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Coming Undone: Contemporary Christian Romance Fiction [Kindle Edition]

Staci Stallings
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Book Description

Ben Warren has life all figured out. At 35, he’s successful in his work and free as a bird everywhere else. He has no desire to be tied down like some of his friends, and he sees no reason to change that. Then the unthinkable happens and causes him to rethink everything about everything.

Kathryn Walker can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong in the dating department. The rest of her life makes sense. She’s compassionate, strong, honest, hard-working and still alone. She wonders if she is doomed to spend forever single. Little does she know that her life is about to take a major turn. In fact, she doesn’t even see it happening until it has. Can she ever get past the fact that Mr. Right didn’t show up in the way she thought he would?

“Kleenex required, but well worth it.”

Death is not a topic most people want to discuss much less face. COMING UNDONE takes on this heart-wrenching topic with faith and tenderness. Katherine’s prayers bring life to this Contemporary Christian Romance even as they teach Ben that life without God is shallow and fleeting. Get swept away with this romance that will quickly find its way onto your most inspirational books list.

“Staci Stallings writes Christian fiction of the purest and sweetest kind.”

*~* EXCERPT *~*

Ragged. That was a good word to describe Dr. Warren’s “family.” It wasn’t a family. Just one guy, and Kathryn wished she had thought to ask a few more questions. As they walked down the hall, Dr. Vitter in front, her in the middle, and the guy behind her, she sank into prayer because that was all she could think to do. God had better show up for this one because she was definitely out of her league. He looked just barely this side of death himself.

In the office, Dr. Vitter motioned toward the little couch on the far wall, and Kathryn accepted his invitation. When she was seated, she watched Mr. Warren sit on the other side, gaze down, looking like he might fall off the earth if someone didn’t hold onto him. She smiled softly, hoping her compassion was evident and not condescending. It was then that she realized Dr. Vitter was not planning to stay.

“Take as long as you need,” he said, and with that, he turned and hustled out, closing the door behind him.

Oh, help, God! her heart screamed into the abyss. She looked over at the guy who looked positively ripped to pieces. Where to start and how? Words failed her. “I’m sorry. I didn’t catch your first name.”

When he looked up, his blue-green eyes were filled with a pleading for her to do something, anything someone hadn’t already thought of. “Uh, Ben. Ben Warren.”

She nodded, wishing she could do or say something to take away the immense pain in his distraught eyes. “Mr. Warren…”

“Please, call me Ben.”

“Ben,” she said softly, “I’m sorry about what’s happened.” The words stopped because compassion choked the rest from her chest. She had learned not to force herself to keep talking in such situations. Time was a stabilizer that rushing simply couldn’t match. “Dr. Vitter said you’re considering hospice care for your father.”

Ben’s dark eyebrows arched in slight sarcasm. “I guess.” He exhaled and put his elbows on his knees and his hands to his mouth. “I don’t really know what I’m doing to be honest with you. All of this… stuff is totally new to me. I don’t know what’s best. I don’t even know what’s worst at this point.”

She watched him, her emotional radar searching for any and all signals that would guide her words. “I take it you will be the one to make the decision.”

“Yeah.” He laughed a hollow laugh. “Lucky me, huh?”

Kathryn didn’t push it. He was working this out in his head and his heart, and she had to let him in his way, in his time.

When he looked at her, there were a myriad of questions in his eyes. “Um, can I ask you some things? I mean, they didn’t really tell me much about your… program.”

“Certainly. Ask whatever you want.”

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Get out the tissues! Yes, even for me.  

"Coming Undone" is one of the hardest romance novels I've ever written, and it gave me great appreciation for those who work in hospice units.  Having been through the hospice experience with several family members, I know the people who work in those units are angels on earth.  They have one of the most emotionally difficult jobs on the planet.  Katherine is one of those characters that inspires me so much.  She just loves and cares and loves some more--even when she's not sure how to go on or how to live again on the other side of losing those she is charged with helping make the trip from here into the next life.

Ben for me was a challenge because this event in his life really just takes the knees out from under him. This is not grief.  It's devastation, and helping someone through something he doesn't want to do while he is so hurt and hurting was very difficult. A Christian Romance novel in every sense of the word, "Coming Undone" will have you sitting in the chapel, praying, going to funerals, and trying to work through life when you're learning to let someone you love go.

About the Author

A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1447 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Spirit Light Publishing (August 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GGP3HI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking Yet Hopeful...Highly Recommended January 21, 2012
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Ben's journey is one all-too-familiar. He's used to fast living and worldly pursuits yet is emotionally stunted and finds it difficult to deal with a life-changing monkey wrench thrown into his party lifestyle and going-through-the-motions as a carefree bachelor. Kathryn calls herself pathetic, and she's not too far off-the-mark in that self-assessment as the novel begins because she's too absorbed with worrying and whining about meeting her Prince Charming. However, when she looks past her single status and focuses on her professional life as a social worker and tends to the needs of her patients' families, the story takes off when she meets Ben on her hospice ward where his father is a patient. It's a sweet, evolving relationship between the two as they each learn lessons in life, loss and surrendering long-held fears and beliefs and find comfort and peace with one another that transitions into deep feelings of affection and then into love. The author's tendency toward frequent POV shifts tends to be disjointed and disconcerting at times, but she's written well-drawn characters with whom the reader can readily identify and embrace. Her dialogue is realistic, the secondary characters are wonderful, and the writing is sharp overall. It's not an easy book to read at times, but it makes the reader think and care, and that alone makes it well worth the journey. Well done, Ms. Stallings. This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review, and I thank her for it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, inspirational romance January 21, 2012
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Coming Undone is an inspirational romance that will appeal to readers who enjoy something a little more gritty and who enjoy character-driven novels.

