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A lost ring brings together two wounded souls--a youth minister haunted by the past and a spunky church custodian--in this heartwarming romance from the bestselling author of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow. Growing up in the foster care system, Jase Edgar always dreamed of one day starting his own family. But his fianc�e's untimely death shattered his plans. Moving to Kans A lost ring brings together two wounded souls--a youth minister haunted by the past and a spunky church custodian--in this heartwarming romance from the bestselling author of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow. Growing up in the foster care system, Jase Edgar always dreamed of one day starting his own family. But his fianc�e's untimely death shattered his plans. Moving to Kansas and serving as a youth minister should be a fresh start, but he can't seem to set aside his doubts about God's goodness long enough to embrace his new life. Newly-appointed church custodian, Lori Fowler is battling her own challenges. Her strained relationship with her father and her struggles with overeating convince her she's not worthy enough for love. When an Amish weaver enlists their help locating the owner of a ring found among the donated clothing she uses as fabric, Jase and Lori find themselves drawn to each other. But will they be able to release the past and move forward from this moment into a joyful future?


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A lost ring brings together two wounded souls--a youth minister haunted by the past and a spunky church custodian--in this heartwarming romance from the bestselling author of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow. Growing up in the foster care system, Jase Edgar always dreamed of one day starting his own family. But his fianc�e's untimely death shattered his plans. Moving to Kans A lost ring brings together two wounded souls--a youth minister haunted by the past and a spunky church custodian--in this heartwarming romance from the bestselling author of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow. Growing up in the foster care system, Jase Edgar always dreamed of one day starting his own family. But his fianc�e's untimely death shattered his plans. Moving to Kansas and serving as a youth minister should be a fresh start, but he can't seem to set aside his doubts about God's goodness long enough to embrace his new life. Newly-appointed church custodian, Lori Fowler is battling her own challenges. Her strained relationship with her father and her struggles with overeating convince her she's not worthy enough for love. When an Amish weaver enlists their help locating the owner of a ring found among the donated clothing she uses as fabric, Jase and Lori find themselves drawn to each other. But will they be able to release the past and move forward from this moment into a joyful future?

30 review for From This Moment

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I love Sawyers books she pens such a great story every time. From This Moment was no exception. I loved the whole mystery behind the ring, I loved the relationships that the characters shared with each other. It was such a fast read. I really enjoyed the brownies and how they were such a great part of this story. I will say that there is a recipe for Kenzie's Secret recipe Brownies you are not going to want to miss these. 4 stars and I recommend this book. The Mary Reader received this book from th I love Sawyers books she pens such a great story every time. From This Moment was no exception. I loved the whole mystery behind the ring, I loved the relationships that the characters shared with each other. It was such a fast read. I really enjoyed the brownies and how they were such a great part of this story. I will say that there is a recipe for Kenzie's Secret recipe Brownies you are not going to want to miss these. 4 stars and I recommend this book. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Heartwarming tale of three young adults finding purpose and confidence. Jase spent time in the foster care system and thankfully found a loving family. He had his future all mapped out with he and his fiancé planning to plant a church and then tragedy happened. With his faith in tatters, he leaves San Antonio to take a youth minister position in a small Kansas town. Kenzie decided not to join the Amish church after her Rumspringa. She left her family in Indiana to work in a fabric store in Wichita Heartwarming tale of three young adults finding purpose and confidence. Jase spent time in the foster care system and thankfully found a loving family. He had his future all mapped out with he and his fiancé planning to plant a church and then tragedy happened. With his faith in tatters, he leaves San Antonio to take a youth minister position in a small Kansas town. Kenzie decided not to join the Amish church after her Rumspringa. She left her family in Indiana to work in a fabric store in Wichita. Her faith is strong, but she begins to question what God has next for her. Lori is full of personality, but lacks self confidence. She seeks contentment in food. The three of them forge a friendship through their church and impact each other in positive ways. From This Moment has a great message of God's love and it was a lovely journey. My gratitude to publisher Waterbrook for a NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    An insightful contemporary tale with characters from all walks of life. Friendship, faith and a hint of romance round out this touching story told from four different perspectives. It effectively delivers a gospel message through people who have suffered loss and struggle with moving on, showing the power of honest prayer and the resiliency of faith. I like how the author lets the reader in on what the characters are thinking, and how they overcome difficulties with the help of friends who car An insightful contemporary tale with characters from all walks of life. Friendship, faith and a hint of romance round out this touching story told from four different perspectives. It effectively delivers a gospel message through people who have suffered loss and struggle with moving on, showing the power of honest prayer and the resiliency of faith. I like how the author lets the reader in on what the characters are thinking, and how they overcome difficulties with the help of friends who care enough to step into their mess. Some of them are dealing with difficult family issues and health problems. It was a good reminder to not judge others, and remember that everyone struggles in some way to find acceptance and to be loved. It made me want to be a better listener and friend. Recommend to readers who enjoy faith based fiction dealing with flawed people. 4.5 stars (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This story was so touching to me. It gave me so many things to think about in my own walk with the Lord. Plus I was so excited to find the recipe for the brownies, that made my mouth water throughout the book, at the end! Jase is a young youth minister who had his plans made with his fiance until she is tragically killed in a car accident. He takes a new job in Kansas and is surrounded by people who care about him including Brother and Sister Kraft, Kenzie and Lori. The story intertwines so much This story was so touching to me. It gave me so many things to think about in my own walk with the Lord. Plus I was so excited to find the recipe for the brownies, that made my mouth water throughout the book, at the end! Jase is a young youth minister who had his plans made with his fiance until she is tragically killed in a car accident. He takes a new job in Kansas and is surrounded by people who care about him including Brother and Sister Kraft, Kenzie and Lori. The story intertwines so much hope in the losses of life. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I have been reading this author’s books for a long time. She pulls on the heartstrings here with a story that shows God’s incredible love and care for Hus children. My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ancillar

