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The Redemption series won "Christian Retailing"’s 2005 Retailer’s Choice Award for Best Series! Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance—her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ash The Redemption series won "Christian Retailing"’s 2005 Retailer’s Choice Award for Best Series! Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance—her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ashley’s world and she is led to heartbreaking and hope-filled decisions that will forever change her life. This story vividly illustrates that we must value others more than ourselves, and it drives home one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Honor one another. "Remember" is second in the five-book Redemption series by Gary Smalley and Karen Kingsbury that centers around the Baxter family. As readers follow the hopes and struggles of the family, they will explore key relationship themes as well as the larger theme of redemption, both in characters’ spiritual lives and in their relationships. Each book includes study questions for individual and small-group use as well as a “teaser” chapter of the next book in the series.


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The Redemption series won "Christian Retailing"’s 2005 Retailer’s Choice Award for Best Series! Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance—her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ash The Redemption series won "Christian Retailing"’s 2005 Retailer’s Choice Award for Best Series! Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance—her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ashley’s world and she is led to heartbreaking and hope-filled decisions that will forever change her life. This story vividly illustrates that we must value others more than ourselves, and it drives home one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Honor one another. "Remember" is second in the five-book Redemption series by Gary Smalley and Karen Kingsbury that centers around the Baxter family. As readers follow the hopes and struggles of the family, they will explore key relationship themes as well as the larger theme of redemption, both in characters’ spiritual lives and in their relationships. Each book includes study questions for individual and small-group use as well as a “teaser” chapter of the next book in the series.

30 review for Remember

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephany

    This book. Oh, my goodness, this book. Tugged at my heartstrings more than any other book has. I am in love with the Baxter family. In love with their stories, their heartaches. I feel like they are a part of me now. I knew beforehand that Karen Kingsbury does not write books that are full of fluffy Christianity, puppies, and rainbows. She writes about things that are tough and hard. Christians who are persecuted. Christians questioning their faith. Christians going through good times and bad tim This book. Oh, my goodness, this book. Tugged at my heartstrings more than any other book has. I am in love with the Baxter family. In love with their stories, their heartaches. I feel like they are a part of me now. I knew beforehand that Karen Kingsbury does not write books that are full of fluffy Christianity, puppies, and rainbows. She writes about things that are tough and hard. Christians who are persecuted. Christians questioning their faith. Christians going through good times and bad times. I've been searching for an author who doesn't shy away from the hard facts about Christianity and Kingsbury is the best at giving the real picture.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Tilley

    REMEMBER, the second installment in the Redemption Series traveled at a quicker pace than it’s predecessor. While still keeping the reader in touch with the entire Baxter family, this book centered more on Ashley – the self prescribed black sheep of the family, and Luke – the perfect son whose life isn’t so perfect anymore. Ashley has never felt like she’s fit in. Her close-knit Christian family is what others would consider ideal. But Ashley would call them “safe”. Ashley sought out to find mor REMEMBER, the second installment in the Redemption Series traveled at a quicker pace than it’s predecessor. While still keeping the reader in touch with the entire Baxter family, this book centered more on Ashley – the self prescribed black sheep of the family, and Luke – the perfect son whose life isn’t so perfect anymore. Ashley has never felt like she’s fit in. Her close-knit Christian family is what others would consider ideal. But Ashley would call them “safe”. Ashley sought out to find more in life and traveled to Paris to make her mark in the art world and have some adventure. When she returns from Paris pregnant and tight-lipped, she drifts even farther from her family. She trusts no one, including God, and Landon Blake. Landon Blake has loved Ashley and tried to win her over since they were in their teens, but Ashley never returned that love because she felt Landon was just life her family – “safe”. Now, as Landon tries to woo her, she doesn’t allow herself to give in. Not because she doesn’t have feelings for Landon, but because he deserves so much more than she can offer. For his own benefit, Ashley keeps Landon at arm’s length. Luke is riding high. Life is great, his steady girlfriend is great, and his future is looking bright. When his world comes crashing down around him–just like the twin towers on 911– Luke begins to doubt the power of God. His humanistic leanings cause strain between him and his family so he moves out and seeks solace from a classmate that’s more than willing to show him the errors of the Christian faith. Though he blames God for the turmoil in his life, he can’t ignore the fact that it was his own mistake that started his life spiraling downward. REMEMBER was a quick read. Now, that could be because after reading REDEMPTION so much back story is already in your mind. Whatever the reason, upon finishing it, you can’t wait to pick up the next in the series, RETURN. The more you read, the more you feel as if the Baxter’s are your neighbors and you are genuinely concerned with their trials and circumstances.

