Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue

by Karen Kingsbury


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ISBN-13: 9780310266228
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/20/2009
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 167,097
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books have been developed into a TV series now available everywhere. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty nesters, living in Tennessee near four of their adult children.

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The author of more than 40 bestselling fiction titles whose combined sales hover near 15 million, Kingsbury takes her loyal faith-based fans on an exploration of the emotional and spiritual effects of abortion. Interestingly, the author frames the story through a young adult male character, Brad Cutler, an up-and-coming ad agency executive; he revisits a former relationship in which he encouraged his pregnant girlfriend to have an abortion. Years later, Brad continues to feel guilty, and as he readies to marry his fiancée, a new ad campaign for baby clothes has immobilized him. Emma, the former girlfriend, also cannot move past what happened. As the pressure mounts, Brad travels home and reunites with Emma to find closure, but what he discovers in the encounter is far more different than he hoped or expected. Kingsbury tackles a touchy, difficult topic, yet in her characteristic style, her gentle approach wins the day. It will also overcome any reader resistance, no matter what position one takes on this volatile issue. (Nov.) -- Publisher’s Weekly

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Shades of Blue 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 140 reviews.
PitaLR More than 1 year ago
This book is a MUST read! I literally could not put the book down. It made me laugh, cry (I mean sob), and thank God for an author that has the talent like Karen Kingsbury. This book opened my eyes to things I've never considered. I was actually bummed when I finsihed reading. The story is somewhat basic, but will make you feel emotions like no other book. It is a real life story that, I'm sure, takes place way too often in today's society. It's a fantastic book for dealing with finding closure in a difficult situation, learning what it means to love unconditionally, and depending on God during your darkest moments. I've already shared the book with a friend and she loved it just as much! It deserves much more than 5 stars!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Karen Kingsbury books. I read them in one day, usually finishing them with tears shed. However, this book was not one that I love. I felt that the author was pushing her stance of abortion into an unlikely scenario. Yes, I understand this is FICTION. Yes, it's tragic when it happens. Yes, it does affect women in different ways. However, abortion is still legal. I had to consult with my sister in law, who is an RN and used to work for a doctor who performed the procedure about some of the issues in the book. For starters, in most states, NC included, a doctor will not perform the procedure after 12 weeks without a medical reason or in cases of rape and incest. Even when the events took place in 1999. Even in 1999, there were ultrasounds that dated the stage of gestation and anything after 12 weeks, the procedure would not happen. Also, there are no doctors in this date and age who would callously tell a woman the gender of said fetus/embryo. Also, a little after 12 weeks, there's no way a doctor can tell the gender since the fetus/embryo is still too small to determine. THAT is the part that bothered me the most. ALSO, not all of her readers are pro-life Christians. It is possible to be one and not the other. It is also possible to be neither and still enjoy her books. She kind of went political in this book and for that I am highly disappointed. Will I stop reading her books? Unlikely.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen did a great job of tackling this tough topic and how it can affect everyone involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book about forgiveness, trust, and trial. A must read! Amazing and addicting. Definitley worth your money. -izzy
Quito More than 1 year ago
A friend had loaned me this book to read. While reading it, I'd felt as though Karen Kingsbury had peeked into my past and wrote about me. My circumstances were a bit different but she got the feelings, saddness, loneliness, abandonment, love, excitement, just right. You'd think she had experienced this first hand but has not. What a wonderful book to read. Once I started I could not stop! You get drawn right into the book. You feel the crushed feelings, the hatred, the love, everything, as if you were really there! I recommend this for anyone but expecially those who have experienced abortion whether first hand or on the outside looking in. It is heartwarming and puts a bit of finality to things.
SheilaCE More than 1 year ago
Brad Cutler lives in New York and has a dream job. A dream life! He is engaged to the love of his life who also happens to be the boss's daughter. Brad is a Christian man and the relationship between him and Laura seems perfect. But, a past sin comes back to haunt Brad and before he can marry Laura and start his new life with her he has to go back home to North Carolina and right a wrong. Unfortunately that means seeing his old high school sweetheart. Brad only makes matters worse when he doesn't confide in Laura about Emma and what happened many years ago. The book is thought provoking and sincere. Regardless of whether or not you read Christian fiction, this book transcends the boundaries of genre and will appeal to anyone searching for a well-written story about redemption, forgiveness and love. I enjoyed it very much. 5-stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very hard to put down and I highly recommend it to anyone. I haven't had such an inspiring read in quite some time! It was myfirst read by this author and certainly wontbe my last!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit overboard on religion i thought. Not much of a story buried under all the bible lessons. If you read the bible faithfully you will like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many plot spoilers ruined this. Why buy the book when plot spoilers have already told everything that happens???? These rude ppl need to be fined and/or banned for this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried from beginning to end. Even if abortion has not affected your life this is still a must read. This book is about forgiveness and healing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right from the 1st chapter I knew I was gonna struggle with this storyline. Not because of it's reality, and not because it delt with abortion [which made me cry], but because of Brad. I know he was young, I know he made a bad decision and needed forgiveness...which is good...but I just couldn't LIKE him for what he did to Emma--how bad he hurt her--and how he just walked away from her for 9 years!!!!!! Life goes on, yes...but I'd hoped it wouldn't have gone on like this. What a creep. Karen broke my heart "too much" for Emma, Brad was beyond horrible when they were young--"and" even when he showed back up, and now he's happy with someone else? Bah! Now, Karen is a wonderful writer, but me personally, I never enjoy moving page-by-page with people like Brad. [Mr. Leave em' and then leave em' again] I rooted for Emma, and twice she lost her dream. How sweet. Gavin was, at least, a nice 2nd place. So, if you can handle a man who gets to "have his cake, and eat it too"...then you'll really enjoy this story. <3
melshae More than 1 year ago
great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading one of her books. And I chose this one. I really couldn't put this book down, they are a lot of emotion these characters have. I think it was a well-written book. Walking in love and forgiveness. Definitely recommend this book.
RandyTramp More than 1 year ago
Brad Cutler, 28, is preparing to get married. Yet, memories of his high school girlfriend surface and torment him. Brad must confront his past by visiting her before he can go onto the next chapter in his life. What a powerful story that had to be told. Thank you, Karen, for telling it. As said in the book, "Everyone has something in their past." Following God isn't always easy. Going back to fix a wrong is the right thing to do. Brad finds doing that may cost him everything. Isn't that the Christian message? Risk everything for the cross? This book touched areas in my life. Without giving anything away, I identified with Brad. I had to go back to those earlier years and straighten out a wrong I created. The fruit of doing what's right paid off.
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Mary17 More than 1 year ago
A traditional excellent read by Karen Kingsbury. One of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors. Hitting on a touchy subject but hitting the mark. Abortion is a really hard thing to get over and there are support groups for it. I loved the two characters that came from the Forever in Fiction. What lovely young women you had as muses in Kristen & Emily. They both pulled at my heart strings.
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What a great book highly recomend to read it. I read it in 2 days cause i just had to know what happened. I cried and i wish the end would of been different, dont want to give any spoilers. And sometimes i like the end. I go back and forth with the ending but such a good book
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I AM 13 AND I WANT TO READ THE BOOK ??????? Shoud I ??????????
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