Redemption (Redemption Series #1)

Redemption (Redemption Series #1)

by Karen Kingsbury, Gary Smalley
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Redemption (Redemption Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Bethb5290 More than 1 year ago
Redemption brings you to Bloomington, Indiana just far enough in the country to believe that the characters are real people that you have met. From the first page the characters will become part of your family and friends, as the story unfolds your will celebrate their victories and grieve in their losses. I have never read Christian fiction before and was truly amazed at the authors ability to bring out each persons faith or lack there of with such vivid detail. Each character is so richly developed that you can understand why they make the choices they make and by the end of the story are at peace with what happens, however Redemption is the first of five books in this series with two more series to follow a total of 14 books before you can finally put the Baxter family to rest. But don't let the number of books scare you off you will be dying to read the next one as soon as you finish the first. If you have ever lost something you have treasured, been tempted with something you have always wanted, and faced the decision to do what feels right or hold your ground and follow your heart and beliefs no matter what, this is the book for you. Follow the journey with John and Elizabeth Baxter as their children struggle with love, life and choices. As they learn to accept that God is in control and that He knows the journey they must face and the trials they will encounter. And even when we have reached the end of our rope, our friends and family no longer support our choices God offers us one great gift. A gift that defines forgiveness, a gift above restoration, one reserved for His chosen people...Redemption
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Redemption by Karen Kingsbury is a wonderful story, full of wonder excitement and endless emotion. This book really grabs your attention from the time you open the book to the time you close the book.It starts with Kari. A God-loving, family-bonding,28 year old, young Christian women is in a very difficult situation in this story. She wants to keep a long lasting marrige with her cheating, no good husband Tim. A mysterious stranger finding out what his 'girlfriend' is up to. Instead he sees an older man in her appartment doing grown-up things with her. The stranger decides to get him back and tell his wife what he did behind her back all this time. From this point on Kari's world goes spiraling down hill. This book is a beautiful book. I felt every emotion she was feeling. This book deals with real life situations. I can't wait to read the rest of this series!!
CafinatedReads2009 5 days ago
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 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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kennedystewart More than 1 year ago
The first book in Karen Kingsbury's Baxter Family series will certainly have you wanting to read all the others back-to-back! I have never highlighted or made notes in a Fiction book before, but Karen's writing filled with encouraging words, scripture and life lessons makes all of her books go-to guides for years to come. This first book introduces you to the members of the Baxter Family and all their struggles, focusing mostly on Kari Baxter who has just learned her husband is having an affair. Despite advice from family, friends and a long-lost love, Kari decides to try and make the marriage work and forgive her husband. Such a testimony of family and the healing powers of forgiveness.
MLNC More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury, alongside Gary Smalley, has written an incredible first start to an even better series! Redemption is a great reminder, that love is not a feeling, it is a choice. We choose to love our spouse daily. Kingsbury makes you laugh out loud, but it will also bring you to tears! A must read (including the entire Baxter series!!!) You won't be able to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different kind of look at a painful issue. You'll find yourself in the shoes of Kari as she goes through one of life's most difficult circumstances. A must-read for sure! (P.S. Be sure to bring the tissues!)
tender1GH More than 1 year ago
I like Karen Kingsbury series on the Baxter Family but I am having trouble figuring out the order of the various series. Right now I am reading the Redemption Series. I am on the 5th book. I figure the Flanigan series is the last one but which series do I read next "First Born" or "Above the Line"? Am I missing any?
Bernadette171 More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best series I've ever read. Not only was it inspiring, but it also spoke to the heart. Made me cry like a baby in several parts and helped me to believe again that God really does have a plan for all of us. A must read.
KelBel85 More than 1 year ago
I have never been a big romance novel fan, but this book I loved. I think because it is realistic and not sappy or fairy tale (ish). It has real life problems, and what I especially love is that the problems are faced with a Christ centered thought process. Can't wait to finish the series :)
footangel More than 1 year ago
I would consider this light reading with a lot of deep perspective on living life according to the Judeo-Christian ethic. After being divorced for 16 years it gave me renewed perspectives on the amount of work it takes to make a marriage as God intended. I really appreciate the heroine being a woman of principal.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
Wow, I wonder if it was as hard to write about the subjects in this novel as it was to read about them. It was done so well that I could not put it down from the start. Kari is a much better person than I am. I do not know if I could have forgiven and worked so hard at her marriage after learning her husband had an affair with one of his students, especially when he told her he wanted a divorce. And then reacquainting with her old boyfriend. . . I was so rooting for the old boyfriend. I know you never know how you will react to a situation until you are actually in it, but I am afraid that I might just give him (the cheating husband) the BIG BOOT out of my life. I do believe in marriage and working to make it a success so I hope I would do the right thing, but it is hard to imagine until you are faced with it. I really like the definition of love that was formed in this book. I fell as though I learned a bit about myself and how selfish I can be at times. I think it will have a positive impact on my life. I sure feel my emotions have been exercised. I would like to have a little more details in what happens next. I hope the next book will complete this story a bit more as it details another Baxter Sibling's story. I think I would recommend this to everyone. There are lessons to learn. But I would be careful of younger teens because of some of the subject matter. It is a bit graphic and violent in places.
alishamarie11 More than 1 year ago
I love this book it grabs your attention right away and keeps it. Once you start you wont be able to put it down. Its about the one thing we all want -love-. Undying love. well read it because its an amazing book that one like me who doesnt read often will fall in love with.
