I finished the final book in Karen Kingsbury's Baxter family series. This fictional family has been fun to get to know because they have problems similar to the problems any of us could face. This series could be viewed as three individual series or one large series. The first series is Redemption, the second is Firstborn and the final series is Sunrise. Each series has a slightly different focus, but all include the trials and joys of the Baxter Family.
Redemption Series - (These five books were co-written with Gary Smalley and explore the relationship principles that has Gary has taught and applies them to the Baxter family.)
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A NEW CHAPTER
With the demands of Hollywood behind them for now, Dayne and Katy Matthews continue to adjust to life in Bloomington as they look forward to a new chapter together - expanding their family. Meanwhile, the entire CKT staff is busy preparing for the first production in Dayne and Katy's theater.
A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY
The Flanigans rally to support Bailey and Connor as they try out for lead roles in the musical, but then the family receives tragic news that weighs heavily on everyone's minds. At the same time, Jim Flanigan faces a decisions that could drastically change his family's life.
A BEAUTIFUL BEGINNING
As John Baxter prepares for his marriage to Elaine Denning, one of the Baxters enters the most trying season of all. Will a time of renewed love and hope be strong enough to establish the sacred ground of marriage and chart a course for the future? And when the times comes to finally sell the beloved Baxter house, memories of times gone by meet with the changes of today, providing that only the support of faith and family can take a person into the sunset years of life.
The final story, Sunset, ties everything together in a neat package solving most of the dilemma's or at least bringing them to closure for the most part. One family, the Flanigans could be further developed in a future series. Karen mentions in this book that the Baxters may appear in future books down the road. Karen also mentioned that she may create some blogs from the perspective of one or more of the Baxter family to update readers on what is happening in their lives. Check her web site for more info. I enjoyed reading this series because they dealt with real life problems in ways that ultimately brought them closer to God. The characters challenge the reader to delve deeper into God to become who HE wants us to be individually.
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