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Redemption (Redemption #1)

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When Laura 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 one of Gary Smalley's key messages: Love is a decision.
Redemption is the first book in the
ebook, 371 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published July 1st 2002)
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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
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....
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
Amanda Sheila
I guess this book rubbed me the wrong way, I don't know. The heroine's such a doormat but she disguised it with her religion. She's just stand there with heart ache, when her husband hurt her heart and her trust, she didn't get up and save herself. She's weak and I don't like my heroine's weak, so.. No.

Not sure if I want to read the next installment of the series.
Alita Baker
I love the Baxter series
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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
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
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
Ich habe dieses Buch sehr gemocht. Ich habe mitgefiebert und meine ganze leselust mitreingesteckt... der anfang war schwer da ich wirklich probleme hatte den überblick über alle personen zu habe aber zum schluss ging ja alles super. Der Schluss dieses Buches ist traurig aber auch schön, finde ich, ich glaube andere sehen das anders aber wenn man selbst einen Glauben hat an das gute und an Gott und Jesus dann ist das was sie macht und sagt eigentlich gold. meine abselute lieblings person war Raye ...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
This was the first book I read by Karen Kingsbury and I must say that she did a great job with this book. It kept me reading until the last page was turned.

I really liked all of the character. They were very well developed. I enjoyed reading Kari's journey to healing after her husband was unfaithful to her. She truly did want to do what God wanted her to do, which was work at her marriage with her husband. She wasn't perfect and she did make mistakes, but this was truly a story of what love real
I really loved this book. My heart broke about five times and I cried as many times too, if not more. This is a great read - it reminded me that there is so much pain and suffering in the world but that with God's love and grace he will give us strength and courage in the lowest times of our lives. And that everything in life happens for a reason - that God gives us trials to learn - that He will never give us trials that we cannot overcome if He is in the centre of our lives.

I particularly like
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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Here we have the character-building and gentle romance of Karen Kingsbury combined with the relationship savvy of Gary Smalley to show us a marriage ripped apart by infidelity, the addictiveness of a new relationship, the hormonal rush and created high it brings, and the devastation that follows in its wake.

It also shows that as there are two people in a marriage, each contributing to it - for better or for worse - there are also two sides to any breakup. Kari's forced introspection helps her to
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
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.
Tim Jacobs cheats on his wife. He doesn't want to be married anymore. And he's starting to drink and become addicted to it.
Kari Jacobs was shocked. But she chooses to fight for their marriage. Because she promised God that she will love the man she married until she dies.

How does one forgive a cheating spouse? How does one find the strength to fight and to hold on, when all seems to be falling apart?

Cara Noyes
This is a tale filled with love and forgiveness. Like its title says, Redemption is the key theme.
I enjoyed this start to the Baxter family drama. Although I completed Firstborn series of books before starting this one, I look forward to reading more about this family. A lot of times, when The Lord is talking to characters in this book, I feel like He is also talking to me. Kingsbury creates Christian fiction that pulls in the heart strings. Her love for The Lord is reflected in every page, prai
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