Karen Kingsbury: A Thousand Tomorrows

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Karen Kingsbury is perhaps one of the most intriguing Christian authors of all time. Kingsbury is a very widely-read Christian author who has written many popular novels. In fact, some of her books have even hit the big screen. Kingsbury has the talent to write meaningful novels that make a difference in the world of Christian fiction, and at times, she has come through with novels that take on challenging subjects and portray them in a positive light. However, at other times she tends to be a bit melodramatic. While some of her books lead up to important life lessons, others take a long time to get there, or get lost along the way. The Cody Gunner Series is my favorite series by Kingsbury because it gives the reader a first-hand perspective on subjects that many writers are afraid to take on. The first book in the series, A Thousand Tomorrows, deals with subjects such as broken families, love, anger, life challenges, faith, friendship, disease, prayer, and God’s redeeming love. The opening chapters introduce the reader to the main characters; Cody Gunner and Ali Daniels. Cody is a fearless young man who channels his energy through the famous sport of bull riding. Every time he gets on a bull he does not feel fear, rather anger at his father for leaving their family. The audience sees a legend in bull riding, but reality is a broken young man who is angry at the world. Cody’s self-centered world is suddenly shattered with the entrance of a mysterious young woman, Ali Daniels. Ali, like Cody, appears to have it all together on the surface, but in reality, she is just as broken as he is. Ali may be beautiful, but her beauty hides a well-kept secret that is becoming increasingly difficult to keep under wraps. Drawn together through pain and heartbreak, Cody and Ali hold on to each other and dream of a better future. Ultimately, they dream of a cure for both of their problems. Will Cody and Ali discover that God is the only One who loves us unconditionally? To answer these questions, read the book!;) A Thousand Tomorrows would make a great Christian film or miniseries, as there is ample content found both in this book and the sequel to supply a plot for a film or films. However, the writer/director/producer would have to build on what Kingsbury has supplied and make this book more than just another Christian romance movie.