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Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful #1)

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“I’m afraid there’s been a car accident...”

As Hannah Ryan waits for her family to return home from a camping trip, she realizes she has everything going for her—a husband other women admire, two charming teenage daughters, and a loving Christian home. As the sunny afternoon turns into twilight, her uneasiness grows along with the shadows. Then a car pulls into Hannah’s d
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Published July 6th 2011 by Multnomah (first published July 28th 1999)
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A mother waits for her family’s return from a trip. A young man loses his job and his hope for the future. Then cars and lives are turned upside-down, tangled and destroyed in Karen Kingsbury’s Waiting for Morning. Survivor’s guilt looms large. Unforgivable sins meets a strong woman’s fury. And the kindly-meant prayers of strangers and friends really don’t seem to change the world. Not at the point where anger meets God’s betrayal.

We often ask why God allows bad things to happen to good people.
I literally just finished Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury. It is one of the best books I have ever read and life changing. It is also my favorite Karen Kingsbury books I have read.
Amanda Tero
Oct 08, 2015 Amanda Tero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I think that's why God's so good to me," Hannah had smiled pleasantly. "He knows I'm not good at forgiving."

That was Hannah's childhood thought. Little did she know that the biggest trial of her life would occur when she was happily married with two daughters in their teens. Little did she know that the forgiveness she had briefly mentioned as a child, the anger she struggled with then, would blindside her in full force.

I finished this book with a "wow." I admire Karen Kingsbury for tackling ha
Nov 09, 2009 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story was a hard one to read because it was very sad. I could understand the desire to be angry with God when you've lost your family to a drunk driver. The main character really asks those hard questions - why would a loving God let this happen to her family? At the same time, I felt that the main character was hard to like because of the way she selfishly neglects her one surviving daughter in her quest for vengeance, and also hard to sympathize with completely because her reasoning for b ...more
Sep 30, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me experience so many emotions but none of them were positive. It started with sadness, and then the frustration took over, mixed with a good dose of anger. The story is about Hannah, who’s life is completely changed in a day. Hannah, understandably, is devastated, and goes through all of the stages of grief. My issue with this book was with Hannah, as she was blind to some of the serious issues in front of her because of her obsession with getting justice and what seemed like rev ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waiting for Morning review
by author, Karen Kingsbury

I've done it myself.....when someone I love has been late arriving home, I've gone over and over it in my head. I have imagined them being killed, in a car accident, kidnapped, injured, and yet, never ever really thinking it will happen. Hannah experiences it when Tom takes the two girls for their annual camping trip before they must head back to school. They are late arriving home and Hannah begins to worry.
In the meantime, a man Hannah ha
Dec 21, 2012 Candace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard for me to read. It's harder for me to handle the idea of suicide and getting a look at someone's mental state who is considering it. Aside from that, this book officially made me respect Kingsbury as an author. The idea that Christians don't always respond to tragedy in a Christ-like way and sometimes forego God altogether is not one that's typically talked about. I give her credit for approaching the subject; she not only approached it, she created a fantastic story out of it ...more
I am not religious all that much, but I like some of Karen Kingsbury's novels and reading them makes me feel good. This novel, Waiting for morning, was no different. The whole story was emotional and it give you insight about how religious Christian can really lose you faith when a tragedy takes place. I realized that it takes a long time for a trail and preparing a trail, especially one that is close to your heart, takes time and really preoccupied the clients, victims and everyone involved, I ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kingsbury is a Christian gifted fiction writer that appeals to anyone - christian or not. her style is contemporary and she addresses tough issues. in this one, she interweaves the story of a family torn apart from the effects of a drunk driving accident with a verse in each chapter from the book of walk with the widowed wife and mother as she travels the road from denial to a lengthy period of anger and bitterness to finally come to the only source of peace - a reconciliation ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Siegrit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I liked reading this book, although it was extremely predictable. Considering the hard topic of the book I do think Kingsbury did a good job on covering all the emotions such an accident causes. She did such a good job on this, that halfway through the book I almost wanted to stop reading, as I was so annoyed with Hannah's attitude.

