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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,707 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN:
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When Joy Came to Stay illustrates the miraculous power of faith to overcome even the most debilitating suffering. Maggie Stovall has a successful career and a happy marriage, but she also bears the crippling weight of a secret from her past. As she slips farther and farther into depression, her only hope lies in God's loving forgiveness.

Best-selling author and former Los Angeles Times reporter Karen Kingsbury has enriched the lives of countless readers with her spiritually uplifting tales. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/11/2014

    " Read this with a box of tissues. This book made we want to start reading again. The heart wrenching story would touch any heart and soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 2/11/2014

    " What a delve into the emotions of wife, husband and child. A look at the result of choices made and how that choice impacts not only the person choosing but others. Like a pebble thrown into water the waves radiate outward. Absolutely an emotion grabber. Very true to life also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/5/2014

    " I don't read a lot of Christian fiction outside of books written by LDS authors, but I did enjoy this one. I read it in about 3 days. One that I couldn't hardly put down. I'm sure that the topics of depression and child abuse are very difficult to write about and portray. With hearing on the news constantly about children who are abused and do not end up in a happy family, I was glad to see this one turn out with a happy ending. It is, after all, just a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 2/4/2014

    " This was a good book. It helped me during some of my own depression and it helped me get a better understanding of Christians who suffer depression. We may have a hope in Christ but we may loose hope in other things that are dear to us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taryn Garner | 2/2/2014

    " I am a fan of Kingsbury's novels however I often find myself flipping to the end of the novel to see the ending an then going back to read how the ending came about. I feel as Though you can easily predict what will happen in the story once you figure out the basic story line. This novel though, I actually read it how you are supposed too without flipping to the end. I felt as though Kingsbury kept my attention and left no room for boredom. I enjoyed the way she put you in the female characer's mind as she was having her mental breakdown. It allied one to get a glimpse into the emotions and heartache that results in making hard decisions and burying truths for many years. I would definitely read thus again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 1/30/2014

    " What a heart breaking story and yet it shows how God can work everything out for the good. Makes one more aware of things that are not like they seem. My heart goes out to foster children. A must read book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/28/2014

    " This was an intriguing book. Out demonstrates how a person can have hidden things in their past that just east at them. While the daughter is a little unexpected as a well grounded foster child, she is not unrealistic. This is an inspirational story for people struggling with those type of ghosts from their past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 1/26/2014

    " Christian reading. Foster care system. Woman gives up her baby. She keeps seeing a little girl and checks herself into a mental facility. When her husband tries to find her, he tracks down her past and finds the little girl. She has been abused in the foster home and praying to find her birth mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Boehm | 1/23/2014

    " I read this book in one day. In the morning I cried, then I wasn angry at the characters and finally I felt myself examining what I felt about forgiveness and truth. Excellent book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/19/2014

    " Good book with good a Christian setting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer HOot | 12/18/2013

    " sad but good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/16/2013

    " Extremely interesting. Good example of what secrets do to us and our relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/5/2013

    " Good Christian book. I liked it, although was easy to predict the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolle | 12/4/2013

    " This book was written excellent. Again Karen Kingsbury has provided us with a late night read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara Ellerbee | 8/23/2013

    " Loved this book. Have some tissues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kati | 8/7/2013

    " Really related to this story. Not so much in context but in thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 7/12/2013

    " This one is a tear-jerker... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 11/23/2012

    " This was my first Karen Kingsbury book. I did not care for it. I found it preachy. Not sure if I will try the author again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damilola Idowu | 2/17/2012

    " Love this book and love Karen Kingsbury. #cried "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalia | 12/3/2011

    " It was really good! Just like a lot of her other books... I think its good that everything was figured out by the end, except I wanna know what happened to Amanda's actual father... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 7/18/2011

    " I could not put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kw | 7/17/2011

    " So many issues dealt with so well in this beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnea | 5/11/2011

    " Amazing!!! The faith of a child. The power of our God. The reality of depression. The realization of putting too high of expectations on oneself but labeling them as someone else's. So much in this book!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol C | 3/21/2011

    " I don't really read much Christian fiction. While this was an enjoyable and satisfying story, I was troubled by the fact that every non-Christian character in the book was totally devoid of morals. The plotline was extremely predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/7/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was really hard to put down. It hit some hard depression issues but I think Kingsbury did a great job with them. I would recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 1/22/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's a tad predictable but it's so easy to fall in love with the characters that it doesn't matter. Very emotional. Wonderful story. Kingsbury is a great storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Slocum | 12/27/2010

    " Depression is never an easy subject but the author does a good job in bringing you in and making you feel and support this characters. Before to long you will find yourself cheering them on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 10/29/2010

    " I have never suffered from depression, but this lets you know somewhat of what it may feel like and how alone the person feels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 9/21/2010

    " I really liked the happy moments for the ending of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 12/21/2009

    " What a delve into the emotions of wife, husband and child. A look at the result of choices made and how that choice impacts not only the person choosing but others. Like a pebble thrown into water the waves radiate outward. Absolutely an emotion grabber. Very true to life also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 9/22/2009

    " I have never suffered from depression, but this lets you know somewhat of what it may feel like and how alone the person feels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 7/11/2009

    " Loved this book. Have some tissues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/10/2009

    " Read this with a box of tissues. This book made we want to start reading again. The heart wrenching story would touch any heart and soul. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 3/30/2009

    " I don't really read much Christian fiction. While this was an enjoyable and satisfying story, I was troubled by the fact that every non-Christian character in the book was totally devoid of morals. The plotline was extremely predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 3/7/2009

    " A great book about dealing with depresion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 3/3/2009

    " This was a good read by Karen Kingsbury. It deals with a story about depression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephy | 2/26/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book.
    Which surprised me as I'm not a religious person at all.
    but this book was very well written and I can say it did bring me to tears many times. Especially the last few chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 2/24/2009

    " I could not put it down! "

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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

Barbara Caruso is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction, and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit.