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A presentation of latest Christian books to hit the stores

Title: Brush of Wings (Angels Walking series)


Genre: Fiction, Religion, Christian Romance

Author: Karen Kingsbury

ISBN-10: 9781442388338

Publishing Date: March 29, 2016

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore


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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the third novel in the unforgettable Angels Walking series about divine intervention and the trials and triumphs of life for a group of friends.

Despite needing a heart transplant and against the advice of her doctor, Mary Catherine moves to Uganda to work at a brand new orphanage. Whatever time she has left, Mary Catherine wants to spend it helping children—especially since there will be no children of her own. The only problem is Major League Baseball player Marcus Dillinger, the man she never meant to fall in love with. Neither Marcus nor Mary Catherine’s other friends—Tyler Ames and Sami Dawson—know just how serious her heart condition is.

Still, Marcus is sure in the depths of his soul that something isn’t right. Ultimately his correspondence with Mary Catherine leads him on a desperate life-or-death mission to rescue her and get her to a US hospital before time runs out. Meanwhile, Sami and Tyler struggle with issues of their own. In a season when Tyler plans to ask Sami to marry him, the very core of their relationship is in jeopardy.

The team of angels walking is busier than ever in this epic battle between life and death. A Brush of Wings is a poignant tale of love, sacrifice, and the power of faith.

Reader reviews as posted on Goodreads

A review by Chastity Ray
Rated the book 5 out 5

Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury is the third book in the Angels Walking series. It can be read as a stand alone although you may not understand a few things throughout the book. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and was sad to see it end. As with most of Karen's books I fell in love with the characters and found myself laughing and crying right along with them.

In this book Mary Catherine faces a serious health crisis. She refuses to tell anyone just how serious it is and instead focuses on her desire to go to Africa. She's determined that IF she is to die she will do it on her own terms loving the orphans and spreading the message of God. What can be more noble than that? She goes against doctors orders and leaves family and friends in the dark promising herself if she gets really really sick she will tell Sami, her roommate.

I don't believe Mary Catherine was cold hearted or malicious by not telling them. She didn't want to be a burden on those she loved. She also didn't want Marcus to waste his time and heart on her when she wasn't sure she was going to live. She loved them, Marcus and her friends, and didn't want to burden them with worries of her health or to have them talk her out of this trip to Africa. She longed to help at the orphanage and felt like God was calling her to do that. I admired Mary Catherine's spirit. She loved life but most of all she loved God. She never once stopped praying to God for guidance throughout her entire story. Whether she was having a good day or a really bad one she never forgot her Lord.

I felt bad for Marcus. Here he is madly in love with Mary Catherine and he doesn't understand why she's pushing him away. He knows their feelings are real, yet she won't fully commit to him. Even when he says he loves her and will wait for her even as she goes to Africa, she says she just wants to be friends. It takes a strong man of faith to love Mary Catherine and Marcus Dillinger is just that man. Although he's still new to his faith he loves God with all his heart and he relies on God to guide his footsteps. I have to admit Marcus made my heart swoon. Who wouldn't want a man who loves God desperately first and pursues you with that same determination?. He wasn't overly pushy with her but he was definitely forthright. I also loved how he asked God for a sign and God answered. I can't tell you how many times I've begged God for a burning bush or something to tell me what I should do.

Friends, I absolutely loved this book. It's definitely a love story but not just one between man and woman. No, it's a love story between God and his people. You feel that throughout this book. It's like God told Karen "write a love story to my people". *sigh. I can go on and on but I'd rather you get a copy and read it for yourself! The book isn't available to March 29th but you can pre-order it for the next few weeks. If you pre-order you can receive a gift from Karen. All the details are on Karen's webpage and Facebook page. You can pre-order as many copies as you like. You may be thinking "what will I do with more than one copy of the same book?". Well, be an angel to somebody; give a copy to your neighbor, a single mom, or leave one at the doctor's office. They will be blessed and you will too.

