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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I read this book about four years ago - in paperback form. My impression of it has not changed. My advice to anyone reading it is to have a box of tissues at hand. I cried several times while reading it. While I understood completely how Hannah wanted to see the drunk driver who'd caused the death of two of her family punished, I had a little harder time with the way she ignored her remaining daughter.
Of course, it's quite plausible that a person would react that way and it made for a remarkable story. I wish that every person - be they young or older - would read this book before deciding that it's okay to drink and drive.
Waiting for Morning
Although fictional as far as characters, etc what scares a person is that the situation could actually have happened. This book is highly recommended. The first in a trilogy, we meet Hannah. A woman who suffers one of the worst losses in life; her husband and daughter in a drunk driving accident. Although we, as Mothers, can sympathize with her pain, her need for vengeance, complete anger at God and, neglect of her surviving daughter to the point of attempted suicide , is concerning.
Thankfully, through the introduction of Matt, Hannah learns to let go of her anger, restores her faith in Christ, learns to forgive the drunk driver and, repair her relationship with her surviving daughter. I give Karen praise for attacking such a sensitive subject and offer my heart-felt sympathy to every parent and person who has lost a loved one to drunk driving.
I haven't ever read a Karen Kingsbury book that didn't touch my heart and soul!! This book is no different!! The book opens with Hannah waiting for her husband and two daughters to return from a camping trip and she's getting worried!! Unfortunately, the police show up instead of the family and she has so much to deal with!!! Follow her in her pain and and anger and how she deals with it.
Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful, book 1) by Karen Kingsbury
You won't be sorry!!!! I appreciate the lesson of loving God after the loss. I prayed doe God to save my rocky marriage and He didn't and it temporarily hurt my relationship. It helped to see what I struggled through is normal. Another excellent book by Karen. There are many people who struggle with forgiving those that have wronged them. Karen reminds us that Jesus forgave us of our sins, of our wrong doings.
He asked the Father to forgive those that crucified him.
We all had a part in that and yet Jesus forgave us. When we forgive, we can have the ultimate peace that can only come from Christ. Karen writes of the struggles that I know many people face when they cannot forgive. One person found this helpful. Loved this story, what a wonderful book about forgiveness. It's a story hard to put down, especially worrying about Jenny throughout the pages. This book demonstrates a powerful message of forgiveness. Sometimes, we know we have a right to hold a grudge.
But, God can get us through that and he expects us to forgive. Forgiveness brings me peace and the bitterness goes away and this book it demonstrates that perfectly. It's hard losing someone What a story of how the word of God always pulls you threw and when you think His left and you see He has never left at all See all reviews.
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As the sunny afternoon turns into twilight, her uneasiness grows along with the shadows. In the days that follow, Hannah struggles with unspeakable feelings of sorrow and rage—feelings that fuse into one chilling purpose for living: In her fury, Hannah shuts the Lord out of her life. Can two caring people help Hannah rediscover her faith Paperback , pages. Published April 5th by Multnomah first published July 28th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Waiting for Morning , please sign up. Lists with This Book. She can convey through her writing stories ripped from the headlines well. This book tackles the topic of drunk driving and how it impacts those around us. Hannah is waiting for her husband Tom to come back from camping trip with their two daughters Jenny and Alicia. As their arrival becomes, later and later she begins to Wait for Morning is the first book in the Forever Faithful series by Karen Kingsbury.
As their arrival becomes, later and later she begins to wonder if something has happened. On the other side of town Brian has just lost his job although he has been sober, and trying to recover from Alcoholism. He promised his family he would not drink anymore. Brian leaves the bar and gets behind the wheel his life and three others change forever when he crashes into a family vehicle. Once Hannah is notified and makes her way to the hospital only to find out her youngest daughter Jenny is the only one who survived, will she be able to forgive?
Will Brian be able to forgive himself and others? I enjoyed this novel. It was hard for me to read in part because of the strong characterization, and the trials these charcters went through. How does it affect someone of the faith? Themes of forgiving and what does that truly mean for both parties? How much freedom will it give us to let go and let it be? How can you forgive murder?
For me the answer to these questions is to one give it time. We cannot often times do this ourselves. Sometimes it takes accepting the change in order to move forward. There are times when I wish I had that power. I am only human and therefore will have to lift it up to God. Nov 09, Katie rated it it was ok.
This story was a hard one to read because it was very sad. I could understand the desire to be angry with God when you've lost your family to a drunk driver. The main character really asks those hard questions - why would a loving God let this happen to her family? At the same time, I felt that the main character was hard to like because of the way she selfishly neglects her one surviving daughter in her quest for vengeance, and also hard to sympathize with completely because her reasoning for b This story was a hard one to read because it was very sad.
