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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; First Edition edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599950022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599950020
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Kingsbury, a CBA bestselling author, delivers her signature mix of melodrama, formula and genuine emotional punch in this novel about two young rodeo stars and their experiences with Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis. The young leads inhabit Christian romance fiction clichés: Cody Gunner is the ruggedly handsome outdoorsman with a painful past (his backstory, as it happens, is identical to that of the male lead in Susan May Warren's Happily Ever After) and Ali Daniels is the daintily beautiful yet doggedly determined young cowgirl who wins his heart. Both characters are driven to succeed by a need to overcome hidden pain. Cody has suffered from besetting anger at both of his parents since the day his father left the family because he was unable to handle Cody's brother's Down syndrome. Ali, on the other hand, secretly has cystic fibrosis, and she rides in horse races despite the dust, hay and allergens associated with her sport, which will shorten her already brief life expectancy. When these two predictably fall in love, they provide each other with some measure of healing before the novel reaches its telegraphed conclusion. Despite the plot's limitations, Kingsbury fans will undoubtedly be pleased by more of the inspirational fiction for which this author has become beloved. (Apr. 13)
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"A touching story…will bring the author many new fans." -- —Dorothy Garlock, author of Hope’s Highway

"Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite writers." -- —Pat Williams, senior vice president, Orlando Magic --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist. There are nearly 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 50 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen's newest novel, COMING HOME - The Baxter Family - releases June 26 and is the subject of much buzz on Karen's active Facebook page, where she had more than 250,000 friends. There is also great anticipation over THE BRIDGE, Karen's much-anticipated first hardback release with her new publisher - Simon & Schuster's Howard Books. THE BRIDGE is a love story set against the demise of the American bookstore.

In addition, Karen has ventured into the area of short pieces with her new non-fiction series - KAREN KINGSBURY, THE REST OF THE STORY. Her first piece, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of readers interested in knowing more about Karen's personal life and the motivation behind her Life-Changing Fiction (TM). I CAN ONLY IMAGINE shares the story of Karen's brother, his struggles, and his quest for redemption.

Karen's novel LIKE DANDELION DUST is the subject of a major motion picture currently in theaters. Like Dandelion Dust stars Academy Award winning Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper, along with Cole Hauser and Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film has received more than 30 awards in the Film Festival Circuit including numerous Best Picture awards. Several of Karen's books are currently under theatrical development.

Karen's most recent series - the Bailey Flanigan Series, wrapped up in March. Coming Home - The Baxter Family - is a stand-alone novel about John Baxter's 70th Birthday and the tragedy that happens during June, 2010 with Take Four. The series is about two producers looking to change the world with the power of film. The Above the Line series also includes Karen's popular characters from the fictitious Baxter Family. The Baxters were first introduced to readers through the five-book Redemption series, and then the five-book Firstborn series, and finally the four-book Sunrise series.

Dubbed by Time Magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen has also been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and numerous other television programs and magazines. Her fiction has made her one of the country's favorite storytellers. Others of her emotionally gripping titles include the 9-11 Series, Even Now, Ever After, and Between Sundays.

Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in Nashville, TN with their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is an actress who has appeared in several Christian films. She is newly married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The two also live in Nashville.

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Amy on April 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've never read a Karen Kingsbury book that I didn't like. The heart she puts in the development of her characters has always touched me and I don't believe I've ever read one of her books without shedding some tears. "A Thousand Tomorrows" certainly was no different. However what I did notice was different about this novel was the abscence of reference to scripture. In previous books scripture tended to be threaded througout the entire book. This just wasn't the case in this novel. Again, I certainly still enjoyed the book a great deal and read it in one sitting because as usual, Karen's characters drew me in and gripped my heart. There just seem to be a change in this book from her previous books. With that said, I learned that Karen's books don't have to meantion specific scripture to teach us all lessons about the love of God. Incredible author.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
A Thousand Tomorrows is and inspirational book about how to live your life to the fullest. In this book Cody Gunner goes through life missing someone special to him. The reason why this person left causes Cody a lot of anger that he expresses through bull riding. He doesn't care that he might die doing this; all he cares about is the eight seconds that he is on the bull. This is only way to let out his anger but this is a secret that he keeps to himself. Ali Daniels is on the Pro Rodeo Circuit, too, and she has a secret she keeps from the rest of the riders. This until she meets Cody. Ali learns that she can learn to trust Cody and with the trust they give each other they fall in love. When a tragedy happens, they both have to live life together fully because the time they have may be short. Anyway this is an amazing book, and the ending is so sweet that you may end up crying.

Karen Kingsbury is an inspirational author who knows how to write a good book that you take it to heart. She is an amazing Christan author. In A Thousand Tomorrows she portrays two people's lives in which all they can do is live life to the fullest or they are cheating themselves of the time they have. This is an amazing book that all you can do is love.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By livvie on May 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This novel, like all of Karen Kingsbury's novels, was great. You identified with her fcharacters, you learned lessons, and you grew from reading this book.

A Note to anyone reading this novel: This is NOT a Christian Fiction novel, like you have come to expect from karen kingsbury. this is by her own admission, a secular nove, written for a secular audience, but clean enough so her Christian readers would feel comfortable. That had (in my estimation) been achieved. This is a novel I would use to give to someone who was interested reading Christian fiction, but didn't know where to start, or didn't want to go BOOM right into the "preachy-teachy" as some people think books end up like in this genre.

I unlike some people who have mentioned this, appreciate the realism in Kingsbury's stories. Life does not have a happily ever ending to it, instead she makes her endings as I like to call Happily After All. Yes, there is sadness and sorrow and death, but usually (as there is a sequel or a series to nearly all of her works), things work out in the end. Maybe not in a happy, rah rah yay! kind of way, but in a spiritual, uprising way.

Why the 4 Stars? Too short for my taste and read way too fast.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Darling VINE VOICE on May 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What motivates people to greatness? Often it is anger, sometimes it is determination to defy the odds. In this heartwarming tale of love and struggle, both of these emotions are displayed in the lives of Cody Gunner and Ali Daniels.

Acclaimed Christian novelist, Karen Kingsbury shares insights into the world of rodeo, barrel racing and bull-riding, an environemnt that many of us are not familiar with and yet the reader finds himself becoming more interested this distant sport.

Cody is the bitter son of an NFL great. His Dad left at an early age and Cody never forgave him or his mother. Ali is surrounded by loving parents, but she battles a fatal disease, Cystic Fibrosis.

For Cody, his anger fuels his passion to ride. For Ali, her determination to live a life of purpose fuels her. In the midst of their individual quests, their paths cross and hearts once closed to love are now open. Even as they face Ali's impending death.

It is clear that Karen wrote this book to be a bestseller and a Hallmark movie. It has all the right elements. And yet the reader's interest is kept because we're taken inside the unknown world of rodeo and the mysterious and yet incurable disease called Cystic Fibrosis.

I came away with a greater appreciation for both, especiall those who struggle with CF. I had heard of the disease, but I did not really know what it was. Karen Kingsbury carefully educates the reader on the struggles, the medical treatments, the long-term prognosis, and everday life for those afflicted with this disease. If anything the beautiful storytelling and the delicated dialogue draw into the world of CF like never before. I personally came away with much greater compassion for the parents of CF-afflicted children. God bless them.

This is an inspirational book, a family-time story, a heartwarming tale of hope, love, and forgiveness. You're entire family will enjoy it.
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