The Vow - Paperback

The True Events that Inspired the Movie

by Dana Wilkerson, Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter

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The Vow - Paperback

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Now available with an extra chapter, plus colour photo insert, ‘The Vow’ documents the traumatic, yet transformative real-life story of Kim & Krickett Carpenter which has been made into a movie.

“I’m no hero. I made a vow.” – Kim Carpenter, husband to Krickett.

On 24th November 1993, only two months into marriage, the Carpenters were hit by a devastating car crash. Krickett took a massive blow to the head and fell into a coma for weeks, whist all her traumatized husband could do was wait patiently by her side.

In the moments when she finally opened her eyes, she looked at her husband as if she had never met him. Her life, marriage and husband had been completely wiped away by the accident. What followed next is a testament to their faith, their love and their commitment. Through many difficult circumstances, trails and problems typical with head injury wounds, Kim & Krickett fell in love all over again.

Read the true story that inspired the film, written by the couple with the help of Dana Wilkerson. Although the film scrubs out their faith, the book tells the whole story of how their faith played a major role in their recovery.

The Vow - Paperback by Dana Wilkerson; Kim Carpenter; Krickitt Carpenter was published by B & H Publishing Group in February 2012 and is our 13090th best seller. The ISBN for The Vow - Paperback is 9781433675799.

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Is this story available on DVD yet?

A:A feature film of The Vow was released in cinemas earlier this year (2012). Currently, a release date for the DVD has not been announced.

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The life that Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew and loved was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car crash left Krickitt with a massive head injury and plunged her into a coma for weeks. When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was.

With no recollection of their relationship, Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he married had essentially died in the accident. Against all odds and sustained by their common faith in Christ, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again.

Though Kim stood by Krickitt through the darkest times a husband can ever imagine, he insists; “I’m no hero. I made a vow.” The Vow is the true story behind the film of the same name, starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Channing Tatum (Dear John), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), and Academy Award winner Jessica Lange.
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Vow Book puts faith back at the centre

A love story of two devout Christians, the movie version of "The Vow," starred Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. While the heart of the story is in the couple’s (Kim and Krickitt Carpenter) Christian beliefs and the power of God to shepherd a marriage through difficult times, the film centres on the human side of the relationship.

Kim and Krickitt met and fell in love over a long distance phone call in 1992, bonded over their Christian faith, and were married a very short time later. Just 10 weeks into their marriage, the couple survived a terrible car wreck that left Krickitt in a coma with severe head trauma. Upon waking, Krickitt experienced amnesia and was essentially married to a stranger, forgetting the last 18 months of her life.
Putting the focus back where it belongs, the book tells the story of the couple’s religious belief in the unbreakable vow of marriage that keeps them together. “You make a promise before God with your wedding vows,” Krickitt Carpenter told “You have to take that seriously.”

The movie version of the Carpenter’s marriage diminishes the role of faith in the couple’s healing. “The movie doesn’t talk about faith significantly. It would have been nice to see more of it,” Kim Carpenter told “The first book we wrote was extremely embedded in our faith, but I think the movie does depict the inspiration of the battle to hang in there. I think the audience realizes we are a people of faith.”

Some movie critics would have liked to see more overt references to the couple’s faith as well. “It was a sweet story but it didn’t have any power to it,” said Ted Baehr, the publisher of, a Christian family guide to movies. “Making it more secular diminished the power of the movie. It didn’t make sense that it was so sublimated to secular values. The real world consists of the 82 percent of Americans who believe in god who want faith and values in their films.”

The movie version of “The Vow,” rated PG-13, was a huge hit over the weekend, raking in over $40 million, and another $11 million on Valentine’s Day alone. But it is hardly family friendly fare. There are innuendos that the couple in the movie, named Paige and Leo, engages in premarital sex. One of the characters in the film has an extramarital affair. The couple’s wedding is non-denominational. They also get a divorce in the movie, something that the Carpenters vowed not to do in real life.

Some Christian audience members still found God in the film: “In my opinion, God is a huge part of 'The Vow,' albeit metaphorically,” said Shawn McEvoy, managing editor of the Christian website For their part, the Carpenters were just happy to see their inspirational story translated onto the big screen. They hope that the audience seeking the spiritual side of their story will turn to a re-released edition of their book. (edited for from a report by Fox News)

In Brief: Eden Video Transcript

The Vow is the true story of love devotion behind the dramatic movie. Emphasising the Christian themes of the film, Kim and Krickitt Carpenter's book adds the all important detail to the near unbelievable story of Krickitt's emergence from a coma with no memory of her marriage to new husband of ten weeks, Kim. But Kim Carpenter made the decision to stay true to his marriage vows and set out to date and court his wife all over again. The Vow is the story of that long often painful journey toward a second wedding ceremony and the renewal of their vows as their ultimate goal.

The Vow: The Book of the Film

Some movies are better when you’ve already read the book. With the background and characters clearly etched on your mind you can really immerse yourself in the emotion of the visual experience. The Vow is one of those movies where a relationship with the main characters will give you a direct link to that between the key story personalities.

The Vow tells the near unbelievable true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. Deeply in love and married for only 10 short weeks, a devastating car crash left Krickitt with a massive head injury. Miraculously, Krickit survived the initial trauma.

Emerging from a month long coma, Krickitt possessed no memory of the previous eighteen months and no recollection of her marriage or previous relationship with her husband, Kim. All the preciious intimate moments of their developing friendship were lost. Not only did Krickett not recognise Kim, she barely recognised herself or who she really was.

Faced with a situation from which many would have walked away, Kim Carpenter made the decision to stay true to his marriage vows. Following the advice of Kim’s therapist, he set out to date and court his wife all over again. Kim and Krickitt met over the phone in September 1992 when Krickitt was in sportswear sales and Kim a university baseball coach. Married less than a year later they honeymooned in Maui and settling into their new life in the US state of New Mexico.

The accident should have been the end of everything, but with Kim sticking to his marriage vows and Krickitt strong in her Christian faith the couple committed themselves to rediscovering their relationship. The Vow is the story of that long often painful journey toward a second wedding ceremony and the renewal of their vows as their ultimate goal. Loyal to his vows and to his wife, Kim realised he had to go back to the beginning of their relationship and make his wife fall in love with him all over again.

Almost twenty years later, the time is right for Kim and Krickett to tell their story in a major cinema movie and reveal the true story in the book behind the film.

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Details for The Vow - Paperback

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherB & H Publishing Group (February 2012)
Number of Pages183
Thickness22 mm
Height215 mm
Width139 mm
Product Code4001012
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