Learning (Bailey Flanigan Series)

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I LOVED the depth of Christian life presented in these books, and truly it was so powerful, but the romance side of the book and certain characters brought the rest of the book down. His romantic speeches got on my nerves so much. Seriously, if I saw a guy acting that way to a girl in real life, I'd encourage the girl to steer clear.

He was very pressuring, by constantly telling her how they ought to be together and so on and so forth. Bailey found him so humble, but his actions and speech sure didn't live up to that. I love that they talk about everything -Cheyenne is the sweetest girl. She is definitely my favorite character from these books, and if things don't work out like I hope, I'm going to be very sad! Don't be afraid to speak of what God has done in your life! So, why am I continuing this series? Because, I do care enough to see what happens If the same things I dislike in the next books continue, I won't state them on my other reviews of this series.

Aug 14, Stephanie Dulac rated it it was amazing. Apr 27, Reagan Soper rated it it was amazing. Jul 12, Lydia Overweight Bookshelf rated it liked it. The characters in this series are no strangers to Kingsbury fans. Bailey and Cody had recurring roles in four previous series along with the ever present Baxter family who also make appearances in this series. Bailey and Cody are maturing as young adults and beginning their respective careers on Broadway and coaching football, which propels their personal lives in different directions.

This series has taken an idealistic approach to First reviewed here: This series has taken an idealistic approach to a Christian's struggle in everyday life. Bailey's family dynamics take on almost super-human qualities and they are always ready to dispense divinely inspired advice.

Bailey's journey as a single Christian woman in search of love and her desire for fame on the Broadway stage at times seem at odds with one another and are compounded by numerous preachy moments. Inspirational messages should feel natural and flawlessly integrated into the story, but sometimes I felt like Bailey was pushing everything to be too spiritual to the point where it can alienate some readers.

Cody's storyline revolved around his success as a football coach and mentor to young boys. This plot line was heavy on the football and light on the romance. Cody and Bailey do not have any interactions with one another throughout the book, but both succumb to frequent Facebook stalking of each other's profiles. Consequently, both are aware of the other's new romantic relationships and have decided to move on with their lives in spite of their lingering love for one another.

All the romantic elements in this book are very tame and appropriate for a younger audience. I see this series as the introduction to Karen Kingsbury's body of work for the daughter's of her longtime fans. The story and the way it was written will appeal to the teen-young adult demographic, especially since a majority of the main character's interactions occur through Facebook and Skype.

Jun 05, Laura rated it liked it. I am a part of Karen Kingsbury's Team KK, which means I get the book before its publication date in order to review it and promote it. Karen asks that we not give away plot details, so here's the review I shared with Karen. Often in life, the most important lessons we learn are the ones that take us through hard situations, choices, and circumstances.

In Learning, Karen weaves a story of learning through hard choices. Many authors write a beautiful story of love, one that ends in happy ever after I am a part of Karen Kingsbury's Team KK, which means I get the book before its publication date in order to review it and promote it. Many authors write a beautiful story of love, one that ends in happy ever after.

Instead she writes about real life in life-changing fiction. The situations the characters face are ones that the people who live on either side of us face. The characters face hard choices that we face ourselves. These characters make mistakes, have flaws, and face rough times.

Readers can identify with them, and that is why the characters in this series are some of my favorite. I have read many books. I know books and characters like I know my friends. After the thousands of books I have read, these characters stand out. I have much more to say about this book, but Karen asked that we not give away any plot details!

View all 3 comments. Jan 26, Diane rated it liked it. Well…it was typical Karen Kingsbury. Saccharine sweet and even the conflicts will be wrapped up by the end of the series with no issues. I know her message is that God is good and will overcome all, but sometimes it just feels as if she is disconnected from the real world. A teacher taking in a student who was hiding in the school because he had no place else to go? Yes, it could happen, but only after dealing with a ton of bureaucratic nightmares. In the meantime, it's more likely the kid would Well…it was typical Karen Kingsbury. In the meantime, it's more likely the kid would have accused the teacher of abuse and with no one to vouch otherwise, the teacher would be in a world of trouble.

The small-town football team would not be playing Warren Central and Lawrence Central, and John Marshall hasn't been a football powerhouse in years.

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Yes, that's picky, but… I realize I'm starting to sound bitter and picky, so I'll let it go. In closing thoughts--I remember absolutely loving the Redemption Series and recommending them to our church book club. Maybe I've just hit a wall and it's too much of a good thing. I think I'll let this one go for awhile…and won't be rushing out for books 3 and 4 in this series!

Jul 12, Brenda rated it it was amazing. Karen Kingsbury is one of those writers who always seems to write a good book. She uplifts and inspires while allowing us a peek at the lives of the characters she creates,and with her series books she always leaves us wanting more. Learning is the second book in the Bailey Flanigan series, and while I think it could be read as a stand alone book, you will certainly want to read the first book in the series titled Leaving.

