Friday, July 27, 2018

One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury

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I remember September 11, 2001 very well.  I had returned home from dropping my oldest two children off at school.  It was my day off.  My husband had just come home from working the night shift.  Our youngest daughter was only 2 years old.  My husband and I were watching The Today Show as our youngest daughter played on the floor at our feet.  I wasn't feeling well that morning so I was half watching, half dozing.  My husband brought me back to reality when he told me that I might want to pay attention to the news.  He said a plane had just crashed into one of the World Trade Center buildings.  I watched as the second plane veered into the second building.  I felt like it was on purpose.  The scenes that followed have played over and over in my mind for the past 17 years - the burning buildings, people jumping, the collapse of one building, then the other.  There was also news of a plane crashing into the Pentagon and another one crashing into a Pennsylvania field.  The horrible feeling of realizing we were under attack here on our homeland was overwhelming.  My husband told me to go pick up our older two children.  We wanted our family to be together that day.  The uncertainty of what might happen next was almost too much to process.  It was a terrible, horrifying Tuesday Morning.

One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury is a story about two families who navigate the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 and the days and months that followed.  On September 11, 2001, I watched from thousands of miles away.  Some people I knew had family, friends, or acquaintances in the towers, the Pentagon, or on one of those planes that day.  I had no personal connection other than the agony I felt in my heart as an American.  One Tuesday Morning brought me into the households of two fictional families who suffered the hard, cold direct effects of that morning - and at one point, I was taken into the towers as the events unfolded much like I remember watching all those years ago.

One Tuesday Morning is the first book in a three-book series, the 9/11 series.  The next two books are sitting here beside me waiting for their chance to take me back to a place I'm not sure I want to go because my heart aches for these characters.  On the other hand, just like real life, I look forward to leaning how God works in the lives of these characters just like He works in the lives of real people.

One Tuesday Morning brings a fictional story (which could have happened) into a real life tragic event.  Get your copy here.


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