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‘God Isn’t the Reason Bad Things Happen. He’s the Rescue’: Karen Kingsbury’s New Book, ‘To the Moon and Back’

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a love story in the Baxter Family collection about two people who lost their parents in the same national tragedy—two people still dealing with loss and desperate to find each other.


Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is one of America’s favorite inspirational storytellers, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her Baxter family series has entertained and instructed us on navigating the ups and downs of life for close to two decades now.

In her newly released book in the series, “To the Moon and Back,” Kingsbury takes us on another Baxter family emotional journey, right through the deep heart of tragedy into the ever-present hands of grace and triumph.

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Kingsbury’s “To the Moon and Back,” is a revelatory work of fiction. Never before have I seen a book so articulately communicate this one—given the darkness of the times, often slippery—truth, “God isn’t the reason bad things happen. He’s the rescue.” A truth that is needed now more than ever—with so many people wondering, “Where is God in the tragedies we’re surrounded by?,” Why does He allow such evil?”

Kingsbury takes us on another Baxter family emotional journey, right through the deep heart of tragedy into the ever-present hands of grace and triumph.

It is here that Kingsbury weaves a heart-capturing dramatic tale of loss, love, anger and desperation. A tale centered around two people who lost their parents in the same national tragedy—two people still dealing with loss and desperate to find each other against all odds.

Brady Bradshaw was a child when the Oklahoma City bombing killed his mother. Every year, Brady visits the memorial site on the anniversary to remember her. A decade ago on that day, he met Jenna Phillips, who was also a child when her parents were killed in the attack. Brady and Jenna shared a deep heart connection and a single beautiful day together at the memorial. But after that, Brady never saw Jenna again. Every year when he returns, he leaves a note for her in hopes that he might find her again.

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This year, Ashley Baxter Blake and her sister Kari Baxter Taylor and their families take a spring break trip that includes a visit to the site to see the memorial’s famous Survivor Tree. While there, Ashley spots a young man, alone and troubled. That man is Brady Bradshaw. A chance moment leads Ashley to help Brady find Jenna, the girl he can’t forget.

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Ashley’s family is skeptical, but she pushes them to support her efforts to find the girl and bring them together. But will it work? Will her husband, Landon, understand her intentions? And is a shared heartache enough reason to fall in love?

Deeply emotional and beautifully romantic, “To the Moon and Back” is an unlikely love story about healing, redemption, hope and the belief that sometimes a new tomorrow can grow from the ashes of a shattered yesterday.

Reminding each of us that indeed, “God isn’t the reason bad things happen. He’s the rescue.”

Synopsis compliments of Simon & Schuster.