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One Tuesday Morning (9/11 #1)

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I’m a firefighter, God, so I know I’ve been in some tough places before. But this . . . this not knowing the people I love . . . this is the hardest thing I can imagine. The last thing Jake Bryan knew was the roar of the World Trade Center collapsing on top of him and his fellow firefighters. The man in the hospital bed remembers nothing. Not rushing with his teammates up ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 11th 2003 by Zondervan (first published 2003)
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Majlinda Shatku I've read up to page 135 and it's disturbing to know this happened. It hits the core and it makes me emotional with each passing page. I would say if,…moreI've read up to page 135 and it's disturbing to know this happened. It hits the core and it makes me emotional with each passing page. I would say if, as a parent, you are ok with your child reading through the actual pains of what the attack brought, this book will be great for them to read however if you're a parent (or teacher or whatever the relationship with the child) who wants to protect your child from the truth and the pain of that day this book will be a tough one to approve of. It's a great book and written well. It does gear towards a Christian stand point and speaks of Jesus, the Lord and the Bible. It can certainly strengthen ones faith and beliefs. My suggestion is read it yourself and see how you feel before allowing a child to dig into this read. Personally I would certainly allow my child to read this book and I would actually encourage him to do so.(less)

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Kym McNabney
May 23, 2012 Kym McNabney rated it it was amazing
One Tuesday Morning:

This is the first book I ever read by, Karen Kingsbury. I saw it at the store not long after 911, and because of that, wasn't sure I was up to reading anything about 911. Only because of the fireman on the cover, I bought it. My husband's a fireman.

Well, I was quickly drawn into the story. It was well written and a great read, keeping you turning the pages, wanting to see what happens next.

I finished the book, and thought it was really good; I couldn't get the brother, Clay,
Ashley W
Sep 12, 2011 Ashley W rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious, nook-book, 9-11
This book, centered around the 9/11 attacks, is a very poignant novel with heavy Christian themes. Jake Bryan is a fireman who believes in God while his wife, Jamie, is a nonbeliever who doubts his faith. Despite this, the two are very much in love and together, dote on their bubbly four year old daughter, Sierra. They live in Staten Island. Meanwhile, Eric Michaels is an ambitious businessman who puts his job before his wife and seven year old son, Josh, occasionally missing important events, s ...more
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I love this book. Like love love it. When I rented this out from the library, I threw it onto the shelf as I do with all my books. I didn' t begin reading it till yesterday.

From the very first moment in the story, I felt like crying. The story was very touching. I had to close this book several times to prevent crying.

The story begins with Jake Bryan, a young man married to a young woman named Jamie along with a wonderful daughter, Sierra. Jake is a very holy Christian and also a firefighter as
Erica T
Mar 10, 2016 Erica T rated it liked it
I had a hard time with this book. The fictionalized story placed in the 9/11 event felt too contrived. I know this is fickle of me to say as I love plenty of books that are a fictional story placed in a historical event. I wonder if this one just didn't feel right to me, because I remember 9/11 so clearly, and most other historical fiction I read contains events from before my lifetime.

This book is pretty heavy on the Christianity aspect with lots of scripture quoting, prayer, and church attend
Heather Jasinski
Oct 23, 2014 Heather Jasinski rated it it was amazing
Karen Kingsbury is such a great Christian writer. I can't wait to read more of her books! This book drew me in and it was hard to put down.
Joey Polvere
Apr 04, 2016 Joey Polvere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Tuesday Morning is a historical fiction novel about 9/11. The novel narrates the lives of two couples. Jamie and Jake, and Eric and Laura. Jamie and Jake are from New York city, and Eric and Laura are from California. Jake is a New York City firefighter. He’s followed in the footsteps of fighting fires from the past 2 generations. Jamie and Jake have a healthy marriage, but Jake has a strong faith in God while Jamie doesn't belie. As the story goes on Jamie begins questioning her beliefs mo ...more
Jul 07, 2008 Madison rated it it was amazing
This book is sooo sooo sad! I just finished it and it took me all of 3 days to because it is so good. I cant even count how many times i cried when reading it!
Dec 03, 2009 Alesha rated it really liked it
I've kind of struggled with what to say about this book. The writing is very heavily Christian; there's lots and lots of talk about God. I come from a strong Christian family where it is not strange to talk about God in our daily lives, but the writing in this book seemed unrealistic at times-a little over the top. However, this book is very touching. It brought back the horrible memories of 9/11...even though I wasn't directly touched by this tragedy. The scene between the two firefighters when ...more
May 09, 2013 Faelyn added it
One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury is a tragic reminder of the events that happened on September 11 of 2001. Although this book is fictional, it is couldn’t be more accurate with this historical information within it. If I did not know any better, I may not have known it was not a true story. The attention that Kingsbury paid to detail is remarkable, and it really takes the book to a whole new level. While the characters may be fictitious, the content could not be rooted in the truth any mor ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Matt rated it liked it
I liked this book although I kind of wish I didn't' already know it was a case of mistaken identity. Don't worry this is not a spoiler alert you know this from the very beginning. I guess the book has gotten some criticism for not being historically accurate to the time line of events that day. That does not really bother me, its a fiction book so I expect some poetic license, also the author notes in the beginning tells you upfront that she changed a few things around from that day, so I don't ...more
Sep 03, 2012 Paulin rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, fiction
Finished reading One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury yday & started reading its sequel last nyt. I learned that what matters in life is Jesus alone. He holds ur world when everything else falls apart, when ur loved ones r gone, when u lost even urself or even ur identity, the only person that will matter is Christ a...lone. He then can choose to allow u to stand up, move on & find yourself once again in Him.

Climbing the corporate ladder, yearning power and pursuing success in this wor
Nov 22, 2008 Amber rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors, having said that I must also say that I think One Tuesday Morning is one of the most heart breaking novels I have ever read. The book is set around 911 and is about two entirely different families who have to learn to cope with the loss of the men they loved. They learn to deal with this by leaning on the family and friends that surround them. I believe that God has a plan for all of us and in this novel you begin to understand what his plan is for ...more
Anna Rebecca
I wasn't very sure about this book. My first thought was that if it wasn't written with a lot of compassion then it would really do a great disservice to those that lost their lives on 9/11. However, the book came highly recommended from several people so I decided to try it.

I had mixed reactions to the book. The thing that really stuck out the most was that the plot simply wasn't believable. However, this is fiction so I pushed that thought aside. The writing was OK but didn't wow me. The chara
Aug 31, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
I love finding new authors and i think
I will have to read more from Kingsbury. At my sister's suggestion I decided to try one of her books and this one appealed to me. A fictional story based on the events surrounding 9-11, this story is about two men who were in the World Trade Center and their families and the events surrounding that tragic day. Kingsbury is able to deliver a message about how a foundation of faith can help us through times of tragedy in a way that is not too over the top on t
Aug 28, 2015 Zann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story, themed around the events of 9/11.
There were times when I was so involved with this story and the characters that I didn't want to put the book down. On the other hand there were also plenty of places where I skimmed material. I felt that the character's introspection often went on too long and was redundant. I didn't need to be beaten over the head with how the characters felt or what they thought since it had already been made quite clear. In addition, there were a few i
Vicki Andrada
Sep 12, 2015 Vicki Andrada rated it it was amazing
What a story this was! What an author Karen Kingsbury is! Most of us in the United States will remember where we were on that terrible day! We'll all remember how it made us feel and the vulnerability we all felt knowing something like this was done to our people, innocent people that did nothing but go to work that day like people do all over the world, the way we all survive, going to work and living our lives! And this awful thing happened to those people!

It's one of those things that could m
Jun 06, 2011 Connie rated it liked it
Shelves: 9-1-1
A man with amnesia finds his way to right relationship with God and family through the death of a strong Christian firefighter. The story was useful in helping me to identify with the suffering of losses occurring at the collapse of the Twin Towers, but the final chapters were not well written. In my opinion, the decisions made by key characters, especially in the final chapters, were not reasonable ones.
Oct 18, 2007 Gerry added it
Recommends it for: yes
i learned that no matter the circumstance that god always has a plan for us even when we dont see it when we are going through the toughest things in our lives. that no matter what god know where we are and that is has never let us down. The hardest thing somethimes to do is to let god be god in your life. i also learned that you need to really have the peace of god.
Jan 05, 2008 Sandi rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh - get some kleenex but so good! It's about Sept. 11th... about a fireman and a businessman. One lives. One doesn't. Fiction, but felt so real. A little tough to relive that morning, but a lot of it is about after that day.
Jul 09, 2014 Hilary rated it really liked it
Jamie and Jake have a wonderful marriage, and Jake is a great father to their daughter Sierra. Eric, however, has sacrificed his marriage and child in favor of financial success. All of them are going to be affected by the events on Tuesday morning.

