Kim Vogel SawyerWaterbrook Press / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$9.494.5 out of 5 stars for From This Moment: A Novel. View reviews of this product. 39 Reviews
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Denise5 Stars Out Of 5So good! I want a sequel!August 13, 2021DeniseQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kim Vogel Sawyer is known for her "gentle stories of hope," but that does not mean her characters have no problems or worries. In this newest novel, we meet three very warm and loving, but wounded people who are desperately in need hope and healing. Youth minister Jase has suffered the loss of his fiancee. Lori has an contagiously joyful personality, but she still bears the scars of childhood loss and a disconnection with her father. Kenzie misses the family she left behind in the Amish community in which she was raised. As these lives intersect, they develop a true friendship that enables them to "always reach for hope" and find the blessings God has for them. It won't be easy. It will take work, tough decisions, and a lot of faith. But the results could be just what they need.
I absolutely loved this book! And while I found the ending completely satisfying, I am not ready for my time with these characters to end. I truly hope there will be a sequel! (And if that second book does come, I will happily use its release as an opportunity to re-read this one!)
rkfall5 Stars Out Of 5A sweet readAugust 6, 2021rkfallFrom This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer had my heart tugged toward it all the way through. There is heartbreak, loss, change, new beginnings, restoration, and more. The brownies had my mouth watering even though I am not a brownie type person. This author has a way with words that I just love. I love the phrases that she uses like: he must have lost his ever loving mind, flibbertigibbet, and we need your thinker for a problem. The characters were believable and I loved how they all interacted. Yes, to this one!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Floraljoy5 Stars Out Of 5A true delightMay 25, 2021FloraljoyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Like one of Kenzie's rag rugs, I liked how all of the characters and threads of the story came together in such a comfortable and comprehensive way. This book really resonated with me and I loved how Kenzie and Jase worked through their doubts and struggles, learning to fully surrender their own desires to the Lord's will. My heart also went out to Lori and it was wonderful seeing her personal growth as she overcame her insecurities and challenges.
I loved the strong Christian message that was woven throughout, especially about allowing the Holy Spirit to fill us up and be our strength and comforter. All in all, this was a fabulous book that I highly recommend if you want to be encouraged and inspired.
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FayeAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5HeartwarmingApril 25, 2021FayeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Heartwarming faith filled read follows three main characters in small town Kansas, new-to-town Youth Pastor Jase Edgar, spunky Lori, and ex-Amish weaver Kenzie.
Jase Edgar is still struggling to come to terms with the death of his fianc, he feels like a fraud answering their call alone. He is welcomed warmly, I loved Merlin and Leah, and how everyone helps him feel at home.
Lori, while she is outgoing, struggles with the pain of a distant father and a troubled upbringing. I love that she is a supportive friend, and willing to lend a hand, always bringing her infectious enthusiasm to the table.
While Kenzie's faith has flourished away from the Amish community, her heart aches for the family that she left behind. I admired her heart for others, and how she has kept modest habits. She loves her family fiercely, and is a great friend to Lori.
This is a small town set read with engaging characters, more of a gentler read, where more of the conflicts are internal, with strong themes of faith. I loved how the author portrays people who are Christians, but still struggle with doubting and not having all the answers in an honest and relatable way.
Overall, a well written heartwarming read, filled with faith, and heart-tugging characters. Definitely recommend for people who like excellent faith fiction with a gentler pace, and sweet romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5From This MomentApril 12, 2021Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3There were some things that I really liked about this novel and some things that fell flat for me. The story was definitely a slow build and I struggled with that a bit. I did feel that the pace helped add to the feeling of a small town in the middle of America.
I liked that one of the main characters, Lori, was not the typical heroine that you find in most stories. She had self worth issues that were compounded by eating issues. I felt frustrated with her, at times, as she had her sights set on the new minister, and her actions left me annoyed.
Kenzie was a sweet character, yet having grown up Amish, she struggled to truly fit in and had problems letting go of some of the traditions she grew up with.
I enjoyed reading about Jase the most. His character had so much depth. By the end of the story, he had come so far from where he started. His crisis of faith extended throughout most of the book and he had a lot of heartache to work through.
I am a big fan of romance and I just did not feel it with this story. There was a romance subplot that only firmed up in the last chapter of the novel. I didn't feel the connection or attraction between the two characters and it felt rushed at that point. However, I was extremely impressed with Jase's address to the church at the end of the book, when he explained all that he had been through. The spiritual truths he imparted were the best part of the book for me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.