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Vines family releases book about daughter's tragic death and faith in God

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Nearly three years after the Vines family lost their daughter to a tragic car accident, the family is releasing a new book about their struggles to cope with her death and their faith in God.

On September 2nd 2008, Lubbock Cooper senior Kelsey Vines and her twin sister Kayla were coming home from basketball practice when a 40,000 pound dump truck swerved into their lane hitting their car.

Kelsey was driving and died on the scene; her sister survived.

"Somehow I knew it was Kelsey. I just knew, and when I got the confirmation that it was I was just on the ground," cried Becky Vines, Kelsey's mother.

It took a year after Kelsey's death before her father Thom decided to write the book titled "Tragedy and Trust: Can You Still Trust in God after Losing a Child."

"I didn't know how he was going to be able to do it because I knew that I couldn't," said Becky. "It's just too painful, too hard."

"The first chapter is about the accident, and of course that was by far the most difficult chapter to write," said Thom. "But the book has an operative question: Can you trust God after you lose a child? And we all struggled with that, but we all came to conclusion. Yes, you still can."

While the whole family gave their input for the book, Thom asked Kelsey's boyfriend at the time of her death, John Michael Vestal, to help co-write the book in order to incorporate all different angles of the grieving process.

"For those 11 months it was perfect, it was really good that's what made it so hard," said John Michael about his relationship with Kelsey. "But through the book you see the path that we went on from the accident to where I am now, which is the last chapter. It just shows how God brought us through everything."

Through the book, Kelsey's memory will live on with all proceeds going toward two $2,000 memorial scholarships for Lubbock Cooper High School students. The family also hopes the book will touch others and help them with their losses.

"It's just a good book for someone going through the same thing that we're going through," said Becky.

"If I hadn't been a Christian when we lost Kelsey…I don't know how someone gets through it," said Thom. "The story, it's never really over. God keeps showing us new things."

The family will hold a book signing on Kelsey's birthday on April 7th at Lubbock Cooper High School only for students and staff. There will also be a book signing open to the public at Barnes and Noble on April 9th.

The book can be found online at Barnes & Noble and


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