Early last year, a friend let me borrow her book A Moment of Weakness. With that story, I was introduced to Karen Kingsbury. What especially captured and impressed me was the way Kingsbury looks at today's issues in such a real, genuine way. She tackles things that many other Christian women seem to be afraid to discuss: things like abortion, politics, sex before marriage, and depression, and even when it seems to the characters that God is nowhere to be found, we see that He's working out both their bad and wise choices and turning them around for good. It's the same for us. We don't always see His plan or understand His ways, but He's there just the same, weaving our lives into a beautiful story... and Karen Kingsbury's stories reflect that truth.
A Kingsbury Collection is a good starting point if you've never read Kingsbury before because you get 3 novels in one, especially b/c the price is very good for 3 new books. It's a thick book, though (almost 800 pages) and didn't make for the coziest book reading experience. I would encourage you to buy her books separately if that might bother you.
Here are the books included in A Kingsbury Collection:
Where Yesterday Lives
Barrett is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist with an uncertain
marriage, a forgotten faith, and haunting memories of her picturesque
hometown and the love she left behind. The eldest of five siblings, she
longs for the time, long ago, when they were a happy family. Now Ellen’s
beloved father is dead, and she returns to her childhood home to make
peace–with the people who still live there, with the losses and changes
that time has wrought, and with the future God has set before her.
When Joy Came to Stay
Stovall is one of the golden people. She has it all together...at least
on the surface. Ben Stovall is a godly husband and successful attorney.
He has no idea of the darkness about to overtake his life. Amanda Joy
is a child of society–abused, broken, thrown away. But her trust in God
is still alive. When Joy Came to Stay is the heart-wrenching
story of one woman’s descent into the shadows of depression, her
husband’s search for understanding, and a precious child’s unwavering
On Every Side
Faith Evans is an
up-and-coming newscaster, a woman of honor and integrity who must take a
stand against the one man she never imagined would be her enemy. A
beloved, hundred-year-old statue of Jesus stands in a small-town
park–but some say it’s a clear violation of separation of church and
state that must come down. Jordan Riley is a powerful attorney fighting
for human rights and against God, but still reckoning with bitter
boyhood losses. Amid political intrigue, social injustice, and personal
conflicts, will love be enough when the battle rages on every side?
Special thanks to the wonderful people at Multnomah for providing me with this book to review!
Wednesday, January 16
I so loved this book! It was a very different take on Amish fiction. It included endearing Amish life along with angelic intervention. Angels seem to be a theme for me lately seeing that I recently blogged about an angel picture book for children. You can still win a copy of that book here.
This book features our heroine, Katie Bender, whose fiance died in a tragic accident along with her hope of ever again finding love. She has a gift of teaching so she embraces that with all her heart. Things seem to be going along for her, nice though monotonous, until one day when there is a tornado in her little town of Hope Falls. A handsome stranger comes to her rescue and then the real story begins....
I very highly recommend An Angel by Her Side, along with the Heaven on Earth Novels by Ruth Reid. It was an enchanting, feel-good read, and I really liked the deeper spiritual meaning behind the characters choices.
You can pick it up at Amazon for about $10--the cost of a movie but much longer entertainment value. ;) And you can read an excerpt of the book here.
Thanks to the awesome people at Booksneeze for providing me with this book to review!