    This is my first Kim Vogel Sawyer book and wooow why haven't I been reading her books? I totally love the cover (it sold it for me ) and darn that story and that turn I never saw coming was worthy it. So this book tells the story of a youth pastor Jase who has been through a lot who moves to Kansas and his relation with the community (Lori and Kenzie) and the brownies we all wanted to eat. This is a swoon-worthy romance that also touched on acceptance , love,community and patience I related a lo This is my first Kim Vogel Sawyer book and wooow why haven't I been reading her books? I totally love the cover (it sold it for me ) and darn that story and that turn I never saw coming was worthy it. So this book tells the story of a youth pastor Jase who has been through a lot who moves to Kansas and his relation with the community (Lori and Kenzie) and the brownies we all wanted to eat. This is a swoon-worthy romance that also touched on acceptance , love,community and patience I related a lot to Lori who was so bubbly,friendly ,overly exerted herself and who indulged in overeating as a way of feeling worthy and all. I highly recommend this book and huge thanks to the publisher for my ARC

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    What a range of emotions here, but you feel God's presence in these people's lives. We are there when our young Pastor arrives in Kansas, having left his position in San Antonio, and his memories. Will this move be the answer to restoring his faith? We watch as he is embraced by this congregation, and feel his pain, and wonder if he can move on from his devastating loss of his fiance? We also meet some of the members of the congregation that welcome him, mainly Lori, who really likes him, and Kenz What a range of emotions here, but you feel God's presence in these people's lives. We are there when our young Pastor arrives in Kansas, having left his position in San Antonio, and his memories. Will this move be the answer to restoring his faith? We watch as he is embraced by this congregation, and feel his pain, and wonder if he can move on from his devastating loss of his fiance? We also meet some of the members of the congregation that welcome him, mainly Lori, who really likes him, and Kenzie who is struggling about returning to her Amish roots, and sharing the hope of salvation. Jace is targeted to be the Youth Pastor, and we watch as he begins his duties, and thank goodness for the Head Pastor and his wife, I loved them! Will an engagement ring be the catalyst to bring the forgiveness Jace is craving, or is it irrelevant? I love how he is challenged throughout this book, and it quickly became a page turner for me, and once I finished I really wanted to stay here and go on with the lives of the people I now cared about! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Waterbrook and Multnomah, and was not required to give a positive review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    Three young adults each face their own challenges in this contemporary Christian novel. Jase is a beginning youth pastor but is fighting his doubts about God due to an accident that killed his fiancee. Kenzie Stetler has left her Amish life and found fulfillment in a true relationship with her Savior, but she is separated from her parents and feels the need to tell them about her faith. Lori Fowler is a popular young woman who bubbles with life but feels inadequate because of her curly hair and Three young adults each face their own challenges in this contemporary Christian novel. Jase is a beginning youth pastor but is fighting his doubts about God due to an accident that killed his fiancee. Kenzie Stetler has left her Amish life and found fulfillment in a true relationship with her Savior, but she is separated from her parents and feels the need to tell them about her faith. Lori Fowler is a popular young woman who bubbles with life but feels inadequate because of her curly hair and pudgy body. This book was so realistic and dealt with issues so many young adults face today. The relationships between the three young people were so special, and they were so supportive of one another. Their encouragement helped each of them find a way to overcome their fears and doubts. They also were encouaging to the youth they dealt with as they faced the problems that teens counter. A strong spiritual thread ran throughout the storyline as well. I appreciated that the romance thread played in the background until the very end. Enjoyable contemporary Christian fiction. