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  1. Life After, A Novel
    Life After, A Novel
    Katie Ganshert
    WaterBrook / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    April 21, 2017
    Chasing Butterflies
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Life After was a great and fast read. My attention was drawn to this novel by the beautiful cover and an invitation from Waterbrook & Multnomah to be part of the Launch Team for Life After that, after reading the blurb, I simply could not decline. And the novel didnt disappoint me!

    What I really liked about the novel was that the bombing and the consequences werent just an excuse for a dramatic love story. Instead, the love story was just a part of the greater story about guilt, forgiveness and family. The love story seemed very natural to me and wasnt too dominant. Also, the characters were relatable and amiable. The side characters didnt just fulfil stereotypical roles, but were real and complex personalities.

    And the story avoided the clich of someone converting to Christianity, which I really appreciated. The protagonists faith was very authentic and inspiring.

    All in all, Life After is a great Christian novel and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys reading Christian fiction. Its probably the best Christian novel Ive read so far!

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting!
    April 21, 2017
    BrendaLee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Life After

    A bomb shatters a train and kills its passengers. The aftermath is not pretty. Only one survivor and it totally changes her life. Autumn can't live her life for following the survivors next of kin and the deceased people and their families haunt her. She wonders why she lived and they were all killed. She feels so guilty that she can hardly go on with life.

    She gets really close to one family that the wife and mother of the family died. But will she bring more heartache to them or can she help them?

    This book was different than what I usually read, because I like Historical Fiction, but I like different sometimes too just to get out of the rut so to speak and I'm certainly glad I read this story.

    I got close to the characters and felt their pain, because like most people I have had tragedy in my family.

    You will feel the raw emotions of these families (especially the survivor Autumn and one of the victims's next of kin Paul and his children) as they try to heal. You will also feel the hope they have as they try to pick up the pieces of their lives.

    This is my first book to read of Katie Ganshert's but it certainly won't be the last because I have absolutely enjoyed every word. It touched me and made me think. I didn't want to quit reading this book because it was wonderful right from the first page.

    I recommend this book to my friends and anyone that needs the hope that eventually (with God's help) you will overcome the tragedies in your life.

    Don't miss this one!

    I'm gladly giving five stars to this book and would give more if possible.

    I received this book from Penguin Random House and was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Poetic, somber and honest. A MUST READ!
    April 19, 2017
    Just Commonly
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Cold stuck to her skin. She yearned for a hot cup of tea. A long soak in a warm bath. Something that might chase away the coldness that had seeped inside her bones long before she stepped outside." (2)

    Everyone must read Life After by Katie Ganshert. If you decide not to read the rest of my review, at least get that first sentence. You must read this book. Life After is my favorite read so far in 2017, and can easily make its way to one of my top reads of ALL time. Back to the book. Life After takes you on an emotional journey, diving into the world of mass tragedy and survivors' guilt. What's more, it's not only survivors of the immediate tragedy, but also survivors in the sense of those left behind. What is life after for those affected? How will you find closure to the many "what ifs"?

    "We rarely will know when death will come." (1)

    When I first read Life After, I didn't expect the memories and feelings that it would evoke. I didn't expect to be become a bubbling mess, but the author's masterful portrayal of every emotion from the sole survivor, Autumn and those that were left behind, but with so many unanswered questions were spot on. You see, I understood. I've seen. I've heard and I've witnessed.

    Life After's story is set in Chicago where a train explosion claim the lives of all but one. Despite the different circumstances, the author gave survivors of all types of tragedies a voice - a voice that reigns true and honest. Along with the message of God's comfort, Life After is beautiful as it is powerful. There will be stories within stories, with subplots that doesn't take away from the theme of "life after," but finding resolution in one's heart.

    Sometimes, one step at a time, one day at a time, and know that He is the God of comfort, may be all we as survivors need - because we all are survivors.

    "Life is hard, and almost always confusing. but one day we'll see clearly. One day it'll all make sense." (126)

    For the full review, head to the original post at Just Commonly blog.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
  4. ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Stunning
    April 19, 2017
    ConnieR
    ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I haven't read a lot of Katie's books yet; there are some older ones on my TBR pile that will get moved up in order because of reading this one. I'll let you get the gist of the book from the publicity synopsis. I'd rather talk about the characters..........real, breathing, coming off the page, engaging. I'd rather talk about the story...........as if it's ripped from headlines of today, asking questions we've all asked whether on the ripped-apart-life of a victim side or as a simple bystander in life. I'd rather speak of the involvement I felt, with the characters, the storyline, the questions asked, the felt emotion.

    The book touched my heart and my soul simply because it is real and relevant in this hurting, tumultuous world. One of my favorite lines sort of occurs twice, once spoken in the novel, then by Katie herself in the acknowledgement section, which is the one I'll quote with permission, "On this side of eternity, there are so many unanswered whys, but all of it fades away in light of Who."

    I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It was a high privilege to read this story.

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  5. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A beautiful story of heartache and hope!
    April 18, 2017
    Ashley
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In her latest novel, Katie Ganshert crafts an unforgettable tale that delves into humanity's response to tragedy, drawing you into the story with its poignant first line: "We rarely know when death will come." Life After is a heart wrenching look at the effects of tragedy and the beauty that can come from it. Autumn Manning is the sole survivor of a train bombing that took the lives of 22 others. One year after the tragedy that changed her life, she still is haunted by the lives that were lost and one burning question--why her? Why did she survive and not someone else? While trying to remember and honor the other victims, Autumn is forced to work alongside Paul Elliot, the man whose wife she was mistakenly identified as after the accident. Attempting to lay the past to rest and heal their broken hearts, they must both confront their shortcomings and overcome their need for answers, instead resting in the comfort of the God who controls everything. A powerful story told in Ganshert's poetic prose, Life After is a beautiful look at our response to tragedy and answers our all-consuming why with a who--a God who can shine the light of hope into the darkest night.

    "But maybe she'd been asking the wrong question. Maybe comfort wasn't to be found in the 'why.' Maybe comfort was found in the 'who.' A God who wept."

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