Thursday, November 17, 2011
Book Review: Forever Faithful by Karen Kingsbury
This is a big book! It's really a complete series of three novels published together in one book. In the first novel, Waiting for Morning, you will meet Matt and Hannah after Hannah suffers a devastating loss at the hands of a drunk driver. She walks away from her faith in the aftermath. It is a very sad story of faith, loss and healing.
The second story, titled A Moment of Weakness, is the story of Jade and Tanner and the mistake they make as young people. You will see how the decisions they make after that first moment change their lives but how God gives them hope for the future.
And the last book is, Halfway to Forever, where Jade, Tanner, Hannah and Matt live out the tragedy that hits them. Some of the themes explored in this book are adoption, illness, and faith. As always you will watch as the characters draw on God for their strength.
The first story was difficult for me to read. It was very sad to watch Hannah deal with the loss of her family members and then her faith. There was hope at the end of the story and it made me think a lot about forgiveness and how I respond to those who hurt me.
I enjoyed the beginning of the second story but was upset with some of the decisions the characters made after they faced failure. The faith portrayed in the story was strong but impatient. It reminded me that no matter how hard it is to wait on God it is still the best way to handle a problem and live our lives.
In the last story I was reminded of how differently people approach a problem they are faced with and how different circumstances will test their faith more than others. Life is fragile and that is something I need to remember as I live my life. I need to be thankful for those around me and do my best to live for Him in each moment.
This huge book would be a good one to take on a vacation or a long road trip. It will keep you busy reading for hours and hours.
I received a free book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.