Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful, #1) by Karen Kingsbury

Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful, #1)

“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 driveway, bringing two police officers...and devastating news that...

Details Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful, #1)

TitleWaiting for Morning (Forever Faithful, #1)
Release DateJul 6th, 2011
PublisherMultnomah Books
GenreChristian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Romance

Reviews Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful, #1)

  • Jencey/
    Wait for Morning is the first book in the Forever Faithful series by Karen Kingsbury. I would classify Karen’s writing as being the Christian version of Jodi Picoult. She can convey through her writing stories ripped from the headlines well. This book tackles the topic of drunk driving and how it impacts those around us. Synopsis: Hannah is waiting for her husband Tom to come back from camping trip with their two daughters Jenny and Alicia. As ...
  • 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 symp...
  • michelle
    Caution: Spoiler Alert. There are so many fans of Karen Kingsbury that I feel as though I may be standing in front of a firing squad as I offer my review. I will also say that this is the first and only book I have ever read by her. And after this one, I doubt I will read others.Okay, so I didn't like Waiting for Morning. Character development of the protagonist/antagonist (the mother, Hanna) was capricious and unbelievable. Hanna came off as gra...
  • 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 ...
  • Kirsten R.
    I literally just finished Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury. It is one of the best books I have ever read and life changing. It is also my favorite Karen Kingsbury books I have read.
  • Amanda Tero
    "I think that's why God's so good to me," Hannah had smiled pleasantly. "He knows I'm not good at forgiving."That was Hannah's childhood thought. Little did she know that the biggest trial of her life would occur when she was happily married with two daughters in their teens. Little did she know that the forgiveness she had briefly mentioned as a child, the anger she struggled with then, would blindside her in full force.I finished this book with...
  • Rhonda
    Waiting for Morning review by author, Karen KingsburyI'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 b...
  • 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 appr...
  • Amanda
    This book made me experience so many emotions but none of them were positive. It started with sadness, and then the frustration took over, mixed with a good dose of anger. The story is about Hannah, who’s life is completely changed in a day. Hannah, understandably, is devastated, and goes through all of the stages of grief. My issue with this book was with Hannah, as she was blind to some of the serious issues in front of her because of her obs...
  • 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 preoccup...
  • 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 co...
  • Siegrit
    I must admit I liked reading this book, although it was extremely predictable. Considering the hard topic of the book I do think Kingsbury did a good job on covering all the emotions such an accident causes. She did such a good job on this, that halfway through the book I almost wanted to stop reading, as I was so annoyed with Hannah's attitude. In conclusion: I'd like to say that the book was confronting for anyone who has ever been in a event l...
  • Megan S
    I've read this book a while ago and forgot to rate it! Karen Kingsbury is one of the best Christian authors out there! She really knows how to write good stories especially when all hope seems lost. Excited to read more of her novels!
  • 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.
  • Dawn Huffines medley
    Because this book here not only shows that even people who are bound by great faith in God are impacted by tragedy. It shows that when we are struck by tragedy that sometimes we need help from others to work through are anger. It shows that God is not only merciful to those who have lived for him, those who turned their backs on them in their darkest moments. But those who do something they didn't set out to do. It also shows that forgiveness is ...
  • Heather Shembarger
    This book will tug at your heartstrings while brining to light the real emotions and anger even a Christian may struggle with when dealing with the topic of death. The main character loses her husband and a daughter in a car accident. She is left to deal with their loss while trying to still be a good mom to her one surviving daughter. The grief and anger is compounded because the deaths came as a result of a drunk driver. The author, Kingsbury, ...
  • Hilary
    While I admit the book had cheesy and predictable parts to it, I did enjoy the overall message that Kingsbury was trying to convey. I think it's a very relatable story (loved ones being killed by a drunk driver, and the subsequent effects from it), as well as the reaction to it when you are a person of faith. I've often found myself thinking, "I don't know what I would do if 'xyz' happened to me", and I fear my reaction might look like Hannah's. ...
  • Julie
    Interesting book. It deals with love and forgiveness. How others help us in times when our lives are turned upside down. The Mom formed bonds with the lawyer and others along the way. It shows how we can have everything going for us and lose it all so quickly. It shows how the Mom became so obsessed in her loss she couldn't even see the needs of her surviving daughter. It would be a hard thing to go through losing your husband and child because a...
  • Joy
    Hannah Ryan is your everyday mom. She loves life and her family and would do anything for them. But when a car accident takes the life of her husband as well as her oldest daughter, Hannah doesn't have time to be in shock or even to grieve. The one thing she has on her mind is revenge. Revenge on the drunk driver that killed her family. With revenge growing so strongly within her, she hardly notices her youngest daughter and surviving victim, Jen...
  • Sarah
    This book was very good and surprisingly honest about the consequences losing a family member can have on the people left behind. I loved the fact that Karen Kingsbury wasn't afraid to have her characters struggle with God and even hate him at times. The only reason this book wasn't five stars for me personally was that the ending seemed too happy, too quickly. Perhaps I'm a little Pyrrhic in my victories, but I would have loved the remaining dau...
  • Sharon Rudolph
    Amazing bookI am never disappointed by any of Karen's books, and this one did not disappoint either. What a terrible tragedy this family went through, but how gracious our God is to forgive and love us when we need it the most. What a great story, showing that life is not always easy, but God will help us through the tough times. The characters and their storyline were so real, you could feel their sorrow.
  • Car
    I love books by Karen Kingsbury, but I had such a difficult time reading this one. I was constantly frustrated with the main character, Hannah. I couldn’t understand how she could become so hardened, and kept ignoring her daughter, Jenny. On the one hand, I wanted Jenny to commit suicide, and have that shoved in Hannah’s face. However, on the other hand, I knew it would not be good for Jenny to do such a thing. I’m just thankful Hannah FINA...
  • Carolyn Wylie-mcelroy
    ANOTHER HEARTWARMING STORY!!!!I haven't ever read a Karen Kingsbury book that didn't touch my heart and soul!! This book is no different!! The book opens with Hannah waiting for her husband and two daughters to return from a camping trip and she's getting worried!! Unfortunately, the police show up instead of the family and she has so much to deal with!!! Follow her in her pain and and anger and how she deals with it. You won't be sorry!!!! C:o)
  • Rachel
    Excellent book about learning to forgive in the midst of life's tragedies. This author has a knack for making the characters' responses to events seem logical, even when the response isn't what I think I would do. She brings biblical truth into the situation, allows her character to wrestle with real life, and always brings us full circle to "true winning" through obedience to God's word.
  • Cindy Page
    Inspirational and inspiring. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with their faith in the midst of a trial, and as a reminder to other when the next big trial comes their way.
  • Melinda Strickland
    Lamentations ministers! Wonderful, real book about struggling thru tragedy. Study of how Lamentations can minister in these times of struggle, tragedy, disappointment. It also emphasizes that revenge is not our responsibility; forgiveness is.
  • Laurie Magnaghi
    This book hit too close to home having 2 daughters myself! A few times had to stop reading and tears flowed! The author sure has a way of pulling at your heart strings and bringing it all together! Such a great book!
  • Kristen Merritt
    My favorite thing about Karen Kingsbury is that her characters encounter real trials and they wrestle with God. It’s very helpful to read about tragedy through a Christian worldview. Waiting for Morning is one of the most real, and it validates feelings that Christians might feel guilty for.