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my very favorite authors & this book did not fail to be a page turner! I had a hard time putting it down once I started it! Jase Edgar has taken a position as a youth pastor in Kansas. He mainly takes the job to get a fresh new start after being in an accident with his fiance, Rachel, who passed away in the accident. After the accident, Jase also lost the ring he was planning on giving to Rachel. Lori Fowler works at the local fabric store but when the store has to cut Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my very favorite authors & this book did not fail to be a page turner! I had a hard time putting it down once I started it! Jase Edgar has taken a position as a youth pastor in Kansas. He mainly takes the job to get a fresh new start after being in an accident with his fiance, Rachel, who passed away in the accident. After the accident, Jase also lost the ring he was planning on giving to Rachel. Lori Fowler works at the local fabric store but when the store has to cut employee hours to stay afloat, she also takes the position as the custodian at the church Jase works. She and her dad have had their challenges ever since her mom died when Lori was 12. Kenzie is young woman who works with Lori at the fabric store. She left her Amish background to live in the English world but she weaves things out of recycled clothes as a mission to help others. Kenzie finds a ring in one of the pairs of jeans that she was given to use as fabric for her projects. Each of the characters have their challenges they need to work through with God's help and alongside good friends. Thank you to the publisher, WaterBrook, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of this book. It is actually one of the best books I have ever ead and one that I could easily read again!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. This book packed an emotional punch! I fell in love with the characters and their struggles right away, because they were all so relatable. I liked that the only antagonists were either minor characters or internal (eating disorder, grief, regret). These were all used masterfully, and I feel like this is a book to study and pick apart to learn the art of the internal antagonist. Well done, Mrs. Sawyer! Spea FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. This book packed an emotional punch! I fell in love with the characters and their struggles right away, because they were all so relatable. I liked that the only antagonists were either minor characters or internal (eating disorder, grief, regret). These were all used masterfully, and I feel like this is a book to study and pick apart to learn the art of the internal antagonist. Well done, Mrs. Sawyer! Speaking of those internal antags, I especially liked that weight issues were featured. So many people (men and women) deal with being unsatisfied with the way their bodies look or the numbers on the scales. This book showed that struggle in a realistic way as well as with grace, but it also revealed the truth about these issues: that we’re beautiful just the way we are—current weight and shape included. This message resonated so well and was so beautiful to read. Another relatable theme was having trouble hearing God’s direction in one’s life. Goodness, have I been there! Again, this was written to reflect the way it happens in real life, which made it a seamless part of the story. This book stretched deep and wide, handling tough topics with grace while also telling a beautiful story that I greatly enjoyed. It challenged me in places, and I liked that. I love it when fiction books help me grow as a person. It was emotional, which, if you’ve followed my reviews for any length of time, you know is right up my alley. I’m pleased to announce that this is yet another winner in the long list of books by Mrs. Kim Vogel Sawyer. I haven’t found a dud yet. (Although, I was shocked that there was an expletive. That is highly unusual for this author.) Content: one expletive, alcohol

  11. 5 out of 5

    Samantha W

    This is the first book I've read by this author, however, I am now going to go back and diligently search for other books by her! This story was amazing and took every turn in the opposite direction than you thought it might go - a huge celebration of God's redeeming power but also one of sweetness that a human heroine could be the one least expected. The character development was spot on and I found myself knowing Brother & Sister Kraft myself. Favorite adage of Lori was "Yikes Trikes"! Just ma This is the first book I've read by this author, however, I am now going to go back and diligently search for other books by her! This story was amazing and took every turn in the opposite direction than you thought it might go - a huge celebration of God's redeeming power but also one of sweetness that a human heroine could be the one least expected. The character development was spot on and I found myself knowing Brother & Sister Kraft myself. Favorite adage of Lori was "Yikes Trikes"! Just made me smile inside. No spoilers here, but getting to the end to find a wonderful surprise for the reader themselves made this book a beautiful gift. I was provided an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tish

