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Faithful [Kindle Edition]

Kim Cash Tate
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Kim Cash Tate's enjoyable novel is true to both the realities of life and the hope found through faith in Jesus. Romance meets real life with a godly heart. Hooray!"--Stasi Eldredge, best-selling author of Captivating

Cydney Sanders thought she knew God's plan for her life. She'd marry, have kids, and then snap her body back into shape by doing Tae Bo. But she's celebrating her fortieth birthday as the maid of honor at her little sister's wedding...and still single. Now her life is suddenly complicated by the best man. He's the opposite of what she wants in a husband...and yet, he keeps defying her expectations. Starting with a lavendar rose--symbolizing enchantment--each rose he sends her reflects his growing love for her.

Cydney's best friend Dana appears to have the perfect marriage--until she discovers her husband's affair and her world goes into a tailspin. Then there is Phyllis--who is out of hope and out of prayers after asking God for six long years to help her husband find faith. When she runs into an old friend who is the Christian man she longs for, she's faced with an overwhelming choice.

Life-long friends with life-altering struggles. Will they trust God's faithfulness...and find strength to be faithful to Him?



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The author skillfully ties the concept of sexual purity, whether married or single, to the idea of faithfulness on a spiritual level. How one chooses to behave sexually, Kim Cash Tate seems to be saying, directly relates to one's trust in God. And the strength of one's relationship with God directly relates to how one handles temptation and betrayal. Tate communicates the subtleties of married sexuality with taste and insight. ...Whether in life-stage, race, gender or occupation, there was a rich variety among the main characters and their guys. ...Tate avoids the unrealistic "happily ever after" ending while still offering a message of faith, hope, and love. Readers will not be disappointed at this latest addition to the Women of Faith Fiction line. --Crosswalk.com

About the Author

Kim Cash Tate is the author of The Color of Hope, Hope Springs, Cherished, FaithfulHeavenly Places, and the memoir More Christian than African American. A former practicing attorney, she is also a Bible teacher and women's ministry leader at The Gate Church in St. Louis. She and her husband have two children. Twitter: @KimCashTate Facebook: kimcashtate


Product Details

  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595548548
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040ZN06M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Faithful October 5, 2010
By Rella
Format:Paperback
Faithful is the story of three woman and their struggles to remain faithful to the promises they made to themselves and to God.
I wanted to like this book... and I did like parts of this book, but overall I think I would just rate this book as "okay." The main problem I had with this book is it seemed liked everything in life was puppies and rainbows once a character found God, or gave their problems to God.

A wife finds out her husband - who happens to be a Christian leader within their home church - is having an affair with another member of their church. She cries for a couple of days, gives her problem to God and realizes she has forgiven her husband and no longer feels bitter.

A man who is a player doesn't have a problem with sex before marriage. Throughout the book he tries to date a strong Christian woman and tries to convince her break her vows of sex before marriage. After one bible study (that he joined to be with this woman), he gives himself to God and no longer questions or doubts what he once believed.

This book made me think about what I was I doing wrong... I do have faith. I do pray and I do try to give my problems to God. Even so, sometimes I do feel bitter; I do still question and do still have problems.

I think the book would have been better if it wasn't such a "happily ever after" for each character of the book. I am not saying that with being faithful to God and God's plan, life can not be great; I just think that even if you are faithful, problems sometimes are not always easily erased and emotions are not always wiped perfectly clean. But then again, maybe I am not faithful enough??
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A romance, without the cheesiness September 14, 2010
Format:Paperback
At its core "Faithful" by Kim Cash Tate is about three women whose belief in God's faithfulness is being tested. Cyd is single and turning 40 on the day her younger sister is getting married. When the best man sweeps her off her feet, Cyd is torn between impulses and waiting for the man she knows is right for her. Meanwhile her friend Dana discovers her husband is having an affair. Though he apologizes and says he wants their marriage to work, she must decide whether or not to trust him. At the same time Phyllis' husband is antagonistic towards her faith, and when she meets a man who loves God and treats her well, she has to decide where her heart should be.

I really appreciated this book. Though I am not in the life stage of any of these women I can relate to the sentiment of wondering where God is at and whether or not he will be as faithful as he has promised to be. Furthermore, Tate captures church culture spot on: the humor, the terminology, even the hypocrites. It didn't feel fake, like people running around on pristine beaches. It felt like something my friends could be experiencing.

