Kennedy Stern has always led a sheltered life. Even though her parents are secret missionaries in China she was sheltered, albeit privileged to see North Korean refugees training to go back to North Korea and spread God's word. Now a freshman at Harvard studying for pre-med nothing has prepared Kennedy for the tough experiences that change who she is and leaves her asking questions that could make or break her faith in God.
I started to read this box set of the first three books in the Kennedy Stern series because Alana Terry, a fellow author asked for reviews. The set contains three books, UnPlanned, Paralyzed and Policed. What I didn't know was that I would find a set of books that are well written, thought provoking and that capture perfectly the time during a freshman year of college when many students find themselves asking tough questions about God and questioning what they truly think of Him and do they want a deeper walk with Him.
Here are the things I liked about the books.
1. Alana Terry does not back away from tough topics like abortion. Which leads me to. . .
2. The first book UnPlanned doesn't have cut and dried answers and you see that in Kennedy's internal conflict.
3. Carl and Sandy Lindgren . . .these two characters are a constant source of support and nurturing as Kennedy faces abduction, being hunted by a killer and faces a corrupt cops actions and ramifications that she and someone she cares deeply for may face if she speaks out.
4. Interracial marriage and relationships. This issue is discussed in the form of past experiences and present scenarios and even tackles race wars and what is happening currently. The third book especially.
5. Questions about anxiety, depression and PTSD. After book 1 Kennedy has to face the aftermath of events in the first book. It is even discussed in book 3. Sometimes, God heals people from mental anguish, anxiety, depression or mental illness and sometimes he says no or wait. This series covers that in a kind, compassionate way and even does a good job of explaining why healing may not always happen the way we wish it would (you know, right away instead of in God's perfect timing)
As someone who studied psychology in college as a major before leaving to marry and start a family and as the wife of a Veteran who struggles with PTSD, I liked how the issue was handled.
My only complaint? The books weren't long and left me wanting to find out more about Kennedy. . .I mean that is the best way possible.
I hope you all have a great week.