Dear Karen, My name is Breanne, I am 16 years old and just finished my sophomore year at high school. I started reading your books halfway through the school year and I became hooked. I have read the Baxter Family Drama series and I loved it. My favorite character was Bailey Flanigan. I just read the whole Sunrise series in two weeks on a family trip out west (lots of time in the car) and I loved it. I love Bailey because I can relate to her. She reminds me a lot of myself. I also love to act and sing. I have gone through a lot of the same things that Bailey has gone through, with her friends having sex, doing drugs, drinking alcohol. I've been through all of that and it's nice to have someone to relate to in your books. You have helped me so much by writing about the things Bailey goes through and because of the way she reacts to situations I have followed her lead. And it has helped me get through my sophomore year. Another thing I can relate to with Bailey is, of course, the boys. Sneaking out to see Bryan Smythe, I know what that's like. I haven't yet had my first kiss and I used to feel bad about that, but after reading about Bailey's first kiss with Bryan I'm very glad that I have waited and am still waiting for the right guy.
The biggest thing about your books that has touched me is the faith that the Baxter's have. That is why the subject of this letter is "Revived Faith" because your books have truly helped me revive my faith in God. I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember. But my faith has not been very strong. I haven't trusted God to help me with my problems. Or when I pray for His help I don't truly believe that it will happen. Ashley's and Landon's struggle with their sick unborn baby touched my heart in a way words cannot describe. That Ashley would have the faith that God would heal her baby girl even though everything said that it was impossible was just amazing. And even though in the end God didn't save little Sarah, he still brought miracles through her short life, in the gentle whisper. That made me cry and rejoice in the Lord. At school this past year I studied apologetics (I go to a Christian school) and we had to write an extremely difficult paper on why God lets bad things happen. I wish I would have read about the miracle of little Sarah while writing that paper because I would have used that Bible story of the gentle whisper. I now know that it's not just enough to believe in God. I have to truly believe that he can answer my prayers and have faith that he will. My faith is ten times stronger after reading these books. Thank you so very much. Because of your books my life is changed, and I know that they have changed many others and that you will change lives for years to come. You truly have a God given gift. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all.
Your sister in Christ, Breanne
P.S. I love the Above The Line Series! Amazing! Bailey and Cody's relationship has me at the edge of my seat! And Andi's struggle with college is a great message to young students everywhere!