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Oklahoma mom shares family's story in years after her daughter's death

In her new book “The Bittersweet Promise” (Tate Publishing, $12.99), Dawn Layne, of Moore, shares the story of how she and her family kept the faith in the aftermath of the death of her daughter Alicia, 19, in a motor vehicle wreck in 2003.
by Carla Hinton Published: August 23, 2014

— Six years after her daughter was killed in a car accident on the way home from a Billy Graham youth rally, Dawn Layne woke up with “a lot of praise” in her heart.

Layne, 50, said the Lord exchanged the grief and pain that she had carried since her daughter’s death for such immeasurable joy that she was amazed by it.

In her new book “The Bittersweet Promise” (Tate Publishing, $12.99), the Moore woman shares the story of how she and her family kept the faith in the aftermath of Alicia Layne’s death.

Alicia Layne, 19, was killed in 2003 when her car was clipped by another vehicle on Interstate 35, sending her car across the median into oncoming traffic. Alicia Layne and her sister Laura, then 15, had been returning to their McClain County home from an Ignite the Flame student rally that was part of a Billy Graham Mission evangelistic event in downtown Oklahoma City. Laura Layne was severely injured in the wreck but survived.

Dawn Layne said the theme of godly promises has run throughout her life, particularly since her family was shaken by the tragedy.

She said she poured her heart out in the new book as a way to share her belief that the Lord keeps His promises, especially amid one’s grief and pain.

Layne said she and her husband, the Rev. Roger Layne, spent the years after the accident raising Laura, now 26, and their two other children, Michaela, 21, and Ethan, 16. She said they kept busy with the Moore ministry, Promise Church, 620 NW 5, that they founded shortly after their daughter’s death. Also Layne, who is a musician, said she works as attendance secretary at a Moore junior high school.

Layne said that in 2009, the words to a book about the family’s faith journey seemed to keep running through her mind. She said she started writing it on June 1 that year — the sixth anniversary of her daughter’s fatal accident.

“It was a major healing. I know that it was a God thing.”

She said her mission with “The Bittersweet Promise” is to show others who are challenged by tragedy that they can overcome such troubles through faith.

“God doesn’t waste our tears, even our pain,” Layne said during a recent interview.

Bittersweet day

Layne said her book’s title comes from her prayers for both her daughters Alicia and Laura in the years leading up to the accident.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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Dawn Layne book signings

What: “The Bittersweet Promise.”

When/Where: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Living Word Christian Bookstore, Shawnee Mall, 4901 N Kickapoo; 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 27, Hastings, 1105 Garth Brooks Blvd., Yukon.

Information: On Facebook

It was a major healing. I know that it was a God thing.”

Dawn Layne,


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