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When Joy Came to Stay [Paperback]

By Karen Kingsbury (Author)
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Item Specifications...

Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.32" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   0.681 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 8, 2000
Publisher   Multnomah Books
ISBN  1576737462  
EAN  9781576737460  

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Item Description...
Maggie Stovall is trapped in a "perfect" disguise she's been carefully crafting for years. Now the truth about who she is---and what she's done---is threatening to surface. Will Maggie surrender to despair, abandoning her 10-year marriage and responsibilities as a foster mother? Or will she allow God to take her to a place of ultimate honesty . . . before it's too late? 350 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

Publishers Description
Maggie Stovall is trapped inside a person she’s spent years carefully crafting. Now the truth about who she is—and what she’s done—is bursting to the surface and sending Maggie into a spiral of despair. Will she walk away from everything, or can Maggie allow God to take her to a place of ultimate honesty—before it’s too late?

Maggie Stovall.

One of the golden people. She has it all together. At least on the surface…

Ben Stovall.

Godly husband. Successful attorney. Has no idea of the darkness about to overtake his life…

Amanda Joy.

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.

"Kingsbury’s poignant tale of a lost and broken family and how they experience God’s

miraculous healing is a sure guarantee to bring hope and joy to her readers."

—Melody Carlson, bestselling author, Diary of a Teenage Girl series

"A thought-provoking account of the battle of depression in a believer’s life. It leaves

no doubt that God is loving, merciful, and faithful."

—Nancy Moser, author, The Mustard Seed series

Story Behind the Book

“Each of my novels is a piece of my heart. Where Yesterday Lives was my first-ever novel, and as such it is somewhat autobiographical. The childhood story of Ellen Barrett, her love for her parents and siblings, is my story—though her current story and struggles are fictional. On Every Side sheds light on the struggle for religious freedom in today’s climate; something I am passionate about. Finally, When Joy Came to Stay is the story of one woman’s battle against depression and the secrets of her past.” —Karen Kingsbury
Karen Kingsbury is one of America ’s favorite inspirational storytellers, best known for her Life-Changing Fiction™. She is the author of more than thirty emotionally gripping novels, many of which have been adapted for film and television. Previously a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and a People magazine contributor, Karen lives with her husband and six children in the Pacific Northwest.

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More About Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's #1 inspirational novelist, with more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print. She has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists. Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest with their six children, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. You can visit Karen's website at

Karen Kingsbury currently resides in Fairfax, in the state of Virginia. Karen Kingsbury was born in 1963.

Karen Kingsbury has published or released items in the following series...
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  13. Life-Changing Bible Study
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Outstanding  Feb 6, 2007
Never before have I read a book that could encourage my faith and be enthralling at the same time. I read this book in now time flat! Karen talks about real life issues that face everyone, even "good Christians" and deals with them in a way that is God-pleasing. Awesome way to stay in the Word even while reading fiction!
Great book  Jan 9, 2007
This was another excellent book by a great author, Karen Kingsbury. She deals with real life situations and also gives you a chance to answer questions in the back of the book. An excellent read. I would recommend it to anybody.
Very Disappointing  Oct 11, 2006
I have read several of Karen Kingsbury's novels and have been deeply moved and touched by her writing. I've wanted to read this book for awhile now because it deals with the subject of depression. I am well aware of Kingsbury's knack for dealing with tough issues in a forthright and honest manner. She writes characters that I can relate to and sympathize with. So I can to this book with pretty high hopes. I'm sorry to say that this book was nowhere near as good as I expected. In fact, in general it was pretty disappointing.

I found the characters very hard to relate to (even Maggie the main character) I found it hard to sympathize with them and it seems to me that Karen Kingsbury seems to believe that depression is something that can be fixed quickly and easily in a relatively short period of time. But anyone who has really struggled with serious depression will tell you this isn't true. Depression is a very complex issue. It can be influeced by a lot of different factors. Sin is one of them, but depression can also be the result of a chemical imbalance. I have struggled for many years with depression and I can say with absolute certainty that this book doesn't reflect how difficult the struggle with depression really is. I feel this book merely scratches the surface of the problem. It is obvious to me that Karen Kingsbury has never struggled with depression herself. I pray that she never does. I applaud Kingsbury's honesty in admitting that she has never struggled with depression. But if someone like me, decides to read this book looking for real answers about depression, they will be disappointed.

For anyone who is looking for a book that deals with the complexities of depression in a real and honest manner and is looking for hope, I highly recommend the book "Why I Jumped" by Tina Zahn. This book is Tina's real life struggle with serious depression. See my review for this book on this site.

My advice to anyone who is wanting to read this book for help coping with depression. Skip this book. It won't give you the answers you seek. But the Tina Zahn book I mentioned above will.
Wonderful  Aug 11, 2006
Wonderful story by a great author. One of my favorites by Karen Kingsbury.
When Joy Came to Stay  Mar 9, 2006
An excellent book. Eye-opening and real life experiences. As always, author Karen Kingsbury did an outstanding job with her subject, foster children and child abuse. A must reader!

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