It's the story of Ben Warren, a man who's life gets turned upside down, and the woman he crosses path with, Kathryn Walker.

I liked the compassion Kathryn showed toward Ben. Also, Stallings does a good job of introducing her characters.

*Please note that I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to feel emotions..... December 14, 2011
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Coming Undone is a wonderful story of a young man, Ben, who doesn't know God, who never took the time to find out who He is. He lived his life selfishly, enjoying women, fun, the fast life.
Kathryn is a young lady who does know the Lord. Yet in her world, loneliness prevails. She is wonderful at her job as a grief counselor and hospice care worker. Yet something is missing in her world.
Two very different worlds collide when a tragedy enters the life of young Ben. These two people meet and begin a journey of friendship and hope.
Extremely touching, this book brought me to tears several times while I was reading. The engaging prose is written well, and following the thoughts of these two wonderful people made for a wonderful story.
Get ready for an awesome story. Please have won't be sorry you read this lovely story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a Kleenex worthy book June 4, 2013
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This is such a well written book. It made me cry so many different times, I only stopped reading to wipe my tears. The characters are real and true and I couldn't help but feel for them. It was sad that it took such a traumatic event to make Ben 'wake up'. I love that Ben and Kathryn don't even realize how they affect each other until they're so deep in love with each other. This is one book I think back on for many reasons. It's thoughtful, compassionate, sad, a little funny, and real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL, and beautiful October 24, 2014
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I have just finished this fantastic book Coming Undone, by my favorite author-Staci Stallings. This is one of the most powerful stories I have ever read, and a beautiful story of love, faith and real life heartache. The author brings the reader to look closely at their own life, as she spins the story of two brothers facing the loss of their dad..a hero to both of them. Hospice is not only a key factor in guiding them through the grief, but also in bringing them to facing emotions with courage and calmness. One can only hope that if they face this journey someday with a loved one, they can have a Kathryn in their lives! While the story is emotional, and yes, I is a story that brings you to the mirror take a good look at yourself, and what is most important in life to you. Truly a life changing story and I am so glad I took this journey.
Story line is well developed, characters are so believeable, and a deep thoughtful look at many life issues and a practical solution offered. VERY well done, Staci..very well done.
This woman can write, and I recommend her books wholeheartedly. I am in the process of reading every one of them, and have not been disappointed one time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kleenex required, but well worth it March 6, 2013
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I absolutely love Staci Stallings books. Her characters are so real. I caught myself just before saying a prayer for Ben, the hero of this book.

Ben's dad is admitted to the Hospice unit after suffering a stoke. The heroine, Kathryn, is the hospice social worker assigned to Ben's family. Although Ben had always been the single, happy-go-lucky guy who only cared about himself and having fun, he discovered that what he really wanted and needed was someone to love and be there for him. Kathryn was always the person doing for everyone else. What she wanted most in the world was a husband. She keep praying, but God never sent said husband.

There are a lot of emotions in the first part of the book - Kleenex required- but the happily- ever-after is well worth the tears. It's also great to see how God used the situation to provide what two people most wanted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I would not recommend this book. I read all of it and kept hoping there would be something funny or exciting but nothing. It was just about death. Very boring.
Published 2 months ago by Connie Roberts
This was a story that had me crying for a family that was destroyed by a woman's adulterers behavior, that she took her children to be part of. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dorothy Hendrickson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
I love the Christian influence in this book. It's a little slow, but a good read.
Published 3 months ago by Miriam F. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I enjoyed this book so much, it grabbed my attention from the first page! What a great story of love, forgiveness and finding God. This was a great book!
Published 7 months ago by Sharon Rudolph
5.0 out of 5 stars "Coming undone" is the story of human emotions and the ...
"Coming undone" is the story of human emotions and the manner in which the characters in the book cope, to get to the stable point in their lives, each has to learn to led... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming Undone
At first I didn't want to finish this book, but I couldn't stop. I found it hard to go through the process of loosing someone you love, but I also found it helpful as they went... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Beverly Brent
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BEACH READ
I chose only 4 stars, because I felt like the story line of Ben in the hospital and hospice with his dad was drug out somewhat. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Claudia Tapscott
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming Undone
I liked this book. The plot very much held my interest. Hospice was portrayed in an accurate and realistic manner. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jill A. Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read
This my first book I`ve read by Stack Stallings. She has captured the experience of facing the death of a loved one in a way that everyone can experience the journey we all must... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional roller coaster
This was quite an emotional roller coaster. But, it had great characters. And the story has a lot of depth. The chemistry is good and clean!
Published 13 months ago by CiCi J
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A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci's stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That's what keeps Staci writing and you reading.


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