Waiting for MorningKaren Kingsbury
Hannah Ryan is the mother of two adorable little girls and the wife of a doting husband. Her life is perfect -- until the night her husband and eldest daughter are ripped away from her by a drunken driver. Torn by grief and rage, Hannah finds her faith -- like that of Jeremi... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Paperback
- Release Date: Apr 15, 2002
- UPC: 9781590520208
- Height: 1.1
- Width: 5.26
- Length: 8.34
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 370
- Publish Date: Apr 5, 2002
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042000"
- ISBN: 1590520203
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- Emotional Read, Great Message by Seasons of Opportunities on 10/5/2015
This book has a much needed message for readers. That is one reason I am drawn to Christian fiction, the underlying message of the books.
After Hannah's family has been killed by a drunk driver, she becomes hardened against God and refuses to forgive. Rather she chooses to devote her time to making sure the perpetrator gets punishment and her family gets justice. Meanwhile, a younger member of Hannah's family is suffering too, but feels like her pain is being ignored. While they are both hurting, they seem to be finding it hard to identify with the other one's pain.
This book addresses so many issues - drunk driving, forgiveness, justice, mercy, grace, suicide, grief, faith in tragic circumstances. As Hannah tries to find a way to cope with her grief, she joins forces with MADD (mothers against drunk driving). There she meets Carol, a Christian woman, who also lost her husband to a drunk driving accident. Matt, the prosecutor is also a Christian, with many similarities in his background too. Each of her newly found friends, have walked the path Hannah is walking, and are working with Hannah and behind the scenes and to help her cope and renew her faith.
Karen Kingsbury is an amazing author, and often writes about tough issues.
What I liked about this book was the message. The importance of forgiveness, and a strong faith in God where He is the TRUE center of your world. Also, how forgiveness does not abolish the need for punishment - Matt the prosecutor strove for the toughest sentence on drunk drivers. The importance of recognizing all the hurting parties and the fact that each person grieves differently. Respecting their need to grieve and doing what you can to help them through the process. Hannah and other representatives of MADD use their voices and experience to make a difference. We can too, whether it is in a case like this, or just something else we have gone through or experienced. Our trials are not in vain, God has a purpose for them.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
- An Excellent Read! by Kate on 8/17/2015
After losing her dear husband and 15 year-old daughter at the hand of a drunk driver, Hannah Ryan must struggle through more than just the trial in order to get her life back; a fact that veteran writer Karen Kingsbury did not miss when writing her latest novel.
As a first time reader of Mrs. Kingsbury, I cannot help but marvel at her ability to draw you into a story from every angle and her determination to keep her topic relevant to the lives of God’s people. After all, bad things happen to good people, and Christians - as well meaning as we are - can be just as broken as the rest of the world.
Waiting for Morning follows an angry and broken hearted Hannah as she struggles to find peace in the wake of tragedy. Mrs. Kingsbury manages to do this in a way that leaves your heart aching not just for Hannah and her remaining daughter Jenny, but also for Brian, the drunkard whose actions caused so much heartache.
You see, as Hannah begins to doubt her faith in Jesus, Brian begins to believe. Mrs. Kingsbury’s use of multiple perspectives gives the reader a chance to watch as the pair struggle to accept their new realities and continue on. This gives the audience a clear view of why we must forgive both ourselves and others; all the while spreading a message of hope and reminding us that there is no sin too great for our blessed Redeemer.
*This product was provided free of charge courtesy of Family Christian in exchange for an honest review.