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This Karen Kingsbury Collection brings together the pivotal works in the early writing career of Christian romantic fiction’s most consistent and spiritually uplifting authors. This three novel edition of her primary work gives you the full text of the titles that would prove the model for her later work – including the Redemption and Firstborn series, and would benchmark the work of all faith based fiction writers of this century.
Opening with the novel that secular publishers could not pigeon-hole due to its lack of foul language and absence explicit sexual scenes, Where Yesterday Lives retraces Karen’s early exploration of faith through romantic fiction. Her second romance novel, When Joy Came Stay further establishes her credential as New York Times-crowned ‘Queen of Christian Fiction’ while her third, On Every Side, shows the unmistakable hallmarks of a maturing spiritual talent and weaver of complex plots with realistic characters.
Long time readers of Karen Kingsbury’s 50 faith based novels with find delight in rereading these formative novels conveniently presented in one volume, while new devotees of Christian fiction will welcome the gift of this early introduction to a world of uplifting and renewing stories revealing, through the human world of romantic love, the all encompassing and all forgiving divine love that comes from God. See our 'Publisher's Description' section below for a summary of each novel in this collection.
A Kingsbury Collection by Karen Kingsbury was published by Waterbrook Multnomah in October 2012 and is our 11150th best seller. The ISBN for A Kingsbury Collection is 9781601424273.
Praise from readers for Karen Kingsbury’s Fiction
“All – and I do mean all – of Karen Kingsbury’s books have touched my spiritual life in a deep way. I have recommended her books to men and women alike!” – Debbie, Marana, AZ
“Karen Kingsbury’s Christian fiction is the standard by which I judge all Christian fiction.” – Robin, Fairfax, VA
“Karen Kingsbury is our book club’s favourite author. We often discuss how each of her novels not only entertain us, but inspire us to live out our faith in a real, everyday, every moment way.” – Lynda, Covington, WA
“Karen’s books never cease to amaze me. After reading one, I not only feel connected to the characters and the events, I feel I’ve walked in the presence of Christ and He’s spoken mightily to me. I always cry when I finish one…tears of good-bye to the friends I’ve come to love and tears of thankfulness to my heavenly Father. I can’ t wait to read the next one!” - Linda, Batavia, IL
“Karen Kingsbury has been such a godsend. Her books have brought me to God and have motivated my husband and me to remarry after a bad divorce. After not being able to have kids, we now have an adopted boy and are trying to adopt another. Your books show faith, love, and tenderness, and I love them.” — Kathy, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
“I just love all of Karen Kingsbury’s books. Every one has touched me in a very deep way, relating to one or another ‘storm’ I have gone through and yet giving me hope that God is always there, carrying us when we don’t care anymore whether we live or die. I have been to that place, and God did lift me up from the depths of sorrow and pain! Thank you so much!” — Henrietta, British Columbia, Canada
“Karen Kingsbury’s fiction has changed my life by reminding me that there is hope amid seemingly hopeless circumstances and that faith in God’s redemptive plan is the anchor I can hold on to when life’s compasses fail.” — Amy, Lawrenceville, GA
“Karen Kingsbury’s books have touched my life in many different ways, but Where Yesterday Lives really helped me in the death of my father-in-law… Thank you for the great stories.” — Chris, Zeeland, MI
“The Lord prompted me to find a Christian author I enjoyed, and I found Karen Kingsbury. I have struggled with depression to a certain degree all my life, but when I read her book, I was at the bottom. This was the beginning of a wonderful journey to recovery for me.” — Dannell, Brawley, CA
“From Karen Kingsbury’s very first book to her most recent, she has inspired me to be a better person, have a stronger faith in God, and to question how I am raising my family in a world filled with hate and evil.” — Pattie, Oceanside, CA
“Karen Kingsbury’s fiction has helped me with my family problems. Karen’s books have taught me how to stick together with my family through thick and thin. They have taught me that even when your family may be having a tough time, never give up.” — Ashleigh, Fairfield, CA
“My grandmother has been diagnosed with dementia… Right after her diagnosis, she asked me to bring her some books. I took her everything I own by Karen Kingsbury, which is about ten books. She devoured them! They encouraged her and gave her hope.” — Donna I.
“I can’t tell you how much Karen Kingsbury’s books have blessed my life. The novels make me think seriously about what commitment means, sticking it out even when all seems gloomy, and understanding the covenant of marriage.” — Nata, Nigeria
Karen Kingsbury once said that she cries whenever she’s writing a novel. “Tears are good for us,” she said in interview, “Ice collects around the edges of our hearts. Tears happen when a little bit of that ice melts."
High up - possibly highest, in the best-selling inspirational fiction charts, Karen Kingsbury has written more than 50 novels in the life-changing fiction genre. Enthroned by Time magazine as the ‘Queen of Christian Fiction’, Karen is perhaps most famous for her emotionally gripping Bailey Flanagan and Baxter Family multi-novel sagas, and her story, Dandelion Dust, released as a family DVD movie (find it by typing Eden number 3968291 into the ‘what are you looking for today?’ window).
