The Redemption series won Christian Retailing's 2005 Retailer's Choice Award for Best Series!
When Kari Baxter Jacobs finds out that her husband is involved in an adulterous relationship and wants a divorce, she decides she will love him and remain faithful to her marriage at all costs. This book shows how God can redeem seemingly hopeless relationships, and it illustrates one of Gary Smalley's key messages: Love is a decision.
Redemption is the first book in the five-book Redemption series that Gary and Karen will write about the Baxter family--their fears and desires, their strengths and weaknesses, their losses and victories. Each book will explore key relationship themes as well as the larger theme of redemption, both in characters' spiritual lives and in their relationships. Each book includes study questions for individual and small-group use as well as a "teaser" chapter of the next book in the series.
The recent penchant for pairing prolific Christian novelists with well-known CBA nonfiction authors is cause for skepticism, and justifiably so in this first collaboration between Smalley, an author and speaker on family relationships, and novelist Kingsbury. "Good-looking" Indiana University professor Tim Jacobs has found his stereotypical midlife affair with his "achingly beautiful" student Angela Manning more than a passing distraction. His "gorgeous" wife, Kari, who models in her spare time, discovers the affair just as she finds she is pregnant. Even as Kari refuses to grant Tim a divorce, she learns that her high school sweetheart, football star and "hunk" Ryan Taylor, is still single and interested in picking up their romance where they left off. Tim hits the bottle, and things look grim for the couple. Not surprisingly, counseling plays a large role in the work Kari and Tim do to try and salvage their marriage. There is a fairly shameless plug for Smalley's Relationship Center in Branson, Mo., when Kari and Tim's pastor suggests they travel to a two-day "Marriage Intensive Seminar" in the Ozarks. (Readers are also invited to contact the center.) Minus the heavy doses of counseling references and descriptions of the characters' surpassing gorgeousness, Kingsbury's writing is much improved from Halfway to Forever. While she laudably avoids a neat wrapup, it's likely because there are six more books to come in the series. This novel functions largely as an encouraging self-help book rather than as a solid contribution to inspirational fiction.
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1 . not a fiction more a self help..or how to overcome.
Posted January 25, 2011 by Dawn , Hill Country TexasReading some of Mr. Smalley's advice in this story was like reading a "how to" book..and if your looking for a good fiction, outside your own drama, this isn't it.
It took me two weeks to get this one book read..eventually I'll read the rest but right now I don't need any self help books...I want a get way page turner between mothering, paying bills and and working!! ;0)
2 . Wow
Posted April 04, 2010 by Danielle , MNThis book is amazing. I fell in love with the Baxter family and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.
3 . Great Series
Posted March 22, 2010 by Jul B , Suffolk, VAI enjoyed this entire series. Each character is different and believable. I love that each story centers around the faith of the characters.
4 . easy relaxing read
Posted January 03, 2010 by Kathy , Small Town, WVI liked this series. It was perfect for reading before bedtime to just relax. I found the repetition of the past book series a little tiresome after awhile...but still a good read.
Tyndale House Publishers
August 01, 2002
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