2/02/2013

My Review Of A Kingsbury Collection By Karen Kingsbury

Synopsis:

Three Page-Turning Novels in One Volume!

Where Yesterday Lives

Ellen 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

Maggie 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 faith.

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?


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My Take On This Book:

In the first book, we meet Ellen in ‘When Yesterday Lives’. Ellen returns to her childhood home when her father passes away. She returns another purpose to make peace with the people from her past that still live in her hometown.

In the second book, we meet Maggie in ‘When Joy Came to Stay’. This book is about a woman’s decent into depression and all that comes with it. Then faith in God steps in and things begin to change for them all.

Lastly, in the third book, we meet Faith in ‘On Every Side’. Faith is a young woman who must make a stand for the truth of God against the one man she never thought would be her enemy

Kingsbury tells interesting stories of real life problems and the way to solve them by doing what God’s will is for your life. I really enjoyed the ending of each book as they have discussion questions, which would be awesome for reading groups of all types. I recommend this book to everyone, yes, it is a bit long, but it is so worth reading trust me.

I received a free copy of this book for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, for my honest unbiased opinion.



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Author Bio:

No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist. There are nearly 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 50 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen's newest novel, COMING HOME - The Baxter Family - releases June 26 and is the subject of much buzz on Karen's active Facebook page, where she had more than 250,000 friends. There is also great anticipation over THE BRIDGE, Karen's much-anticipated first hardback release with her new publisher - Simon & Schuster's Howard Books. THE BRIDGE is a love story set against the demise of the American bookstore.

In addition, Karen has ventured into the area of short pieces with her new non-fiction series - KAREN KINGSBURY, THE REST OF THE STORY. Her first piece, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of readers interested in knowing more about Karen's personal life and the motivation behind her Life-Changing Fiction (TM). I CAN ONLY IMAGINE shares the story of Karen's brother, his struggles, and his quest for redemption.
Karen's novel LIKE DANDELION DUST is the subject of a major motion picture currently in theaters. Like Dandelion Dust stars Academy Award winning Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper, along with Cole Hauser and Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film has received more than 30 awards in the Film Festival Circuit including numerous Best Picture awards. Several of Karen's books are currently under theatrical development.

Karen's most recent series - the Bailey Flanigan Series, wrapped up in March. Coming Home - The Baxter Family - is a stand-alone novel about John Baxter's 70th Birthday and the tragedy that happens during June, 2010 with Take Four. The series is about two producers looking to change the world with the power of film. The Above the Line series also includes Karen's popular characters from the fictitious Baxter Family. The Baxters were first introduced to readers through the five-book Redemption series, and then the five-book Firstborn series, and finally the four-book Sunrise series.

Dubbed by Time Magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen has also been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and numerous other television programs and magazines. Her fiction has made her one of the country's favorite storytellers. Others of her emotionally gripping titles include the 9-11 Series, Even Now, Ever After, and Between Sundays.

Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in Nashville, TN with their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is an actress who has appeared in several Christian films. She is newly married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The two also live in Nashville.






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1 comment:

  1. Hello ,
    I have known for some time there was another writer near me .With my same last name .Actually there are a few . I am setting to start what will be a true collection. Of my family and life I been pushed by friends as well as so many people through out my life. Most may think could be fictional . But I could only of wished .Not so but my life and all I have also learned have been through the power of the lord. I will try to change my name I have been there have been a major problem on Facebook as well as other networks . I think you are so inspiring .Specially since I do plan on moving to Nashville or Franklin in the next year . I inherited the name if you know what I mean . God Bless and I think you are wonderful .Debbie Kingsbury
    P.S I hope that I can do as well as you .I have lost all my relatives .(My Life I been on my own all my life . ) With God right with me but the path has had so many twist and turns . I did make it and fall .I met amazing people as I helped so many .I lost myself many times but the lord picked me up . Now I have also enjoyed the the most elaborate of life .To the worse . I have lost and loved . Spent most holiday's alone with God .But in all I have loved the people in this world and have done by god. I sit here today and can cry over the happy and the sad . Forty Nine and still alone with my best bud my dog which I see I am now ready to inspire so many about this life I lived .I will read your book .I love reading specially from someone that seems to have fiction .But yet so close to my life happenings . Thanks again .Debbie

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