A Time to Embrace, Timeless Love Series   -     By: Karen Kingsbury
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Thomas Nelson / 2010 / Paperback

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After nearly divorcing, John and Abby Reynolds have renewed their vows and are feeling like newlyweds. Together they know they can handle the issues of their past, the questions from their children, and even the high school politics that drain the joy from John's coaching career. But then tragedy strikes.

An accident tears at the hearts of their family and the depth of their existence. Fumbling for forgiveness and hoping for a miracle, John and Abby must remember what is important and cling to that above all else. Together, they're determined to move on with their lives. But is "together" enough for a future they never expected?

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 1595546898
ISBN-13: 9781595546890
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Their whole life together has been a series of miracles. Can they really hope for more?

After overcoming a crisis in their marriage, Abby and John Reynolds are experiencing a season of joy and restoration. For the first time in years they're making time to enjoy life and embrace each other. And John loves his coaching job . . . at least he did until high-school politics make him wonder if it's time to quit.

As they wrestle with that situation, something greater rocks their world. A car accident causes Abby and John to suddenly face a future they never imagined—all because of one teen's thoughtlessness. Fumbling for forgiveness and hoping for a miracle, they must remember what is important and cling to that above all else. God is moving mightily in their lives . . . if they can just hold on to Him and each other.

The second novel in Karen Kingsbury's celebrated series about the resiliency of love, the power of commitment, and the amazing faithfulness of God.

Author Bio

Karen Kingsbury has sold more than 10 million books, including her best-selling titles, Halfway to Forever and Dandelion Dust. She has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Rita award and one of her books was made into a CBS Movie of the Week. In 2001, Karen and her husband adopted three first-grade boys from Haiti. The new additions have blended very well with their three biological children. Karen and her family live in Vancouver, Washington.

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  1. Statesboro, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What an awesome book!!
    March 11, 2013
    Jeannie Donaldson
    Statesboro, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After reading A TIME TO DANCE, the book that precedes this one, which I purchased on sale, I was not going to get this book, b/c it was a bit pricey for me. But I am so glad I did. It was even better than the first book!

    Tragedy strikes the idyllic life of Abby and John... how will they overcome this? But they serve a miracle working God. So they trust Him for a miracle and learn many valuable lessons about their life in Jesus they would never have learned without this time of testing.

    I won't tell you how things turn out - that would not be fair. But I will tell you that John and Abby come out of this difficult time stronger in their faith, smarter about God's plan for them, more in love with each other, and with a new vision about God's love and mercy.

    Please treat yourself to this book. It will not let you down. EVERY teenager should read this story! And adults, men or women, will be blessed by it, for sure.
  2. Houston, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great book!
    January 17, 2011
    Christy G
    Houston, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    John and Abby Reynolds have just reconciled their marriage in the previous book in the series, "A Time to Dance", and they are now ready to enjoy their newfound love for each other when tragedy strikes. This book is a story of how believers can make it through tough times by depending on the Lord for strength and comfort. It is not easy, but they come out on the other side as even stronger people, and are testimonies of His grace to others around them.

    I love Karen Kingsbury's books. Her writing is current, with wonderful descriptions of the people and places in her stories. I feel like I really know these people, and wish I could sit down with her characters for coffee to hear their stories. The story of the Reynolds includes marriage issues, parenting issues, job issues and personal spiritual struggles. As a mom of three boys I also could relate to the sporting side of John's job as a football coach. This book was an encouragement to me because I know that at some point in my life, tragedy will come, but I know that God will be there to help me through it. I was disappointed that there were only two books in this series, and wanted to hear more about this family's journey. But Kingsbury has so many other books to enjoy, and I can't wait for her next series. I highly recommend her to any readers.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 4, 2011
    Jennifer M
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A Time To Embrace is a story about family, faith, and forgiveness. John and Abby are a long-time married couple who have recently reconciled after being on the brink of divorce. Their rekindled relationship is strong, as is their relationship with their three children. John is a high school football coach and teacher who at the start of the book is being met with a difficult season and a complicated backlash from parents.

    An accident involving both John and two of his students suddenly and violently changes everything, and forces them all to draw on their faith and their strength as they navigate through the resulting aftermath.

    This was a touching book, and a quick read. The characters were strong and likeable, especially John, and the message was inspiring. My only real complaints are 1) some unnecessary and confusing subplots (for example, a son with a porn addiction. It was introduced, then quickly dropped, and really added nothing to the story) and 2) the miraculous and neatly tied up ending. I understand what the author was trying to do - demonstrate the power of prayer - and it was evident in the way everything unfolded. But prayers don't always turn out the way we want them to, as we aren't the ones in control. I felt that the message would have been even more powerful if she'd gone in another direction, and shown the characters' acceptance of a different outcome.

    It was still overall a good book and an inspirational story, especially for anyone struggling with their faith.

    isclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Malaysia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A story of love and forgiveness
    December 28, 2010
    CYChan
    Malaysia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Time to Embrace is the sequel for Time to Dance from the Timeless Love Series by Karen Kingsbury.

    John Reynolds is a dedicated football coach. He has been with Marion High since 25 years ago. He is not only a coach, he's also act like a friend, and a father to the students too.

    After nearly divorcing, John and Abby Reynolds have renewed their vows and are feeling like newlyweds. They rebuild their trust, appreciating each other, experiencing a season of joy and restoration.

    However, ever since this year Marion High football team does not perform so well in the matches, the parents started to make complains. Parents seem to be only concern about winning, and whether their son is getting more playing time or not. They overlook if their son is having the right attitude. There are even some players involve in illegal street racing, drinking and some even bullying other students. Parents write a letter to the Sports Director and requested Coach John to be fired.

    Abby is a very supportive wife to John. Especially after overcoming the crisis in their marriage, they treasure each other more and make time to enjoy life.

    One night after finishing up work in the office, John met with a car accident, that change his life totally after that.

    A Time to Embrace is a realistic fiction story. Many of the issues told in the book could happen to any family. It is also a story of love and forgiveness. There are many different emotions are shared throughout the story. The Reynolds family learns to cope with John's condition after the accident, forgive the student who hit him. The accident also made the students and the parents realize what they have done wrong.

    There are a lot of spiritual content in this book. And the faith to God is keep on being tested. I enjoy reading this book very much. It made me think - what I can enjoy today, do not mean I may have the chance to enjoy it tomorrow. So treasure what we have now. Another thing that made me ponder a lot is - forgiveness. Forgive a person may not be an easy task. Especially if you have done it once, and now you are doing it second time. It is something that I still have a lot to learn.

    I rate this book 4 out of 5 star.

    Note: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  5. Melaka, Malaysia
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful, enjoyable read
    December 15, 2010
    Evangeline Han
    Melaka, Malaysia
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A Time to Embrace is a story of love and forgiveness. Having weathered a near-divorce, John and Abby Reynolds are met with challenges that will put their faith in God and in each other to the test. A highschool football coach, John is struggling with work problems. As if that is not enough, tragedy strikes. John's and Abby's lives will never be the same again.

    I found some parts of the story a bit "long-winded". There were a few events in the story that did not need somewhat repetitive, long conversations.

    However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the whole book. The overall plot was excellent, and many of the issues told in the book could very happen in many families. This book is the second book in the Timeless Love Series. I have never read the first book, but reading A Time to Embrace has made me want to read the first book, A Time to Dance.

    In conclusion, despite the lapses at the "long-winded" parts, I have found A Time to Embrace a delightful and worthwhile read that many novel readers would love. The themes contained in the book are very relevant and although this might seem a bit far-fetched now, I hope that this book will be turned into a movie one day.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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