    Jase Edgar who is a youth minister lost his finance in a car crash. He moves to Kansas to starts over. He struggles with his past being in foster care and shuffled around. He meets Lori Fowler who works in a quilt shop but due to the shop slowing down she takes a position at the church as a custodian. Lori struggles with her life. After she loses her mother her father becomes verbally abusive. This is a beautiful story of forgiveness and moving on. Will these two wounded souls be able to move on Jase Edgar who is a youth minister lost his finance in a car crash. He moves to Kansas to starts over. He struggles with his past being in foster care and shuffled around. He meets Lori Fowler who works in a quilt shop but due to the shop slowing down she takes a position at the church as a custodian. Lori struggles with her life. After she loses her mother her father becomes verbally abusive. This is a beautiful story of forgiveness and moving on. Will these two wounded souls be able to move on and find love. I love all of Kim Sawyer Vogel books and this was no different. Hard to put down till the book was read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    What I like best about Kim's books, She always weaves a thread of faith and hope through out her novels. Her latest book “From This Moment” was delightful. I related to so many things in the story. I found myself laughing one moment and crying the next. As always I fell in love with the characters in this book. If I believed in “Book Boyfriends,” Jase would be my newest one. LOL Loved this book and couldn't put it down. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Press through NetGalley. The What I like best about Kim's books, She always weaves a thread of faith and hope through out her novels. Her latest book “From This Moment” was delightful. I related to so many things in the story. I found myself laughing one moment and crying the next. As always I fell in love with the characters in this book. If I believed in “Book Boyfriends,” Jase would be my newest one. LOL Loved this book and couldn't put it down. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Press through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    4 stars From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer This is just a phenomenal book! This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last! The book starts off a bit slow but, oh wow does it get good. Have a tissue or two handy because you will need them to finish this book. The characters are so real, the plotline is solid and I truly hope this book is the first in a new series because I would love to read more about them. I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary co 4 stars From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer This is just a phenomenal book! This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last! The book starts off a bit slow but, oh wow does it get good. Have a tissue or two handy because you will need them to finish this book. The characters are so real, the plotline is solid and I truly hope this book is the first in a new series because I would love to read more about them. I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Brooks

    This by far one of the best books I have read this year. Jase is a youth pastor that moves to Kansas. His new church leads him on a remarkable journey with new friends Lori and Kenzie. Without knowing it, God intertwines their lives together in one big way. I hope there is a second book to this one someday.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Turko

    I received this book as part of a book launch team. After the death of his fiancee a year before, Jase has been lost for what his purpose is. When he and Rachel had both committed themselves to God to go into the ministry as church planters, he had been so sure this is what God was calling him to do. Then the accident happened and all his begging for her to survive seemed to fall on deaf ears and now he's not sure he still wants to follow God's calling if God isn't willing to listen to him. How e I received this book as part of a book launch team. After the death of his fiancee a year before, Jase has been lost for what his purpose is. When he and Rachel had both committed themselves to God to go into the ministry as church planters, he had been so sure this is what God was calling him to do. Then the accident happened and all his begging for her to survive seemed to fall on deaf ears and now he's not sure he still wants to follow God's calling if God isn't willing to listen to him. How effective can he be as a pastor if God ignores him? But depsite all this he does accept a youth pastor's position in Kansas, so he packs up his life in Texas and moves. Upon his arrival he finds a much smaller town than he expected, and a church that is so welcoming and friendly he feels bad for misleading them. Lori and Kenzie are 2 of the first to welcome him, and the 3 of them form a fast friendship. Lori is full of life of energy, always ready to encourage others with an infectious laugh. Nobody would guess that she actually suffers from an overwhelming emptiness that started when her mother died several years before that she tries to fill with chronic overeating. Kenzie moved here from Indiana after choosing to leave her Amish community upon hearing the gospel during her Rumspringe. While she still has contact with her family, the pull she feels to return has her debating with herself if she should return to the strict rules her family expects her to follow, although some of those beliefs still haunt her to this day. If the 3 of them can be honest with each other, it may lead them to great things. After all, a cord of 3 strands is not easily broken. First they have to find their trust in God to be able to trust each other. When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to end one way. Then a few chapters in, I was torn between 2 endings. By the half way point I was fairly certain how it was going to end, and I was correct, but I enjoyed the uncertainty. So often these days you know exactly what's going to happen after you read the first page. The characters were relatable, and you see the pov of several of them so you know what lots of people are going through at once, and it's clearly labeled which one is which so there's no guessing as there sometimes is. This only the second book I read by this author, but I would definitely read more of her work