Now with over 20 million books in print, Karen has won multiple awards for her work with many of her books adapted for film and television. She keeps a good interaction going with her readers, and lives in Nashville with her husband and their six children. Three of her family are children were adopted from Haiti, and Karen is the founder and front-woman for the adoption support charity ‘The One Chance Foundation’. Her long running series titles include the ever popular Redemption novels, the Sunrise and the Firstborn series, and others beyond the Baxter and Flannigan family sagas, such as her September 11 trilogy; her spiritual response to the events of 9/11.
This compilation, The Karen Kingsbury Collection takes established Kingsbury readers back to Karen’s earliest writings and introduces new devotees of faith inspired fiction to the author’s roots within the genre. Karen’s first novel – and a feature of this collection, Where Yesterday Lives, was a real challenge for Karen to get published. Publishers liked the story, but since it didn’t contain foul language or sex scenes, they faound it hard to place. Finally, Christian publishing house Multnomah took it on and signed her up for more books contract.
This first novel is set in the publishing world that Karen knew even before finding her calling in faith inspired fiction. Before becoming a novelist, she worked as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She’d used her experience to pen a fiction, Missy’s Murder, based on a true story and sold a version of the story to People magazine in 1989. A New York agent read her story and the book hit stores in 1992. After three more true crime novels under her pen-name, Kelsey Tyler, she left the shady world of crime fiction to compile four collections of answered prayers and miracle stories.
In 1998, Karen created Where Yesterday Lives and her fictional heroine, Ellen Barrett, a thirty-one year old Pulitzer prize-winning journalist with an uncertain marriage, forgotten faith, and haunting memories. When tragedy strikes, Ellen must return to her childhood home where an avalanche of memories is unleashed. Ellen’s search for reconciliation with God as well as with her friends and family is a feature of the Kingsbury style.
Also included in this compilation is When Joy Came To Stay. Written 2 years after her first Christian novel, Karen tackles the falsehood we build around ourselves for protection, but which inevitably becomes a prison. New heroine, Maggie Stovall, is trapped inside the persona she's spent years creating. But the truth about who she is and what she's done is about to come bursting to the surface. Whether she sinks, floats or flies free will depend on the closest people in her life: Ben Stovall, her godly husband and successful attorney. And Amanda Joy, abused, broken and thrown away but with her trust in God still very much alive. Ultimate honesty is the theme of this story about a woman’s search for love on both sides of the heavenly divide.
The most recent of the trio of stand-alone-novels is her 2001 story, On Every Side, is a powerful novel of love, loss, conflict and restoration. Jordan Riley replaces the love he’s lost with anger until Faith Evans, an up-and-coming newscaster begins to disassemble the walls around Jordan’s fortress heart. What she doesn’t realize is that they have a history, and Faith, a woman of integrity finds herself making a stand against the one man she never imagined would be her enemy. The third player in this triangle is a hundred year old statue of Jesus Christ that stands in the park in Bethany, Pennsylvania. A statue that suddenly becomes the focus of a bitter conflict.
This Karen Kingsbury Collection is more than the revival of a piece of Christian fiction history, a nostalgic revisiting of novels more than decade old. It’s the retracing of three first steps on a journey toward maturity for one of the finest craftswomen of faith based romance. To re-read these stories is to begin to understand why Karen cries when she writes, and to appreciate why it’s important that these stories move hearts in the way that they do. Together these stories form a solid introduction to readers who love romantic fiction, but haven’t considered any deeper, spiritual significance. This collection will show them exactly what they’ve been missing. – Les Ellison
“Each of my novels is a piece of my heart. Where Yesterday Lives was my first-ever novel, and as such it is somewhat autobiographical. The childhood story of Ellen Barrett, her love for her parents and siblings, is my story–though her current story and struggles are fictional. On Every Side sheds light on the struggle for religious freedom in today’s climate, something I am passionate about. Finally, When Joy Came to Stay is the story of one woman’s battle against depression and the secrets of her past.” - Karen Kingsbury
Seven Things You Didn't Know About Karen Kingsbury
Secret passions: Frisbee and ping-pong.
Favourite breakfast: Oatmeal, egg whites and blueberries
Always found in the fridge: Flax seed oil, eggs, a bag of cooked brown rice.
Favourite Starbucks order: Venti iced green tea, no sweetener.
Still on her life-goals list: Writing her own screenplay from one of her novels.
Three word self description: Loyal, transparent, emotional.
i-pod favourites: Selah’s hymns, Broadway Mary Poppins soundtrack, Barry Manilow, Five for Fighting.
This collection of Karen Kingsbury’s earliest, faith based, romantic fiction brings together three of her most significant novels. Featuring her first, Where Yesterday Lives, this trio of work will give renewed delight to devotees of Karen’s uplifting, restorative creations. For romantic fiction readers yet to discover the life changing dimension of divine forgiveness and love, the second and third novels, When Joy Came To Stay and On Every Side will reveal exactly what you've been missing.
|Author / Artist||Karen Kingsbury|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Waterbrook Multnomah (October 2012)|
|Number of Pages||752|
|Page last updated||29th December 2015|