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Coming Undone

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Ben Warren had life all figured out.

At 35, he’s successful in his work and free as a bird everywhere else. He has no desire to be tied down like some of his friends, and he sees no reason to change that. Then the unthinkable happens and causes him to rethink everything about everything.

Kathryn Walker can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong in the dating department. The
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Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published August 7th 2011 by Spirit Light Publishing
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Maggie Phillippi
Jan 07, 2012 Maggie Phillippi rated it really liked it
Warning: This book should come with a box of tissues.

What I liked most about “Coming Undone” was how Staci Stallings captured Ben and Kathryn. Both characters were well rounded enough that at some point they stop being characters and become someone you might have known. I had a hard time reading this book simply because of the emotional roller coaster.

Ben’s pain is so palpable it jumps off the page and right through your heart. I’ve held a bedside vigil. I’ve felt Ben’s pain, anger and complete
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Naty
Jan 07, 2012 Naty rated it it was amazing
This is quite an interesting story that deals with love, death and faith. It’s a great Christian romance. Ben Warren is a proud bachelor who seems to be allergic to anything related to commitment and responsibilities when he’s faced with the humongous task of dealing with the issues related to his dying father. The first decision he has to make is to stop heroic efforts to keep his father alive as there is no hope of recovery; that’s where he meets Kathryn Walker, the hospice social worker from ...more
Teresa Snyder
Jan 04, 2013 Teresa Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Staci Stallings books. Her characters are so real. I caught myself just before saying a prayer for Ben, the hero of this book.

Ben's dad is admitted to the Hospice unit after suffering a stoke. The heroine, Kathryn, is the hospice social worker assigned to Ben's family. Although Ben had always been the single, happy-go-lucky guy who only cared about himself and having fun, he discovered that what he really wanted and needed was someone to love and be there for him. Kathryn was
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Karen M. Kurdziolek
Feb 11, 2017 Karen M. Kurdziolek rated it really liked it
Coming Undone to become done!

This book incorporates real life issues yet it keeps you wanting to believe that good can come out of what we think is unbearable to deal with. I loved the way the author incorporates God through the book yet keeps you in the reality that true love is possible for anyone willing to take the chance.
Janet Merrell
Dec 06, 2016 Janet Merrell rated it it was amazing
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Best Staci Stallings I have ever read. Very believable characters and topic.
Deeann Zessin
Dec 10, 2016 Deeann Zessin rated it it was ok
Ben Warren had life all figured out.

At 35, he’s successful in his work and free as a bird everywhere else. He has no desire to be tied down like some of his friends, and he sees no reason to change that. Then the unthinkable happens and causes him to rethink everything about everything.

Kathryn Walker can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong in the dating department. The rest of her life makes sense. She’s compassionate, strong, honest, hard-working and still alone. She wonders if she is doomed t
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Tamara Tilley
Dec 10, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it it was amazing
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COMING UNDONE by Staci Stallings, though it’s pacing was slow, it was by no means boring.

Ben Warren is the guy who doesn’t have to try too hard. Everything comes easy to him, and problems roll off his back. However, when faced with life-altering news, he realizes he isn’t invincible. In fact, he feels he’s out on a ledge trying to maintain his balance.

Kathryn Walker doesn’t get it. She’s attractive, intelligent, hard-working, and fun to be with. Then why is she still single? Not only is she sin
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Nov 17, 2015 xxx xxxx rated it really liked it
COMING UNDONE – Staci Stallings

Author Staci Stallings has done it again. I just opened “Coming Undone” and she was there to take me by the hand and lead me to situations and places I wouldn’t have gone alone. But her compelling words led me to sit by the side of a very ill father. His son is the only other person there and is confused at what to do now. This leads to some staff members and the expert counselor to offer the professional therapy he needs. Events move quickly on two levels as an es
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Cayla
Oct 12, 2015 Cayla rated it liked it
I liked it...for the most part. Staci Stallings wrote a gripping tale of a man named Ben who has to make some seriously hard choices, quite possibly the hardest ones of his life: take his father off of life support or let him linger on indefinitely. No matter which decision he makes, the end result will always be death. So how does one let go? Enter Kathryn Walker--a hospice social worker who has seen many families in the same situation. How do you love someone enough to let them go on into eter ...more
Suzanne Williams
Feb 24, 2012 Suzanne Williams rated it it was amazing
The best part of this book is that the romance for both characters, Ben and Kathryn, came when they were least expecting it. So many romance books don't give the characters enough time and distance to develop a relationship, as Staci Stallings did for these two. Kathryn is such a beautiful character, perhaps a bit of an ideal on dealing with death and what to say to others in a time of death. I know I would be far inept. However, I found that handled skillfully by her continued reliance on praye ...more
Donna
Nov 14, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
When people think they have life all worked out, that everything is under their own control, that’s when life throws the toughest curve balls! And life, what is life? It’s here and gone at God’s will. So where will you be at the end of this one? This is the story of getting the answer to, "What comes next?"

