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This Side of Heaven: A Novel

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    A Great Book

    This book is amazing! I loved every part of it. it takes a basic story plot that could have been done a dozen times and puts a new spin on it. The characters are so real! When i read the book, i could feel the turmoil and pain that they were going through. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to read a good book that they wont be able to put down!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2009

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    Very sad book

    God does not promise us a great comfortable life, He promises us the strength to carry through the trials and tribulations. This story is just that, how one person can help others in his family carry through his death and live a good life. Life goes on without us. If you are a person who can not handle sad endings and grief and the death of a hero in the middle of a story then do not read this as it will disappoint you. If you read the background first it will help you understand the story better and read all the way through without becoming emotionally upset with the author. This is definitely a good book but also the reader needs to understand the emotional impact before starting it.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

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    Karen Kingsbury fans will love this one!

    Characters are important in a novel. They must be credible. I was pleased to see Carl Joseph and Daisy Gunner, a Down Syndrome couple, living next door to the protagonist, Josh Warren. I remember them from earlier books in the Cody Gunner Series. Karen Kingsbury is at her best when writing characters--particularly children. The children in her books think and speak in an authentic manner. For instance, a cotton ball at the doctor's office is thought of as "a wet little ball of white fur." In this novel a little girl, Savannah is introduced. She seems believable, and I can't help but wonder if I'll meet her again in a future work.<BR/><BR/>The description of chronic pain is well written.<BR/><BR/>I found the plot credible; the author's notes at the end surprised me. I can't tell you more than this without ruining the story. Running through this Christian Fiction book is the theme of loving in an unconditional style, rather than in a judgmental manner. Too often, we let a moment to love pass, and it's gone forever. I connected to the deep desire of one character's wish for ten minutes more of life in order to be able to hug a departed loved one.<BR/><BR/>There are discussion questions at the end of the novel, which makes for a good talk at any book club meeting. Her sentence fragments drive me nuts, but Karen Kingsbury fans will love this one!

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