At the same time, I felt that the main character was hard to like because of the way she selfishly neglects her one surviving daughter in her quest for vengeance, and also hard to sympathize with completely because her reasoning for being mad at God was because good things should happen to her because they always had in the past. Her whole basis for her faith was on God doing "good" good -as in what she wanted to happen things for her.
As soon as her perfect life was disrupted, she discounted her whole faith. That begs the question: Of course the ending was predictable, and the main character comes back to her faith and realizes God's care for her as she steps back to see the bigger picture of our circumstances in this world.
We are not made for this world; we are here for only a short time, and every good thing that we do have here is a gift from God. That's something to really think about, and this book did make me think about those things more specifically. So that was the redeeming quality of the book, for me. It essentially is a Job story with a modern twist. I recommend reading the book of Job in the Bible after reading this book because it's interesting to read what is going on "behind the scenes" between Satan and God when Job was experiencing his tragedies and trials.
Mar 25, michelle rated it did not like it.
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There are so many fans of Karen Kingsbury that I feel as though I may be standing in front of a firing squad as I offer my review. I will also say that this is the first and only book I have ever read by her. And after this one, I doubt I will read others. Okay, so I didn't like Waiting for Morning. Hanna came off as grating, shrill, and wholly irritating, rather than w Caution: Hanna came off as grating, shrill, and wholly irritating, rather than what I expect the author intended her to be: Rather, , from the beginning of the book to end, I found her completely unlikable.
One particular pet peeve I had with Hanna was that she called her daughter "that girl" whenever referring to her. Who, in real life, does that? The voice that rang the truest was that of the teenage daughter, Jenny, and I imagine I would have preferred to hear the story from her perspective The author attempted to deal with significant issues: Unfortunately, the majority of the book only offered examples of how Hanna was angry, hateful, and lost her belief in God; and given she was someone hard to like, it was hard to get behind and root for her transformation.
And then at the end of the book, and I must say, it was without question that it was coming , the author threw in a zippity-quick, slipshod, feel-good ending that not only included a blink-of-the-eye-quick change of heart in Hanna, but also a handsome knight who swooped in and loved her, no matter what.
As such, suddenly, there were the required formulaic elements of forgiveness and redemption that, I assume, the intended audience expects. The prose was tedious and flat. The protagonist was wholly unlikable, even contemptible, and seemingly never developed awareness or accepted responsibility for her actions. Hanna completely switched gears, daughter Jenny became a Stepford child, and a handsome suitor swept Hanna off her feet. How neatly and magically tied up in a happy bow it all became. This has been replete with spoilers, but if you want to still read this book do NOT read the next part, because it shares the very last scene: Unfortunately, Karen Kingbury did not choose to have them sing Kumbaya, which may have offered at least one satisfying chuckle in an otherwise unsatisfying book.
View all 3 comments. Oct 09, Sheila rated it really liked it Shelves: A young man loses his job and his hope for the future. We often ask why God allows bad things to happen to good people.
What happens when the trouble we face is more than our hearts can hold? How will we act when the lawcourt is the only place offering answers? Relationships are beautifully, heart-breakingly portrayed in this novel. Memories fly unanchored from everyday clutter, from photographs, from the space of an empty bed.
Not a simple Christian tale, not an angry MADD novel either, Waiting for Morning presents an evocative picture of real people facing real trials and coming through to real hope. Unbelievers might call the answers to prayer coincidence. Believers, even reluctant believers like Hannah, might come to know more. I received a free copy from the publishers in exchange for my honest review. Jan 25, Kirsten R. I literally just finished Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury. It is one of the best books I have ever read and life changing. It is also my favorite Karen Kingsbury books I have read. Oct 08, Amanda Tero rated it it was amazing.
Little did she know that the biggest trial of her life would occur when she was happily married with two daughters in their teens. Little did she know that the forgiveness she had briefly mentioned as a child, the anger she struggled with then, would blindside her in full force. I finished this book with a "wow. Her writing is well-researched and detailed.
It is realistic--painfully realistic. At first, the multiple viewpoint changes were confusing, but as I got to know the characters, I looked forward to reading their different perspectives. It hurt to read her bitter and angry progression--yet a good illustration of how it can overtake a person. She sought to find peace in the revenge of Mr. Her fight against forgiveness rang too true--but so did God's persistent reminder of Scripture and His promises.
Hannah's restoration to the mercy of God was so beautiful!! There is no other word for it and the beauty is that the restoration is Biblically true. I'll admit, I was so happy the way Bryan's story turned out! How beautiful to see him using Scripture to combat his thirst for beer!
For those who are conscious of these things, there is a mention of drunk man seeing demons as well as mentions of unmarried couples living together. Nothing in detail though. There is a suicidal attempt with a bit of detail. Because of these things, I would personally recommend this book to readers twenty and above.