And, oh my goodness, the way Kathryn shares her faith with Ben as he’s searching for answers, the way she prays with a family who is losing a loved one...this is one woman who lets God speak t
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Ginger Solomon
Feb 01, 2012 Ginger Solomon rated it really liked it
I'll be honest; the first couple chapters of this book were hard for me. I didn't like Ben. However, once I got past his selfish attitude and saw it for what it was - a cover-up for his miserable life, I started enjoying the book.

I didn't want to put it down. I found myself coming back to it when I really should have been doing other things - like fixing dinner or writing this blog. :o

Kudos to Ms. Stallings for touching on the subject of the loss of a loved one and all the pain that it involves
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Ogz
Oct 16, 2015 Ogz rated it really liked it
This book had a hidden message to it. God uses some really dire situations to bring us redemption, peace and joy. That's what happened to Ben Warren. However, I'd have preferred an abridged version of the sermons. I am glad the way churches weren't made to seem wrong because no matter what denomination you attend, what matters is that you have a great relationship with Christ. Christ is the way, the truth and life, if you are taught otherwise then find a place for your soul.

It also made death se
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Michelle Bolanger
Apr 08, 2014 Michelle Bolanger rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book because I had read several others by Ms. Stallings and I've come to love her style. Coming Undone didn't disappoint!

I didn't really read the book description (I liked the cover. =)) so I was a little surprised by the subject matter and setting of the book, but wow!

I won't even try to describe the book because the best I can do and not give anything away wouldn't be any more than you can read from the cover of the book. The sensitive subjects were handled with gentleness and
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Carlee
Jul 16, 2014 Carlee rated it really liked it
So I'm not any defined religion so to read this was a bit of a jump for me, but I was open and willing to give this story a try. I was so pleasantly pleased throughout the whole thing. I think I may have connected with it more b/c of being a nurse both of Oncology and now as a critical care nurse. I am quite familiar with my side of the spectrum, but to see it through Ben's eyes was eye opening. We forget sometimes the turmoil that goes through the loved ones when something so tragic happens. An ...more
Hóvirág
Újabb tökéletes regény az írónőtől. Ha a harmadikról is ezt mondhatom majd el, biztos, hogy bekerül a kedvenc szerzőim közé...
A hősei hús-vér emberek, nem tökéletes, idealizált karakterek, és pont ettől könnyű őket megszeretni, együtt érezni velük. Izgulni értük és nagyon drukkolni nekik. :) Hiteles az érzelmeik és a problémáik leírása, az azokra adott reakcióik ábrázolása - úgy látom, Stallings meglehetősen jól ismeri az emberi természetet. Ami pedig a legjobban tetszik, hogy nem klisékre épít;
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Elizabeth Fiscus
Nov 29, 2016 Elizabeth Fiscus rated it it was amazing
Raw and Emotional Read about Death

If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. Staci Stallings has written so perfectly what a person gores through when someone they love dearly passes away and the role of hospice within. I am a nurse and work in a nursing home and this story touched me so much! To see that glimpse of what family members are feeling, thinking, going through.
The love story throughout the book was painful at times to read about. My heart was breaking for both Kathryn and
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Joana
Feb 06, 2012 Joana rated it really liked it
Finally, a romance novel that taught real life lessons. This is an excellent book for adults who don't feel so young any more and are struggling with waiting on God for a mate. Several parts of the book spoke directly to me personally.

