Customer Reviews for

A New Kind of Normal: Hope-Filled Choices When Life Turns Upside Down

Average Rating 4
( 17 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(11)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(3)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 17 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    For anyone asking 'Why did God let that happen?'

    'Pain is pain is pain,' Kent says. Whether it is dealing with raising an autistic child, grieving the death of a son in Iraq, suffering the betrayal of a spouse, or living with paralysis from an accident it's all pain. Carol Kent speaks from her own experience of living a new kind of normal after her son is sentenced to life in prison without parole. She weaves together the true stories of many who suffer the pain of adjusting to a new kind of normal - including her perspective of the suffering of Mary the mother of Jesus. In each story she reveals the hope that carries a person through regardless of the circumstances. If you are grieving the loss of a life that used to be or disappointment over a life you had hoped for, you will find encouragement, peace and hope in this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 15, 2009

    A Book About Loss

    Carol Kent writes about many losses endured by others and about her family's way of finally dealing with their loss, which is the life imprisonment of their only child. A wonderful, upstanding, son who faced a promising future, he snapped and in a moment completely out of character, shot and killed his stepdaughters' father, certain in his heart and mind that the children were being abused. How does one deal with overwhelming loss? The Kent family: mother, father, and son turned to their faith and created for themselves a new kind of normal.
    Carol Kent is a faith based speaker, a writer, and the founder and president of Speak Up For Hope, a prison ministry. The Kents visit their son on Sunday afternoons.
    Eunice Boeve, author of Maggie Rose and Sass

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    You really WILL survive this crisis

    I saw Carol in person at a seminar and cried the entire time as my son was going through something similar but on a smaller scale. Her feelings as a mom, the raw emotions, are all expressed in her book. To know that others are walking through this or have been through this makes it so much easier to deal with. Carol writes from her heart and it is REAL. Both her books brought healing to me. I was able to walk through it and I LIVED!!! Get this book, read it and keep it close.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    A Refreshing View On Suffering and Faith

    I couldn't put this book down! I read it in two nights. Carol Kent, along with excerpts from her son and husband, show us what it means to not 'spiritualize' pain and loss. I can't say 'HURRAY' enough! There are so many Christians that just put a pious platitude on their pain, or the pain of others, and the connection that is intended by God between the two never happens. They become 'holier than thou' in their suffering. Carol is just the opposite and I applaud her courage for leading the Christian community in the REAL struggle of faith.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    Making sense of unspeakable sorrow

    If we didn¿t live in an imperfect world¿no, make that ¿fallen world¿¿this book would be unnecessary. But we do live in the midst of sorrow and tragedy¿and in the Kents¿ case, in the aftermath of their son¿s murder of his wife¿s ex-husband and sentence of life without hope of parole. Instead of withdrawing from life and ministry, the Kents have chosen to share the tear-soaked, gut-wrenching lessons that have come from their faith in God to make good out of evil. In this book Carol lists eight choices that can lead to healing for those who¿ve lived through unspeakable sorrow: to survive, persevere, be vulnerable, forgive, trust, love with open hands, be thankful, and choose purposeful action. Though it includes details about their son¿s arrest and incarceration, the book embraces the stories of many others who¿ve learned in their suffering to turn to hope-filled choices. Get this book if you, or someone you care about, has struggled through raising a severely disabled child, depression, family rifts, business failures, terminal brain cancer, a spouse¿s pornography addiction, wayward children, abortion, broken engagement, and the hardships of a military spouse¿s overseas deployment. Carol writes with passion and authenticity. You read with growing awareness and appreciation of her and her husband¿s unconditional love for their son. If you haven¿t read her previous book birthed from this deep personal sorrow 'When I Lay My Isaac Down', make plans to do so soon.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    Must Have

    This is a must have for anyone who is or has gone through a life altering circumstance. A New Kind of Normal is filled with hope giving suggestions and skills for moving forward during difficult trials. The Kent's vulnerability in this book makes the reader know both the reality of their journey and the optimism of their life. This book can only significantly help all who read it. It would be of interest to both men and women.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 17 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1