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kee Hoo

    From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer Jase Edgar is a lonely young man who has had the rug pulled out from under him, he's reeling from the death of his fiancee, a year earlier. They had planned to be missionaries and spread God's word. He has taken a new job as a youth pastor in Kansas, far from his home in Texas, hoping that the changes will help him recover from his sense of loss. Lori Fowler works in a quilt shop and has recently moved out of her dad's home, she feels like her dad has verbally From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer Jase Edgar is a lonely young man who has had the rug pulled out from under him, he's reeling from the death of his fiancee, a year earlier. They had planned to be missionaries and spread God's word. He has taken a new job as a youth pastor in Kansas, far from his home in Texas, hoping that the changes will help him recover from his sense of loss. Lori Fowler works in a quilt shop and has recently moved out of her dad's home, she feels like her dad has verbally abused her for years, since her mom died. She has some very real emotional issues because of this. Lori's friend Kenzie Stetler is slowly overcoming her early life in a strict Amish community in Indiana. She has chosen not to become a member of that church and is now independent, complete with her own apartment, a cell phone and a good job that she loves at the quilt shop, where she met Lori. She makes items in her spare time, to donate to missions, anonymously. This is an original story, tugging at the heartstrings and infused with a lot of Christian virtues that are necessary to cope in this modern age. Since it's mostly about a teenage youth group, there is potential for a lot of learning by the reader. The book has made it onto my favorites shelf. It will bring great joy to read it again and again. Many thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah and NetGalley for the complimentary copy, I was not obligated to leave a review. This is the first book from NetGalley that I've read, I felt a little forced into signing up, I really wanted to read the book and that is the only way that it was offered to me. Worked out the kinks over several days and ended up being an okay experience. Still would rather have a print book, but so many publishers aren't even offering that option for ARCs any longer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Poling

    I've read this author before, but I'm not sure I've read any of her contemporary fiction books. I've loved her historical fiction works. But I will be picking up her other contemporary fiction books soon. I read because I love to read. I limit my fiction reading because I often do not find that reading fiction is worthy of the time commitment invested. But this book, it's worthy to be read. I gave it 5 stars, a rare accolade for this regular book launcher. This story is told from several differe I've read this author before, but I'm not sure I've read any of her contemporary fiction books. I've loved her historical fiction works. But I will be picking up her other contemporary fiction books soon. I read because I love to read. I limit my fiction reading because I often do not find that reading fiction is worthy of the time commitment invested. But this book, it's worthy to be read. I gave it 5 stars, a rare accolade for this regular book launcher. This story is told from several different characters' perspectives, Merlin and Laura Kraft, Jase, Kenzie, and Laurie. It's not at all confusing to follow, and their lives are all intertwined. But the value of all their perspectives is that they are each learning to trust God with different wonders going on in their hearts, souls, and minds, and the author masterfully shows their thinking on the page, as well as how the Holy Spirit can work in the life of those who believe. To me their thinking aloud and wonder about being lonely, being enough. being loved, are so likely to be thoughts and feelings that most of us have at one time or another. And the way that they grow and learn to listen to the voice of the Lord through the Holy Spirit is encouraging. I will admit, it's captured on the pages in a brief, neat time period, and there isn't a long wait for any of the characters to see the hand of God intervene, but that's okay because it's a novel, and for most real readers likely to be one they read in less than two days. I think this is the perfect novel for 2021. After this past year that we have endured with the pandemic across the world, I found From this Moment to be the reminder and relief that I think we are craving, and it points us to the right solution to all our worries, emotions, and struggles. Thankful to partner with Waterbrook Press and read an advanced copy of the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Always reach for hope. Raised in the foster care system, Jase Edgar has recently moved to Kansas from San Antonio. But the newly minted youth pastor faces a crisis of faith related to the loss of his fiancé. Rachel’s life – and their plans to minister as church planters – was cut short by a drunk driver. And Jase can’t make sense of something that doesn’t make sense. Kenzie Stetler, brownie baker extraordinaire, left home because she couldn’t join a church that based the promise of heaven on a li Always reach for hope. Raised in the foster care system, Jase Edgar has recently moved to Kansas from San Antonio. But the newly minted youth pastor faces a crisis of faith related to the loss of his fiancé. Rachel’s life – and their plans to minister as church planters – was cut short by a drunk driver. And Jase can’t make sense of something that doesn’t make sense. Kenzie Stetler, brownie baker extraordinaire, left home because she couldn’t join a church that based the promise of heaven on a list of dos and don’ts. But she has a heart tug to return home and share what’s she’s learned about grace with her family. Lori Fowler works with Kenzie at a local fabric and quilt shop. Outwardly bubbly and perspicacious, Lori’s also a girl with an eating disorder, an estranged, angry dad, and huge struggles with self-worth. Yikes trikes! They’re all part of the family at Beech Street Bible Fellowship in this refreshingly candid and faith-affirming story about love, loss, hope, and second chances. Scriptural truths are skillfully weft into this gentle story without getting preachy. The text also neatly sidesteps trite cliches and empty platitudes related to tough questions about why bad things happens to good people. Strong writing, rich, robust characters, and a lithe, agile plot undergird this highly engaging story. More than a few surprises and unexpected plot twists will keep you turning pages until the end. No ferhoodling! Marinated in grace, From This Moment is an insightful, inspirational read. Echoes of mercy and whispers of love shine through every chapter. I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. If your hope tank is running on empty, From This Moment is for you! A delightful, uplifting read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a heartwarming and emotional novel. It is well-written with developed characters. The point-of-view switches between our main characters: Pastor Kraft, Jase, Kenzie, and Lori. We get to know each of them along with other members of the congregation. It gives us a chance to learn about their issues and struggles. From This Moment is an emotional novel. Jase is struggling with his faith after the loss of his fiancé, Rachel. Lori is a bubbly, friendly woman w From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a heartwarming and emotional novel. It is well-written with developed characters. The point-of-view switches between our main characters: Pastor Kraft, Jase, Kenzie, and Lori. We get to know each of them along with other members of the congregation. It gives us a chance to learn about their issues and struggles. From This Moment is an emotional novel. Jase is struggling with his faith after the loss of his fiancé, Rachel. Lori is a bubbly, friendly woman who still misses her mother. She deals with her problems by indulging in food. Lori is smitten with Jase from the moment she saw him. Kenzie may have left her Amish community behind, but she cannot give up everything she learned. When she finds a ring in donated clothing, Kenzie is determined to find the ring’s owner. Kenzie has not seen her family in years, and she misses them. I enjoyed getting to know each character as they worked through their struggles. From This Moment deals with love, acceptance, friendship, faith, humility, hope, and loss. We get to see God at work and what happens when we follow the path He has set out for us. We see that God truly does work in mysterious ways. I enjoyed reading this touching story. I especially liked the descriptions of Kenzie’s loom, the process of making the rugs, and how it made Kenzie feel. Kenzie’s brownie recipe is included. Kim Vogel Sawyer has given us a compelling story with From This Moment that you will not want to put down.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robbie