I'm always a little reluctant to read romance novels since they're always pretty much the same, guy meets girl, girl doesn't like guy, guy works hard to get girl, they live happily ever after. However, this book was a pleasant surprise. Even though you could envis
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Rachel
Oct 13, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok
I almost came undone trying to get to the end of this book! For some reason, it seemed excruciating, and I found myself skimming the touchy-feely fluff in order to get to the dialogue and figure out what was next. Ben seems stereo-typically 'bad boy' and aloof, while Kathryn seems too simplistically focused on finding love. According to the author, the self-talk of both characters is pretty focused on one of these two topics. I was glad to see that Stallings creates a feminine character who wait ...more
Kim
Oct 22, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! A book listed as Christian Romance and I found myself jotting down notes of really good points that I wanted to remember.
A strong Christian social worker Kathryn, who has the patience to wait for God's timing, meets a man at hospice that is there with his beloved father. Ben's parents had divorced when he was very young and he wanted no part of marriage. Ever. But the two are instantly drawn to each other.
Ben's best friend gave him advise
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Cheryl Lopatka
Oct 09, 2015 Cheryl Lopatka rated it it was amazing
Wonderful deep story

If I had read this book as a younger person, I might have found it boring or slow-moving, but being older and having lost both parents, I feel this story much more deeply and personally. The emotions and confusion and feelings of helplessness described so exquisitely in this story really resonated with me and the love discovered by the two main characters feels very real.. This is a Christian book, and for non-believers, this may not seem realistic to them, but for those of u
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Martha
Nov 30, 2016 Martha rated it it was amazing
Moving, emotional story about Ben Warren and Kathryn Walker, a hospice social worker. Two opposites who connected when Ben's father entered hospice after suffering a massive stroke. While Ben dealt with his father dying, it caused him to examine his own life and alter its direction.

Maybe because my father-in-law is terminally ill and in hospice, I cried several times throughout the scenes in the hospice unit at the hospital. Fortunately, my father-in-law is lucid and the family has the opportun
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deb
Nov 18, 2012 deb rated it really liked it
What an amazing story, I love how Staci Stallings brought these two characters together. I felt all of Ben emotions when he was dealing with the tragic situation that was going on in his life and how Kathryn always seem to know the right thing to say to comfort him, but of course that was due to her relationship with the Lord. I thought it was beautiful how Kathryn would pray for spouse even when she did not know who he was. Prayer is so amazing.

I received this book courtesy of the author in exc
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Mary
Feb 09, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
Heart wrenching and heart warming.

This was a difficult story to read. Dealing with hospice and the eminent death of a loved one is not easy. What I loved about this story is the reminder that the Lord is always there, we just have to let him into our hearts and lives. This is a wonderful story of someone who turned away from God but found their way back. The path back is not always easy but ultimately rewarding.
Cathy
Apr 02, 2014 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Truly wonderful book with a "bad boy" hero who turns out to be a gentle soul who is afraid of getting hurt. One of my favorite heroines of all time with a kind and compassionate heart. Through the death of the hero's father, our heroine helps the hero through the most tragic part of his life. He in turn shows her what a beautiful angel she is. I loved this heartwarming and at times heart wrenching story. I highly recommend this inspirational book.
Lillie
Jul 30, 2016 Lillie rated it really liked it
This is a very emotional story set in a hospice unit. The main characters are Ben, whose father is dying, and Kathryn, the hospice social worker. The reality of facing the death of a beloved parent is devastating to Ben, and Kathryn feels inadequate to help. But dark times and difficult circumstances can lead to deeper faith, and Ben needs faith. In the darkest moments of life, God and love can both be found.
Diana
Dec 08, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing
Ben is living the life. Then he gets the call about his father. anyone that has ever had to make decisions about a parent's care can relate to how hard it is. Kathryn is unhappy with her single life- or more that her mother and friends think she should be in a relationship- any relationship. She is a remarkable social worker at Hospice and helps Ben find his way. A wonderful romance.
Brandi
Feb 03, 2012 Brandi rated it really liked it
Grab a few tissues...Staci Stallings is going to become one of my favorite authors for Christian fiction. I always love a good story and this is definetly a good story. I don't even know where to begin. If you have read The Cowboy, you 'll like this book; if you haven't read The Cowboy, you're missing something.
Just read this book.
Yvonna
Aug 03, 2016 Yvonna rated it really liked it
Faith bridges gap between disbelief and belief

What a wonderful story about death and life! Faith in God's promises not only brings peace of heart and spirit to a man losing his father and repairing a lost relationship with a brother but also shows a couple the way to a spirit-filled courtship and marriage.
Kelly Yekel
Dec 01, 2016 Kelly Yekel rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming!

Captivating and heartwarming, I was drawn from the promise of these two strangers finding each other, even if it was at the heartbreak of losing a loved one. The support and care of of one person to another. Through the trying time, Ben found God again, love and happiness in the end. A beautifully written book!
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A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing an ...more
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