This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury – Review | Readterest

Back Cover: Annie Warren never dreamed her son, Josh, was a hero until a tragedy reveals what years of separation had concealed from her.

Savannah—Josh’s 8-year-old daughter—is another shock. She lives with her drug-addicted mother on New York’s roads —until Maria smells money. In protecting the great name and inheritance of Josh, will Annie discover a treasure that is true? Annie might discover a treasure more valuable than cash, one she never expected, one that’s the best present she could be ever given by her son –THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN.


How do we discover who’s successful in life? Is success measured by this-side-of-heavenyour career selection or the
amount of money you might have in the bank
? That’s how Annie Warren has judged her son’s life. He was driving a truck and didn’t complete college and towing cars for a living. What good could come from that she believed? Annie knew he could do anything and Josh was smart, so why did he pick this line of work? Subsequently there was Savannah, a little girl Jopsh thought was his. Annie cannot take that one. She knew the story behind that little venture and there was no method that child was fathered by Josh.

Then the unimaginable occurs. Annie begins to re evaluate what’s really important in life. She gets a new measuring stick to discover what makes someone successful in life. Because she didn’t really take the time to listen to what they had to say, she’s missed many magical moments with her children. She was at merely being busy really active!

Savannah is a girl that is in search of love and the “Prince Charming” father her mother has told her about. A dad that would look after her and adored her. Maria, Savannah’s mother, was tired of being a true mom. She told Savannah that she was prepared to drop her off at Social Services any day. Neither one of them needed to live like they were. Savannah didn’t want to be a bother to her mum. Things would be ok if her mom would just let her live with her daddy.

Karen Kingsbury says in the writer notes, this story is loosely predicated on her brother Dave’s life, and the pain that he endured. She said her brother “grown a craving for God and His word, once he found the delight of singing worship songs to the Creator of the universe, Dave no longer talked about his pain. Oh, it was there, I’m sure of that. But it no longer defined him the way his faith and hope for the future defined him.”

Karen’s statement describes what the main character Josh, experienced in this novel. Josh’s theme song was “I can only just Imagine” by Mercy Me. Josh finds God in a whole new manner. A way which helps him deal with the enormous physical pain that he‘s had since the car accident. He detects peace and the hope that only the Lord can give him in the middle of a thunderstorm.

Karen shares her heart that the end of this book. It actually tied up things and made me appreciate her so much more as a person living out this Christian life. She’s a woman after God’s own heart. Thank you Karen, for sharing your story.


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