Redemption (Redemption, #1)
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Redemption (Redemption #1)

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  15,481 ratings  ·  653 reviews
The Redemption series won Christian Retailing's 2005 Retailer's Choice Award for Best Series!

When Kari Baxter Jacobs finds out that her husband is involved in an adulterous relationship and wants a divorce, she decides she will love him and remain faithful to her marriage at all costs. This book shows how God can redeem seemingly hopeless relationships, and it illustrates

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 8th 2002 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published July 1st 2002)
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Gardavson
I beyond hated this book. I felt like the author was pushing her beliefs. Specifically, I felt like, thru her character, she was saying that God wanted women to stay with their cheating husbands. Even after getting caught the husband couldn't commit to ending the affair. And the wife stayed with him, not because she felt it was where God was leading HER, but because that is what christian women should do.

Let me say I have no personal experience with being cheated on, so it's not for that reason...more
Tarah
Karen Kingsbury writes books that deal with issues all christians face at some time or another...the characters are flawed and human yet God is present in all their lives....
Lori
I'm giving it 50 pages... which corresponds exactly to the first four chapters. If I don't like it by then, I will abandon yet another book and add to my arsenal of thoughts about why I don't like fiction.

Wish me luck.

UPDATE: I'm 140 pages into this book which was described to me as "life-changing."

So far, I give it an emphatic "eh." I've already read phrases like "hit him like a Mack truck," and "deeper than a canyon." I've already read through scenes containing the exaggerated speech of a dru...more
Tamara
This is not my first time reading REDEMPTION from the Karen Kingsbury Redemption series. I had read the first three books in the series when they first came out, but then I got out of step. I continued to purchase all the books in the set and the series’ that followed, but always felt I needed to go back to the beginning and re-read before I continued on into the other series that dovetail off of this one. So, between my other scheduled readings, I have committed to get up to speed on the multip...more
Jennifer
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Britni
he best TV shows are the ones that end with you wanting to know what happens next. The ones that you season pass on your TiVo because you don't want to miss any part of the storyline. The ones where each episode leads into the next and is connected to all of the ones that came before it. Those are my favorite kind of shows.

So it's no surprise, I'm a sucker for any books that are part of a series. I love that by the end of a good series each of the characters is developed so thoroughly that I fee...more
Jodi
This was a book about Tim who was unhappy in his marriage and started having an affair. He finally moved out of his home with his wife and lived with his girlfriends. He started drinking and making very bad choices. His wife Kari realized she had a part to play in his being unhappy in the marriage. A tough pill to swallow or to even read. Kari would not grant Tim the divorce and said that she would fight for their marriage. She stayed with her parents and learned that she was pregnant with Tim's...more
Kristine Larson
I can honestly say, I am not someone who pushes faith on anyone - I know I am a Christian; however I don't read the Bible religiously; I don't attend church faithfully and I don't pray on a daily basis. With that being said - anyone who is familir with the works of Karen Kingsbury knows she is a Christian writer and her writing incorporates versus from the Bible and includes a deep faith in Family, Love, Prayer and most importantly - God. I belive in all of that - however I don't act on it openl...more
Anna
Jul 21, 2009 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I'm really surprised at how much I enjoyed this, as I'm very skeptical of Christian fiction books that either depict characters through rose-colored glasses or employ conversion as a plot device or major moral turning point for wayward characters. Refreshingly, this had neither. The story involves Kari, a young wife; her husband Tim; Kari's family, the Baxters; and Kari's former (and still current) love, Ryan. Tim is a journalism professor and begins a very passionate affair with a student that...more
Maria Rubatino
I kept having to force myself to keep reading. It is a story that was obviously hung upon the co-authors' idea of Biblical marriage which is shaky at best. I can put up with a half-hearted, unbelievable story with flat characters, but completely ignoring advice from the apostle Paul about marriage (he said if your unbelieving spouse wants a divorce you should let them in 1 Cor 7:15) and not even addressing the issue of the Baxter family's underlying dysfunctional relationships was too much for m...more
Eva Wilkerson
I'm guessing I had a good cry coming because that's exactly what happened in reading the last quarter of this book.

Honestly, in the beginning I thought this was just an everyday novel with some scripture thrown in there every once in a while. I wasn't very impressed. However, what I didn't expect was the reminiscing and soul searching that this book caused.

I really didn't have much in common with the story of the main character (marriage) but I could see myself in many of the other elements of...more
Erin
I found this book to be refreshing and easy to follow, which is something I highly value in books. Throughout this story you’ll learn about the Baxter family and other’s in close relationship to them, though the main focus is on Kari Baxter and the struggles she encounters with her husband Tim.

I personally like how prayer and scripture was added into this book. The characters I found believable and enjoyed getting to know bits and pieces of who they were. I defiantly will pick up the next few bo...more
Elizabeth
one thing that I have often struggled with, in reading Christian fiction, is the way in which the authors portray the influence of the Lord in people's lives. Often times in Christian fiction it can come off as a bit shallow.

