UPDATE: A winner has been emailed! Congrats, Michelle!
What Women Want is a hot topic today. Women’s issues drive advertising pitches, TV programming, the stock on store shelves, and even presidential campaign platforms.
But the messages we’re receiving from popular culture ring false. New furniture, trendy clothes, over-activitied kids, the perfect house, and shallow (or inappropriate!) “romance” books fail to satisfy.
In contrast to these empty messages, the rich romantic fiction of Karen Kingsbury shines. I love that her books explore how What Women Want can only be found in What God Provides. Her inspirational stories illuminate the theme that . . .
When I see a Karen Kingsbury book in the hands of my teenage students, I smile inside. I know they’ll be reading about characters just like themselves—young women with real-life problems and pressures. They’ll see God speak to and work in the hearts and lives of those folks. And whether the person in the story accepts or rejects God’s way, my girls will be soaking in the truth that God seeks to shape and satisfy our hearts’ desires.
Karen’s Christmas novella is no exception. The Bridge celebrates the many kinds of love that make our lives complete. The story focuses on Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly, former college sweethearts who seemingly missed their chance at a happily-ever-after, and Charlie and Donna Barton, a long-married couple now facing a crisis of faith. The four lives intersect in a way that highlights the everyday miracles and gracious second chances God so liberally shares with all who call Him Father. And the whole thing plays out as they try to save a bookstore. Yay!
Here’s a snippet from the book to pique your interest . . .
“Father, what am I supposed to do? There has to be an answer. My dad said this would happen, and I never believed it, so You can’t let me fail. Please, God . . .
[Charlie Barton] turned and faced the wall, spread his hands against the cool bricks. The Union soldiers had felt warm and safe and dry here, as if things might turn out okay after all. He squeezed his eyes shut, his hands, his arms trembling from the great sorrow crushing in and around him.
That’s all I want, Lord . . . I’m begging You. Let me rebuild The Bridge so the flood doesn’t win. Give me the second chance Edna talked about. Please, Lord, show me how.
A Scripture passage whispered in his mind, one he’d shared with customers on occasion. It was from Deuteronomy 20:1: ‘When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, will be with you.’
God had brought him out of Egypt, for sure, he and Donna both. Their own personal Egypt. A tragedy no one in Franklin knew anything about.
That horrific time had led them to move here, to open The Bridge and find solace in books . . . Painful memories tried to work their way to the forefront of his heart, but he refused them . . .
God had rescued them from that, Charlie had been completely convinced.
Now, he wasn’t so sure.”
You want to keep reading, right? And it only gets better from there! You can follow this link right now to purchase your copy and a few extra to give as gifts. I recommend Karen Kingsbury books for teens on up! ***Thanks to Howard Books for providing a copy for me to review.
GIVEAWAY: I so enjoyed The Bridge that I decided I must share by giving away a copy. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered in the drawing. (USA only) I’ll let the contest run until Monday, November 5th. Feel free to complete any of the bonus entries.
As I write this–Monday, Oct. 29th–I’m in upstate New York bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. So I may not be able to monitor this post or approve comments. However, after Sandy’s done with us, I’ll be back to respond!
***I’ll post the winner’s name next Wednesday. Then once you see your name, please email me with your mailing address.
Karen Kingsbury is also giving away copies of The Bridge. Follow her on Facebook here and scroll down her timeline to read about The Bridge release party and giveaway and her Random Acts of Kindness giveaway. You can also follow Karen’s New Testament Challenge or connect with her at her website karenkingsbury.com.
This week I’m linking up with Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesdays, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Tuesday Tips, What I Learned This Week, Heart and Home, Domestically Divine Tuesday, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Beautiful Thursday, Thankful Thursdays, Hearts for Home Thursdays, Faith-filled Friday.