  3. 5 out of 5

    LadyCalico

    An OK fast light read for when you are in the mood for a soap opera. YA level of writing makes it a good choice on evenings when you are too tired to concentrate or engage your brain, but it would be a more enjoyable novel if any of the characters would grow a brain and engage it--but that would make it a shorter, leaner novella. This sausage was made with too much filler and not enough meat.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance—her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ashley’s world and she is led to heartbreaking and hope-filled decisions that will forever change her life. This story vividly illustrates that we must value others more than ourselves, and it drives home one of Gary Smalley Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance—her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ashley’s world and she is led to heartbreaking and hope-filled decisions that will forever change her life. This story vividly illustrates that we must value others more than ourselves, and it drives home one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Honor one another. Series: book 2 in the Redemption series; book 2 in the Baxter family series. Rating: 4 stars This was a fascinating read. It isn't often that you read about either Alzheimer's or 9/11, but this book combined both subjects perfectly. I'm actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Christian contemporary fiction can be a hit or miss (usually miss because of the fluffiness), but this was a solid book. A+ to the authors. The main couple of the book is Ashley and Landon, but you get points of view from Kari and Ryan, tying up the loose ends from the previous book, and you also get points of view from Luke, setting up the next book in the series. You also get points of view from from John, their father, which was a cool way of seeing things, from the parental persepective of the outside looking in, kind of thing. Anyway, I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to continue the journey of the Baxter's, seeing how there is like 20 other books featuring them or something.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    The overly dramatic rendition in this audio version does nothing but add to the melodrama of this tale. The sad saga of the Baxter family moves ever onward in this second installment. Perhaps I would find this series more credible if the characters didn’t seem so stereotypical and plastic and didn’t constantly tear up and cry so consistently. I found myself focusing in on the characters, just trying to find one that could make it through to the end of the book dry-eyed. (I didn’t find one.) This The overly dramatic rendition in this audio version does nothing but add to the melodrama of this tale. The sad saga of the Baxter family moves ever onward in this second installment. Perhaps I would find this series more credible if the characters didn’t seem so stereotypical and plastic and didn’t constantly tear up and cry so consistently. I found myself focusing in on the characters, just trying to find one that could make it through to the end of the book dry-eyed. (I didn’t find one.) This story highlights Ashley and her problems. She is working in an Alzheimer’s ward and in love with Landon, firefighter extraordinaire. The tragic demise of the Twin Towers figure prominently in this novel. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the story revolves around Ashley and her work in an Alzheimer’s ward. In fact, the patients are far more interesting – and so are their back stories – than the main characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    What a good book, I liked it better than the first one in the series. It brought back memories of 9/11 and what a horrific day in our Nations history. Very well written, Ashley was so compassionate with the patients she cared for, thank goodness Belinda finally got her due. Now on to book 3.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alysia

    I’ve always loved Karen Kingsbury books and this one was no exception. Pulled at my heart strings from the first chapter.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I'm not much of a reader of Christian fiction, though I have read it in the past. I was mostly expecting to make fun of this book and I certainly wasn't expecting to get pulled completely into the story. But of course I was! Yes, it was a little soap opera-ish and sometimes felt a little too much like a Victorian morality story from a pamphlet preaching the consequences of sin, and there were parts that grated just a little too much with my worldview, but overall I found it a pretty fun read. Th I'm not much of a reader of Christian fiction, though I have read it in the past. I was mostly expecting to make fun of this book and I certainly wasn't expecting to get pulled completely into the story. But of course I was! Yes, it was a little soap opera-ish and sometimes felt a little too much like a Victorian morality story from a pamphlet preaching the consequences of sin, and there were parts that grated just a little too much with my worldview, but overall I found it a pretty fun read. The book focuses on the Baxter family's five adult children and their relationships. This one was mostly about Ashley who went to Paris and came home pregnant (Gasp! And every time someone has sex, they get pregnant and of course no one has heard of a condom!). But I did enjoy the various love stories of the different siblings and watching the characters grow. There was a lot of growing in this book and I always like to see that. Some of the stereotypes were a little strong, but that didn't bother me too much either because all along it was pretty fun. I found it a very uplifting book, which I probably need in my life once in a while. It was full of good feelings and warm and fuzzies. Oh yeah, I should also mention that September 11 takes place during this book so a lot of the second half of the book is dealing with that. It got a little hard for me to read at some points. I know it has been ten years, but it's still painful. I thought it was interesting to see the different character's approaches to the situation and how they handled it. Though I do sound like I have a lot of negative things to say about it, I did really like this book, and I may even read the next one in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was an emotional book for me, I found myself in tears throughout. September 11 though many years ago still effects me greatly and when reading about those days events or seeing them on the screen it takes me back to the sadness of that day and the days that have followed. So between the fact that this book takes place during those events and then add in some adorable older people struggling with Alzheimer and it was a recipe for tears. This was another great read in the Baxter Family Series This was an emotional book for me, I found myself in tears throughout. September 11 though many years ago still effects me greatly and when reading about those days events or seeing them on the screen it takes me back to the sadness of that day and the days that have followed. So between the fact that this book takes place during those events and then add in some adorable older people struggling with Alzheimer and it was a recipe for tears. This was another great read in the Baxter Family Series, it is the second in the series and only the second book by Karen Kingsbury that I have read and I hope I enjoy the next book as well. I will say this in hopes that things change a little bit. There is a series the "Come Softly" series by Janette Oke that I have never read. However, I have watched the movies and I enjoyed the first few movies greatly I even re-watched them which for me is pretty rare. I had to stop watching the movies and came to dislike all that I seen because there was one theme throughout each movie....death, the death of spouse to be exact as though that is the only trail one can face that would shake the very foundation of ones faith. It got old really fast. There is a theme in this series so far (I say this only being two books in) in which the main characters struggle with the same sin. That might get a little old if it keeps going. But I really enjoy the characters I feel invested in the family and I feel like I am ready to tackle, with great joy and anticipation, the next book in the series. I hope I don't get jaded because I really am enjoying the ride.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Wow, I've never a had a book impact so much emotionally. The title is so perfect in so many ways. It's about so much more than 9-11. It's about remembering your first love, remembering your youth and the good things in life, remembering to care and to live in the moment rather than protect your heart from pain because you never know what tomorrow will bring, remembering God and the big picture, remembering that only God can heal our heart and love us the way we need to be loved. I cried so many Wow, I've never a had a book impact so much emotionally. The title is so perfect in so many ways. It's about so much more than 9-11. It's about remembering your first love, remembering your youth and the good things in life, remembering to care and to live in the moment rather than protect your heart from pain because you never know what tomorrow will bring, remembering God and the big picture, remembering that only God can heal our heart and love us the way we need to be loved. I cried so many times during this story I can't remember (LOL!), mainly because all of the relationships between the characters were so real. And there was true love, and romance, and kissing between several sets of characters, all with different issues causing them pain. This is so often absent in "inspirational" fiction, and that makes me sad. The characters' temptations were real, their sin and mistakes were real, the losses they all felt were amazingly real. I don't think the 9-11 thing was overdone at all. Maybe because I'm from NY state, it hits me closer to home. I remember watching the events unfold on television (while living in Arizona) and being in shock for a week. Remembering this event, in my opinion, is important, because like with any tragedy we tend to forget, and I don't think that's a good thing at all. Remembering makes us love more, try harder, and ultimately heal. Did I mention that I couldn't put this book down? Good thing this was a long weekend!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cydnie