    From This Moment, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is one of my favorite books written by her. I love how Vogel can write so many different types of stories. There are three main characters in this contemporary novel. Jase Edgar is the new Youth Minister at a small-town Kansas church, Beech Street Bible Fellowship. Lori Fowler is a spunky young woman drawn quite strongly to Jase, who volunteers to help with the youth and works as the church custodian. In addition, there is Kenzie Stetler, a young woman who l From This Moment, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is one of my favorite books written by her. I love how Vogel can write so many different types of stories. There are three main characters in this contemporary novel. Jase Edgar is the new Youth Minister at a small-town Kansas church, Beech Street Bible Fellowship. Lori Fowler is a spunky young woman drawn quite strongly to Jase, who volunteers to help with the youth and works as the church custodian. In addition, there is Kenzie Stetler, a young woman who left the Amish faith for life in Wichita, Kansas. It was interesting to read a story about an Amish woman who has left the faith. Usually, you read about someone becoming Amish, or they remain in the faith. Vogel has a fantastic way of drawing you into a story, making you want to meet the characters, and never leave! Vogel gives each person real-to-life problems to overcome or deal with, making the story so much more relatable. Jase is struggling with his faith, wondering if God is really there. Lori struggles with emotional eating, speaking without thinking and problems with her father. Kenzie realizes how some of her choices might affect her family and grapples with how to reconcile her feelings. Rich in optimism, hopefulness and faith, From This Moment, will resonate in your heart, leaving you thinking about it for a long time. I received From This Moment from Waterbrook through NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Betsy Hale

