Friday, February 13, 2009

REVIEW: This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

This Side of Heaven

Center Street (January 6, 2009)


New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's #1 inspirational novelist. She's written more than thirty novels, ten of which have hit #1 on bestseller lists, and her Center Street novel Just Beyond the Clouds hit #13 on the New York Times bestseller list. There are nearly seven million copies of her award-winning books in print, including more than two million copies sold last year alone. She lives in Washington state with her husband, Don, and their six children, three of whom are adopted from Haiti.

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Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Center Street (January 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599956780
ISBN-13: 978-1599956787


My Review:

Karen Kingsbury never fails to pull me into her stories, and make me bawl like a baby! This book was no different. There were twists that I hadn’t seen coming at all, and others that I did see from a mile away — but still were done so well that I liked reading to see that I was right. I didn’t know how they’d come about, anyway, so it was good to read through and find out.

The story of little Savannah really tugged at my heart strings, too. In some ways, her story is very similar to something in my own life. I have a little niece who I only saw once when she was first born, and I haven’t seen her since. I miss her terribly, and know she really should have her daddy in her life. And, her daddy wants more than anything to be there… but he’s not allowed. It breaks my heart. And this story just amplified that, even though I know my niece’s living conditions are far better than Savannah’s were, and her mom is much sweeter and nicer than Maria (praise the Lord for that!)

Anyway. The thing that really spoke to me about this book was its message that we need to slow down enough, in life, to really care about the details of the lives of those around us… we need to pay more attention, ’cause who knows what we’re missing, and what we might not find out if we don’t take the time.

Also loud and clear (at least to me) was the message that we can be ‘healed’ by taking the focus off of ourselves, and serving others. There are people, right next door, who need us, if only we’d take the time to notice.

Great story. Not too ‘preachy‘, either. Highly recommended.

Rated: B+

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