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When Joy Came to Stay | [Karen Kingsbury]

When Joy Came to Stay

When Joy Came to Stay illustrates the miraculous power of faith to overcome even the most debilitating suffering. Maggie Stovall has a successful career and a happy marriage, but she also bears the crippling weight of a secret from her past. As she slips farther and farther into depression, her only hope lies in God's loving forgiveness.
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Publisher's Summary

When Joy Came to Stay illustrates the miraculous power of faith to overcome even the most debilitating suffering. Maggie Stovall has a successful career and a happy marriage, but she also bears the crippling weight of a secret from her past. As she slips farther and farther into depression, her only hope lies in God's loving forgiveness.

Best-selling author and former Los Angeles Times reporter Karen Kingsbury has enriched the lives of countless readers with her spiritually uplifting tales.

©2000 Karen Kingsbury; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

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    Christine new Milford, CT, USA 09-01-07
    Christine new Milford, CT, USA 09-01-07
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    "Hopeful inspirational novel"

    This book is an inspiration for the down hearted who have found themselves in an unexpected, sometimes undeserving circumstance. It also deals with breaking unhealthy chains and patterns in families, forgiveness and hope.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    T. McCauley 06-21-07
    T. McCauley 06-21-07 Member Since 2005
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    "slow but picks up"

    I had a hard time getting into the book however once the main people were developed it got better. It was a little predictable but it was enjoyable.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Maxie Odessa, TX, United States 12-02-07
    Maxie Odessa, TX, United States 12-02-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Heart stopping!"

    This book has a very profound message. The narrator is par-excellence. The story is a beautiful one and spoke to my heart in powerful ways. I hope to see many more Karen Kingsbury books available on Audible and also would enjoy listening to other books read by this narrator. The spiritual message of this book is exactly what I love to experience. Thank you!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 10-10-11
    Teresa 10-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "When Joy Came to Stay"

    This is a well written book. I finished the audio in two days! So good! The narrator, Barb Caruso, is excellent. She uses accents, etc. expertly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annemichelle Grants Pass, OR, United States 10-16-09
    Annemichelle Grants Pass, OR, United States 10-16-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A Story to Really Relate to"

    Very much enjoyed this book. This book came so very close to telling some of my own life story, it was almost scary! Great book, as usual. Keep them coming, Karen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Gomes grants pass, oregon 10-30-14
    Debbie Gomes grants pass, oregon 10-30-14 Member Since 2012

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    What did you love best about When Joy Came to Stay?

    The storyline, the characters, the author writes an amazing story. This is my first book by her but wont be my last.


    What other book might you compare When Joy Came to Stay to and why?

    None that I can think of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When mother and daughter are reunited.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did listen to 13 hours at one time. Finished it the next morning.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. One you will never forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chapel Hill, NC 08-25-14
    Amazon Customer Chapel Hill, NC 08-25-14 Member Since 2014

    not from Brooklyn, from Chapel Hill, NC

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    "AWESOME AND INSPIRATIONAL"
    What did you love best about When Joy Came to Stay?

    It showed how one wrong decision can spiral into life changing situations that go on and on but God's hand was there all the time. They just had to believe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When the child prayed for her real father, unbeknownst to her. A believing child! Who would have thought...


    What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

    She was good. I liked her


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Listen to God


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. Made me question my decisions. Stay in prayer and read the bible so you can be aware when situations arise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Pomrening STockton, CA 07-19-13
    S. Pomrening STockton, CA 07-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "My First Karen Kingsbury book..."
    If you could sum up When Joy Came to Stay in three words, what would they be?

    It was my first Karen Kingsbury book. I loved it! I wanted more!! My new favorite author!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy 04-24-13
    Cathy 04-24-13
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    "Way too long and repetitive"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would shorten this book by at least 1/3. This story goes on and on and on and the same situation repeated several times. Several characters pray the same prayer many many times. I understand the author is trying to get the point across how important prayer is but to listen to this little girl crying for her mommy every other page gets very old.


    What was most disappointing about Karen Kingsbury’s story?

    Again the repetition of the same scenario over and over got old.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I did not care for the accent the narrator used. She had what I found as an annoying voice.


    Could you see When Joy Came to Stay being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I cannot see this as a movie. It would be a very boring movie. Too drawn out.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many of Karen Kingsbury books and found them all very good and delightful and I could not put them down and anxiously waited for the next book, especially those in a series. But this one did not do it for me. Maybe reading it instead of listening to it would be a better read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 02-16-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 02-16-13 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Story About Faith, Secrets and Healing"
    Would you listen to When Joy Came to Stay again? Why?

    I seldom listen to a book twice


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie


    What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a healing book for anyone who has made mistakes or wrong choices, and for Christians who mistakenly think that they are "perfect". I love books like this that confront real life issues and require Christians to take off the "mask".


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book written from a Christian point of view, however, this book would be good for anyone who may have struggled with mental breakdowns; being hurt by the church or the issue of self pride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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