I have not read any of the other Firstborn series books, and, I have just been looking here and found out that there is another whole series, Redemption that I have also missed out on before reading this one book! But, I must say that some of the other reviews of the series that I read, have been interesting. I think these books are a very personal experience, what you get from reading them, what you allow God to teach you through them, etc. I have only read one book, and have not even finished it yet, but it has wet my appetite to read the rest. For the one reviewer who said the Baxter family do not have normal lives, I would say for a relatively "normal" Christian family, raised in the mid-west, good Christian home, etc. they sure seem to have their fair share of problems. Illegitimate children, deaths of young children, Paparazzi hounding a young couple, death of the mom, infertility, etc. I would say, instead of having not too much realism, there is more than enough realism for one family in these books. Karen has worked very hard to make these books realistic. For those of you who like Karen, enjoy. I plan to.