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Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful #1)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  3,609 ratings  ·  145 reviews
“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...more
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Published April 5th 2002 by Multnomah Books (first published July 28th 1999)
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Sheila
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....more
Candace
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
Katie
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
Rhonda
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...more
Kristen
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
Kelley
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 Lamentations..you 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
Kourtney
Aug 09, 2011 Kourtney marked it as to-read
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.
Melissa Finizio
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.
Jennifer Wedemeyer
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Elizabeth



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?
-Lamentations

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...more
Jill
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...more
Maureen Timerman
Hannah has a loving Husband and two beautiful talented daughter's! Her Husband has taken Alicia and Jenny for their annual end of Summer fishing trip. As her day progress Hannah becomes more and more uneasy.
As Tom and the girls are finally headed home after their wonderful trip, they are hit by a drunk driver. Brian, was driving drunk, had just lost his job, and ended up running a red light. Next thing he new a young girl was lying dead and her Dad was in horrible pain and dying.
This is the sto...more
Krystal
This book was hard for me to read at times. There were parts of it that made me so sad and other parts that angered me. It is definitely the type of book that will get you thinking and bring emotions to the surface. This is a book about a woman who loses almost everything at the hands of a drunk driver... Almost... The things she didn't lose she drove a space between so far that she wasn't able to repair it until it was ALMOST too late. That was a relationship with the daughter who survived. Whi...more
Ellen
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...more
Kathryn
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Linda
Hannah Ryan sits at home, waiting for her husband and daughters to return home from a camping trip. Instead, the police show up to tell her they were hit by a drunk driver and her husband and one of her daughters were killed. Hannah then has one thing on her mind -- revenge. She wants to see the drunk driver put behind bars. In her rage at this man she somehow manages to forget her living daughter. Can Hannah find forgiveness and save the family she has left?

This was a good story. It was very de...more
Shannon
Jun 28, 2009 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults who like religious romance
There was a horrific jolt and the defending sound of twisting, sparking metal and shattering glass. Jenny screamed, but it was to late. The explorer took to the air like a child's toy spinning wildly and coming to rest wrapped around a telephone pole a hundred feet away." In Karen Kingsbury's Waiting For Morning, the tragedies represent life experiences. This book is interesting and heart warming. It is hard to put down.
Hannah Ryan waits for her two girls and wonderful husband to come home from...more
Julie
Have a box of tissues handy when you pick up this book to read! I was bawling within the first couple of pages!

I've never lost anyone close to me because of a drunk driver. I hope I never will either. Tom is taking his two girls on their annual end of the summer camping trip. They have no idea that their lives will change for ever!

I enjoyed this book, but as mentioned earlier, this one is a tear jerker. There a several emotions that will hit you at once and sometimes you don't see it coming. T...more
Tammy
Aug 13, 2012 Tammy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tammy by: Blogging For Books
Karen Kingsbury has delivered yet another wonderfully well written story of tragedy, heartache and shattered dreams. I have yet to be disappointed by the work of Kingsbury. In this story Hannah Ryan has lost so much of her life at the hands of Brian Wesley, a drunk driver. She struggles with anger and hate and loses her strong faith with God feeling that he has let this happen to her because he no longer loves her. Because of Brian Wesley being a drunk driver she becomes an advocate of MADD and...more
Margaret
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...more
Diane U
Hannah Ryan receives the worst news imaginable, her family has been in a severe car accident which killed her husband and oldest daughter due to a repeat offending drunk driver. Her perfect life has changed with a moment's notice. Her goal is to get revenge on Brian Wesley for destroying her family and life. While she is doing this, her surviving daughter, Jenny, feels guilty and desperately misses her father and sister. Hannah gets involved in M.A.D.D. so much that she is not aware of Jenny and...more
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...more
Jody
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Natalie
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Mary Lynn HR
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Melanie
Aug 01, 2011 Melanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenagers; parents
Karen Kingsbury is an author that writes about real life situations. She has written a series called "The Forever Faithful" and this is the first of three. The book deals with the devastation of drunk driving and the impact that can occur to the victims on both sides. The Ryan family experiences tragedy when Tom, Alicia, and Jenny are broadsided by a drunk driver. This leaves the remaining family members to deal with loss, anger at God, forgiveness and redemption. The drunk driver also goes thro...more
Audrey Grant
Heartbreaking...lost in pain and anger, hate and bitterness this woman goes from a happy wife and mother to a "Warrior with a Cause"! And is so doing starts loosing everything thing that she has left in life!
In her tunnel vision she turns her back on everything she loves and holds true and precious in her crusade against one man.
This is so often the case in so many Christian lives, sometimes not to such a drastic extent, sometimes even more so. But this book shows how easy it is to go from safe...more
Chris
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Jeffrey
I felt this book was more a 3.5 rather then a 4. Thought the book started off great but as with most Christian books, you could easily predict the ending. Doesn't mean book was bad, just fairly predictable. However the premise of the book and the story getting to end saved the book.

Overall a good easy read. Did interest me enough to check out some of her other stuff.
Whitney
This book was really one of those books that makes you think. In the first few chapters, you meet a family who has been ripped apart from a drunk driver. Something that is very real and devastating. Hannah Ryan loses her husband and her oldest daughter, and immediately seeks revenge toward the drunk driver, Brian Wesley. Most of the book from then on deals with the trial, which gets a little boring. In the meantime, Hannah and her only living daughter, Jenny, are having issues dealing with each...more
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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen has a true love for her readers, and she has nearly 1...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.” 0 likes
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