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Between Sundays Canada [Paperback]

Karen Kingsbury

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Book Description

Oct. 25 2007
Troy Anderson has it all - Hollywood good looks and all the privileges of a star running back. But he's about to receive an unexpected handoff that will give him a whole new view of his self-centered life. Ben Parker makes time to work with foster kids while doing his best to develop as a pro football player. But he's less committed to his relationship with God. Kimberly Singleton, a social worker, wants to spare one boy the heartaches of the foster care system by adopting him - except someone stands in the way. Thrown together in a season of self-discovery, they're about to learn lessons in character, grace, and giving back to life.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Fiction (Oct. 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310283159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310283157
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,929,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestselling author Kingsbury (Forever; Sunrise) sets her first hardcover novel in the world of professional football. Derrick Anderson, a retiring quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, promised his dying son that he would win a Super Bowl for him. His hope may rest on upcoming star Aaron Hill, who is beginning to find the glitz and glamour of life at the top meaningless. To complicate things, there's a young foster child named Cory who believes that Aaron is his dad and is determined to get his point across, and sparks fly (of course) between Aaron and Megan, Cory's foster mother. Kingsbury's fans can probably guess exactly how the story will turn out, but will still enjoy the ride. Woven into the light inspirational romance is a message about the needs of foster children, inspired by Alex Smith's work with the foster care system—Smith is the real-life 49ers' quarterback and penned the foreword. The writing at times plods, and everything is simple, sometimes unbelievably so—the story, the dialogue, the characters' Christian faith. But Kingsbury's fans like her novels sweet, and this one may motivate them to get involved and make a difference with some of the neediest kids. (Nov.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great Oct. 11 2008
By Catacinns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been reading Karen Kingsbury books for a few years now and must say that I do enjoy reading them. I was unsure of what this was really about when I started reading and knew that it would be faith filled I just think the story was not as layered as some other books. There were times the story actually iritated me, in particular when the DNA test arrives. There is no way in reality that a father would not check them out. At other times I thought the story laboured but others it really worked. I will continue to read her books I'm just hoping I wont be let down again. I'm a massive fan of the redemption series so I recommend that. Happy reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME NOVEL Dec 30 2007
By T. Conrardy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed Karen's latest treasure - I couldn't put it down. Although I do not know anythting about football, I felt myself being pulled into the NFL world and was comfortable with the terms used. The lessons of faith, redemption, forgiveness and determination to change one's heart to live for God were readily apparent, without the reader feeling it was "shoved down their throat." The hard work that foster families endeavor to make a difference for foster kids was not something I often thought about and I appreciated Karen's obvious love and commitment to foster children. I highly recommend this book and plan to pass it around to many friends and family!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Novel for All Ages, Especially NFL Fans Jan. 2 2010
By The Golden Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
In Between Sunday's, Karen Kingsbury takes you into the world of the NFL, specifically the San Francisco 49ers. While the players are fictional, the stadiums and games are come across as accurate and genuine. The novel mainly focuses on three players. Derrick Anderson, an older, seasoned quarterback who comes to the 49ers to mentor and encourage the other players; Aaron Hill, a younger quarterback with several seasons under his belt, and Jay Ryder, a rookie punter and wannabe quarterback.

This is Derrick's last season and he wants desperately to win another championship ring to fulfill a promise he made. He already has two rings, but needs a third for a reason only he and his wife know. Derrick is a family man, deeply rooted in his faith, living his life by God's grace.

Aaron is an arrogant playboy, king of the hill, living only for the moment and the adoration of the fans and media, with no time for God. Aaron has a couple championship rings and thinks that winning this season would be great, but it's not something he is overly concerned about. After all, he has his whole life ahead of him to win Super Bowls, right?

Jay is young and a little shy, this being his first season in the NFL. He wants to fit in with the team and is awe struck by Derrick and Aaron. He has some faith, but is not completely committed.

San Francisco has a large contingent of foster kids. Megan Gunn volunteers at the Youth Center as well. She is a single foster mom to Cory. Amy, Cory's mother, had been a close friend to Megan before she died tragically. Cory is a big fan of the 49ers. Derrick is a very compassionate person and tries to reach out to the kids. In the off season, he hosts pizza parties at a Youth Center. Derrick gives away five game tickets each week at the pizza party. Cory wants desperately to win a ticket and attend a game because Cory has a secret - he believes he is the son of one of the 49er players. Megan, of course, doesn't believe him, attributing his belief to the fact that he so wants a father. She thinks this is just his fantasy and tries to discourage him, but Cory insists his mother told him and his mother did not lie.

Kingsbury takes you through the hopes, dreams, injuries, disappointments and trials of the coach and his players in the NFL. Will they make it to the Super Bowl, and if so, what are their chances of a win? The novel clearly points out that we are not defined by what we do on Sunday, but what we do Monday through Saturday. Between Sundays is a novel for all ages, and especially NFL and 49ers fans.

Note: In real life, Alex Smith, the current 49er quarterback founded the Alex Smith Foundation for foster children. His foundation provides provides support, funding, and a chance at a fuller life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best at all... Oct. 27 2011
By A. Muldoon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I like Karen Kingsbury, but "Between Sundays" is definitely not her best work. I think I figured out what was going to happen based on the cover blurb and the first chapter and with a few exceptions, the characters were so one-dimensional that they could have been paper dolls. Megan makes Cinderella and Snow White look like Mean Girls and the agent couldn't be any more of a villian if he was twirling a mustache and tying women to the train tracks like something out of a silent movie. Overall, I still really like Karen Kingsbury's writing, I thought the idea for this book was interesting, and I liked the pro football setting, but the writing - she must have been in a hurry or something when she wrote this one.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karen Kingbury's "Between Sundays" Jan. 4 2008
By Kristine Greene - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What I love best about Karen's newest book is the theme. Life has a way of getting in front of the focus of our faith. Our faith in God shouldn't be centered around events - Sunday church services, Christmas, Easter - but on the everyday things we do that make a difference to others. Truly life is to be lived 'between Sundays'. For many churches, the people who attend there only show up on Sundays to make them feel like they're acting out their faith. However, they are empty inside when it comes to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If we could just stop and think of what we're good at doing that would make a difference in someone else's life...and then do it! Once again, her book captured my attention and kept it the entire time. I have the habit of picking up Karen's book and then I keep reading until I'm done. I'm blessed and enriched and challenged and uplifted and encouraged every time I read a 'Life Changing Fiction' book written by Karen. I love passing them on, as well, to others.

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