In conclusion: I'd like to say that the book was confronting for anyone who has ever been in a event like this. It makes you reflect on how you handled
Sep 15, 2008 Kourtney marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
If you know me you know that I believe in God and that I dont have to attend church (where from my personal experience people tend to just stare and watch you and wonder should you actually be there) just to be close to him. After reading this book and seeing how God does work in mysterious ways I feel like I understand why He chooses to do what He does. And I personally feel much closer to Him. I hope you all see and understand and learn the things I personally learned.
Megan S
Mar 24, 2016 Megan S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book a while ago and forgot to rate it! Karen Kingsbury is one of the best Christian authors out there! She really knows how to write good stories especially when all hope seems lost. Excited to read more of her novels!
Melissa Finizio
Jul 11, 2011 Melissa Finizio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I cried alot and needed a bunch of tissues. this book really pulls at the heartstrings. The book is about a women who loses her faith in God after her husband and daugher are killed in a car accident.
Missy Kruger
I had to write a review for school so I thought I might share. I however loved this book! I love Karen Kingsbury as a writer though...
In 'Waiting For Morning' a novel written by Karen Kingsbury empathy is one of the biggest themes for a reader. We see how a mother and daughter journey through the process of grief and how their circumstance causes a reader to have empathy for the characters. This book also makes a reader think about how many families are affected by drunk drivers and as a result
Anna Eskut
Overall good read, however was a little slow. My main problem was one of the major ideas being pushed in this book, which was the idea that a drunk driver who hits and kills someone should be charged for first-degree murder. First degree murder is intent to kill. The guy in the book had no intent to kill. Was he being stupid and reckless? Of course! And of course he should not be let off the hook. But I don't think you can charge him with first-degree murder as it is defined.
Desiray Schultz hayner
Sstrong message as always from Karen but this one was extra touching with the loss of her family and reviving a broken daughter and her faith. Found tears in my eye more than once!
I read this book about four years ago - in paperback form. My impression of it has not changed. My advice to anyone reading it is to have a box of tissues at hand. I cried several times while reading it. While I understood completely how Hannah wanted to see the drunk driver who'd caused the death of two of her family punished, I had a little harder time with the way she ignored her remaining daughter. Of course, it's quite plausible that a person would react that way and it made for a remarkabl ...more
Nedra Haymon
Oct 15, 2016 Nedra Haymon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Man, God really spoke to me about forgiveness in this story! Thank you God.
Talia Knobloch
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Karen Kingsbury is one of the best authors I have come across and her books are quite literally life changing because they convey a situation no one wants to truly deal with and puts the reader in the drivers seat to take the wheel. In her latest novel, Waiting for Morning, it is every wife and mother's dreaded nightmare no one wants to have to face. Hannah Ryan is waiting for her husband and daughters to arrive home from their weekend camping trip. It is one that the three have taken as a way o ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waiting For Morning by Karen Kingsbury.

Hannah loses her husband and one daughter as they were hit by a drunk driver flying through the light and hit them so hard two immediately died on the spot.
Hannah has a daughter that did live through the accident but Hannah can’t be there for her as she believes life will never be right until she makes sure that the person who got behind the wheel driving drunk is put into jail without parole. That isn’t going to happen but she is working with the group MAD
Jan 12, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: q3-2009

February 11, 2009

Level One:
1. Where was the family coming home from when their vehicle was hit by a drunk driver?
-Their annual family camping trip
2. What was the name of the man who hit them?
-Brian Wesley
3. What book of the Bible is constantly referred to by others for Hannah Ryan to read?

Level Two:
1. What is ironic about the very beginning of the book compared to after the accident occurs?
-At the beginning of the book Hannah is awaiting her family's safe arrival home. While doi
It has been a wonderful summer and school is just about to begin for the new year. Another year of living and loving her family... 2 beautiful daughters and a doting, loving husband. As her husband Dr. Tom Ryan and girls return home from their annual "end of summer" campout, Brian Wesley is staggering out of a bar after drowning his sorrows in 14 drinks.

