Fifteen Minutes, by Karen Kingsbury, the author Time Magazine dubbed “Queen of Christian fiction” exposes the high cost of fame when star-studded dreams become reality. The drama is set amidst the glamour, glitter and glitz of Fifteen Minutes of Fame, a show patterned after American Idol 2014 and “X Factor” 2013 Although elusive temptations may lead to fame they also lead to serious compromise, one seemingly small request at a time.
The story centers around Christian worship leader and teen country singer, Zach Dylan who believes God has given him an enormous witnessing opportunity when he auditions and wins a place on the Fifteen Minutes reality show.
Back home in Kentucky, Zach’s parents, grandpa and fiancée Reese know he’s talented enough to win yet fear the experience will change him, even though his purpose isn’t to seek fame. Zach has no fear of fame since he feels sheltered by his faith in God. Instead, he intends to end the family farm’s financial crisis, pay for his sister’s expensive medical treatments and fund college for his younger brother.
Reese promises Zach her support and prayers even though she has reservations. Still her faith and confidence in God are strong and she trusts God as much with Zach as she does her pending decision about a year-long job commitment in London for herself.
Karen captures the behind the scenes action where compromises and important choices come wrapped in the guise of good intentions for judges and contestants alike that mask the real “ratings and profit” motivation. Her life-like characterizations and innovative story line and themes weave seamlessly into the narrative to reveal issues all Christians face.
Fifteen Minutes also wraps popular social media platforms like FaceBook and Twitter usage and influence into the story in the same way they impact real life. Yet the theme of God’s relentless love and grace abounds. Although the ending is unexpected it brings the narrative to a solid and satisfying conclusion. Karen again doesn’t disappoint.
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Fifteen Minutes, by Karen Kingsbury, Howard Books, October 29, 2013, 384 Pages, 978-1451647051, $22.99
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Fifteen Minutes, by Karen Kingsbury
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a dramatic story about fame, true love, and the cost of having it all.
Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show Fifteen Minutes: If he makes it, the fame won’t change him.
Overnight, Zack is the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis. As his star rises, Zack is asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs, and also something more. Something Zack could never have imagined. Just as America is falling in love with Zack, just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.
At the same time, Reese Weatherly, a therapeutic horse instructor, is no longer sure about her relationship with Zack, or the wedding they had dreamed about. While Zack advances from one round of the competition to the next, an offer comes to Reese—one that will take her to a home halfway around the world.
Then Chandra Olson—reigning diva pop star and one of the Fifteen Minutes judges—intervenes. Chandra has suffered so much public pain and private agony since her days as a Fifteen Minutes contestant. Now she wants just one thing: meaning.
Can Chandra’s private losses help Zack find his way, or will his fifteen minutes of fame cause him to lose the life he once loved? Fifteen Minutes is a story of character, compromise, and the cost of having it all. A story that raises the question: Who are the real winners?
The Chance, by Karen Kingsbury
#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury proves it’s never too late for love in this heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives, and an age-old promise.
Years ago, the day before Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend Nolan sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree and wrote letters to each other, sealing them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return eleven years later and read them in 2013, the year Nolan’s time traveling books say all the mysteries of the world will be understood.
Now, as that date approaches, much has changed. Ellie, bereft of the faith she grew up with, is a single mom living in a tired apartment and trying to make ends meet. Nolan, now an NBA star, has dealt with terrible personal tragedies that fueled his faith and athletic drive in equal measure. Ever since his father and coach succumbed to a heart attack, Nolan has suffered from a transcendent loneliness. Drowning in an ocean of grief, he often thinks about Ellie and the innocence of their childhood days together.
As Ellie and Nolan move toward the possibility of a reunion at the oak tree, Molly and Ryan, the central characters from author Karen Kingsbury’s previous novel The Bridge, return in their own ongoing story. Written by the “Queen of Christian Fiction” (Time) with eloquence and grace, The Chance is a beautiful tale of heart-wrenching loss, the power of faith, and the wounds that only love can heal.
The Beginning: An e-Short prequel to The Bridge-Kindle & Audio Release
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury delivers an e-short prequel to her upcoming novel, The Bridge, shedding light on the love story behind the bookstore and how it came to be a place of hope and encouragement.
The Bridge, a Novel, by Karen Kingsbury
Number one New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury delivers an instant classic with this heartwarming Christmas story about a hundred-year flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships.
Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.
Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. He can still hear Molly’s voice encouraging him to follow his dreams; Molly, whose memory stays with him. At least he can visit The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—and remember the hours he and Molly once spent there.
For thirty years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books—even through dismal book sales and the rise of digital books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store.
Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes. In the face of desperate brokenness and lost opportunities, could the miracle of a second chance actually unfold?
The Bridge is a love story set against the struggle of the American bookstore, a love story you will never forget.
