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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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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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Maxie
  • Odessa, TX, United States
  • 12-02-07

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!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 02-16-13

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This writer is truly inspirational

I love every word Karen Kingsbury writes. Since I began listening to her, I've listened to no one else.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Christian Life Lessons

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES! As someone who didn't find Christ until my 50's, my life has been full of choices many Christians can't imagine making. Most Christian novels have a "ridiculously happy ending" set of events that would not occur in the "real world" and this is no exception. For years this caused me to scoff at this genre and find no entertainment value in them. Kingsbury, however, has the ability to accurately capture the emotions that go with the the consequences of poor decisions. The way her characters address these consequences through Christ teach me what it means to live a Christian life. Although I can always predict the events and the ending, I can't get enough of the role models she develops in her novels.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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!

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Great inspirational story!

It was a little predictable but still a great Christian story! It reminded me of a lot of the promises God made to us that are easily forgotten when we're hurting or dealing with tough situations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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amazing book

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful