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Where Yesterday Lives

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PRAISE FOR
KAREN KINGSBURY’S BOOKS

When Joy Came to Stay

“Kingsbury confronts hard issues with truth and sensitivity.”

F
RANCINE
R
IVERS
, bestselling author of
Leota’s Garden

“Kingsbury’s poignant tale of a lost and broken family and how they experience God’s miraculous healing is a sure guarantee to bring hope and joy to her readers.”

M
ELODY
C
ARLSON
, author of
Diary of a Teenage Girl

“A thought-provoking account of the battle of depression in a believer’s life. It leaves no doubt that God is loving, merciful, and faithful.”

N
ANCY
M
OSER
, author of
The Seat Beside Me

A Moment of Weakness

“Kingsbury spins a tale of love and loss, lies and betrayal, that sent me breathlessly turning pages…”

L
IZ
C
URTIS
H
IGGS
, bestselling author of
Bookends
and
Bad Girls of the Bible

“A gripping love story. A
Moment of Weakness
demonstrates the devastating consequences of wrong choices, and the long shadows deception casts over the lives of God’s children. It also shows the even longer reach of God’s providence, grace, and forgiveness.”

R
ANDY
A
LCORN
, bestselling author of
Deadline
and
Dominion

“One message shines clear and strong through Karen Kingsbury’s
A Moment of Weakness:
Our loving God is a God of second chances.”

A
NGELA
E
LWELL
H
UNT
, bestselling author of
The Note

Waiting for Morning

“What a talent! I love her work.”

G
ARY
S
MALLEY
, bestselling author


Waiting for Morning
will remind believers of God’s mercy and challenge them to pray for America. The book…reveals God’s awesome love and His amazing ability to turn moments of weakness into times of strengthening.”

C
HRISTIAN
R
ETAILING
, Spotlight Review

From Readers

“Your books are like cheesecake…. One is never enough.”

—C. W.

“I have never had novels affect me as deeply as yours have.”

—L. B.

“No other author has made me cry and laugh so much in one book.”

—L. L.

“I am amazed at how addicted I have become to your books.”

—A. S.

“What a marvelous talent God has given you.”

—L. V.

“You are my favorite author, and I do a lot of reading.”

—L. J.

“If there were more Christian novels like yours, this world would be a better place.”

—A. D.

“You are unbelievably gifted. In my mind, you are to inspirational fiction what Charlie Parker was to the saxophone, what Mark McGwire is to the home run, what Michael Jordan is to basketball, what Tiger Woods is to golf. You are that good.”

—M. A.

“Thank you so much for writing such wonderful books…. They are hazardous to my housework!”

—L. B.

“When I think you can’t top your last book, you go and do it again.”

—D. R.

NOVELS BY KAREN KINGSBURY
Where Yesterday Lives
When Joy Came to Stay
A Time to Dance
On Every Side
A Time to Embrace
One Tuesday Morning
Oceans Apart
Beyond Tuesday Morning

FOREVER FAITHFUL SERIES
Waiting for Morning
A Moment of Weakness
Halfway to Forever

REDEMPTION SERIES WITH GARY SMALLEY
B
OOK
1:
Redemption
B
OOK
2:
Remember
B
OOK
3:
Return
B
OOK
4:
Rejoice
B
OOK
5:
Reunion

Dedicated to Dad, that in seeing today what could be tomorrow, you would never wonder how very much you are loved.

Mom, for being forever dependable. Your love has no limits.

My husband, my best friend, whose Bible is anything but dusty. Walking through life by your side is the greatest thing this side of heaven. Thank you for loving me enough to tell me the Truth. I love you always.

Kelsey my sweet daughter. Your love for Jesus is as beautiful as the light in your eyes, the warmth in your smile.

Ty, my tenderhearted boy. I treasure watching you walk and grow in the image of your daddy, as he continues to walk and grow in the image of our heavenly Father.

Austin, our little Isaac. God blessed us with you not once, but twice. You will always be a living reminder that God still works miracles among us. I can’t wait to see the great things He has planned for you!

And to God Almighty, who has for now blessed me with these.

Acknowledgements

Like any writer, I draw from my experience and the experiences of others when I bare my heart in a work like
Where Yesterday Lives
. And so I thank these who make up my own yesterdays…Donald, of course, and Dad, Mom, Sue, Chris, David, Tricia, Lynne, and Todd. Reporter friends I have known and worked with, and my longtime friend, Lisa. Also thanks to those others who played an integral part in building my scrap-book of rainy-day memories. I remember you fondly.