    The second in the Baxter Family / Redemption series. In the first novel we meet the Baxter family, but the novel is centered on the daughter Kari. In Remember, the focus is on Ashley. Ashley went to Paris for a year just after high school and came home pregnant, no longer religious, and harboring a secret that shapes and affects all of her personal relationships. In this novel, we relive the events of September 11, 2001. Many of the characters in the story are shaken by these events and it aff The second in the Baxter Family / Redemption series. In the first novel we meet the Baxter family, but the novel is centered on the daughter Kari. In Remember, the focus is on Ashley. Ashley went to Paris for a year just after high school and came home pregnant, no longer religious, and harboring a secret that shapes and affects all of her personal relationships. In this novel, we relive the events of September 11, 2001. Many of the characters in the story are shaken by these events and it affects the course of their lives, and thus their relationships with those closest to them. I know that I am in for the 'long haul' now that I have started into these books...there are five books in the Redemption series, five in the Firstborn series and four in the Sunrise series...and they are all about the Baxter family!!! At least I won't have to wonder, "gee, what shall I read next?!?"

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bekah

    Rememberis the second book in this series and I must say that it was just as good as the first. I really wasn't sure how much I would like Ashley in this story because of her attitude in the first book, but I ended up really liking her by the end of this book. To read of Ashley's job at the Alzheimer's care facility was so sweet. The elderly have a special place in Ashley's heart and it was so sweet to read of her trying her best to make the patients at the facility feel comfortable and at ease. Rememberis the second book in this series and I must say that it was just as good as the first. I really wasn't sure how much I would like Ashley in this story because of her attitude in the first book, but I ended up really liking her by the end of this book. To read of Ashley's job at the Alzheimer's care facility was so sweet. The elderly have a special place in Ashley's heart and it was so sweet to read of her trying her best to make the patients at the facility feel comfortable and at ease. I loved Landon's character, as well. He was so patient with Ashley and promised that he would love her no matter what she'd done. When Ashley finally trusted him, she was not disappointed. I also loved how Landon desired a relationship with Ashley's son, Cole. This was a very sweet story of unconditional love and the deep healing that remembering can do.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Montgomery

    This is the 2nd book of the Redemption series and focuses on the daughter Ashley, and how she comes to realize who she is in this world. This is a more slower-paced book then the 1st book, (hence the 4 star rating) however it is just as great. Ashley is a very relatable character that has given into the worldly scene which has left her with a son without a father. She seems to pass her son off on her parents as they raise him the majority of the time while she discovers who she is in this life a This is the 2nd book of the Redemption series and focuses on the daughter Ashley, and how she comes to realize who she is in this world. This is a more slower-paced book then the 1st book, (hence the 4 star rating) however it is just as great. Ashley is a very relatable character that has given into the worldly scene which has left her with a son without a father. She seems to pass her son off on her parents as they raise him the majority of the time while she discovers who she is in this life and tries to figure out her relationship with God. Throughout this book, Ashley reignites her relationship with God, allowing Him to show her the blessings in her life. She grows up very much and accepts responsibility for her son, and she learns to love (Landon) again. Throughout this journey, her God-fearing parents, John and Elizabeth, continue to pray for her throughout her life's journey.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nathania

    The second book of Karen Kingsbury’s “Redemption” series was just as heart gripping as the first one. On September 11, 2001, everyone in New York suffered from the loss of the Twin Towers, including Ashley Baxter and her family. Now working to take care of Alzheimer’s patients, Ashley’s ability love is coming back after losing it in Paris. She now sees Landon Blake, a firefighter who has loved her since middle school, in a different light. But Landon’s friend Jalen Hale is caught in the tragedy The second book of Karen Kingsbury’s “Redemption” series was just as heart gripping as the first one. On September 11, 2001, everyone in New York suffered from the loss of the Twin Towers, including Ashley Baxter and her family. Now working to take care of Alzheimer’s patients, Ashley’s ability love is coming back after losing it in Paris. She now sees Landon Blake, a firefighter who has loved her since middle school, in a different light. But Landon’s friend Jalen Hale is caught in the tragedy of September 11 and Landon is determined to find Jalen’s body. This book reminds everyone that they need to treasure the moments they have with the people in their lives. Though the story line can be saddening, this is really an amazing piece of writing. I recommend this book for anyone who feels like they need to remember and appreciate people more or anyone who wants to enjoy a good read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathlee

    I have read many books by Karen Kingsbury. When I first started reading them I couldn't get enough..and it seemed to take "forever" for her next book to come out. After a while though, I felt I knew what was going to happen once I had started reading each book. I stopped reading her books after that - I don't like to waste my time by pretty much knowing the outcome once I've started reading. Her books are wonderful - if I felt I was reading a complete different series that would have a different I have read many books by Karen Kingsbury. When I first started reading them I couldn't get enough..and it seemed to take "forever" for her next book to come out. After a while though, I felt I knew what was going to happen once I had started reading each book. I stopped reading her books after that - I don't like to waste my time by pretty much knowing the outcome once I've started reading. Her books are wonderful - if I felt I was reading a complete different series that would have a different outcome I would rate her books on a whole as 5 starts...but only feel I can give the books 3 stars on a whole because of the repeatability of the books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael Ross

    The Redemption series is remarkable mainly for showing real people, real Christians, handling very much real world problems. Not for the faint of heart. If you just want a feel good romance type novel, go see Beverly Lewis. This is more modern day, and the characters are not perfect, nor does everything always have a happy ending. Parts of this book were difficult to read, because you weren't sure that Christian ideals and principles were really going to be upheld, or whether it would descend to The Redemption series is remarkable mainly for showing real people, real Christians, handling very much real world problems. Not for the faint of heart. If you just want a feel good romance type novel, go see Beverly Lewis. This is more modern day, and the characters are not perfect, nor does everything always have a happy ending. Parts of this book were difficult to read, because you weren't sure that Christian ideals and principles were really going to be upheld, or whether it would descend to the level of a soap opera - it didn't. But like the Bible itself, it has adultery, murder, temptation, and no fairy tale ending.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Didn't realize this was of Christian novel genre when I picked it up and generally wouldn't have given it a second look. There is an interesting possibility in developing the Baxter family characters, unfortunately it doesn't happen. It reads like a soap opera and provided a "jelly read" (your mind turns to jelly if you read too many of these). Evidently part of a series, but have no intention of reading any more of the series. I've struck out twice on latest reads. Didn't realize this was of Christian novel genre when I picked it up and generally wouldn't have given it a second look. There is an interesting possibility in developing the Baxter family characters, unfortunately it doesn't happen. It reads like a soap opera and provided a "jelly read" (your mind turns to jelly if you read too many of these). Evidently part of a series, but have no intention of reading any more of the series. I've struck out twice on latest reads.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    My heart goes out to the familys of the victims of September 11, 2001. This book was based around that time and I felt the power of pray and patriotism. Despite what this country goes through and what it is handed, we always bounce back stronger. I am thankful for America! I pray for God's guidance in its lands. I enjoyed this book. The characters just seem so real and I can relate to a number of different things within the story and I think that's why it I find this series so good. My heart goes out to the familys of the victims of September 11, 2001. This book was based around that time and I felt the power of pray and patriotism. Despite what this country goes through and what it is handed, we always bounce back stronger. I am thankful for America! I pray for God's guidance in its lands. I enjoyed this book. The characters just seem so real and I can relate to a number of different things within the story and I think that's why it I find this series so good.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Love Ashley Baxter and her story! You find out why Ashley is the way she is, and her rediscovery of her faith!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This family is becoming so dear to my heart. I wish they were real instead of fictional. While reading I tend to forget this is just a piece of fiction, instead of a story about a real family.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dana Smith-wells

    I like this series of books because everything is not just "happily ever after". I think it's more realistic than some. I like this series of books because everything is not just "happily ever after". I think it's more realistic than some.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Light read. Missing some substance in parts. Enjoyed some parts more than others. just okay.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Another good Kingsbury novel...inspirational Christian fiction. It reminds us of the good in people, the struggles that people face, and the importance of forgiveness.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anne Marie

