Forever Faithful is a great Karen Kingsbury series.
You quickly become invested in the characters and easy to find yourself racing through each book in the series in order to find out how everything is going to play out and how things end and what happens with each character.
This book shows us that even as Christians we can go down the wrong pathway. Hannah Ryan is a wife and mom of 2 daughters. It seems as though they have the perfect family life, with Christ being the center of their family. So what went wrong? What could make God seem so far away?
Tom Ryan, husband of Hannah and father of their daughters, has taken their girls on a yearly camping trip right before school was to begin. They had the "perfect" trip. Then tragedy strikes. A man that is trying to stay sober had a crisis in his life and he made the choice to start drinking. Then he got behind the wheel of his car. Big mistake! He hits the Ryan car and Tom and one of the girls (Alicia) is killed. Jenny survives but is hospitalized for a short period of time.
Hannah had been praying for her family the entire time all of this was happening. So what made her turn against God after she received this tragic news? I believe Satan attacks us at our most vulnerable times. He convinced Hannah that God didn't hear her prayers or chose to ignore them. Everything goes downhill from there. Hannah turns away from God and from her surviving daughter, Jenny. Jenny is so upset when she hears her Mom ranting and raving about how that "drunk" man took everything. He ruined her life. She had nothing left. Wow. I can only imagine how Jenny felt. Her Mom is saying she has nothing now? What about Jenny? How devastating for her!
You will want to read this book to find out if or how Hannah gets her faith back. Will she let go of her hatred and revenge for the man that caused the accident and took part of her family? How does Jenny fare? Will Jenny and Hannah ever return to the relationship they once had?
God tests our faith in many ways. Hannah definitely had a trial to go through. God doesn't promise us an easy life, but He does promise to always be with us. But what happens when we turn away from God? We should not judge anyone that turns from God. God wants us to love them and nurture them back into his fold. None of us knows how we will react then we have a crisis in our life.
Book Review: WAITING FOR MORNING by KarenKingsbury
March 1, 2013
Age: Under 18
There are good books, and then there are really good books. Karen Kingsbury's Waiting For Morning is one of those really good books.
Hannah Ryan's husband and two daughters were on their way home from a camping trip when a drunk driver collided with their car, killing Hannah's husband and oldest daughter.
Consumed with grief and hate for the man who destroyed her family, Hannah spends every minute pursuing the prosecution of the drunk driver to the fullest extent of the law, hoping that by putting him behind bars she will find peace again. Meanwhile, devastated by the loss of her dad and sister, Hannah's surviving daughter Jenny battles depression and grief alone.
When a police officer remembers her husband's dying message, will the letter he sends Hannah contain the truth that will set her free? And will Hannah realize that Jenny needs her love and support, before it's too late?
Have tissues handy! Waiting For Morning is a story of hope and forgiveness that will touch your heart and stay with you for a long time. This book was excellent, well-written, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.