A review by Kelly Brown
Rated the book 3 out of 5

This is the third and final book in the Angels Walking series. I honestly give this a 3.5. I am a huge Karen Kingsbury fan, and enjoy many of her novels. This one was enjoyable- just not my favorite. My favorite part of the Angels Walking series, and this one for certain, is the guardian angels set on missions to protect us and help God's plan come to fruition. It gives me chills to think how angels have worked in my life. This book mostly focuses on Mary Catherine and her health crisis. I like how Lexy is also brought into this book, as I have to say she is one of my favorite characters, and she is brought into this book in a major way. Of course Sami and Tyler are back, as well as Marcus. Marcus's strong personality and belief in God really shows in this book. The book as a sweet ending, which of course is enjoyable.

I am not entirely sure of why this book annoyed me at some parts. I am not even entirely sure annoyed is the best word. A certain diet plan seemed to be very pushed throughout the book, and I know by the third mention, I was rolling my eyes. I know God wants us to take care of our bodies, but it seemed like almost an advertisement put in the book. It took me longer to read this one then the past two in the trilogy. I was just not as eager. I really do like the cast of characters and it is bittersweet to know their story is done. It will be interesting to see what Karen Kingsbury has planned next!

A review by Victor Gentile
Rated the book 5 out of 5

Karen Kingsbury in her new book, “Brush Of Wings” Book Three in the Angels Walking series published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Mary Catherine.

From the back cover: The days ahead would be easier if she could forget him. But forgetting Marcus Dillinger was like forgetting how to breathe. Impossible, no matter how hard she tried.

Despite needing a heart transplant and against the advice of her doctor, Mary Catherine moves to Uganda to work at a new orphanage. Whatever time she has left, Mary Catherine wants to spend it helping children—especially since there will be no children of her own. The only problem is Major League Baseball player Marcus Dillinger, the man she never meant to fall in love with. Neither Marcus nor Mary Catherine’s other friends—Tyler Ames and Sami Dawson—know just how serious her heart condition is.

Still, Marcus is sure in the depths of his soul that something isn’t right. Ultimately his correspondence with Mary Catherine leads him on a desperate life-or-death mission to rescue her and get her to a U.S. hospital before time runs out. Meanwhile, Sami and Tyler struggle with issues of their own. In a season when Tyler plans to ask Sami to marry him, the very core of their relationship is in jeopardy.

The team of angels walking is busier than ever in this epic battle between life and death. Brush of Wings is a poignant tale of love, sacrifice, and the power of faith.

No doubt about it all of us have angels sent to protect us. Some of us make these angels work harder than others and I think Mary Catherine falls into that category. She has a heart condition, needs a heart transplant, feels she will not get it so she leaves for Uganda. Until Marcus and her friends can figure out just how bad a situation Mary Catherine is in the angels are working overtime. God has plans for us and sometimes we miss what those plans are and go off to do something else. Until He can get us back on track it is the angels job to keep us alive and protected. Which isn’t always easy. This is an amazing story. Mary Catherine is a likable character that doesn’t really know how to deal with God’s plan and goes off to accomplish her own. Mary Catherine is a lot like most of us and it is almost a healing for us too as we read about her progress. Ms. Kingsbury has given us a great ride in this book and she has provided us with wonderful characters that we rally around and root for.

A review by Naomi Santiago
Rated the book 4 out of 5
I chose to read this book because when I went to the store I saw it and I thought the cover looked interesting so I read the description and it was something close to a Christian book, I wanted to read a Christian book because it is appealing to me and my life and it wouldn't be boring to read.’ There are four main characters in this novel Mary Catherine, Marcus Dillinger, Tyler Ames and Sami Dawson. This Four characters are important because the need to stay together to raise a child with a great purpose. This four friends go through a hard journey, but at the end they are still standing, with the help of our supporting characters Ember, Beck, Jag and Aspin the four angels that have the mission to keep them together so this baby gets to them. We also have a very important person called Lexy who got pregnant with Dallas Garner the baby with a purpose.

Brush of Wings is a Christian novel published on march 2016. This novel talks about the story of four great friends and a baby with the purpose of turning the hearts of the people of the US back to God.. The story starts in heaven with Orlon talking to the angels that are going to earth to make sure Dallas will grow and be in a family where his purpose is fulfilled and to maintain the relationship between the four friends, Sami, Mary, Tyler and Marcus. Then it is situated in present California where the four friends live and it also gets some tima place in Uganda where Mary Catherine is going to live for some time. The main Character of this book is Mary Catherine, and she decides to go to Uganda to volunteer because she is dying and wants to forget about Marcus Dillinger, the love of her life. That takes a turn when Marcus goes on a rescue mission to save her and meets up with Lexy. Lexy is now pregnant of a baby with a great purpose but she doesn't want to be a mom at this moment so she has the baby and gives it to Mary Catherine and Marcus Dillinger to adopt.

