I wanted to like this book, but couldn't. One of my sons and I just read Kingsbury's "A Treasury of Miracles for Teens" and were so touched and blessed by it. However, Divine was so sad that I found it hard to read. I am not so naive as to think these things don't happen. My job involves counseling child abuse victims and I've worked some horrible cases. I understand Karen was making a point that God can redeem ANYTHING. However, I don't think it is necessary to portray rape after rape in detail to make that point. We get that it's horrible. The Bible mentions many prostitutes and rape victims. However, we don't need to see all the detail. It seems gratuitous. The Bible uses simple phrases that convey a ton of meaning, like, "Rahab the prostitute," or "He took her and raped her." That is plenty graphic enough for me--"Divine" was too much.
I just started this book and am having difficulty putting it down. Karen delves into areas where other authors won't and exposes things of which a lot of people are unaware. Where I work I know first hand that these things occur - way too often. I just pray this opens the eyes of readers to know what truly goes on in our world. Thank you, Karen, for exposing some of the atrosities that occur and thank you for doing it in such a godly way, showing that Jesus cares about all of us and loves us very, very much even as we experience such horrible things and especially when we go through heinous acts perpetrated by others. And thank you for sharing that He is with us as we walk our paths and that He wants to cleanse us and be our Strength and Salvation.
This was so totally different than her other books (and I have read them all) but I could not put it down from the minute I started it. All I can say is have a box of kleenix close by - I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end.
As all of Kingsbury's books are, this book is excellent. I wouldn't recommend that someone under high school age read it though due to some of the situations. Though they aren't graphic, they are adult.