Friday, 29 September 2006

One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury

4 stars

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York reverberated around the world and on that the afternoon of that same day, God placed a story in author, Karen Kingsbury's heart. She went on to write that story in honour of those lost on that fateful day.
Jaime Bryan is happily married to her firefighter husband Jake and living in New York with their young daughter, Sierra. The only concern for Jake is that Jaime doesn't share his faith and for Jaime, the fear that when Jake heads off to work, he may not return. Jaime faces that fear as the Twin Towers collapse, with the knowledge that Jake would have been leading the rescue effort. When an injured man is pulled alive from the destruction, Jaime and Jake's colleagues are ecstatic that Jake has survived and despite his failure to remember his name, the explosion or his wife, they know he will heal and pray his memories will be restored.
Jaime puts aside her disinterest in spiritual matters, believing if Jake can rediscover what was most important to him - his faith in God - then his complete healing would be not be far away. Reading aloud to Jake from his well worn Bible, Jaime starts her own journey towards discovering the joys of God's faithfulness.
Despite the premise of the book being somewhat far-fetched, the book is beautifully written and provides a glimpse of the dedication and sacrifice made by the rescue crews who ran into those burning buildings without hesitation and the heartache of the families whose lives were changed forever.

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