Thursday, December 22, 2011

Longing by Karen Kingsbury

Longing, book three in the Bailey Flanigan Series, picks up where Learning ended. After a long and lonely silence from Cody Coleman, Bailey Flanigan becomes closer to her one-time Hollywood co-star, Brandon Paul. Nights on the town in New York City and long talks on the balcony of Brandon's Malibu Beach home make Bailey dizzy with new feelings and cause her to wonder if her days with Cody are over forever.
Meanwhile, Cody's work coaching a small-town football team has brought him and his players national attention. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand him and his new life. Even so, never does much time go by without Bailey and Cody experiencing deep feelings of longing for each other, longing both for the past and for answers before they can move forward. Will an unexpected loss be the turning point for Cody? Will Cody and Bailey find a way back together again for the first time in more than a year? And if they do, will their brief time together be enough to help them remember all they've been longing for?

I was so excited to get this book in my hands! And NOW I can't wait for Loving in March! I love the characters in this book. I have "watched" as Bailey has grown up and become a wonderful young woman. She shows us that even when things are difficult that God can get us through it. We may not know WHY things are the way they are at the time but if we trust that God works all things for good then at some point we will be able to look back and see how God worked through that situation. 

I have been Team Cody forever. BUT in Learning I began to shift to Team Brandon. Not because I don't love Cody but because of how Brandon is growing in the Lord. In Longing he grows even more. And how can I not love someone who loves Bailey so much?

Cody is an amazing example of how you can "pay it forward". He had Coach Flanigan who came along side him when he was in high school and mentored him into the Godly man he became. Cody turns around and does the same for the kids at the high school he coaches at.

The title Longing represents how we should LONG for the Lord. And the more we do the more He shows us. When we have Christ at the center of our lives we should LONG to be with Him and be in His Word more and more.

This book is one of many that I recommend to teens and adults alike. It is especially good for those who are graduating high school and seeking what the Lord would have them do in life. This series would be an awesome gift. 

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Bailey Flanigan Series

Book 1: Leaving Available Now!
Book 2: Learning Available Now!
Book 3: Longing Available Now!
Book 4: Loving Available March 2012

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