October 4, 2012 - Reported in the ccenterdispatch.com. “Not Ready to Die” sets forth for readers insights and details of Sondy (Sherbert) Knitter’s battle for her life and her near death experiences.
Many Clay County residents already know Sondy Knitter because she grew up here and is a Clay Center Community High School Alum. For more than 20 years she taught at Abilene High School. Others may know Sondy because of her recent presentations in the area about her struggles with lung diseases and rheumatoid arthritis.
The first time I heard of Sondy’s fight for her life was more than a year ago at a class reunion. That evening she shared with some of her classmates and former teachers about a near death experience. Her passion for telling others about what she had gone through was moving and her story about an encounter in her room with her grandmother and Jesus was so intense that many of us present had a spine tingling rush of emotion while she talked. Sondy’s book captures this experience and she makes certain the reader knows these were “real people in the flesh.”
It was this event she calls the “the most joyful, powerful and amazing experience of my life” that strengthened Sondy’s resolve as she moved through the terrible ordeal that followed. One should not think the book only deals with her positive experiences. She also chronicles the mental health issues she faced while her physical body was struggling for existence.
Sondy’s suicidal thoughts and plans are some of the most powerful aspects chronicled by Not Ready to Die. While it may seem contradictory given the title of the book that suicide would be considered, her constant fear and paranoia along with unrelenting pain, suffering and the pressure of illness demonstrate just how desperate her situation became. Fortunately hope, faith and the will to live won out. Chapter fourteen of this book is titled “It’s a God Thing.” Sondy makes it clear that through both the bad and the good she ultimately believes God was working in her and through her.