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A Time to Embrace [Paperback]

Karen Kingsbury
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Oct. 18 2005 Women of Faith Fiction (Thomas Nelson)

Their whole life was a series of miracles. Can they really hope for one more? And as tragedy pulls their lives apart, can they somehow find that all-important time to embrace?

After twenty-one years, John and Abby Reynolds are back together and feeling like newlyweds. Together they are convinced they can handle the issues of their past, the questions from their children, and even the high-school politics that drain the joy from Johns coaching career. But then disaster strikes...the type of tragedy John and Abby never expected.

The squeal of brakes and the crunch of metal changes everything. Suddenly devastation tears at the heart of their family, and the depth of their existence. In the process, their children falter in their faith and guilt colors everything about the future. Fumbling for forgiveness and hoping for a miracle, John and Abby must remember what is important and cling to that above all else.

Together, theyre determined to move on with their lives. but is together enough for a future they never expected?

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In this sequel to A Time to Dance, beloved evangelical Christian novelist Kingsbury brings readers up to date on the trials and tribulations of Abby and John Reynolds, who, after 20-plus years of marriage, are enjoying something of a second honeymoon. Then John's career comes under attack when anonymous letters smearing his reputation are sent to the high school where he coaches. Worse still, he is in a car accident (a well-worn device of evangelical fiction), which he survives but which paralyzes him from the waist down. Abby and John's new challenges sit at the center of this novel, but there are several engaging subplots keeping the narrative moving at a fast clip: their newly married daughter learns she's pregnant, even though she had planned to wait four years before starting a family; a divorced couple is thrown back together and must work out their anger and mistrust; and Jake Daniels, the student whose car hit Coach Reynolds, must try to forgive himself for injuring his mentor. Religiously inclined readers will appreciate Kingsbury's deft and sophisticated treatment of prayer, as characters struggle to understand how and when God answers prayers. Less satisfying is Kingsbury's unsubtle insertion of hot-button evangelical social issues: a son delving into Internet porn, a mother-in-law repenting for a long-past abortion. There's even a passing potshot at sexual education in schools. Still, Kingsbury's hallmarks are in evidence: readers can expect lively dialogue, likable characters and a passionate witness to the commitments and obligations of marriage.
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In this sequel to A Time To Dance, high school football coach John Reynolds and his wife, Abby, are behaving like newlyweds after their reconciliation following a near-divorce. Their happiness is tempered, however, by John's problems at work. In particular, three boys trouble John--Nathan Pike (the "Goth"), who scribbles "death to jocks" in his notebook, and Jake Daniels and Casey Parker, the two football players who make Nathan's life miserable. When Jake and Casey challenge each other to a drag race, they cause an accident in which John is paralyzed from the waist down. As they try to come to terms with this tragedy, the struggles of each character, especially those of John's daughter, who previously held an unshakeable belief in God, are depicted in a believable and sympathetic manner. High school life and the real-world problems faced by the students, such as a brush with cyberporn, are also realistically rendered. Recommended for most collections.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Time to Embrace by Karen Kingsbury Dec 17 2010
By M R
A Time to Embrace by Karen Kingsbury

God is faithful to his children, and will bring about the good plan He has for them. In A Time to Embrace, we are reminded again and again of this truth. John and Abby Reynolds hold firm to their faith in the Lord in spite of tragedy and seemingly insurmountable trials.

There is a lot going on in this book! From struggles with their children, to work problems, to marital problems, and then an accident and a grandchild! It's an easy read, and quite entertaining. It is also very encouraging to see the characters' faith grow stronger in the midst of all that they are going through. Some parts seemed a little forced, though. The character of the mother-in-law seemed a little over-the-top. But overall, the character development was well done, and the plot was interesting. I hadn't read the previous book, but didn't feel that I had missed anything in this story because the author, Karen Kingsbury, did a good job of recapping. I would recommend this book to others. As far as Christian novels go, this one is honest. Christians will go through trials. But we can take hope in the fact that the Lord has promised to walk with us through everything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book Jan. 12 2004
This bookis a wonderful sourceof hope for those who are facing an obstacle right now and also shares the message that God is with them enev when they're going through a hard time. this book reminds us that when we are facing obstacles it is important to hang onto what you believe and that fith will get you through the situation. This story also shows how powerfull prayer is. There are many lessons within this book so I suggest that everyone read it even if you aren't facing a specific problem right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace this! Sept. 1 2003
The story of John and Abby and the trials they face in what should be the golden years of their lives was awesome. Ms. Kingsbury did not mince words in writing about the feelings that many of us have when bad things happen to good people. She explores the depths of despair, feelings of anger with God, reconciling tragedy with God's will and ultimately forgiveness. This book is well written and guaranteed to make you think and appreciate all that is well in your life. However, the author always has a message of hope, as well. She has accurately pegged the way things typically happen in our lives - John's livelyhood is threatened, John's feelings of inadequacy in reaching his students, the accident, feelings of helplessness and anger afterwords. Everyone should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first but certainly not a last! July 10 2003
This was the first book I've read by Karen Kingsbury and the first time I've read a romance of this kind. I was not disappointed! Even though this is the continuing story of these characters from her book A Time to Dance, the author wove their history seamlessly throughout this book so that readers who found this book first would not be confused. It's a story of pure rekindled love at its best!
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