    This book primarily focused on Ashley Baxter. Since coming back from a trip to Paris to hopefully become a successful artist, she has been withdrawn from the family and doesn't seem to fit in. She's lucky to have to her parents to baby-sit her son, Cole. Landon Blake has wanted to be a part of her life since their school days, but Ashley doesn't think it would work since they're so different. They start spending more time together anyway. Landon loves Cole, and Ashley slowly realizes that she ac This book primarily focused on Ashley Baxter. Since coming back from a trip to Paris to hopefully become a successful artist, she has been withdrawn from the family and doesn't seem to fit in. She's lucky to have to her parents to baby-sit her son, Cole. Landon Blake has wanted to be a part of her life since their school days, but Ashley doesn't think it would work since they're so different. They start spending more time together anyway. Landon loves Cole, and Ashley slowly realizes that she actually is in love with Landon. She even tells him all about what happened in Paris, from her disappointing comments about her paintings, to her affair with a famous artist, Jean-Claude Pierre. But telling Landon her deepest secrets cannot stop him from leaving to New York when 9/11 happens. Landon works tirelessly at Ground Zero, desperately searching for his friend, a firefighter who perished while trying to save people in the towers. Even when Landon returns home and he and Ashley both express how they feel, Landon goes back to New York to work at a fire house for at least a year. Ashley's job working at a home with Alzheimer's patients helps her tremendously with her feelings and also her love of God. John and Elizabeth Baxter continue with their faithfulness in God and trust Him to help with family struggles. Speaking of which, everything seems to be going so well with Luke Baxter and his girlfriend Reagan. They both have much in common including their love for God. They meet each other's parents. Luke is impressed with Reagan's dad and loves his office in the World Trade Center. He hopes to work there with him one day. But on September 10th, because Luke and Reagan get carried away on the couch, Reagan ignores a call from her dad and misses her chance to talk to him one last time. This throws Reagan over the edge. She goes to New York to be with her mother after the tragedy happens and the family knows her father won't be coming home. She doesn't take Luke's calls or talk to him for the rest of the book. In the meantime, Luke is a mess. Not only because of what happened on 9/11, but what Luke and Reagan did on 9/10, something they were trying so hard not to do until they were married. Luke moves out and in with a girl from his Communications class. Lori does not believe in God, and they both try to prove there is no God with a project they work on for their class. Kari is doing better from the tragedy of losing her husband. She even wants to mentor women who are having trouble in their marriages. Her first woman is actually her sister Erin who does not want to move due to her husband's job. Erin comes to accept the move. Kari still loves Ryan Taylor, and misses him since he is in New York for a job coaching the Giants. She visits with him once, and by the end of the book, we know Ryan will not be coaching for any pro teams anymore since he'll be moving back to Bloomington and marrying Kari. Brooke and Peter continue to become more involved in the church. Their daughter Maddie still is sick a lot.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey Corwin

