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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2012
Kicking Eternity by Ann Lee Miller
This book follows the lives of four young adults. There is Raine who has always dreamed of going to Africa. Her heart is for the orphans there but is her motive to escape from under her dad's thumb or her brother's dependency upon her? She is teaching Bible at the Triple S Christian Camp for the summer. When her new friends tell her she hasn't experienced life being home schooled and not out in the world, her faith is challenged. Will she wait to hear what God desires for her or will her physical desires rule her decisions?

Drew has been living the past years in a blur. He has lived waiting for the love of his life to walk back into it. Drew is the Rec Leader at the camp. He remembers the younger Raine who has now become a beautiful young woman. Drew struggles with dealing with the past and deciding on the future. Will the Lord give him a wife and family? Will his old flame return and if so, is it what he still wants?

Cal is from the family where dad is a preacher and brother runs the camp. He is rebelling against giving into God. When he sees the beautiful Raine, something inside him wants to become a better person for her. But is he being led back to God or only trying to meet human expectations?

Aly has been a lost little girl for some time. Her goody two shoes roommate wants to be friends but what does Raine know about life? Aly's dad has been out of the picture for years so she's replaces her dad with other guys to fill her need to be loved, yet she always ends up feeling empty. When she realizes there is one guy that 's always been there for her....and has cared for her....it's too late. He is in love with someone else. And the big question she asks herself is, "Can God forgive someone as sinful as me?"

Ann brings these characters to life. They are imperfect. A few think that drugs will help while others look for human comforters. One is just enabling another. As they hang onto their pasts or look into their futures....you will be pulled along into their lives. On the roller coaster of relationships that always take that sudden turn or drop off when you least expect it. It does have romance in it but so much more. Looking forward to her books coming out later this year.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2012
Very clean romance with a unique love triangle that kept me wondering far into the story who Rainey would choose. This story is set in a bible camp in Florida where Rainey is a bible teacher as she waits to go to Africa to be a missionary. Drew, the activities director and a childhood friend, teases her; Cal, the art teacher and a rebel to the Christian values his parents espoused, draws Rainey in with his handsome looks and charm. Issues brought up in this book are Christian values, meth use and addiction, and hard family relationships when dealing with a user. I enjoyed this story a lot. It was well written, fast paced and I learned a lot from it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2012
This book was well written and very engaging. It's a Christian book (although not preachy!) with a clear moral message made very believable. The main characters were well defined and easy to relate to. I enjoyed this story and think it would be especially meaningful for teenage readers. Adult readership may like to see more intense background detail in future books featuring different age ranges. The author has a gift for making the characters come to life and leaves you wanting more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
Set at a Christian summer camp, Kicking Eternity is the story of four young adult counselors, Raine, Drew, Cal, and Aly.

Raine is the main main character. It's really her story we read. Her mission has always been to go to Africa. Obstacles stand in her way. She needs to find God's true path for her and go where He wants her.

Drew, her closest friend, is still in love with his old girlfriend. He believes it's God's will for the two to be together. It's his mission to find out the truth about Sam and where his friendship with Raine fits in all this.

Cal is a brother to Jesse the camp director, which is how he got the job since he does not identify himself as Christian. An artist, he falls for Raine and wants to be what she wants in a man. Can he be true to himself and be what Raine wants?

Aly is good friends with Cal, but how far does this friendship go? She's also roommates with Raine during summer camp, but finds the two are different. Is Raine annoying or is there something deeper? Does Aly want to find something deeper or keep to her boyfriend bouncing ways?

This is the summer for all four. They are tempted and tested, growing to find who they really are and what really matters in life.

It's undoubtly Christian, but I felt it was too in-your-face. It didn't feel quite as genuine as other Christian novels I've read. Maybe I'm just being cynical. I am too cynical for my own good sometimes. Christians are to pray, I know, but it just felt they did it too much, like a "get out of jail free" card. But, overall, it was a good young adult story.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
I'm really surprised by the ratings on this book. I was ready to quit by the end of the 1st chapter. Totally unbelievable dialogue between people who have just met. Christian fiction shouldn't have a lower bar, but I think that's obviously the case. This may have won a Christian fiction award, but I seriously doubt it could make it outside of that arena. Glad I didn't pay for this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2014
I loved this book. After reading Tattered Innocence I was very leery about ready this at first, but I am glad that I did.

As a Christian I love to read fiction that has themes of faith running throughout the plot. What I do not like, is when I feel an author is preaching at me. I not once felt that Ann was trying to preach to me. Ann creates this beautiful picture of the reality of a Christian's walk with God. Christianity is not a free pass from pain, anger, hurt, and frustration. And it is certainly not a free pass from the need for physical intimacy. Miller addresses this side of life from a Christian point of view beautifully. Her characters are real and genuine, and as flawed as everyone else. From Cal who openly doubts his faith, to Raine who is struggling to determine what God really wants her life to look like, to Aly who is seeking love from everyone but the One who can give her peace and comfort. This is a realtable novel to people from all walks of life. Miller does a fantastic job showing that Christians are real people who deal with the same issues that everyone else faces.

This is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone. Period.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
I wanted to at least like this book just because the cover is just awesome. I just couldnt get past the first three chapters...it just didnt grab me enough to make me keep reading. Rats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2014
The years of high school and college are some of the most fun, yet some of the most integral years of our lives. Those are the years we are shaped as adults and make decisions about love and careers that will follow us for the rest of our lives.

This is the case for Raine, Cal, Ally, and Drew. Their whole lives are ahead of them. Decisions about jobs, ministries, and marriage abound. Some look to God for help in making those decisions, others don’t until they hit rock bottom and sometimes even then they still don’t look up.

This is a great summer read for young adults. Maybe by reading it they will see the consequences of not following God and His ways.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
According to my Kindle, I've read 40% of the book, but I can't force myself to read anymore. The book appears to have been written more for a middle school level, and I still have not determined the plot or purpose of the book. This may be because scenes change very frequently throughout the book, as often as every few pages. The scenes are very disjointed, and I find myself having to stop and readjust my thought process. The dialogue is also disjointed and is often interrupted with lengthy descriptions and/or character thought processes, so that I was often forced to reread previous paragraphs to determine to what a character was replying. While I admire the author's stance on some of the issues, these issues were more force fed than learned. And it was obvious the author needed more research concerning such things a drug abuse, homeschooling, and recreational drug use. The characters were under-developed and unlikable, and though they were supposed to be young adults their speech, emotions, and thought patterns were more on the level of high schoolers which made them unrealistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2014
Wow. I was very impressed. This is the best Christian YA novel I've read so far. It covers issues young adults, and not just Christian ones, struggle with in their twenties, and how God plays a part in the decisions made—or not—by these individuals. Author Ann Lee Miller did an excellent job both creating realistic characters the reader cares about, and in keeping the reader wanting to turn the pages quickly. I'll recommend this book to my family and friends to read, and I look forward to enjoying more novels written by this author.
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