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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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Jessica Ashe
Jul 04, 2016 Jessica Ashe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling, tragic and meaningful

4.5 stars

This story takes me back to that fateful day on September 11. I was in computer class at north like when the teachers turned on the tv for our class to witness the worst terrorist attack that we had ever seen.

I was compelled by this story of events that took place and a deeply rooted Christian story that very well could have taken place. It answers questions about God and faith that so very many have about death and tragic events while running home the
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
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.
May 25, 2016 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
Karen Kingsbury is an excellent author, and this is one of my favorites by her! It kept me on the edge of my seat, and it was definitely hard to put down! I recommend it for sure!
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!!!
Jan 09, 2017 Barb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A devoted fireman and a driven businessman, strangers with the same face. Only one will leave the Twin Towers alive, but will he ever find his way home? On the morning of September 11, 2001, two men meet in a smoky stairwell of the World Trade Center. One is Eric Michaels, a driven financial manager from Los Angeles who has been busy climbing the corporate ladder, often at the expense of his wife and young son. The other is Jake Bryan, a New York City fireman devoted to his wife and daughter. In ...more
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
Dec 14, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
Very very good! Gave me a completely different perspective about September 11th and reminded me how tragic that event really was! I was so far away from the event, and so much younger that I don't think I realized how terrifying, and how long after the event that things really went on. I'm very glad that I can be reminded about this event at an age when I can truly understand the loss and fear that took place that day
Oct 25, 2016 Coz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This book was amazing!! It has a good, well thought out storyline. It draws you right into the story so you feel like you are right there with the characters, in the middle of the scene, going through it all yourself and you end up feeling very attached to the characters within this book. I have never cried so much while reading a book!!
Dawn Riley
Jan 15, 2017 Dawn Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book! I it kept me guessing trying to wonder if Eric was going back to his family or staying with Jamie. I'm glad things ended like they did. Karen kings bury always delivers her everything into her heart wrenching novels.
Erica Nicole Pait
Jan 12, 2017 Erica Nicole Pait rated it it was amazing
This was a really really good book however I made the mistake of reading it on the flight home.... Don't do that if you have an active imagination.... Just don't.
Bobbie Jo
Nov 29, 2016 Bobbie Jo rated it liked it
Very predictable story, but the ending was heartwarming.
Olubukola Adekusibe
Nov 08, 2016 Olubukola Adekusibe rated it really liked it
The 9/11 series was so touching. Karen made it look like I was there when it happened.
Kristin Hancock
Absolutely amazing read! Be prepared for tears!
Sheila DeChantal
Aug 03, 2011 Sheila DeChantal rated it it was amazing
This book sat on my shelf for YEARS and I just never got around to it. Then I seen it on and bought it to listen to on audio.... now with tears in my eyes, I wonder what took me so long.


Jake Bryan was a God fearing man. He loved his wife Jamie, and his daughter Sierra with all of his heart. Jake was a fireman in New York City but made it a point to always be home to put his daughter to bed, and spend time with his wife.

Eric Micheal's was a business man through and through. When
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