Redemption: The Baxter Family, Redemption Series (Book 1) Clean, Contemporary Christian Fiction (Baxter Family Drama--Redemption Series)

by Karen Kingsbury

Other authorsGary Smalley (Author)
Paperback, 2009



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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2009), Edition: Reprinted, 384 pages


A fresh new look for the best-selling series from America's number-one inspirational novelist, Karen Kingsbury. Fans will enjoy a personal note from Karen and Gary Smalley as well as discussion questions for book group use. Revisit the Baxter family in all their life-changing events, or share the series with someone who hasn't discovered it yet.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 explores key relationship themes as well as the larger theme of redemption, both in characters' spiritual lives and in their relationships.… (more)

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LibraryThing member sdbookhound
The first book in the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury. Kinsbury draws us into the family and although they have a strong faith, they are not without flaws. I could not put it down!
LibraryThing member debs4jc
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts
Meet the Baxter family. John and Elizabeth Baxter have five wonderful children--and many concerns about their lives. The main crisis in this book is with their daughter Kari. She discovers her husband Tim has been having
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an affair and when she confronts him he says he doesn't want to be married any more and moves out. Kari is also struggling with her feelings for Ryan Taylor, her childhood love/best friend who is back in town. But she knows that she must stick with her marriage at all costs--especially since she is pregnant. Meanwhile the Baxter's youngest daughter Ashley has never been the same since she returned from Paris. Jaded and cynical, and with a child born out of wedlock, she wants to reject the Baxter's "establishment" lifestyle. Other hints of future problems for the series lie on the horizon.

Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.
Kingsbury does a good job of drawing the characters and creating relationships between them, especially with the sentimental romance scenes. She paints a good picture of a warm loving family. These books are issue driven, which is a bit too obvious and exaggerated at times. The deranged stalker and convient ending seem manufactured. The point of view shifts from character to character, though a consistent voice is maintained. But it seems like a soap opera--one crisis after another strung together to keep the story moving and to help the author explore certain issues.

How Good is it?
The relationship crisises are engaging, especially for fans of romance and issue driven books.
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LibraryThing member jannastarkey
The redemption series is my favorite series of all times. I have become addicted to these books.

Redemption is the story of a young woman who finds out that her husband is having an affair. As the story unfolds, she struggles with the choice to forgive him or walk away from their marriage.

If you
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can make it through the first part of the book it is wonderful. I found the first part difficult to read simply because I didn't want to imagine the pain the character in the book was going through. The Redemption Series, as well as the other two series that follow it, are much like a Christian soap opera. The family in these books go though many trails that most people can't imagine yet they are very uplifting. Once you open one of these books I guarantee you won't be able to put it down.
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LibraryThing member dlozada
this book definitely has me wanting to know more about the baxter family. was albe to relate to several situations and love the love, hope and faith in this book
LibraryThing member cubsfan3410
Another fantastic Kingsbury book! This is the 1st in her Redemption series and I am anxious to read the rest.
LibraryThing member hopefully86
This is a Christian series about a family. You get to peek into the most intimate, painful details of their lives. Nothing is simple, even in a seemingly perfect family. There is pain, joy, and ultimately Redemption. I read this entire series, and believe that anything written by Kingsbury will be
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golden. Read this, treasure it, and take it to heart.
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LibraryThing member JboyzMom
I reviewed this book several years ago, so this is a reread review. I can tell you that my thoughts then were high on this book and not much has changed through the years. Mrs. Kingsbury’s books were introduced to me by my mother many years ago, and I was hooked. Redemption was one of the first
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Kingsbury books that I read, and it is one of my favorites. I was instantly hooked on it the first time I read it, and the reread was no different. Whenever I find myself in a book funk, or I suffer a tragedy in my life, I pick up Redemption and am reminded that with God’s redeeming grace, I can pull through anything.

As someone who went through a bad first marriage, this book truly hits home for me. There are many elements of the book that I went through but I didn’t lean on God through it all like Kari did. I loved watching her character again. It truly felt like reuniting with a long lost friend. The pain and suffering she felt, once again became my own. The sadness and the struggling, were mine. I found myself wanting to wrap her in a big old hug and fall to my knees to pray for her.

This is definitely still a 5 star book in my opinion. Mrs. Kingsbury can create a novel that will suck you in, wrap you up in God’s warmth and grace, and set you down in a brand new place. Her words will stay with you long after you’ve shut the pages, long after you’ve placed the book back on the shelf. She will leave you breathless and ready for the next book. I highly recommend this book to all!

*I purchased this book for my personal collection. Cafinated Reads was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
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