Frankly, I don't really care for romances. But the title intrigued me, so I read it. To my surprise, it was a page turner, and several nights I caught myself thinking, "I simply must go to bed, but maybe I'll just read one more chapter..."

Full disclosure: I was sent this book for free in return for a review.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! January 10, 2011
Format:Paperback
When I opened Faithful by Kim Cash Tate for the first time, I never expected it to suck me in as hard as it did. I read half the book in two days, and I became so wrapped up in it that I had to literally force myself to put it down and live my own life!

The individual and entwined stories of Cydney, Dana and Phyllis made me think of my own girlfriends, appreciate my marriage, and see God's love through all things -- even in the most trying times of life.

Tate fleshes out the stories of these three women who are all at different stages of life -- one single at 40, one dealing with an unfaithful husband, and another struggling with her husband's lack of faith in God -- with a care and realism that can be hard to find in any type of fiction, much less in romantic fiction. Furthermore, the religious side of the book never felt heavy-handed. It is instead woven into the plot line with an ease and realism that I really appreciated, and that also made it a key factor in each woman's story.

I was drawn into the story completely, always wanting to know what happened next, wanting to see how these women dealt with each of their "issues." The characters became like friends to me, and I found myself going through their many emotions right along with them. That fact alone is the mark of a great book and a talented author. As such, this book is definitely the a short list of books I am sure to read again and again in the future!

Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of the book from Thomas Nelson publishers for review purposes. No other compensation was received.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Faithful" is the book to get! December 31, 2010
Format:Paperback
"Faithful" is a story about Cydney Sanders and her friends, who are severely tested in their faith and must determine in their hearts if they will remain Faithful to God. Cydney starts to doubt the faithfulness of God as her 40th birthday draws near and she is still unmarried. To make matters worse she is to be the maid of honor at her younger sister's wedding...on her birthday. Soon Cydney meets a man that is the complete opposite of what she wants in a husband. Yet there is something about him that catches her off guard and catches her heart, starting with a special symbol shared between them that symbolizes this unlikely beau's growing love for her.

Cydney's friend Dana is sent on an emotional tailspin after finding out that her perfect husband has been having an affair. Bringing her to the sudden and painful realization that what she thought was a perfect marriage really isn't.

Phyllis grows weary as she must deal with the an unbelieving husband and doubts whether her prayers for him to come to Christ will be answered. Soon her faithfulness to God and her husband is tested even more after she reconnects with an old Christian friend, who is everything that her husband is not. Putting her in a position to decide whether she will stay with the one she's married to or move on to the one that is slowly capturing her heart.

Faithful is an exceptional book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would most definitely read it again. This is the first ever book that I have read by Kimberly Cash Tate, and I have to say that she has just gained a new fan. She most definitely kept God first in her storytelling. It was refreshing. Many authors just think that if you sprinkle the name of God in every now and again that makes the book "Christian." That is completely untrue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like God when we start having the best pity party ...
Cyd is nearing her 40th birthday feeling everything she put her trust in the Lord for all these years is fading away. Read more
Published 1 month ago by linda
4.0 out of 5 stars flows easily although it has a few bumps
Interesting, flows easily although it has a few bumps. Worth reading!
Published 4 months ago by ora jane bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story lines!
Wow! I really enjoyed this book. Each of the story lines included different issues, but all related to a personal relationship with God. I love the way the the stories unfolded. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kimberly P. Hines-monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and easy reading!
I give "Faithful" a very high rating because I love how the author applied biblical truths to very real situations and challenges that we face. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hattie
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Poignant and Emotional!!!!
Absolutely amazing!! I could relate to Cyd on so many levels. And felt like I was going through the storm with Dana. My emotions went wherever the characters' emotions went. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the book Faithful
I liked the different story lines and how they connected to each other. i have recommended the book to many friends.
Published 8 months ago by Kathryn L. Hirsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written
I have never heard of the author , I stumbled upon this book and dice died to read it. I was truly blessed!!! Thank you kim Cash Tate, for being a talented woman of faith. Read more
Published 12 months ago by SGS
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was SO good!
I have read all of Kim Cash Tate's books within this series. This book is the first, but I read it last and it was so cool to already be familiar with the characters but see how... Read more
Published 15 months ago by CJS2
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
The author brought the characters to life. So encouraging and inspiring! Ready to read another one of her books. AWESOME!
Published 16 months ago by Charlotte Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Give up on God
Faithful, has inspired me to stay focus, be caution, be alert.etc after finishing my book, i am determine to honor my promise with God and talk to him about whatever bothers me,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nicky
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