Friday, November 1, 2013

Book Review

Divine - Karen Kingsbury
c2007 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Reviewed by Diane Busch

Many of Karen's books address issues that some people are facing but that other people may not understand - such as autism, life-threatening illness, death of a parent or child, infertility, adoption, drug abuse, long-distance relationships, etc. This book is about battered women and their feelings of self-doubt, pain, sadness, helplessness and hopelessness.  These women have been oppressed, beaten down, treated like trash, abused, threatened, etc. They live in fear. They may make poor choices due to the thoughts that have been put in their heads.  
This book helps those who have not experienced being victims understand why some women are stuck in a harmful cycle and can't seem to dig out of it, possibly making unwise choices over and over again.
Through this wonderful story of redemption, Karen helps battered women see that they are victims--not the cause--of being beaten and taken advantage of.   The story chronicles two journeys happening in two different generations (time periods).  The character Mary helps counsel other battered women at a shelter because she was a victim herself for years and has experienced God's love and redemption. She can share her story and help other women through their circumstances. It gives her credibility.  These two different but parallel stories can sometimes be a bit confusing if you forget which character you are reading about at the moment.  But in the end it is a unique way to tell this story.

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