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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,047 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: Melissa Hurst Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Timeless Love Series Release Date: January 2002 ISBN: 9781449844394
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In this gripping sequel to A Time to Dance, John and Abby Reynolds are back together and feeling like newlyweds after twenty-one years of marriage. They’re convinced that together they can tackle anything, even the high school politics draining the joy from John’s coaching career. But in the blink of an eye, disaster strikes—a kind of tragedy John and Abby never anticipated. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A Time to Embrace is certainly a heart-wrenching story with strong, lovable, and all-too-human characters.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Kingsbury brings readers…lively dialogue, likable characters, and a passionate witness to the commitments and obligations of marriage.” Publishers Weekly
  • “An engaging story brimming with hope.”

    Robin Jones Gunn, author of the Glenbrooke Series

  • “A feel-good read from start to finish. Heart-warming and hope-filled.”

    Lyn Cote, author of Winter’s Secret

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 2/14/2014

    " I usually don't read Christian literature, but all my Baptist friends recommend it. If you want to read a story with a happy ending this is it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayley | 1/31/2014

    " I was captivated by John and Abby in Kingsbury's book A Time to Dance, and I can hardly put down A Time to Embrace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 1/29/2014

    " I liked this book better than the first book, but it was too cheesey for me and it had a hollywood Ending". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quiniece Sheppard | 1/26/2014

    " Wow. This book was amazing. So glad I read this book as I had heard of Karen Kingsbury, but never read any one of her books. I am now a supporter of her work. If I could sum this book up in a phrase it would be "God still performs miracles". Anything can happen if you are crazy enough believe in the impossible. That's exactly what happened in this book. Everyone experienced a miracle and it just wasn't one person as sometimes we believe that miracles only happen to certain people or they can't happen to us, but they happen to anyone who believes in the source of the miracle, which is God. I found myself rejoicing with John got the miracle of walking again even though the doctors told him he would be paralyzed for the rest of his life. I rejoiced when John's daughter got a miracle with the pre-mature birth of her daughter whom the daughters said would never make it. I also rejoiced in the re-uniting of a husband and a wife who were divorced but decided to give it another shot. There were so many miracles and acts of faith in this book that I'm not able to name them all. When God shows up, our lives will never be the same. We can't stay the same when we have God and that's another lesson this book teaches us. It teaches us that with God nothing is impossible. That's exactly what a miracle is. I can't wait to read other works by this author. This book was heartfelt and very touching. I enjoyed every minute of reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 1/5/2014

    " Sequel to A Time to Dance. Christian reading about a basketball coach and his wife. Their time of healing and trials that their family endures. Car accident and forgiveness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/1/2014

    " This book was so good, my emotions were like a roller coaster ride! Karen Kingsbury is awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Holdiman | 12/31/2013

    " I enjoy Dee Henderson's writing...she mixes good crime/mystery stories with love and family. Always has a little suspense and leaves me smiling from a dash of romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Slocum | 12/24/2013

    " I just love this series. Maybe its because it hits to close to home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/24/2013

    " This is such an awesome book! I love Karen Kingsbury! Such a touching story. It is part 2, You need to read A time to Dance first! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/23/2013

    " Enjoyed very much in 2009. This book came at a time that my husband was recovering from a horrible accident so it was an emotional read for me in the second half. It is about love and hope and finding both in the midst of life's challenges. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and its companion, "A Time to Dance". It has a lot to say about how to stay true to your marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 12/1/2013

    " Another great book about John and Abby and being totally committed to one another and to your faith even in the tough times we don't understand "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaylynn Cottongame | 11/11/2013

    " Great book - I love Karen Kingsbury books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 11/8/2013

    " This book and Book One (A Time to Dance)are my favorite Karen Kingsbury books! Well worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jdboerding | 10/14/2013

    " Very uplifting, about a family that isn't perfect just like mine!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 9/3/2013

    " This was an excellent inspiring story. I walked away with a feeling that I was, and should be, grateful for everything I have in my life. Kingsbury really gives you the ability to see everything in a new and amazing light. Her books really help to remind me where my heart should be focusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 8/19/2013

    " It wasn't until I finished reading this one that I realized I this one was the second book in the series...oh, well! It was a really refreshing book on how marriage is sacred and how no matter what life brings into your marriage, together with God, anything, even miracles, can happen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan Ackerson | 6/1/2013

    " I wish there was a possibility of having less than one star. It's beyond me why this author is so popular in Christian circles. Her writing is abyssmal, and the premise of this one (a healed spinal cord injury) offends me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/31/2013

    " Sequel to A Time to Dance. Excellent, but will make you cry like most of Karen Kingsbury's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity U | 3/31/2013

    " Love Karen Kingsbury's books, and this one is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 3/30/2013

    " A little too long; a little to heavy-handed on the "moral of the story." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kacy | 2/13/2013

    " This was an encouraging book about the strength of family and marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/1/2013

    " Great, faith promoting story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/5/2012

    " you can't always have what you want, but forgiveness is always the key to happiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 6/1/2012

    " very good. I'll read Karen Kingsbury again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Duane Enoch | 3/16/2012

    " It gets a minus one I was not able to finish reading it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/31/2012

    " Excellent 2nd book in the series of 2. Genius writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashlee | 10/10/2011

    " About half way through it right now...It's a killer read!!! Love it!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorrie | 9/28/2011

    " Although I enjoyed reading this book, it wasn't one of my favorites. The ending was just a little too rosey, which isn't reality. I am all for a happy ending, but not a fairy tale version. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 5/26/2011

    " A book about forgiveness and faith. Great book, but not my favorite by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Brendel | 5/9/2011

    " As my husband is also a coach/teacher I appreciate the last paragraph on page 310! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/6/2011

    " Very moving book, it brought me to tears many times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 3/13/2011

    " Awesome! I finished this book in two days! The characters are very easy to identify with and the issues discussed in the book are contemporary. The stroy is of course filled with God's truths. A Time to Embrace is a fun and wholesome read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 12/9/2010

    " The book kept me turning the pages but the ending was a little out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorrie | 12/12/2009

    " Although I enjoyed reading this book, it wasn't one of my favorites. The ending was just a little too rosey, which isn't reality. I am all for a happy ending, but not a fairy tale version.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corrin | 11/19/2009

    " So much better than I expected. My first Karen Kingsbury book - I think I'll read some more of her books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/26/2009

    " Tearjerker...have kleenex handy! But a happy ending. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty inspirational novels. She has written many successful series and standalone books, including the 9/11 series, Oceans Apart, Between Sundays, the Women of Faith series, and a number of children’s books. Her book Like Dandelion Dust was made into an award-winning movie in 2009, receiving awards from the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, New York VisionFest, and others. Dubbed by Time magazine as the “Queen of Christian Fiction,” Kingsbury has been a featured guest on the Today show and appeared in many publications, including USA Today. Aside from being an author, Kingsbury is also a songwriter; in 2009, she cowrote the song “Walls” with Richie McDonald and has written a song for Marie Osmond called “Tell Me to Breathe.”