Finally, what i think about “Brush of Wings” is that it is a very interesting book that can appeal to any person. I liked this book because it can appeal to any person because we all go to problems, and knowing that sometime other people go through harder things than we do, but we often don't see it because we are thinking of our own problems. I don't like that the beginning of the book is really slow, but as it keeps going it gets better,The book good point comes when Marcus Dillinger learns that Mary is in Uganda and he goes on a rescue mission, when they get married and when they get to adopt their child. I learn to put myself on other people's shoes and don't think only about myself. I will totally recommend this book to anyone.

A review by Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Rated the book 5 out of 5

Series of novels when you first begin them are incredible, but at some point they all come to an end much too soon. This is the feeling that I had when I picked up Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury, the third and final novel in the Angels Walking Series, I have loved from its inception. I hate it when things come to an end like this one did. Even though it ended as I had hoped, it is still bittersweet when you understand that there will be no more coming. Nothing to look forward to. It's like saying goodbye when you just were looking forward to so much more.

For those of you looking for a great and compelling spiritual warfare series, you might just want to give this one a shot. It doesn't really focus on the spiritual aspect as much as other novels I have read, but that is the point. You don't want to lose focus on the reason for angels being called to their mission. You don't want the focus to be all on them and not on the humans God has called them to assist. If this group of four angelic beings doing not succeed at saving the life of Mary Catherine, then they have failed multiple generations in the process. Mary Catherine is struggling to come to terms with the meaning of life. She has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and her doctor desperately wants her to consider being placed on a donor list. But Mary Catherine argues that even if she waits for six months, she isn't guaranteed a heart. She could die in the waiting, and that just isn't living for her.

She manages to convince him to allow her to go to Africa to begin work on an orphanage there for six months and if things get worse, she will return home immediately. As much as he would like to convince her to stay, he relents. Mary Catherine doesn't want anyone to know because she knows if she tells them the truth, they will not understand and will keep her home. While she doesn't necessarily lie, she isn't forth coming when her parents, her roommate Sami or the man who loves her Marcus, tries to figure out the sudden urge to go to Africa right now. So Mary Catherine pushes them away and plans her trip anyway. It's not until she has been in Africa, that things begin to go horribly wrong, and soon she realizes that all her best intentions may have been in vain when she grows deadly ill.

I received Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest evaluation. This is so worth every single 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and I truly loved the dynamics that developed in this final novel as the relationships between Tyler and Sami as well as Marcus and Mary Catherine played out in the manner you would hope. It shows how well God has things planned and how sometimes there might just be an angel or two involved in making it all happen without anyone's knowledge. I believe that is the point, to keep the angels in the background as supporting characters and not have them showcased in the lime light. This was a wonderful balance that worked out extraordinarily well in the end. I will sure miss this series!

A review by Kyanna Joseph
Rated the book 2 out of 5

SO Predictable!! I literally made a prediction of what would happen after chapter 1 and in detail it all happened... Kingsbury really dragged it along. It could have been shorter but I think the themes were sweet.

A review by Rahie Tal
Rated the book 5 out of 5.

I'm sure this is the first book that's caused me to cry during the wedding scenes. Crying multiple times to the point where I couldn't read because my eyes were clouded with tears and they were such happy tears, I don't remember having happy tears for a book in a long while. It's truly a blessing I got to share and enjoy the experience of reading this and it gave me so much to think about, with faith, future, family, and friends. And j loved that this wasn't a story with a foreseeable plot where you would know how it ended but just little intricate twists to develop the characters and you weren't sure which direction the tale would go.

This is my second book on Christian Faith novels I believe, and I loved Kingsbury's first one I read, but --is this real? Is it just fiction or do these sort of miracles and this love, the strength of such love between such people actually exist? Kingsbury's quote, "sometimes when we look for the fingerprints of God at work in our stories, we're most likely to see Him. More likely to experience a deeper faith" and this tale has shown me just that. Thank you for this tale. This book will be memorable.