But this book for me almost hit it directly on the head. I loved how the characters relationship with the Lord was part of their life. I love how the characters spoke words that seemed real instead of speaking words that were expected of them in terms of their religious beli...more
Elishya (lace)
The First book of an entire three set series called the Redemption series, the forgiven series and the sunrise series. All following the life of the Baxter family. 6 children, multiple grandchildren, a husband and a wife and the story of their lives and their children. This book in specific begins with the struggles of one of the eldest daughters, Kari and her cheating husband. We get a sense of the entire family and how much they love one another through the love of Christ. The focus, redemptio...more
Mayda
First, I listened to the audio version of this novel. The reader was over-the-top annoying, so overly dramatic it reminded me of a teenage drama queen. Second, this author falls into the category of Christian writers who think they must infuse nearly every page with Christian beliefs. These authors, instead of writing a good story that has a Christian foundation seem to think they have to “hit you over the head with Jesus,” as a pastor so aptly said about over-zealous evangelists. The plot has s...more
Sarah Parker mcilhenny
I can equate reading Redemption to watching a basic Christian movie; it's carries a good message, but is very corny. I've heard rave reviews about Karen Kingsbury and this did not meet up to my expectations. I don't like when the characters continually question themselves. It makes me feel like the author just needed something to fill the page. I will, however, continue on in this series, giving it another chance. I had read this when I was fresh off another book that was incomparable by far, so...more
Beth Fisher
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Havebooks Willread
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book which a woman from church brought and told me I should read. The characterization was good enough that I feel like I know the adult Baxter siblings and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series to see what happens in their lives.

This particular installment focused mostly on Kari who discovers her husband's infidelity. The way they deal with it was refreshing to me, even as it was painful. I have to admit I guessed how it wou...more
Rupertt Wind
“The perfect travel companion, blissfully light and engaging”

Redemption by Karen Kingsbury is the first in the Redemption series, A trilogy revolving around the Baxter family, a highly religious and orthodox family living in Bloomington, Indiana. Redemption, the first book in the series redemption revolves around Kari Baxter. When Kari Baxter finds out that her husband, Tim Jacobs a college professor who is having an illicit affair with his understudy, her whole world falls apart. She is further...more
Kendra
Oh wow! I was a little skeptical about starting these books... b/c it's Christian fiction & wasn't sure how good it would be. Boy, was I wrong! This book was great & the second book is proving the same. I read this one in 2 days...coudln't hardly put it down. You laugh, you cry & I totally wrapped myself in the emotions of this story. I can't wait to read more about the Baxter family.
Lauren Henderson
The Redemption Series... what is there to say? I became so involved right from the start. This book is amazing! Karen Kingsbury's stories are so heartfelt and uplifting. They are great Christian fiction that is not in your face and can still hang with all the popular chick lit authors, especially the Redemption Series and other series about the Baxter family. I still wish I was a Baxter.
Kristin Spencer
I absolutely love all of her books. She deals with real issues. They are very heartfelt and sincere.
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A Special Note: Redemption series is Christian Fiction. I am not Christian and I have not read the Bible. So, I am not in a position to agree or disagree with the religious side of the book and my review will be solely focus on this series as a work of fiction and my point of views on the characters/situations as a third person. I do not mean to criticize or applaud any of the religious views presented through the stories.

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Alita Baker
I love the Baxter series
Amrit Sinha
There is a certain tinge of familiarity you sense when you meet the characters of Kari Baxter Jacobs and Tim Jacobs; no, not in the sequence of events that flood their lives, but in the way they face it, with faith, belief and hope. Isn't it true in the case of all of us? We commit mistakes, without realizing that we are treading towards the wrong path, but once light dawns on us, we try to move in the right direction. Humans are prone to error, but don’t we all wish for forgiveness? Are we not...more
Cydnie
I really liked this book and I think I will enjoy reading the whole series. I know that some don't like the religious undercurrent in Kingsbury's books - but that's who she is! I like reading a story that combines all of the elements that I hold dear, and does it without questionable scenes and language.
This first in the 'Baxter Family Series' is based on the story of one of the daughters- Kari Baxter Jacobs. Her professor husband has an affair with a student and asks for a divorce. She decide...more
Marci
The first in a series of 5 Christian Fiction books following a family with 5 grown kids. Easy to read, flows, good, good messages and positive feelings throughout the books. Despite the ugly trials the characters face, they make it through with God's help.

Kingsbury takes you through someone's yucky trial they are facing. The characters of the parents and one of the daughters seem a bit too perfect so less human, but the other three or four kids seem a bit more realisitc to me. Maybe because the...more
Susan
An Emotional Rollercoaster! 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 t...more
Aletha
What an amazing author! I loved this book from beginning to end. Of course, I love a love story, but also value Christian ethics and insight infused into them.
Karen Kingsbury shows her deep faith in a powerful, loving God through her characters in this wonderful series. I haven't even read the second book yet, but based on this one, I expect just as much from the next 4 books.
The series centers on the relationships and troubles a family of 7 (parents with 4 girls and 1 boy) go through, and sho...more
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