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treegardner More than 1 year ago
The author writes about trials in one's life from a Christian perspective. My grandmother lent this book to me. I felt like the last few chapters or so were hasty.
BLUEEYEBE More than 1 year ago
Kingsbury captured the essence of the struggles that we have in everyday life. This book deals with infidelity in a marriage. Kari is a young woman who is faced with the reality that her husband is involved with one of his college students. Although in the eyes of most, she would be justified in granting him a divorce and moving on, instead, she makes the difficult decision to honor her wedding vows and try to save their marriage. What an inspiration! Others that were truly inspirational to me, REDEEMING LOVE, EXPLOSION IN PARIS, CRACKED HEARTS and I WILL WAIT FOR YOU
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chary26 More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury brings out her God gifting writing ability in the Baxter series it's so breathtaking how in our walk with God how we are not perfect but we are forgiven and loved unconditionally by God and how he turns everything around for the good of those who love him.
ajc65 More than 1 year ago
This 1st of the 5 book Redemption series introduces us to the Baxter's, a close-knit family from Bloomington, Indiana, albeit not one without trials nor with perfection. But who wants to read about perfect people? I think Ms. Kingsbury does a nice job of developing the characters and I was interested in them- John Baxter...the loving Godly family man, Elizabeth Baxter...the fiercely devoted mother who looks after her family, Ashley Baxter...self-proclaimed family blacksheep, Kari Baxter...the sweet sister who is devoted to serving God, Luke...the youngest and only boy of the family, who is sure he is heeding God's will, yet shows only scorn for his sister Ashley, and sisters Erin and the oldest,Brooke, who is more into scientific proof than God. But at any rate, they love each other and like to get together, have fun and reminisce as well as be there for each other through thick and thin. Although I think Ms. Kingsbury develops interesting characters, it feels like she thought up the characters and adds stuff with them being somewhat formulaic. Whereas when I read Beverly Lewis' 5 book series Abrams Daughters, it feels more like these are actual people she is simply telling the reader about. Kari's professor husband (whom she marries on the rebound) has an affair and leaves her for a younger woman. Kari relies on God to work at saving her marriage, but in the end her husband is killed by a deranged stalker. The thing that bothers me here is that I was actually glad he was killed because then Kari can have the chance to be with her one and only true childhood love...Ryan Taylor. ((Ultimately, they had parted because of a misunderstand that didn't seem very believable.) I think it would have been more realistic for that not to happen. Then the reader could see how Kari and Tim's relationship continued. It was just too neat and tidy that he died so then Kari and Ryan could be together. The writing of Kari and Tim's love for each other was almost sickening. I was really hoping Ryan would not say, "Kari girl" one more time. The best part of this book, in my opinion, is the relationship shown between Ashley and her son Cole with Ashley's parents, John and Elizabeth. Ashley hasn't really grown up and sees Cole more as a reminder of the past she would like to forget. Ashley feels that she never really fit in with her family that embodies establishment. She comes back from a stint in Paris in which she became pregnant after an affair with a French painter. The relationship that Cole has with his grandparents is very touching. He is a happy, loved little boy because these two people see the need to feel a void in his life, where John is his only father figure. This 1st book introduces Landon, the man who has been in love with Ashley since high school, but whom Ashley sees as too "safe" for her anti-establishment ways. This is a good start to a good series and I recommend it to anyone who does like Christian fiction, Christian romance, etc. It combines good storyline and characters with a bit of faith, prayer and listening to God's voice, as well as the power of God to work in and change lives sprinkled throughout. I would call Kingsbury her a good writer, not a brilliant writer, mainly because sometimes the characters are overdone, formulaic and stereotypical.
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galaxyglory More than 1 year ago
In searching for christian-themed fiction, I came across Karen Kingsbury's Redemption Series. As the first of 5 books, this book is a wonderful way to meet the Baxters. I loved the dynamic that Ms. Kingsbury demonstrates between current issues and the journey one family faces while walking with God. A must-read for anyone interested in Christian fiction or just an honest good book. I managed to finish it in a couple days and already have the next four in the series to look forward to.
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