So far this could be any one of many romantic thrillers, but it's so much more. There is truth, hard but not gory, about a firefighter's work and risks. There is truth about marriage, both where it works and where it fails. There is truth about Jesus.
Jenn Hall
Jan 25, 2015 Jenn Hall rated it it was amazing
A look at how God can take pure evil and change those lives to go beyond and heal.
Sep 19, 2009 Noeli is currently reading it
This book is very good!!!
Apr 14, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: My Grandma - and anyone else who reads primarily Christian Fiction
Recommended to Heidi by: Lisa Rosenstrauch
One Tuesday Morning promised to be a very emotional, gut-renching read - and in that regard, it didn't disappoint. This was the first book by Karen Kingsbury I've read, and while the story itself compelled me to read to the end to find out how everything would be sorted out, I found myself continuously frustrated with the writing, the repetition of information that felt like I was being beaten over the head with, and the completely contrived and unbelievable plot line. I'm afraid the prose was t ...more
Jan 07, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story covers two families affected by 9/11. Jake is a FDNY firefighter who is called into action in the south tower on 9/11. The other, Eric, is a businessman from California who just happens to be in the south tower on company business. Just before the tower collapses, Jake is heading up to the 64th floor and Eric is headed down from the 61st. The two meet in the stairwell and are struck by their uncanny resemblance to each other.

These two men, different as night and day, are both good men
Jan 12, 2009 Allison rated it really liked it
In the book, One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury, i felt the way she told about the lives of people and their families before, during, and after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This book tells the story of two men- Jake Bryan and Eric Michaels -who were in the South building of the Wourld Trade Center. It talks about Jake and Eric and their families before the accident, to learn how they were before that day. Then it goes through September 11 with you by times so you know where t ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 were an unspeakable tragedy that touched each of our lives in some way, and would, undoubtedly, have to be approached very carefully, especially in a fiction story. Karen Kingsbury was the perfect author to do this. Her descriptions of the events in the twin towers while the tragedy was happening were perfect; you really felt the horror of what was happening, but you still wanted to continue reading. Karen's best attribute as a writer is enabling you to identify wit ...more
Aug 16, 2013 Monkeyface rated it it was amazing
Listened to One Tuesday Morning the first book of(9/11 #1) Karen Kingsbury. I'm a
firefighter, God, so I know I've been in some tough places before. But this . . . this not knowing the people I love . . . this is the hardest thing I can imagine.The last thing Jake Bryan knew was the roar of the World Trade Center collapsing on top of him and his fellow firefighters. The man in the hospital bed remembers nothing. Not rushing with his teammates up the stairway of the south tower to help t
It feels weird to call this "historical fiction", but that's the best I could come up with. Is it history if you were alive when it happened?

I loved almost everything about this book. Sept. 11 is such a recent part of our collective history that I was worried that it would be too hard to approach... either it would seem too harsh or too emotional. But I thought the author did a superb job and landed somewhere in the middle. It was fascinating to read the events of that day from other perspective
Sep 14, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've ever read by Karen Kingsbury, and it was a good one to start with. While it's not some of the best writing I've ever read, the story is EXCELLENT and absolutely captivating. It also was probably the most heart-wrenching thing I have read in a VERY long time. I can't remember the last book that literally had me choking back tears through a good portion of it!

I like that it's faith-based fiction. It's so cool to have characters who do what I do in times of crisis - pray
Vicki G
Aug 24, 2013 Vicki G rated it liked it wasn't terrible and I'm surprised I was able to get all the way through it. In fact, it's the first book about the topic I've ever been able to finish reading. I couldn't read 'The 9/11 Commission.'
It seems like every year that's passed since 2001, we've learned some major piece of information about our loved one who died that day or something related to it.
This year's discovery was truly horrific. It was like nothing I ever imagined could have occurred, but it already HAS happened. I
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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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