This Side of Heaven (Cody Gunner, #3)

This Side of Heaven (Cody Gunner, #3)

This Side of Heaven Cody Gunner Annie Warren always wanted the best for her son Josh But years of failure and bad choices created a heartbreaking distance that has grown far worse since the day Josh was hit by a drunk driver Now on

  • Title: This Side of Heaven (Cody Gunner, #3)
  • Author: Karen Kingsbury
  • ISBN: 9781599956787
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • Annie Warren always wanted the best for her son, Josh But years of failure and bad choices created a heartbreaking distance that has grown far worse since the day Josh was hit by a drunk driver Now on medical disability, Josh has put his life on hold for years, waiting for the insurance company to send a settlement that never seems to come Worse, he believes the story oAnnie Warren always wanted the best for her son, Josh But years of failure and bad choices created a heartbreaking distance that has grown far worse since the day Josh was hit by a drunk driver Now on medical disability, Josh has put his life on hold for years, waiting for the insurance company to send a settlement that never seems to come Worse, he believes the story of a scheming woman who claims they have a seven year old daughter named Savannah Despite the unlikelihood and complete lack of evidence, Josh dreams of being a father and is determined to one day claim the child His family doesn t know the full story They don t know what happened the night of the accident that was worth the chronic pain Josh suffers every waking minute, or that he is turning his life around They haven t seen that Savannah s eyes are his, and they don t know how desperately the little girl needs her family When the settlement that rightly belongs to Josh is threatened, Annie sets out to defend her son But she might find a treasure valuable than money, one she never expected, one that is the greatest gift her son could ever give her THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN.

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    There are certain times when you need to read a book like "This Side of Heaven". Days when emotions are pent up and you need an outlet. Moments when you need to think outside of yourself and your problems and think about the rest of the world. Instances when you need to let go and let God. This book is a conduit to do all those things. Josh is a tow-truck driver and a disappointment to his family. He could have done so much with his life, but he just drives a tow-truck and harbors a false hope o [...]

    This book sucked. Not because the writing was terrible because it was great. Not because the plot was stale because I was so shocked at a plot twist, I kept hoping it wasn't true. Not because the characters were unlikeable, even though I was really annoyed with Annie and her inability to get over her disappointment in JOsh. This book sucked because I have never teared up so many times while reading a book. No less than three times, maybe four, because I was so touched by the family and their emo [...]

    April 14, 2009 This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury is a book about twenty-eight year old Josh Warren, who lives a hard and painful life as a result of being hit by a drunk driver. Josh is physically disabled from the accident and must quit his job as a tow truck driver. With the help of his attorney, Josh waits day after day for the insurance company to send him a settlement. However, this is not what troubles Josh the most. After going to Vegas and having a one night relationship with a woma [...]

    Anyone who knows me knows that this isn't the type of book that I normally read. I just don't go for the sappy, inspirational, let God cure it all books. This book, my first by Karen Kingsbury, was actually pretty good. While it still isn't my first choice genre, it was an enjoyable book. It took a direction that I wouldn't have thought it would and while it saddened me, it brought the story full circle. I found myself relating to many of the characters in the story. I honestly think its a story [...]

    I don't know where to begin. I don't think there's a more unrealistic book out there. Everyone is so 'Christian' and boring. By the end of the book, everything turns out fine, everyone's happy and God has solved all the problems and conflicts that seems so impossibly hard to face at the beginning.I have nothing against Christian fiction, but I'm not keen on letting my children read this fluff and believe the world is nothing but a pink cloud and everything always turns out as hoped/planned/expec [...]

    I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I absolutely LOVED the plot and the characters, but not being the biggest religious person out there, the mention of praying and God every other page got to be a bit tiring. I know for a fact that I wouldn't have read this book had it said on the back that it was about extremely religious people or that the author was a religious writer. Having said that, I AM glad I read it, cause it was a very good book. Hence the love/hate relationship.

    I didn't realize this was a Christian literature book when I picked it up from the library. I have read a few books from this genre so I kept on reading. This book was predicitable from the beginning. I felt the author harped on things that weren't really important and glossed over things that were. The writing was also bland and repetitive. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, Christian or not.

    Karen Kingsbury is once again at her finest. This story tells a tale of God's love redeeming a terrible tragedy and the reality that what we do "This Side of Heaven" proclaims who we really are.

    Kingsbury's brother was the inspiration for this book. It has you questioning your relationship with God while giving you hope that you can come back to Him and He will be there for you. The main character, Josh, goes from having God in his life to shutting Him out and making bad decisions. He becomes a hero saving two girls from being hit by a drunk driver but he gets hit. His injuries cause him so much pain but the pain he feels for never meeting the daughter he finds out about is more. When l [...]

    No tears in heavenFrom the start of this Novel I was hooked. I can connect with the theme of the novel through people past and present. Before I was about a quarter of the way into the story I had shed a bucket full of tears.I have read many of your books e.g. The Baxster Family Books. I am permanently hooked on your Books Karen and keep watching for new Series or Stand alone stories. God's Richest Blessings in all you do.

    This story was at times awkward and uncomfortable, at times very sweet, and at times real and gritty. That all made sense when I finished the story and read the letter from the author at the end. I will leave it there to avoid spoilers!

    I really enjoyed this story. Some things, though, seemed a little too perfect, and that's why I could only give it a three rating. If you're a fan of Karen Kingsbury you're going to like this story.

    A must read!Wonderful book. I’ve read a lot of Karen Kingsbury’s books and this is definitely my favorite. Have the tissues ready!

    Joanne, Central patron, June 2017, 5 stars:This book really touched me and left me wanting to be a better and more supportive person. Very emotional. Another great read by this author.

    Wonderful, moving story. Well worth reading. Have tissues handy as your heart will break and then rejoice.

    Love!This book has had me in tears and covered in chill bumps since the beginning. And reading so fast I had to make myself slow down and make sure I caught all the words.

    Everytime I finish one of Karen Kingsbury's books I come away with a great peace within me - This book was no different & I LOVED IT

    To pray for someone is the greatest call believers have on their lives. The power behind it is truly incredible. Sometimes, the hardest things to come to terms with is regrets. Regrets for things not done, love not given, things not said. Often times, regrets come when we reach the end of our life and are reflecting back, other times it comes when we least expect it. When we believe we will have time to make changes and thus, no regrets. I've told myself every day when faced with any decision, t [...]

    As a person who had a very promising future who ended up with a horribly disabling genetic disorder (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) I honestly don't know what I feel about this book. The fact that no one ever acknowledged that Josh was a drug addict really bothered me. Addiction runs high in my family and being on chronic long acting pain medications this bothered me. As I mentioned, I had a very promising future but now at 32 I live in my parents basement and tutor two children once a week. According [...]

    Nothing had worked out as Josh Warren had planned. After high school, his girlfriend Becky had broken up with him, he quit school and became a tow truck driver. He had a dream of opening his own tow truck business.A year after a wild week in Vegas he discovers he is the father of a little girl, Savannah. Her mom wants child support, but Josh does not have the amount that she wants, so she stops contacting him and he is left to wonder about his child. Soon after that, an accident at work leaves J [...]

    Let me start by saying I really wanted to love this book. Karen Kingsbury has been a favorite of mine for many years. This book has sat at the bottom of my reading pile for a while now because I’d wanted to save the best for last. Unfortunately, This Side of Heaven doesn’t seem quite up to par with the rest of Kingsbury’s novels. While little Savannah earns an instant soft spot as I read, I was disappointed in the character development of this story. Most of Josh’s story is told second h [...]

    I have heard so many good things about Karen Kingsbury's writing and the first book I read by Karen was "Like Dandelion Dust" (which I also reviewed here on ). "This Side of Heaven" is the second book I read by Karen Kingsbury.At the beginning of "This Side of Heaven" I struggled a little with the main character, but I kept reading and soon began to really care for the main character and was really routing for his success. Then Karen did something that both shocked and disappointed me so much th [...]

    Josh Warren doesn't have a lot going for him. After being hit by a drunk driver, he's been on medical disability for years, waiting to receive an elusive insurance settlement. Even through the excruciating pain he suffers, Josh holds onto his dream of claiming Savannah, a 7-year-old girl he believes is his daughter, though the girl's mother cannot be trusted to be truthful. The insurance money will help him make a life for the child. Like any good mother, Annie wants only the best for her son. B [...]

    There are lots of reviews that will tell you the story of this book so I don't know that I'm going to recap that here. What I am going to tell you is my response to many of the themes in the book. There may be spoilersAnnie's disappointment in her son and his choices was a big theme in this book. This was a theme that affected me. It reminds us all that we do not know the reason for the choices that people make unless we communicate with them and keep an open mind. When individuals are making po [...]

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