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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,271 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781449814243
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From New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes an unforgettable story of love struggling against all odds to snatch hope from the jaws of despair. Annie Warren’s concern for her adult son Josh has intensified ever since a drunk driver careened into him. Disabled and in constant pain, Josh has put his life on hold while awaiting an insurance settlement that seems never to come. Yet as Annie sifts through the rubble of Josh’s life, she uncovers a treasure of surpassing value—the greatest gift he could give her this side of heaven.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Christian fiction author Kingsbury is well loved by her fans, and this newest story, based loosely upon her own brother’s death, will further endear her to her faithful readers…Kingsbury does a fine job communicating the emotional struggles of individuals, and readers will resonate with her characters’ sorrows and losses.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kingsbury’s Cody Gunner series continues with this moving account of a troubled young man’s life. Realistic characters and situations place the reader in the midst of the story and allow you to feel the emotional impact of the tale.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 2/20/2014

    " It was nice having Daisy and Carl Joseph back in this story. :) It's Karen, it's good. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 2/9/2014

    " Great book.... Easy read and great story.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 2/3/2014

    " This Side of heaven is a book that expresses loe in a deep form and shares with every one the fear of leting go. It is abot a man who held on to what he knew was the truth when his family and friends are agains you. Its not until you are goe that they fially understand why you held on so tight. I love this book and i highly recomed it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Todd | 1/14/2014

    " This is my first Karen Kingsbury book. She is artful in her creation of the characters. The book was emotional and the storyline was interesting though a bit predictable. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy Bilik | 1/11/2014

    " This was a beautiful story of promises, struggle, discovery, and restoration. Little on the sad side but an encouraging one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Wingler | 1/11/2014

    " One of my favorites. This is an excellent book. I suggest everyone to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey F | 1/7/2014

    " Karen Kingsbury out did herself with this one. She has such a wonderful way of making you connect with the characters in this book. I LOVED it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Holdiman | 12/27/2013

    " Love Karen Kingsbury! Everything she writes touches my heart. There's always love and family issues that need resolution. God is always the center of that resolution. She has a way of sharing scripture that brings it to a new light for me. I just plain feel good when I read her books. They are an easy read...a curl up in your favorite chair and just enjoy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 12/27/2013

    " I usually love all her stuff, but this was a bit of a slower read for me. It did make it more endearing when I learned (at the end) that it was based on a true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 12/26/2013

    " Quick read. She brought back some characters from other books she had written. Enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 12/20/2013

    " LOVED this book. couldn't put it down. It put me through every emotion out there and made me look at my relationship with God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 12/18/2013

    " This is a really good book, I love the way she makes you FEEL what the characters are most likely feeling! Highly reccomend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 12/16/2013

    " It was interesting that it related to the author's life. And it showed that our judgement / view of someone isn't always accurate, even when they are a close famil member. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 12/14/2013

    " This one made me cry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 12/9/2013

    " Can I say "Excellent"!? Another good read from Karen Kingsbury. I started reading it last night at 8pm and finished at 11:30pm! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Medic 1181 | 10/31/2013

    " With hope that he one day can meet his daughter and give her a life she deserves one man fights pain from a terrible accident and the disgrace of his family. After his passing his lawyer fights for the best for the girl and brings a family together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 7/21/2013

    " I like the characters and the main theme/point but not her best book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Kester | 10/2/2012

    " A very thought provoking book based on a partially true story. Get your kleenex ready. You're going to need them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Odetta | 9/23/2012

    " I wasn't sure whether I was going to finish this. I really didn't like the mother in the story. But the ending was worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ina Layus | 9/19/2012

    " Another wonderfully emotional read by Karen Kingsbury. It's so easy to get completely drawn into her stories, every time. She just never disappoints. And every time I read a Karen Kingsbury book my hope for the world is renewed. Thank you, Karen Kingsbury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/19/2012

    " Once again, Karen Kingsbury writes a book that you have to tear yourself away from. This book opens your eyes to the fact that your child's dreams may not be your dreams, but they're a dreams that deserve the same positive recognition as if they were your own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/13/2011

    " I liked the book okay, but at the end when I found out it was based on Karen's brother's life I liked it a lot better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 10/1/2011

    " Such a good book! This one will get you wrapped up with the characters and have you re-examining your own attitudes and judgements about people. This was one I had a hard time putting down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 9/29/2011

    " Cried through the whole book. I love Karen Kingsbury books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delaney | 3/31/2011

    " Wow!! What a great book! When i had to put it down i didn't want to i wanted to keep reading! I would read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/17/2011

    " Once again, Karen Kingsbury writes a book that you have to tear yourself away from. This book opens your eyes to the fact that your child's dreams may not be your dreams, but they're a dreams that deserve the same positive recognition as if they were your own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 2/2/2011

    " Although the ending was a bit too neat and tidy to seem quite realistic to me, on the whole I really enjoyed this book. A lovely story, and I really felt for the characters and wanted things to turn out right for them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerianne | 1/17/2011

    " inspirational novel about 25 year old who gets hit by a car and the aftermath for him, his family, and a 7 year old daughter he has never seen. lots of references to jesus, God etc, which might turn off some readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/4/2011

    " Makes a few tears.... loved the reading of this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 12/30/2010

    " A story written from the truth of Karen’s brother’s death. Very sad but happy too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/17/2010

    " As good as Karen ever is "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 11/10/2010

    " Inspiring. Things may not turn out the way you plan but that doesn't mean it's not for the best or the greater picture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 9/25/2010

    " It was a very touching heartfelt story!!! "

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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.”

About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.