband, Charlie, suffered a catastrophic heart attack. Although he was miraculously still alive, there could be no return to normal living after doctors diagnosed the cause to be an incurable disease: Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD). Living with an exceedingly rare condition and facing the unfathomable prospect of life as a young widow, Kathy had to learn to accept the radical uncertainty that life often brings completely without warning.

Through heart-pounding and heart-warming storytelling, Kathy recounts how she and Charlie navigated numerous cardiac crises using wisdom gained from both science and faith. Combining practical medical advice and inspiring spiritual enlightenment with her endearing vulnerability and perceptive insight, Kathy shows you how to find, cling to, and even strengthen your faith in the midst of a crisis that has left you reeling

Kathy Izard is an award-winning author and speaker who helped bring transformation to Charlotte in homelessness, housing and mental health. Her first memoir, The Hundred Story Home, released in 2016, received a Christopher Award for outstanding inspirational nonfiction. In 2019, she created a children’s book, A Good Night for Mr. Coleman, with artist Evelyn Henson, written to encourage kids to dream big and do good. The Last Ordinary Hour is a new inspirational nonfiction book written to help people who have been shattered by untimely death or unexpected diagnosis learn to live in faith not fear. This true story is based on her family’s experience with Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) a rare and often fatal disease with no known cure. Kathy has been recognized as a William J. Clinton Distinguished Guest Lecturer and her work has been featured on NPR as well as the Today Show inspiring people to be changemakers in their communities. A native of El Paso, Texas, Kathy and her husband have four daughters and live in Charlotte:

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