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text 2018-03-16 18:28
Fan Cast: Remember by Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley

Ashley Baxter: Gracie Gillam

John Baxter: Jeff Goldblum

Landon Blake: John Boyega

Kari Baxter: Genevieve Buechner

Ryan Taylor: Robbie Amell

Luke Baxter: Cameron Monaghan

Reagan: Debby Ryan


Elizabeth Baxter: Lea Thompson

Erin Baxter: Zoey Deutch

Sam: Booboo Stewart

Brooke Baxter: Rachel Brosnahan

Peter: Darren Criss

Lori Callahan: Emma Dumont

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review 2018-03-16 16:44
Remember by Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley
Remember - Gary Smalley,Karen Kingsbury

Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance—her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ashley’s world and she is led to heartbreaking and hope-filled decisions that will forever change her life. This story vividly illustrates that we must value others more than ourselves, and it drives home one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Honor one another. (from Goodreads)

Series: book 2 in the Redemption series; book 2 in the Baxter family series.

Rating: 4 stars

This was a fascinating read. It isn't often that you read about either Alzheimer's or 9/11, but this book combined both subjects perfectly.

I'm actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Christian contemporary fiction can be a hit or miss (usually miss because of the fluffiness), but this was a solid book. A+ to the authors. 

The main couple of the book is Ashley and Landon, but you get points of view from Kari and Ryan, tying up the loose ends from the previous book, and you also get points of view from Luke, setting up the next book in the series. You also get points of view from from John, their father, which was a cool way of seeing things, from the parental persepective of the outside looking in, kind of thing.

Anyway, I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to continue the journey of the Baxter's, seeing how there is like 20 other books featuring them or something.

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text 2018-03-15 18:08
Reading progress update: I've read 198 out of 383 pages.
Remember - Gary Smalley,Karen Kingsbury

I've never read a book centred around 9/11 before. It's so emotional and raw and... horrific. Yet fascinating because except for knowing that it's happened, I've never really known the facts because I was 4 when it happened and I'm Canadian, so it's not exactly something we hear about every day. 

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text 2018-03-14 19:02
Reading progress update: I've read 117 out of 383 pages.
Remember - Gary Smalley,Karen Kingsbury

That escalated quickly...

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review 2017-04-26 21:55
Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury
Brush of Wings: A Novel (Angels Walking) - Karen Kingsbury

This series is the only reading of Kingsbury that I have done. I know she is wildly popular with Christian fiction readers, but I don't think I will be trying any more of her books. If you like the sugarcoated everything-always-turns-out-perfectly kind of Christian stories, this series is for you.


Maybe it's me, but that kind of story gets under my skin. It literally made me angry.


Spoilers may follow.


Don't get me wrong. I do believe that God can heal, protect, and give us signs. However, I don't think he does it every single time we ask him to. In this book, characters ask for a sign and a mysterious breeze picks up on a still day, or a school of dolphins swims by the beach, or they literally hear a voice in their head. Maybe I just don't pay enough attention, but God's signs seem a bit more subtle in my life.


In this series, there is A LOT of melodrama about how dangerous and vital this mission is. More important than any war or tragedy that has happened throughout history is the fact that these privileged 20-somethings get together. Even with a character with a major health problem, it is difficult to read this and feel any suspense. It's too obvious that everything is going to work out.


But that's not things happen in real life. Every day, people die. Regardless of the people who love them and pray their heart out for them. They die, because sometimes God has a different plan. Sometimes I can't figure out what it is. But I know that reading something like this doesn't strengthen my faith. I don't feel like I could pray as much or study the Bible as much or eat as healthily as these characters and maybe God would answer more of my prayers. It just upsets me, because some people are going to read it and think that's true.


So, I've probably ranted long enough. If you like sweet Christian romance guaranteed to end with a happily ever after, you'll love it. I'm too jaded.

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