Books by Karen Kingsbury

BEST FAMILY EVER by Karen Kingsbury
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"A wise if occasionally saccharine look at common childhood drama. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When their parents announce that they are moving from their home in Michigan to Indiana, the five Baxter children react to the change in different ways. Read full book review >
FIFTEEN MINUTES by Karen Kingsbury
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Though Kingsbury's writing is serviceable, Zack's interior life, which is consumed by guilt, worry, shame, reticence and insecurity, becomes a drain on the novel's momentum."
Christian novelist Kingsbury offers a faith-based look at an American Idol-style show and the inherent spiritual risks placed upon the contestants. Read full book review >
GO AHEAD AND DREAM by Karen Kingsbury
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A superficial sketch, driven far more by its worthy agenda than by any effort or evident desire to connect with real readers. (Picture book. 7-9)"
An NFL quarterback and the "Queen of Christian Fiction" (so styled by Time magazine) deliver a heaping shovelful of sugary inspiration. Read full book review >
THE CHANCE by Karen Kingsbury
Released: March 5, 2013

"Will appeal mainly to Kingsbury devotees, as well as lovers of religious tracts…and basketball."
Another weeper from Christian-fiction diva Kingsbury, this time featuring a prayerful NBA star and his long-lost first love. Read full book review >
THE BRIDGE by Karen Kingsbury
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A sentimental romance with a religious foundation, albeit with no confrontation of difficult metaphysical questions, this is sure to bring believers joy. "
Facebook, Twitter and assorted other modern gadgetry provide a central link in Kingsbury's latest Christian romance, one in which a dash of old-world paternalism sparks the action. Read full book review >
LET’S HAVE A DADDY DAY by Karen Kingsbury
Released: May 1, 2010

A father outlines to his two children all the fun they might have together on a Daddy Day. They might build a treehouse, catch tadpoles in the creek or go to the lake, which "would be the perfect spot to play as army rangers / looking out for bad guys as we dodge around the dangers." Kingsbury's doggerel limps along, ending curiously, as the dad opts instead for a wrestling match, with the conclusion that "when you're all grown up and you look back upon this day, / you'll know how much I loved you 'cause we took the time to play." That self-justifying statement may fall flat when readers realize the kids have not actually had the adventures Daddy has proposed. Andreasen's soft-focus, dappled images depict the actions hypothesized without substantially expanding on the text. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

This bestselling inspirational author offers a heartfelt holiday story about a family's participation in a traditional Christmas pageant at their church, contrasting the meaning behind the first Christmas with modern, secular celebrations. The text follows the family as they drive through town past decorated stores, shoppers and Santa greeting children in a store window. Rhyming couplets on each spread describe some secular aspect of the season, followed by a more religious way of looking at it and ending with the refrain "and there will Christmas be." These comparisons are always stated in a gentle way, without directly criticizing the commercial or materialistic aspects of the season. At first these couplets rhyme and scan well, but then they mysteriously stop rhyming. This break in the rhyme scheme jars readers, as does a conspicuous grammatical error ("you and me will always find our Christmas"). Brown's attractive illustrations include a multiethnic cast in the Christmas pageant and a lovely view of a girl playing the role of Mary on the cover. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >