Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Time to Dance by Karen Kingsbury

Book description:

Karen Kingsbury’s celebrated series that shows the depth, passion and power of marriage.

A Time to Dance - John and Abby were the perfect couple with the perfect family. But on the verge of an affair, John is no more the man Abby married than she is the bride of his dreams. So they decide to divorce. But when they gather their children to tell them the news, their daughter announces she’s getting married.

Determined not to ruin Nicole's happiness, Abby and John agree to postpone their divorce. But as the wedding nears, they wonder: is it possible to still find joy and perhaps the time…to dance?

My review:
Though I am a guy, I am a huge fan of Karen Kingsbury's books. Not only can she write an awesome story  that will tug at your heart, she takes on issues in her books and addresses them through the medium of fiction.  This is one such book.
I read this when it first came out, back in 2001, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I decided to grab it and review it. In this book, Karen really nails the issue of staying in a marriage "for better or for worse". It starts out with the couple, John and Abby, on the brink of a divorce, but due to their daughter's engagement announcement coupled with her spoken desire to have a marriage just like her parents, they decide they cannot announce their intentions at that time. Thus begins weeks of striving to make their marriage work, but along the way, they start to examine what went wrong in their marriage and wonder if it might be able to be fixed after all.
I consider this book, and its sequel, to be among Karen's best works. In this day of so many divorcing for the smallest reasons, and couples not trying to work things out - even in the church - it is refreshing to read a book that encourages couples to stick with it, to work out their problems, and stay together, as God intended. A very highly recommended book.

About the author:
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen has a true love for her readers, and she has nearly 100,000 friends on Facebook along with more than 7,500 followers on Twitter. The popular social networking sites have allowed Karen daily interaction with her reader friends.

Karen is best known for her Life-Changing Fiction (TM) and for creating unforgettable characters. When speaking before women's groups - some with more than 10,000 in attendance - Karen makes audiences laugh and cry with her compelling story-telling. She likes to tell attendees they have, "One chance to write the story of their lives," and her talk focuses on reminding women to live every day loving well, laughing often, and finding true life in Jesus Christ. Karen routinely speaks before more than 100,000 women each year.

Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest with their six children, three of whom are adopted from Haiti.

A Time to Dance is available from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the review copy.