Coming Home: A Story of Undying Hope
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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 Baxters 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 Baxters 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 Baxters cling to each other and to God's promise of forever.
again.” “Even when I went back to OU, you were the one I leaned on.” Kari stared out at the lake. “Phone calls and letters and summer breaks — it’s what I lived for that last year of high school.” By Ryan’s senior year in college, Kari was modeling and taking classes at Indiana University and Ryan was more involved in football than ever before. “When you were drafted by the Dallas Cowboys I prayed nothing would change.” Kari leaned in closer to him. “But your life was moving so fast.” Everyone
this.” As Brooke sat day and night at Hayley’s hospital bedside, running her hand over her daughter’s tan forehead, and stroking her beautiful hair, she had considered such a prayer also. If there was to be no healing — and medical wisdom said there wouldn’t be — then why pray for her survival? Heaven would be far gentler an outcome than living trapped in a body that no longer functioned, a brain that no longer responded to laughter and touch and the love of her family. Later, Brooke would
that?” “How could I forget?” She put her head on his chest and they stayed that way for a minute. “I came home from CKT rehearsal the next day and there were flowers waiting for me.” She looked up at him, deep into his eyes. “The card said, ‘I once was lost but now am found.’ After that I knew.” “What did you know?” His voice was soft, barely louder than the sound of the breaking surf. “I knew you loved me.” He kissed her, unaware of anything around him but her. Always her. “With all my life,
but have eternal life … If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death … Whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this? John could almost hear the Lord asking him the same question he asked his disciples more than two thousand years ago. Yes, Lord … yes, I believe. The others were piling into the room now, and like John most of them were dry-eyed. The apostle Paul said it best. For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. How could they do anything but celebrate this
Erin’s purse after the accident. A few days ago I went through the mess inside and I found this.” He held up the piece of paper. “The letter Erin had written for my birthday.” A slight gasp came from Kari and Ashley. Even the kids seemed to sit a little more still in light of the revelation. “I’ve already read it. Alone, where I could hold on to this … last message from Erin to me. But I thought I should share it with all of you.” He gave Ashley a sad smile. “The way she would’ve done a week ago