Book Reviews of Divine

Divine
Divine
Author: Karen Kingsbury
ISBN-13: 9781414309354
ISBN-10: 141430935X
Publication Date: 2/2007
Pages: 355
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 70 ratings
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Uplifting, even for those who aren't devoutly religious. I'm not a churchgoer, but I still found this story of faith, redemption, and forgiveness to be uplifting.

The story of Mary Madison is intended as a modern-day parable of Mary Magdalene, and the healing power of God's love.

It's a sad, at time heartbreaking tale that ends with God's forgiveness and mercy. Overall, enjoyable.
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Helpful Score: 5
Fabulous story - very moving, but NOT for young adults.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is the BEST Karen Kingsbury book I've read so far. It definitely doesn't go along like her other books usually do but it is so, so powerful and very well written. I read it in two days, mostly because at certain parts I had to put the book down for a few minutes and just walk away.

There are parts of this book that will make you smile...parts that will make you long for people to connect...parts that will make you feel like you're right there living the story with the characters...parts that make you want to yell and cry...and parts that will completely break your heart.

Thankfully, it can mend...but you'll have to read the book to see how.
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Helpful Score: 4
Karen Kingsbury is such a fabulous writer. I get so lost in her books. This story is one of the best I have ever read. You may even see yourself through this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
Wonderful Christian fiction
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Helpful Score: 3
All I can say is WOW. Karen does it again!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is another wonderful book written by Karen Kingsbury. I would highly recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a very powerful, tragic, sad and uplifting story of a woman named Mary who grew up on the streets and was abused horrifically and lived a life of servitude to men who treated her terribly. She was able to turn her life around with the help of one man who pointed her to Jesus. Mary becomes a strong, influential voice for abused women in politics in Washington D.C. and volunteers her time at abused women shelters.

This is a Christian book with the theme of Christian redemption and faith, but anyone can read this book and be touched by the tragedy endured by this woman who then devoted her life to making sure other women did not have to endure her despair and hopelessness.

This is a good story and a quick read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Awesome story! I read it in one day!
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Helpful Score: 1
WOW!!! A powerful story of redemption and forgiveness. A modern day story that parallels Mary Magdalene in the Bible. Karen Kingsbury has outdone herself on this one.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book reminds me why jesus came to save the lost. A really good read and a reminder that severe abuse is still very much a problem in our society.
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Helpful Score: 1
WOW! One of the most powerful, most gripping stories I have EVER read! And I read a lot. You will not be able to lay this book down until you finish it! Definitely karen Kingsbury's best!
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little cheesy, esp if since i work in the domestic violence field. actually...its just really unrealistic. but entertaining.
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This book was wonderful. I couldn't put it down.
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I listened to the audio version of this book and it was absolutely outstanding. This was my first KK book and I'm hooked.
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A modern tale of Mary Magdalene, Ms. Kingsbury intertwines love and redemption in this tale.
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This book deals with extreme abuse and at times was hard to read. It's hard to believe that things like this happen, but as always Karen Kingsbury writes from the heart dealing with our daily issues.
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This is a very touching book. Especially for anyone who has had an addiction and is trying to find their way to god. A must read book!
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This book was hard to read because it touches on subjects that are difficult to read about. It is done so well that you can easily forget it is fiction. I highly recommend this book.
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Excellent book!
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This book was recommended as the first book in a book club that my friend and I started. It was a page turner right from the start. I'm on Chapter 14 and can't wait to see what decisions Emma makes. I was pleasantly surprised that a "Christian Fiction" book was able t o draw me in so quickly. It began as a story of trials, and triumphs. Can't wait to finish it so I can read another one by this writer. 5 stars for "Divine"!!!!
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AS with all of Karen Kingsbury books ---Divine is a wonderful book to read!
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As always-Karen Kingsbury did a fine job of writing this book. Would recommend this book.
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Mary Madison was a child of unspeakable horrors, a young woman society wanted to forget. Now a divine power has set Mary free to bring life-changing hope and love to battered and abused women living in the shadow of the nation's capital.

Mary is educated and redeemed, a powerful voice in Washington, D.C. But she also has a past that shamed polite society. Her experiences created in her paralyzing fear, faithlessness, addiction and promiscuity. Only one power set Mary free and gave her a lifetime of love and hope. A power that could only be divine.

Peggy Madison is Mary's grandmother, a quiet woman who has spent her life praying for her granddaughter. Peggy walks the journey in faith and watches from a distance as ine key person after another comes into Mary's life and demonstrates the timeless, powerful ove of the Master, the Savior, the Divine Lord.

Emma Randall is a single mother fleeing from an abusive relationship, wondering whether there is hope for her and her young daughters. She is desparate, broken and unloved, tempted to commit the unthinkable. Then Mary Madison introduces Emma to the greatest love of all.
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The story of a modern day Mary Magdalene. Mary Madison is a out spoken leader for abuse against women. She runs shelters and helps women recover from their past. Mary's story of the abuse she endured during her life is told as she attempts to help a young mother come away from an abuseive relationship.the book's story is very true to women in that bondage, some parts hard to read with out touching your heart.
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I love Karen Kingsbury. I enjoyed listening to this book on cd.
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Another of Karen Kingsbury's wonderful novels. They are filled with excitement, love and faith. I highly recommend any of her books.
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Uplifting, even for those who aren't devoutly religious. I'm not a churchgoer, but I still found this story of faith, redemption, and forgiveness to be uplifting.

The story of Mary Madison is intended as a modern-day parable of Mary Magdalene, and the healing power of God's love.

It's a sad, at time heartbreaking tale that ends with God's forgiveness and mercy. Overall, enjoyable.
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I love Karen Kingsbury books but this book was hard for me to read because of the story line. I understand that what happens in the book has probably happened in real life, but that kind of thing is hard for me to get out of my head and not feel disturbed about.
I did read the whole book, but probably would never read it again or recomend it to anyone.
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The horror of this novel about a young girl who survives sexual abuse is expertly dramatized by Sharon Williams. Williams communicates the whole spectrum of emotions and creates empathy in the listener. Characters are well differentiated, and European and Hispanic accents are superb. The powerful story of Mary Madison, inspired by the life of Mary Magdalene, is filled with tragedy until caring people reach out to her and guide her to safety and to faith in God. Mary, in turn, spends her life opening shelters for battered women and becomes a strong advocate for abused women. Well written and well read, DIVINE is a picture of how one life, exposed to the worst of the human condition, can be transformed. N.L. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Book Description:
Mary Madison was a child of unspeakable horrors, a young woman society wanted to forget. Now a divine power has set Mary free to bring life-changing hope and love to battered and abused women living in the shadow of the nations capital.

Mary is educated and redeemed, a powerful voice in Washington, D.C. - both to the politically elite and to other women like her. But she also has a past that shamed polite society. Her experiences created in her paralyzing fear, faithlessness, addiction, and promiscuity. At the crossroads of her life, only one power set Mary free and gave her a lifetime of love and hope. A power that could only be divine.

Peggy Madison is Marys grandmother, a quiet woman who has spent her life praying for her granddaughter. Peggy clings to the belief that God has a special plan for Mary. Through years of sorrow and longing, Peggy walks the journey in faith and watches from a distance as one key person after another comes into Marys life and demonstrates the timeless, powerful love of the Master, the Savior. The divine Lord.

Emma Randall is a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship, wondering whether there is hope for her and her young daughters. She is desperate, broken, and unloved, tempted to commit the unthinkable. Then Mary Madison introduces Emma to the greatest love of all, greater than any either of them has ever imagined.
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LOVED THIS BOOK!