Coming Home: A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise (The Baxter Family), by Karen Kingsbury
Coming Home is a novel about tremendous victory and unprecedented loss, a story of faith and a forever kind of love, love that will stay with you long after the last page. This stand-alone novel will serve as either a grand introduction or a beautiful conclusion in the saga of the Baxter Family.
The Baxter’s make plans to come together for a summer lakeside reunion, a celebration like they haven’t had in years. But before the big day, the unthinkable happens. As the Baxter Family rallies together, memories come to light in the grief-stricken hours of waiting and praying, memories that bring healing and hope during a time when otherwise darkness might have the final word.
In a season that changes all of them, the brilliance of family love overshadows even the valley of heartache as the Baxter’s draw closer to God and each other. Along the way, secrets are revealed and the truth about the Baxter Family history is finally made known. Ultimately, in this portrait of family love, the Baxter’s cling to each other and to God’s promise of forever.
Take one, Take Two Compilation by Karen Kingsbury
These two books in one features two unknown producers who struggle to fulfill their dreams to change lives through the power of film. With millions of investors’ dollars on the line, everything starts to fall apart and they realize they may be in over their heads. Is it possible to beat the odds and make a movie unlike anything ever done before? Or, will they lose everything in the process?
The second book in the Above the Line series finds independent filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison at the center of Hollywood wheeling and dealing. The two friends discover that all that glitters is not gold—and that success in Tinsel Town could cost them everything—their relationships as well as their ideals.
Like Dandelion Dust & This Side of Heaven Omnibus, by Karen Kingsbury
Two of New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury’s most beloved novels are now available together in this expertly packaged omnibus of 704 pages.
LIKE DANDELION DUST is a powerful novel about two parents, their love for their adopted son, Joey, and the surprising lengths they will go to keep their family together when a judge rules that Joey must be returned to his biological father. In the days that follow, Jack Campbell has a desperate and dangerous thought. What if they can devise a way out? Then they could take Joey and disappear…like dandelion dust.
THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN is a story of secrets, broken relationships, and a love strong enough to reunite a family. Annie Warren always wanted the best for her son, Josh. But years of failure and bad choices created a heartbreaking distance. When Annie sets out to defend her son, she might find a treasure more valuable than money, one she never expected, this side of heaven.
A Kingsbury Collection: Three Novels in One: Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, On Every Side, by Karen Kingsbury
Three Page-Turning Novels in One Volume!
Where Yesterday Lives
Ellen Barrett is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist with an uncertain marriage, a forgotten faith, and haunting memories of her picturesque hometown and the love she left behind. The eldest of five siblings, she longs for the time, long ago, when they were a happy family. Now Ellen’s beloved father is dead, and she returns to her childhood home to make peace–with the people who still live there, with the losses and changes that time has wrought, and with the future God has set before her.
When Joy Came to Stay
Maggie Stovall is one of the golden people. She has it all together…at least on the surface. Ben Stovall is a godly husband and successful attorney. He has no idea of the darkness about to overtake his life. Amanda Joy is a child of society–abused, broken, thrown away. But her trust in God is still alive. When Joy Came to Stay is the heart-wrenching story of one woman’s descent into the shadows of depression, her husband’s search for understanding, and a precious child’s unwavering faith.
On Every Side
Faith Evans is an up-and-coming newscaster, a woman of honor and integrity who must take a stand against the one man she never imagined would be her enemy. A beloved, hundred-year-old statue of Jesus stands in a small-town park–but some say it’s a clear violation of separation of church and state that must come down. Jordan Riley is a powerful attorney fighting for human rights and against God, but still reckoning with bitter boyhood losses. Amid political intrigue, social injustice, and personal conflicts, will love be enough when the battle rages on every side?
I Can Only Imagine, by Karen Kingsbury—Kindle Edition
I Can Only Imagine is the first e-short in Karen Kingsbury’s The Rest of the Story series. In it, Karen shares very personal behind-the-scenes anecdotes about herself and her family that appear nowhere else in print, highlighted by her touching relationship with her late brother Dave. With heartfelt grace, she describes in-depth his ongoing struggles with addiction and his troubled journey toward redemption. Throughout this work, we’re all reminded that God is close to the brokenhearted… and also that we have just one chance to create a bestseller with our lives by loving well, laughing often, and finding true life in Jesus Christ.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist. There are more than 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 50 novels, many of which have topped national bestseller lists.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Karen Kingsbury’s The Rest of the Story is a new series from this #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, who has been dubbed by Time magazine “The Queen of Christian Fiction.” This collection of short works is based on Karen’s most warmly received talks before live audiences, some with more than 10,000 in attendance. Her inspirational storytelling in large venues from coast to coast spark the same emotion she’s known for in her Life-Changing Fiction™, prompting laughter, tears, and thundering standing ovat