Title: A Kingsbury Collection (Where Yesterday Lives; When Joy Comes to Stay; On Every Side)
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Multnomah Books
My first introduction to Karen Kingsbury writings was when I read, The Bridge, this last year, and I enjoyed it. Her stories come from the heart and are filled with faith that her characters exhibit as strong and seeking or not as strong for many reasons. The novels in this collection are ones where the characters have to go through some painful trials and learn as they go that what really matters and strengthens them is their faith in the Lord. One aspect of these novels is Karen’s way of showing that through very hard and dark times, which in reality we all go through, what appears to be isn’t necessarily true when the characters’ lives are pressed from all sides with no way humanly possible to conquer.
One novel deals with the unexpected death of a parent, a fractured family and lost footing in personal faith. The second novel seeks to portray a woman in the throes of debilitating depression; yet, her faith is still evident. The final novel deals with the issue of what has been referred to as “the separation of church and state.” Each novel deals with a specific issue from the perspective of the characters’ faith as they live each day in their careers, families or martial realms. Let me say that those are the only realms the characters exhibit where the true status of the faith is, but I hope it is enough to entice you to read them.
One characteristic I enjoyed about the novels is that they didn’t seek to sugar coat real life issues or give easy answers or conclusions. There is validity in one’s faith whether our lives are or seem to be altogether or in a fractured state. Perhaps readers will be able to identify with the issues brought up in the tales because in the readers’ lives they are going through that very type of struggle. I am sure Karen’s intent on writing the novels was to show all of us that God is Who we need and no one has it altogether even though it may appear so.
Perhaps you can share these novels with someone who might be going through something similar as a way to bring encouragement, comfort or hope. Novels can sometimes be easier to read when we are hurting than a nonfiction book or maybe not. Either way pointing to the Lord as the answer can only help and show support. When we don’t always know what to say, He always does. Read and enjoy, then consider if someone you know might benefit from reading them. If you don’t know anyone, give it away to someone to read simply for the pleasure and blessing to be able to do so.
My rating is 4 stars.
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