    From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer was a pleasant read. The story has several main characters, Jase Edgar, the new youth pastor at Beech Street Bible Fellowship in Bradleyville, Kansas; Merlin Kraft, the senior pastor at the same church; Kenzie Stetler, a former Amish woman who works at a fabric store; Lori Fowler, another worker in the same store. Both Kenzie and Lori attend this same church and are best friends. Kenzie is known for her amazing brownies and Lori has a very outgoing personalit From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer was a pleasant read. The story has several main characters, Jase Edgar, the new youth pastor at Beech Street Bible Fellowship in Bradleyville, Kansas; Merlin Kraft, the senior pastor at the same church; Kenzie Stetler, a former Amish woman who works at a fabric store; Lori Fowler, another worker in the same store. Both Kenzie and Lori attend this same church and are best friends. Kenzie is known for her amazing brownies and Lori has a very outgoing personality. Kenzie also weaves rugs from various pieces of clothing, some of which had been brought from San Antonio by Jase. Jase is the new youth pastor, but he is in a time in his life where he is struggling with his faith and wrestling with his relationship with God. Merlin has his own struggles with his health and is struggling with telling his wife what is happening. The author is able to weave a story with these characters and several other supporting people who bring to life the story of grief, recovery, friendship, and forgiveness. They also find themselves with a found ring and the quest to find the rightful owner. This story is definitely an easy read with strong character development and definitely a page turner. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. #From This Moment #KimVogelSawyer #NetGalley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sunnie

    This book struck a real cord for me. It was a simple story or events that were common everyday events. A story of a new youth pastor in a new town and state, starting out, and having issues in his recent past that caused him anguish and caused him to feel perhaps a bit unworthy. Lori and Kenzie are the female characters, both which have situations in their lives that caused them to have a difficult time to move on and progress in their lives. This was a really engaging story and although there we This book struck a real cord for me. It was a simple story or events that were common everyday events. A story of a new youth pastor in a new town and state, starting out, and having issues in his recent past that caused him anguish and caused him to feel perhaps a bit unworthy. Lori and Kenzie are the female characters, both which have situations in their lives that caused them to have a difficult time to move on and progress in their lives. This was a really engaging story and although there were a few slower parts, it was still very beautifully written and made you want to continue reading to see how the difficulties would either be resolved or continued. This was a very Christian oriented book which revolves around a church in Kansas and their members. Regardless of religious affiliation, you will still see how God is in control and that life's paths are guided by Him. I enjoyed this book very much. I received an ebook copy from NetGalley and the publisher. All thoughts are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    It has been a long time since I have read a Kim Vogel Sawyer book and I am glad that I was able to read this one. It was a inspiring and well written. The characters were definitely relatable and endearing. There are multiple story lines happening but it definitely doesn't get confusing so they are easy to read and follow. There is a bit of mystery surrounding the ring found so it makes the story interesting. There are quite a few characters that are introduced but some the main ones are Laurie, It has been a long time since I have read a Kim Vogel Sawyer book and I am glad that I was able to read this one. It was a inspiring and well written. The characters were definitely relatable and endearing. There are multiple story lines happening but it definitely doesn't get confusing so they are easy to read and follow. There is a bit of mystery surrounding the ring found so it makes the story interesting. There are quite a few characters that are introduced but some the main ones are Laurie, Kenzie and Jase. Kenzie is a former Amish girl who learned about God and decided to leave her order to follow her beliefs. She lives a simple life and works with Lori. They both have had some difficult times in their lives which has made it difficult for them to progress. Jase has also had some heartache as he not only looks back at his life as a foster care child and sees the things he didn't have but also losing his fiancee in a fatal accident brings some struggles in trusting God. Overall this was a good story. It touches on some deep points like Lori's eating disorder and insecurities. The element of faith and redemption moves throughout the book flawlessly but this story moved a little slow for me and I found myself making myself read it. I was also disappointed in the romantic aspect of it. Since the book started with Kenzie I just thought the love story would revolve around her and Jase, instead it was Jase and Lori which fell a little flat for me. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    "God raises us up for His purposes so we have the opportunity to experience and share His power in a human life.” “Stay open to His leading, Jase. You might feel like your plans have been lost, but His plans are never forsaken. He will use you for His glory, and it’ll be for your good , too.” Stories about pastors or ministers have always fascinated me. And this one was wonderful. I loved the insight into Jase's life, his struggles and how God helped him overcome them. I really admired the wonderfu "God raises us up for His purposes so we have the opportunity to experience and share His power in a human life.” “Stay open to His leading, Jase. You might feel like your plans have been lost, but His plans are never forsaken. He will use you for His glory, and it’ll be for your good , too.” Stories about pastors or ministers have always fascinated me. And this one was wonderful. I loved the insight into Jase's life, his struggles and how God helped him overcome them. I really admired the wonderfully illustrations the author put. Kenzie was just a darling. Her naivety was touching and refreshing. My heart went out to her while reading the book. Her love and service to God were astounding and very inspiring. Lori was easiest to love. Her struggles were real and her triumphs wonderful. This story was wonderful, a beautiful illustration of God's love and beautiful friendships. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Bryant

