Item description for What Lies Within (Family Honor Series) by Karen Ball...
Overview While working on a project close to her heart--building a center for inner-city kids--contractor Kyla Justice is faced with many obstacles and must call upon her faith in God to help her through this difficult time.
Publishers Description Nothing's going to stop Kyla... until the ground crumbles beneath her feet. Kyla Justice has arrived. Her company, Justice Construction, is one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful companies in the Pacific Northwest. And yet, something is missing. Not until she's called on to build a center for inner-city kids does she realize what it is: her sense of purpose. Now nothing can stop her, not the low budget, not supply problems, not gang opposition, not her boyfriend's suggestion that she sell her business and marry him-and most "especially" not that disagreeable Rafael Murphy. Rafe Murphy understands battle. Wounded in action, this Force Recon Marine carries the scars-and the nightmares-to prove it. Though he can't fight overseas any longer, he's found his place as a warrior in the civilian world. So he soldiers on, trusting that one of these days, God will reveal to him why Rafe survived the ambush in Iraq. That day has arrived. Kyla and Rafe both discover that determination alone won't carry them through danger and challenges. When gang violence threatens their very foundations, there's only one way to survive: rely on each other, be real-and surrender to God. In other words, risk everything...
Awards and Recognitions What Lies Within (Family Honor Series) by Karen Ball has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christy Awards - 2008 Nominee - Series et al category
Citations And Professional Reviews What Lies Within (Family Honor Series) by Karen Ball has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 12/01/2007 page 73
Library Journal - 11/01/2007 page 53
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.76" Height: 1.02" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 2007
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Family Honor
Series Number 3
ISBN 1590524152 ISBN13 9781590524152
Availability 0 units.
More About Karen Ball
Karen Ball is the bestselling author of five novels and four novellas. She is also the editor behind several of today s bestselling Christian novels. Her powerful style blends humor, poignancy, and honesty with God s truth. Karen lives in Southern Oregon with her husband, Don, and their kid, Bodhan, a mischief-making Siberian husky."
Karen Ball currently resides in Aurora, in the state of Illinois. Karen Ball was born in 1957.
Reviews - What do customers think about What Lies Within (Family Honor Series)?
good suspense Jan 24, 2008
Kyla Justice has a handsome, prominent man who wants to marry her, her construction firm is a success; she should be happy, but something is wrong. Then she meets Rafe Murphy, who was injured in the war. Rafe now owns a coffee shop, and he's definitely interested in Kyla, but she's a busy lady. Then Frederick Tischler, a friend of both Rafe and Kyla hires her to build an inner city youth center. It should be an easy job, but someone doesn't want the center to be built. From day one the site has been plagued by sabotage, injured workers, and vandalism. Kyla takes on the job, but it could put her in danger. Karen Ball has written a suspensful story with compelling characters and a strong faith message. She takes us behind the scenes into the world of gangs and street culture.
What Lies within us all? Dec 23, 2007
Review : "What Lies Within" is the third book in the "Family Honor Series". Karen Ball has saved the best for last.
Karen richly develops each character and I connected with them right away. Chapter after chapter the plot thickens; and my heart raced. There are many twists and surprises revealed as the hearts of the characters Rafe, Kyla, Fredrick and gang leader King K are exposed.
The story caused me to wonder what lies deep within my own heart. As I read the struggle of Rafe Murphy - x-marine, trying to make sense of his new life; Kyla - a strong women; CEO of her successful construction company as she does her job in a male dominated field. She's as tough as they come - she has to be. The author is gut honest as Rafe and Kyla share what is in their hearts and on their minds
In the author notes Karen Ball says that this book was an answer to prayer. As I read this intricate story I could see God's message emerging from the beginning of this tale to the end. It's powerful; and enlightening in many ways.
The story starts off with a bang as Rafe Murphy (leader of Force Recon Marine Squade) is in the middle of trying to save his men from impending death as the enemy is ready to pounce on them.
When he comes home he gets involved in a war that is much more personal; something he never expected to be involved with - fighting a gang in his very own neighborhood. Rafe comes to grips with the fact that those involved in combating gangs - and those resisting them - need prayer 24/7. This is a new type of combat for him. The world of gangs is a dark, pervasive place, where humanity gives way to violence and mercy to degradation. Once in a gang the only way out is death. There is only one source of light in such darkness and that is Jesus Christ. Rafe and Kyla learn that there is nothing good that lives in their hearts - but Jesus.
At the beginning of each chapter there is a quote from someone famous and a scripture. Some of these quotes and scripture pierced my heart before the chapter did. A few of the many quotes that the holy spirit used to get my attention are "We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday & fear of tomorrow." Fulton Oursler
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones that you did do...Explore. Dream. Discover" Mark Twain.
"God knows all hearts and He sees you. He keeps watch over your soul" Proverbs 24:12
The impact of this book is deep. It continues to work on my heart and my mind as the Lord keeps replaying segments of this book in my mind; through my day. It makes me realize yet again that God knows what is in the depths of my soul and still loves me. He will use me if I'm willing to be willing to let Him do the impossible deep inside my heart, mind and soul. This book is a keeper. You'll want to re-read this story and discover treasure you might have missed the first time.
Nora St.Laurent Book Club Servant Leader www.psalm415.blogspot.com www.noveljourney.blogspot.com www.novelreviews.blogspot.com
Pet Lovers -- Put This Book On Your List Dec 12, 2007
Karen Ball has taken a familiar historical, Biblical situation and tweaked into a very relevant story in 2007. Not only does it work, it doesn't feel even a bit dusty.
I'm impressed with the seamlessness of this third- in-the-series book. I do want to go back and grab the first two, not because I feel like I missed something, but because I'm sure the stories are equally compelling.
What Lies Within is full of conflict and challenge which makes it a speed read. Those who love to turn pages should check further into this story.
Pet lovers, you're in for a treat. Karen is an animal lover and it is very obvious in the true-to-life details of pet/human interaction.
Finally, there is a sweet love story that should get the romance lovers' hearts afluttering.
terrific inspirational thriller Nov 20, 2007
Kyla Justice's construction company has been a great success, but though she is making money she feels unfulfilled as she has not given anything back to society. However, an opportunity arises to do so when a church asks her to convert a dilapidated mess into a youth center. She readily agrees though she did not realize that even Job would be pressed to remain a believer.
The Blood Brotherhood gang does not want a youth center in their territory. The owner of the site does not want a youth center built on his property as he has other avaricious plans if the construction fails. Her boyfriend Mason does not want her building a youth center in the dangerous slums. The suppliers do not care one iota about a youth center as they want top dollar for shabby material. Three previous contractors were run off or paid to leave. Now Kyla faces sabotage and worse as she remains persistent in her mission though someone targets her for harm. Only former Army Staff Sergeant Rafael "Rafe" Murphy, a local coffee shop owner, supports her quest but he has an agenda to keep her safe; he is falling in love with Kyla.
The latest Family Honor tale (see SHATTERED JUSTICE) is a terrific inspirational thriller that subtly conveys the biblical message of good deeds are important but one must give oneself to God to be with the Lord. Kyla is a fabulous center holding the plot together as she is a combination of fortitude and despair. She makes the tale as Karen Ball brings her biblical theme to life in a modern day urban gangland setting.