Review of "angels walking" by Karen Kingsbury
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the first in a brand-new series about second chances—a dramatic story about a washed up baseball player, the love he left behind, and the miracles that might save them both.
When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on.
A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.
This novel is about Tyler, a very talented pitcher in Little League and high school. His parents want him to go to college on a baseball scholarship but when he is drafted from high school, he takes that route. He leaves behind parents he has alienated and a girlfriend, Sami, who fervently believes in him.
Tyler gets in trouble working his way up through the minors. Then he suffers a career-ending injury not covered by team insurance. Homeless and nearly broke, he lands a job at a retirement home. It is exactly where God wants him to be. There he meets a woman with Alzheimer's. A woman who thinks he is her son. Her unconditional love changes Tyler's life.
There is great interest in the supernatural now. Current novels usually cover the dark side. Kingsbury gives us a glimpse of the light side of the supernatural, the very real world of angels. Hebrews 13:2 tells us we might meet angels and be totally unaware of it. That's exactly what happens in this novel. Angels look like humans when they bring the right message at the right time. Kingsbury wants us to be more aware of God's fingerprint on our lives.
Besides the importance of the action of angels, other issues are included. One is really living life. At one point Sami and her roommate go to the beach to boogie board the waves. “Look at you, Sami Dawson!” her roommate says. “You're learning to live!” Life is too short to settle for less than what God has in mind for us.
It is time for the mission to begin…
This is the first book in a new series by Karen Kingsbury, and I found it to be very entertaining and mesmerizing at the same time. It actually deals with the supernatural and how God's angels work, unseen, and among us and in a very powerful way.
The novel's main character, Tyler, who is a teen and very talented at baseball, He obtains a scholarship to go to college, and leaves everything behind to go in the direction that his parents have always hoped for and he himself feels is the next step in his life.
However, things don't go as planned for Tyler, as an injury knocks him out of the game of sports. He is homeless and without direction, until he is "lead' to work at a retirement home. There he befriends a woman with Alzheimer, and begins to form a bond. As his life goes in a completely different direction, author Karen Kingsbury brings her readers into the realm of the supernatural, and we see glimpses of the goodness of God as He uses His angels of light to direct a young man to follow the path that God has ordained for him.
I loved this novel. It brings the reader into a whole new realm of the possibilities of the supernatural, and allowing God to lead us to the life he has planned for our own good and what, in the end, brings fulfillment, and happiness. "angels walking" is a must read, especially for those interested in the bright side of the supernatural..