A drunk driver
A red light runner
A family's life forever changed

Hannah knew something was wrong. They were never this late getting home from thei
Victor Gentile
Sep 21, 2015 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Kingsbury in her new book, “Waiting For Morning” Book One in the Forever Faithful series published by Multnomah Books takes us into the life of Hannah Ryan.

From the back cover: “I’m afraid there’s been a car accident…”

As Hannah Ryan waits for her family to return home from a camping trip, she realizes she has everything going for her—a husband other women admire, two charming teenage daughters, and a loving Christian home. As the sunny afternoon turns into twilight, her uneasiness grows al
Oct 18, 2011 Margaret rated it it was amazing
From the descriptions:

Hannah Ryan is the mother of two adorable little girls and the wife of a doting husband. Her life is perfect -- until the night her husband and eldest daughter are ripped away from her by a drunken driver. Torn by grief and rage, Hannah finds her faith -- like that of Jeremiah weeping over Jerusalem -- tested to the limits. As she walks the long road of her own modern-day Lamentations, she must learn to forgive... and finally discover that God's mercies truly are new every
Oct 05, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-reviews
This book has a much needed message for readers. That is one reason I am drawn to Christian fiction, the underlying message of the books.
After Hannah's family has been killed by a drunk driver, she becomes hardened against God and refuses to forgive. Rather she chooses to devote her time to making sure the perpetrator gets punishment and her family gets justice. Meanwhile, a younger member of Hannah's family is suffering too, but feels like her pain is being ignored. While they are both hurting
Mar 25, 2016 michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Caution: possible spoilers ahead.
There are so many fans of Karen Kingsbury that I feel as though I may be standing in front of a firing squad as I offer my review. I will also say that this is the first and only book I have ever read by her. And after this one, I doubt I will read others.

Okay, so I didn't like Waiting for Morning. Character development of the protagonist/antagonist (the mother, Hanna) was capricious and unbelievable. She came off as grating, shrill, and wholly irritating, rather
Jennifer Lara
Feb 07, 2017 Jennifer Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury is book 1 of the Forever Faithful series. It’s the story of one woman’s journey after a tragic accident leaves her lost and looking for revenge. Hannah Ryan is a wife and mother with a seemingly perfect life. Until a drunk driving takes the life of her husband, Dr. Tom Ryan, and her oldest daughter, Alicia, and leaves her youngest daughter, Jenny, with life threatening injuries. She immediately flies into action to seek that the driver, Brian Wesley, pays f ...more
Julius McCarter
Aug 06, 2015 Julius McCarter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen Kingsbury's Waiting for Morning is the first of her novels I've ever read. So I was excited to get to review Waiting for Morning, and although it had its imperfections, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the characters are, for the most part, very real.

The story recounts the tragedy of Hannah Ryan. Hannah waits at home for her family -- her husband and two teenaged daughters -- to return from a camping trip. But what she wants, isn't want she gets. Instead, a police car pulls into her drivew
Feb 09, 2009 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: q3-2009
Level One:
How are Tom and Allicia killed? By a drunk driver that runs a red light.

What is the officers name that handles the scene of the accident? Sergeant John Miller

How does Jenny try to committ suicide? By taking a dozen pills

Level Two:
Why does Jenny feel like her mother does not care about her as much as she cares about Allicia? Because Hannah, Jenny's mother, constantly goes on and on about how she "lost her precious first born." Also, after Allicia dies, Hannah is consumed by her loss and
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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 with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. In addition, it was recently announced that Roma Downey and MGM Studi ...more
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“Our citizenship is in heaven. … The words were a physical comfort to Hannah as one after another Scriptures filled her mind. She was only passing through, a foreigner in a strange land. Like all who followed Christ, whether she walked this planet eight years or eighty, it was only a journey. She wouldn’t ever really be home until she reached heaven’s doorsteps.” 2 likes
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