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One Tuesday Morning

(9/11 #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  16,843 ratings  ·  645 reviews
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 Rusi 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 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 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-book, religious, 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
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
Heather Jasinski
Oct 19, 2014 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.
A. Harrison
Nov 10, 2018 added it
Shelves: maybe
Genre: Christian Fiction,

My Rating: 4 Stars.

Recommendation: 15+ because of some things that happened in this book.

My favorite character/s: Jake is my favorite character, he’s kind, loving, sweet, loyal, and faithful to God and family. I enjoyed reading his POV (Point of View.) He’s a great firefighter, dad, husband, and makes an interesting character. I loved how sweet he was with Jamie, how he was so kind and loving with Sierra.

My Verse for Jake is Psalm 31:23
O love the Lord, all ye his saints:
Rebecca McNutt
I don't often read romance novels of Christian novels specifically, but One Tuesday Morning caught my attention because I'd recently written a story on 9/11 myself and then when I was book-shopping, I saw the Twin Towers on the cover and I thought it looked kind of interesting, so I picked it up.
I was four years old when 9/11 happened, and I still vaguely recall the television reports, and I was living on a little rural Canadian island at the time so for stories to hit the news where I lived, t
Erica T
Feb 16, 2016 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
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Made me cry so hard.
Randy Tramp
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've known about this series for some time but chose not to read it. Nine Eleven affected every American. I wasn't ready to revisit it until now.

As a reader, I knew it was coming. With each page turned I wondered if the next page would be painful. When the planes hit and the buildings collapsed, it felt like I was taking my daughter to school. We had just past the swimming pool when the radio announcer broke into the music I was listening to. The terror of that day came roaring back.

What a story
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a little slow going, but picked up and then never stopped. I loved all the character involvement and the idea for the story line, while a stretch, really fascinating and sad and scary. The Christian undertones are tasteful and not over done which is exactly what I was looking for. They fit so well with the story line and the personalities of the characters. I also enjoyed not every character had the same level of faith. Definitely looking forward to the next in the series!
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nls
There’s not much I can say about this that will do justice. It made me cry, it also definitely increased my love for my country. This is a must read for every American who loves their country! Although I have been close to God for many years, books like this only help me to grow my relationship to Christ! Thank you, Jesus for all those who choose to protect us, serve us, and put their lives on the line so that we may feel safe!
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, romance
Wow! This was a wonderful story. I definitely cried several times, but that was to be expected from a story about 9/11. This book really touched on how people can semi-understand tragedies and not blame God for them. And, how God can use these tragedies to bring people to Him. I highly recommend this book to both believers and non-believers. It does not preach to the reader, but God, and belief in Him plays an important part in the story.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow.... This was an incredibly emotional book, taking me back to one of the worst days I remember. Reliving 9/11 as seen by a firefighter who was there, and a business man who was there, and their wives at home - watching the tragedy unfold in real time. The book talks a lot about what's important - climbing the corporate ladder but having a son who doesn't even know you - doesn't cry when he thinks you're dead because he had no bond with you.....or... making family first. First by being with th ...more
Rick Sanchez
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a romance novel before that left me bawling like a kid, but here it is. This book is raw, emotional and beautiful.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: exciting, recommend
I didn't think I'd like it that much... I must read the whole series!
May 09, 2013 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
Jan 09, 2017 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
Connie Horton
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've owned this book for 15 years and have never gotten past page 5. I have severe anxiety and haven't been able to push past it until now. I am really glad that I did. This is an amazing story about 2 very different families connected by the tragic events of 9/11. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. A beautiful read for anyone who doesn't mind shedding a lot of tears.
Apr 18, 2010 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 13, 2012 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
Nov 29, 2009 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 13, 2008 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
Jun 24, 2016 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
Oct 14, 2013 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 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 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.
Oct 14, 2007 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.
Jenn Hall
Jan 09, 2015 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 is currently reading it
This book is very good!!!
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I am not a big fan of Spiritual Fiction, but this book was AMAZING!!! It centers around 9/11 and 2 families waiting to hear from their missing. It was such a great story, and a really great cry!
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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. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated f ...more

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