A couple of favorite quotes: When Hannah finally prayed again: Jun 06, Rhonda rated it it was amazing. Waiting for Morning review by author, Karen Kingsbury I've done it myself I have imagined them being killed, in a car accident, kidnapped, injured, and yet, never ever really thinking it will happen. Hannah experiences it when Tom takes the two girls for their annual camping trip before they must head back to school.
They are late arriving home and Hannah begins to worry. In the meantime, a man Hannah has never met has been sober three weeks when his boss comes in and fires him. Brian Wesley tries desperately to make it home to his wife, Carla, and little Brian, Jr. He fights it with all that he has within him and then, he just can't take it anymore. He makes a big mistake and goes into the bar and starts ordering and drinking. Two hours and probably fourteen beers and whiskeys later, he hits the road Tom Ryan, Alicia, and Jenny leave the campground to head home to Hannah.
No, no, no, Jenny, looks up, and doesn't even have time to scream when she sees Brian's car heading straight for them.
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Alicia is killed on impact! Tom is alive and barely hanging on when help arrives. Jenny is injured and lying on the ground, crying out for her daddy and sister. No one wants to tell her the truth. The police drive to the door to tell Hannah Ryan in person and to take her to the hospital.
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She insists they are wrong The nightmare is only beginning. Hannah and her family have lived a strong-faith-based existence, and now Hannah is doubting all of it. She gets involved with MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and becomes all consumed with putting the creep who killed her beloved husband and oldest teenage daughter in prison for life.
She shuts out poor young Jenny, who begins to wonder if she even belongs on the earth. This book is ultimately one of hope, but I will admit that the first few chapters were difficult for me to read because they were so painful. I could truly feel Hannah and Jenny's pain, and even Brian's. My own family has many who have struggled with alcoholism so it hit home.
I am glad that I continued reading as it truly is a beautiful book. Karen Kingsbury finishes with discussion questions for book groups. Read this book yourself and feel the power forgiveness can have over us. There are more than 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 has a true love for her readers, and she has nearly , friends on Facebook along with 20, followers on Twitter. The popular social networking sites have allowed Karen daily interaction with her reader friends. Karen's latest novel, Longing, released on November 22, and landed in the 2 spot on the New York Times Bestsellers List during its first week of release. Karen's previous novel,Leaving released on March 22, Above the Line, Take Four released June 23, This was the final installment in the Above the Line Series.
You can find more information about her at her own website: Dec 21, Candace rated it it was amazing. This book was hard for me to read. It's harder for me to handle the idea of suicide and getting a look at someone's mental state who is considering it. Aside from that, this book officially made me respect Kingsbury as an author. The idea that Christians don't always respond to tragedy in a Christ-like way and sometimes forego God altogether is not one that's typically talked about.
I give her credit for approaching the subject; she not only approached it, she created a fantastic story out of it This book was hard for me to read. I give her credit for approaching the subject; she not only approached it, she created a fantastic story out of it. I can't imagine going through what Hannah went through. It was hard though, to watch her ignore her daughter in favor of her misguided pursuit of justice. I love the story arc of Brian Wilson; I'm glad he wasn't just a drunk driver but had a story and an ending as well. I really enjoyed the supporting characters of Matt and Carol.
This book was difficult because of how real it was. I could see this situation playing out in real life and it has. This book has cemented my respect for Karen Kingsbury. The story is real, the emotions are real, and it accurately shows how to trust in God through tragedy. Sep 30, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: This book made me experience so many emotions but none of them were positive. It started with sadness, and then the frustration took over, mixed with a good dose of anger.
Hannah, understandably, is devastated, and goes through all of the stages of grief. My issue with this book was with Hannah, as she was blind to some of the serious issues in front of her because of her obsession with getting justice and what seemed like rev This book made me experience so many emotions but none of them were positive. My issue with this book was with Hannah, as she was blind to some of the serious issues in front of her because of her obsession with getting justice and what seemed like revenge. I was still left with feelings of frustration and sadness.
This book, based on what was presented, was very well done and the writing was great. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. May 05, Kristen rated it liked it. I am not religious all that much, but I like some of Karen Kingsbury's novels and reading them makes me feel good. This novel, Waiting for morning, was no different. The whole story was emotional and it give you insight about how religious Christian can really lose you faith when a tragedy takes place. I realized that it takes a long time for a trail and preparing a trail, especially one that is close to your heart, takes time and really preoccupied the clients, victims and everyone involved, I I am not religious all that much, but I like some of Karen Kingsbury's novels and reading them makes me feel good.
I realized that it takes a long time for a trail and preparing a trail, especially one that is close to your heart, takes time and really preoccupied the clients, victims and everyone involved, I must admit when it came to Jenny I was quite angry with Hannah because I didn't think she gave her the proper care she needed after the accident. After all she was in the car accident too and she was her daughter.
A daughter who need her mother in one of the most rough patch of her life.
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