    Set in modern day Kansas, From This Moment is a captivating, inspiring narrative penned by a gifted storyteller. The characters are engaging and relatable. I could feel their struggles. The well-crafted plot flows smoothly at a steady pace, and multiple storylines mesh beautifully. The romantic element is heartwarming. Bits of humor and a little mystery add to the enjoyment of the story. Ms. Sawyer’s accurate portrayal of a small town church youth group brought back sweet memories of a time that Set in modern day Kansas, From This Moment is a captivating, inspiring narrative penned by a gifted storyteller. The characters are engaging and relatable. I could feel their struggles. The well-crafted plot flows smoothly at a steady pace, and multiple storylines mesh beautifully. The romantic element is heartwarming. Bits of humor and a little mystery add to the enjoyment of the story. Ms. Sawyer’s accurate portrayal of a small town church youth group brought back sweet memories of a time that was very important in my life. Faith flows naturally throughout the story. Relevant spiritual truths related to grace and God’s purpose and plans for each life are consistently and effectively conveyed. I enjoyed this book, and it left me wanting to know more about the characters in this small Kansas town. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shonda

    Fantastic characters that become so much like old friends! This is a great story that pulled me in right away. The small town and the close knit church family took me back to my years at a church similar to this. The struggles that the characters went through point out that we all, even Pastors, go through valleys and question God. I loved the lesson to the reader, call out to God, he won’t forsake you. This is a story that will fill your heart and have you truly smiling at God’s goodness. A swe Fantastic characters that become so much like old friends! This is a great story that pulled me in right away. The small town and the close knit church family took me back to my years at a church similar to this. The struggles that the characters went through point out that we all, even Pastors, go through valleys and question God. I loved the lesson to the reader, call out to God, he won’t forsake you. This is a story that will fill your heart and have you truly smiling at God’s goodness. A sweet romance that is budding due to the inside not outward appearance, is such a refreshing part of the story. So much to love about this book, will definitely keep you engaged and happy you read it! Was given a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Terry Felix

    I enjoyed this new book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. The characters were very engaging. There were times when the story seemed to move a little slowly but I enjoyed the characters so much I wanted to keep turning pages. Great messages of friendship, God’s kindness, and the journey of restoration after a time of deep loss. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read an ARC for honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer – There are some great laugh out loud moments with the character Lori, she is full of life, although very insecure as she has big red hair and is over weight and has eating issues. Those have come from her Father being critical of her very much every day after her mother dies. She doesn’t feel she is worthy of love, but when she meets the new youth minister, she is so attracted to him. He has come to Kansas to serve as the youth minister after losing his fian From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer – There are some great laugh out loud moments with the character Lori, she is full of life, although very insecure as she has big red hair and is over weight and has eating issues. Those have come from her Father being critical of her very much every day after her mother dies. She doesn’t feel she is worthy of love, but when she meets the new youth minister, she is so attracted to him. He has come to Kansas to serve as the youth minister after losing his fiancée’ suddenly in a car accident. He’s taken the job to get a fresh start, but he can’t seem to get his confidence in God back and is really struggling in embracing his new life. This book had me drawn in from the beginning, I learned a bit while reading it. I love books by this author and Kim Vogel Sawyer didn’t disappoint me with this book. I received this book in the kindle format from NetGalley.com. My words and opinion of this book are my own freely given. #FromThisMoment #NetGalley #KimVogelSawyer The lost ring brings together two wounded souls--a youth minister haunted by the past and a spunky church custodian--in this heartwarming romance from the bestselling author of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow. Growing up in the foster care system, Jase Edgar always dreamed of one day starting his own family. But his fiancée's untimely death shattered his plans. Moving to Kansas and serving as a youth minister should be a fresh start, but he can't seem to set aside his doubts about God's goodness long enough to embrace his new life. Newly-appointed church custodian, Lori Fowler is battling her own challenges. Her strained relationship with her father and her struggles with overeating convince her she's not worthy enough for love. When an Amish weaver enlists their help locating the owner of a ring found among the donated clothing she uses as fabric, Jase and Lori find themselves drawn to each other. But will they be able to release the past and move forward from this moment into a joyful future?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kati

    I haven't met a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer that I haven't liked, and this one was no different. Her characters are people the reader can relate to and feel for. I'm actually hoping there will be a follow-up book ... I want to know more about Jase, Lori and Kenzi! I haven't met a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer that I haven't liked, and this one was no different. Her characters are people the reader can relate to and feel for. I'm actually hoping there will be a follow-up book ... I want to know more about Jase, Lori and Kenzi!

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