Friday, October 1, 2010
Forgiven (Firstborn Series) by Karen Kingsbury
Forgiven is the second book in the Firstborn Series with Fame being the first. It continues from where Fame left off and the focus is once again on Dayne Matthews, the Hollywood superstars and Katy Hart, a director with the Christian Kids Theatre (CKT) in the small town of Bloomington.
From the title, forgiveness is the theme for this second book. A lot of the characters in the story have to learn about forgiving and act of forgiveness.
For the kids at the CKT, a devastating tragedy leads to a lot of unforgiveness and thoughts of revenge among the kids. They have to learn to trust God and forgive the one who ‘trespass against them’.
For Dayne, he has to forgive his late adoptive parents whom he felt ‘choose God over him’ when they left him in boarding schools while growing up while they do their missionary work in the jungle and he himself needs forgiveness from God. By the way, Karen gives readers a brief insight on a new age cult that initially had a hold on Dayne.
For the Baxter, the secret that John and Elizabeth guarded so dearly all these years was finally revealed to one of the children when she found a letter that Elizabeth wrote. At least I am glad for John that he doesn’t have to bear this burden on his own now.
I didn’t really like both Dayne and Katy when they were first introduced in Fame but I am beginning to like them and root for them. I especially love how the book ended. It really magnifies and portrays how Great God is.
Forgiven, like Fame is again rather slow moving which allows readers to reflect on this theme. It can get rather boring but if you get past that, you would enjoy it. It took me months to read it as I only read a few pages at a time so I am learning to enjoy and appreciate the ‘slowness’ of the story.
I certainly enjoyed it better than Fame. The third books is entitled Found. I can’t wait to get started on it!
p.s. For some reason, this worship song by Chris Tomlin kept coming back to me even when I'm done with this post. So, here it is....may it be a blessing to you.