    Well, some very awful and life-changing events have happened to open not only the Baxter's eyes, but the eyes of the nation as well. Well, when the world trade centers were attacked by terrorists Landon Blake was insistent on going over and help the New York Fire Department with the recovery of bodies, and search for the missing. He was hired to work on the Fire Department with his friend Jalen anyways. A lump formed in his throat though because of him getting hurt he had to move the date back Well, some very awful and life-changing events have happened to open not only the Baxter's eyes, but the eyes of the nation as well. Well, when the world trade centers were attacked by terrorists Landon Blake was insistent on going over and help the New York Fire Department with the recovery of bodies, and search for the missing. He was hired to work on the Fire Department with his friend Jalen anyways. A lump formed in his throat though because of him getting hurt he had to move the date back to moving to New York so he could be totally healed, and hear his friend Jalen was already there, and, was one of the missing in the rubble. He though was and always has been in love with Ashley Baxter, and just as she thought things might be getting serious with them, he ups and moves to New York not knowing when or even if he will return to Bloomington. Ashley Baxter though has found working with Alzheimer's disease a very rewarding job, and eventually finds a way to relate to them. Now there is Luke Baxter. He and his girlfriend Reagan had everything going for them. Until the day of Sept. 11th happened Reagan and Luke grew very distant with each other. Reagan was devastated by Sept. 11th because her dad's office was on the 56th floor of the North Tower. Luke Baxter was starting to question his religious faith. He is assigned a project to make a presentation arguing if there truly is a god or not. Professor Hick's is wondering with all the money donation's and volunteers is that an act of god or humanism. John Baxter was just beside himself when Luke explained the project to him, and that he really has lost his religious faith since 9/11. This book made me see that you don't know what the lord is going to bring to individual's from day to day. In this book I have realized that sometimes you need to be patient, and except things for what they are even if it is terrible. Kari Baxter's patience paid off when Ryan Taylor comes back from coaching the NFL, and realizes that the only place he belongs is with the one he has loved since high school, and become a dad to her daughter Jessi. I really enjoyed the book not knowing from chapter to chapter on what is going to happen next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cila

    I started this novel absolutely annoyed with Ashley. Already past that point in my life where I keep dark haunting secrets to myself (because that always turned out well), it was excruciating to read Ashley’s perspective when she often shied away from telling her family or her longtime love (who she also denied loving). Thankfully, the authors intended for her to be this way so I could see her growth and development. So by the end of the novel, she actually became my favorite. After reading the I started this novel absolutely annoyed with Ashley. Already past that point in my life where I keep dark haunting secrets to myself (because that always turned out well), it was excruciating to read Ashley’s perspective when she often shied away from telling her family or her longtime love (who she also denied loving). Thankfully, the authors intended for her to be this way so I could see her growth and development. So by the end of the novel, she actually became my favorite. After reading the first novel of the series, I realized why I couldn’t relate as well with Kari than I could with Ashley: Ashley strayed from God thinking He forgot about her. It’s easy to feel this way when something traumatic happens. Kari never once strayed from God throughout her trauma in the first novel and while she set a model example (ha, the irony), it wasn’t a story of redemption like Ashley’s. I honestly felt that Ashley’s story would’ve worked better as the first novel and Kari’s story would segue into how to maintain faith through trials. But that’s just my own thoughts. Plot wise, the authors brought a tragic moment in American history, September 11, to use as the determining catalyst that set forward a lot of character development. It definitely set a grittier and darker tone, and I appreciated the detail that went into describing the horrific events that ensued as well as the honorable men (and women, although this was not extensively discussed) who put their heart and soul into the rescue efforts. The Baxters’ only son also had a dramatic change of heart that I’m interested in seeing unfold although it is frustrating - again because I’m not at the point in my life anymore where I keep things to myself. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys a drama that plays heavily on family dynamics and a strong faith in God. This is Christian fiction and it is unabashedly made clear in its first-page reviews so please make note of it. The language is simply written so it’s easy to grasp; on the other hand, it felt like there were less Scriptures, which was slightly disappointing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Just read book 2 of the Baxters. I wish I had Johns faith, even when tested he trusts God. I find that I'm be a combination of all his and Elizabeths children. Aren't we all? So far, I've gone through all that the kids have been through one way or another. Reading these books I find myself pausing and comparing similarities in my life. All in all I have at least come to different conclusions: God has a plan for all of us. God answers our prayers. The answers may not be what we want. The prayer a Just read book 2 of the Baxters. I wish I had Johns faith, even when tested he trusts God. I find that I'm be a combination of all his and Elizabeths children. Aren't we all? So far, I've gone through all that the kids have been through one way or another. Reading these books I find myself pausing and comparing similarities in my life. All in all I have at least come to different conclusions: God has a plan for all of us. God answers our prayers. The answers may not be what we want. The prayer and the answer is not a direct journey from point A (prayer) to point B (Gods answer) but rather God takes the scenic route (life) for us to experience what is around us. During the journey we realize God has indeed answered our prayers and although it was not the answer we were expecting at the time, it is a wonderful answer just the same. God does have a plan for each of us. Be sure to read the authors notes at the end of the story. Read the discussion questions. Ponder the answers you have for them. It's a wonderful experience. I'm anticipating what Book three, Return. As I've noted vaguely above, life (faith) is a journey, and some of the trails we walk come back to where we began the walk. Experience what is around you while on that walk.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ronalyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Such amazing journey with the baxter's to remember❤ These were some highlights😍 Kari and Ryan were now engaged after so many goodbyes and Ryan chose to settle down in Bloomington. Erin and Sam were a lot better than before.They're both working with their relationship after Erin reached Pastor's mike help which leads to Kari's effective counseling. Little Maddie still fragile and sickly. Ashley's past -present technique and faith in god made the Sunset Hills lively ,full of miracles and hope.Irvel was Such amazing journey with the baxter's to remember❤ These were some highlights😍 Kari and Ryan were now engaged after so many goodbyes and Ryan chose to settle down in Bloomington. Erin and Sam were a lot better than before.They're both working with their relationship after Erin reached Pastor's mike help which leads to Kari's effective counseling. Little Maddie still fragile and sickly. Ashley's past -present technique and faith in god made the Sunset Hills lively ,full of miracles and hope.Irvel was now at ease believing that her hank was with her through the photos hanged in the walls.Helen remembered and figured out that the stranger who keeps visiting her was the person she longed for ,her only daughter Sue.Berth was kind of amazed after he got the saddle .It brought back his feelings,emotions and good old memories that was stolen .And a saddened lifetime goodbye of Laura Jo.She passed away after his son visited him😢 And lastly the hearbreaking choice of Luke...Walking away from his family and move in with Lori Callahan 💔

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Remember is the second book in the Redemption series. Like with the first this one also carries a message. Honor One Another. Which is very prominent through the second half of this book. In this the main focus is Ashley Baxter and Landon Blake. Don’t worry though the rest of the family is in this. One of the bigger things though is that one of the settings in this book is New York City on 9/11. Which as mentioned above is where the message of this story plays a part. I enjoyed not only reading A Remember is the second book in the Redemption series. Like with the first this one also carries a message. Honor One Another. Which is very prominent through the second half of this book. In this the main focus is Ashley Baxter and Landon Blake. Don’t worry though the rest of the family is in this. One of the bigger things though is that one of the settings in this book is New York City on 9/11. Which as mentioned above is where the message of this story plays a part. I enjoyed not only reading Ashley’s and Landon’s story but also of Ashley’s journey back to God. I also enjoyed Kari and Ryan as well. There’s also a major plot point in this between Luke and Reagan that plays a big role I believe in book three. While well written and hard to put down at time this can be a tear jerker for some. I’m enjoying the series so far and am very much looking forward to reading more about the Baxter family. Definitely recommend.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate Mixon (an.introspective.reader)

    Okay, while I enjoyed this book enough, I wouldn't say I enjoyed it a lot. Things I liked: I thought Landon was a great character, and I thought he was perfect for Ashley. They compliment each other very well. I also appreciated that this was Christian fiction and that the characters exhibit a true faith. Also, Kari and Ryan have my heart. Things I didn't like: this list is much longer. While I appreciated the faith aspect, it felt forced and inauthentic most of the time. If not those things, th Okay, while I enjoyed this book enough, I wouldn't say I enjoyed it a lot. Things I liked: I thought Landon was a great character, and I thought he was perfect for Ashley. They compliment each other very well. I also appreciated that this was Christian fiction and that the characters exhibit a true faith. Also, Kari and Ryan have my heart. Things I didn't like: this list is much longer. While I appreciated the faith aspect, it felt forced and inauthentic most of the time. If not those things, then it felt extremely cheesy. Overall, the whole story feels cheesy. There were moments I was rolling my eyes or would just skip a few pages. And, as we know, I am a SUCKER for a good romance, so it wasn't that. It all just felt too good to be true. This was yet another reread I did that I found to be disappointing.

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