Saturday, April 18, 2015

Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

                Somewhere in heaven, a decision has been made. An Angels Walking team has been assigned to a desperate mission: a broken baseball player, the love he left behind, and the miracle that might save a whole city. When angels walk, most people never know, never see. But they are there. And sometimes the stakes are so high, all of heaven stands ready.
                One-time national baseball hero Tyler Ames has lost everyone he loves on a quest to make it to the big leagues. Then, just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s only love, Sami Dawson, has moved on.
                A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s, who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.
                A team of Angels Walking takes on the mission to see hope restored for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can the small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? Can the words of a stranger restore lost love? Every journey begins with a step.
                It is time for the mission to begin.

            I just finished Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury yesterday, and I enjoyed it immensely. Since I borrowed it from a friend and it wasn’t something from my actual bookshelf, I decided I wouldn’t post it on Tuesday as I usually do. Clearly I just had to review it, however. Angels Walking was such a wonderful story that brought me to tears—in a good way—and left me reminded of how amazing God really is.
        Tyler Ames just wanted to make them proud. With intense determination, he wanted to show them all—his parents, Sami, everyone who doubted him—that he could do it, that he would make it in the big leagues. But along the way, he got a little lost. Without those who loved him most, Tyler failed remain focused, forgot to be real. So when he hit rock bottom, with nothing left and nowhere else to turn, he felt it. He had failed. Although he did not have a clue how he was going to get out of the mess he made, God did. He was working everything out in ways Tyler never could have imagined. After a series of miraculous events that led Tyler to a job he so desperately needed, there was one question that stood out above the rest. Was this the end, or just the beginning?
        Samantha Dawson had moved on. She had a nice apartment, a successful job, and a perfect boyfriend whom she had everything in common with. Although her life was different now, deep down inside, she still knew of herself as Sami. With her days almost as stuffy and boring as her grandparents’, it didn’t look like it, but she knew she was. Somewhere deep inside of her was the girl who was fearless, not afraid to live life, not always striving to be perfect. The girl who Tyler knew. But she had been shoved into a closet after Tyler left, along with all the memories of the year they had shared. Working towards her dreams, Sami still thinks of him, still wonders where he is, still knows that things would have been different if he hadn’t gone. She can’t help being curious if he misses her, if their happily ever after never was meant to be.
        Angels Walking is a heartwarming tale of loss, love, and forgiveness, full of God’s amazing grace and the small but significant acts of the unseen. It is a story that will strengthen your faith and your hope for the future, and for that I give it five out of five bookshelves. Karen Kingsbury has knocked it out of the park once more with this captivating story.
        If you pick up this book, you’ll definitely have happy reading!

All credit for the above italicized synopsis go to Karen Kingsbury and her publishers.

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