This book could not have come together without the talented efforts of one very special editor and friend, Karen Ball. Thanks for believing in me and
Where Yesterday Lives
. And thanks for making me a better writer in the process. I’m excited about what God has planned in all this.

Thanks to Dad, Tricia, Gina, Sherri, Michelle, Natalie, Rene, Wendy, and Betty for your feedback and encouragement in the initial process of writing this book. And finally, a special thanks to Rene, Dawn, and Amber for watching my little ones while I snuck an hour or two to write. May God bless your servant hearts.

Prologue

P
ETOSKEY
, M
ICHIGAN
-J
ULY
10, 1998

T
he first wave of pain seized his chest like a vice grip so that his hand flew to his heart and he gasped for breath. The second wave sent him to his knees. He felt his face contort from the pain, and he forced himself to concentrate on surviving.

Help!
The word formed on his lips and died there.

Air refused to move in and out of his body, and his lungs screamed for relief. The pain intensified; the grip tightened. There was tremendous pressure now, as if a cement truck had stalled directly over his heart.

He clutched harder at his chest, ripping a button from his shirt. In the recesses of his mind, in the only place that was not consumed with pain, he knew what was happening.

His body crumpled slowly onto the matted brown carpet that lined the hallway
Get up!
his mind screamed. But he remained motionless, every muscle convulsing in pain. Sweat beaded up on his forehead and his face seemed surrounded by flames. Frantically he gazed upward until he found the photographs that lined the walls.

His eyes darted across the familiar faces.

Another wave hit, and he squinted in agony, staring at the people in the photos, seeing them when they were young.

When they still liked each other.

He wondered if they knew how much he loved them and suddenly a million memories fought for his attention. Once
more he tried to speak, to summon help, but no sound escaped and his eyelids grew heavier.

The strongest pain of all hit then, and in the haze of agony he calculated how much time had passed. How much remained.

He could no longer keep his eyes open—a fact that brought overwhelming sadness. He wanted to see them once more, the photographs…the people who lived in them. He struggled with every bit of his waning energy, but his eyes remained closed.

There was a ringing sound in his ears now and he became light-headed. He was fainting, losing consciousness. He told himself that perhaps he was no longer having a heart attack but rather giving in to an overwhelming urge to sleep. He relaxed and let himself be sucked into the feeling.

Then one last time searing pain coursed through his body, and he remembered what was happening. Someone seemed to be shouting at him now.

Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!

He tried to move, to open his eyes. But he was slipping further away and it was too hard to come back. For the briefest moment, he thought again of the people in the photographs…and he prayed they would forgive him.

As he did so, the pain eased dramatically.

Then there was only darkness.

One

A
dense blanket of heat and humidity covered the Florida peninsula the afternoon of July 10, but at the climate-controlled offices of the Miami Times the unending process of news-gathering continued at a frenetic pace.

That Friday afternoon, while the city sweltered under record-breaking temperatures, the editors sat quietly at their desks in the center of the newsroom and Ellen Barrett, back from a morning of interviews, worked intently at her computer several feet away.

“Jim, tell me there’s not something more to this murder.” She held up a news clipping and strained to see Jim Western. Jim sat in the cubicle immediately in front of her and worked the environmental beat, dealing with illegal chemical dumping and polluted harbors. He was not interested in homicides.

“Sounds fishy” His eyes remained focused on his own computer screen and the story he was writing. Ellen watched for a moment, fascinated with his neatly arranged notes, his clean desk, and the way he typed using only his index fingers.

“More than fishy” She reached for her coffee and took a sip, wiping the moist condensation off the notepad where the cup had been sitting. Her eyes traveled across her desk, searching for a clear spot. She alone could make sense of the disaster that was her work area. Somewhere, buried under layers of rumpled notes, was a picture of her and Mike on their wedding day and a Bible he had given her three years ago. It was dusty now, though its pages were stiff and clean—much as they had been when she received it.

Ellen studied the heap of papers and, as she had once a month for the past year, made a mental note to get organized. For now she pushed her keyboard back and set the hot drink in the space it created.

She looked at Jim again. “Guy lives his whole life in his father’s shadow, tells his friend he hates the old man, and next thing we know Dad opens the door and gets blown away by an AK-47 on the Fourth of July.”

“Some holiday.”

“Neighbors think it’s fireworks and no one sees a gunman. What does the grieving son do? Hops in Dad’s shiny, new Corvette and shows it off to half the people in town.”

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