The plot revolves around Cody Coleman and Bailey Flanigan young adults wh Karen Kingsbury is one of those writers who always seems to write a good book. The plot revolves around Cody Coleman and Bailey Flanigan young adults who are following their dreams while following God as well. In this book Bailey has landed a role on Broadway while Cody is teaching. The author tells their stories making us feel like we are following along with our friends, allowing us to experience their ups and downs their hopes and dreams, and she does it in such a way that allows us to realize how God can work in our lives.

If your looking for a book that you wouldn't mind sharing with your teen daughter or just want an uplifting story that will make you laugh and cry, then pick up this book, although I must warn you once you start reading Karen Kingsburys' work you won't be satisfied until you have read everything she has written.

This is by far the best Kingsbury book I've read. The characters have become so three dimensional. There isn't one simple answer for everything, and God doesn't make everything clear immediately. Instead, He calls the characters to trust in Him, and everything will eventually work together for their good. There's heartbreak and uncertainty.

A character who is usually flawless accomplishes great things while still struggling with his own selfishness and making decisions that aren't necessarily ba This is by far the best Kingsbury book I've read. A character who is usually flawless accomplishes great things while still struggling with his own selfishness and making decisions that aren't necessarily bad ones, just ones that aren't the most beneficial he could make. A character unexpectedly dies, and the death brings about deep grief and questioning. The main character of our series struggles with pride and lets herself make selfish choices.

She blames herself for things that aren't her fault and second guesses herself despite being basically perfect in every way. Falling in love is shown more realistically than any other Kingsbury book: It's complicated and messy and sometimes people get hurt and everything is a bit unsure at first and the characters aren't sure they can follow just the way they feel.

This book is still fluffy and simple, but it's the best fluff you'll read. Feb 07, Nezzle rated it it was amazing. Loved this book sooo much! It was so motivational and inspirational and such a sweet love story. I'll admit that some things wrapped up a bit too nicely but it was exactly the type of book I needed. I love the scriptural references and the way I was able to relate to so many of Bailey's struggles. Apr 16, Melissa rated it really liked it. This is a series that should be read in order. As Bailey begins her time as an actor in the Broadway production of Hairspray, her former relationship with Cody Coleman is never far from her thoughts.

Yet Cody has moved on — both as a coach of a high school football team and with his relationship with Cheyenne Williams, who is currently recovering from injuries from a car accident. But Cody still thinks about Bailey too. Will they find their way back together, or follow a new path? Review originally appeared in RT BookReviews Aug 15, Pauline rated it liked it. I liked this second book better than the first one in the Bailey Flanagan series. However, there still seems to be a bit of the "too much" factor--where too many things either good or bad happen to one family and those surrounding them.

It doesn't feel realistic. I know it's fiction but it seems that there should still be a certain amount of realism. I think Karen Kingsbury is a very good story teller, but with this series it seems like she's trying too hard to make the God talk and story line I liked this second book better than the first one in the Bailey Flanagan series. I think Karen Kingsbury is a very good story teller, but with this series it seems like she's trying too hard to make the God talk and story lines work.

I greatly enjoy reading Christian fiction although prefer a little more subtlety and reality. Jan 17, Charity U rated it really liked it. Can't put them down! Can't wait to get the next book. Aug 19, Dana added it. Feb 26, Rebecca Ray rated it really liked it. Bailey is in New York, living out her dreams of acting and dancing on the Broadway stage.

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She is also growing closer to actor Brandon Paul. However, she still finds her thoughts often consumed with Cody Coleman and longs for some way to make this broken relationship whole. Cody is coaching a high school football team, and trying to knit them together off the field. He is also helping a dear friend to recover from a near-fatal car accident.

As he grows closer to Chey, will he let go of his feeling Bailey is in New York, living out her dreams of acting and dancing on the Broadway stage. As he grows closer to Chey, will he let go of his feelings for Bailey? Or those feelings cause him to reconcile with her? This is actually a much better book than the first book in the Bailey Flanigan series. Maybe Bailey's finally starting to grow on me.

I'm enjoying the supporting characters, and I'm really enjoying Cody's storyline. This is a book I really liked. Here's my take on each of the point of view characters.

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He is head coach of the high school football team now. His takes his struggles from his youth and is able to use them to help the young players have better lives. He's really making a difference for the young men on his team. He is also deep into a friendship with Cheyenne, and this friendship is starting to get romantic. He still thinks of Bailey, but the love that he has with Cheyenne is different from the love he had with Bailey, and it's an awesome difference.

I look forward to each scene that he's in, and he is probably my favorite character in this series. Bailey is struggling to adjust to Broadway. She isn't quite to par with the other dancers in skill, and she doesn't fit in well with them personally. She feels God telling her to reach out to the other dancers and love them and tell them about him, but it takes the death of a dancer she has developed a closeness with to truly push her into following God's voice in her new job. She is also getting closer and closer to actor, Brandon Paul, and enjoying all her adventures with him.


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By the end of the book, she has realized that she is in love with Brandon, and they are officially an item. Her scenes with Brandon always have a surreal feel to them as he is the perfect and most romantic boyfriend that I've ever seen in life or in writing.


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Ashley is struggling with her husband's new lung disease. It isn't the fatal disease, but it's still serious, and her husband is mourning the loss of his career as a fireman. She's having difficulty understanding and being the supportive wife that she knows she is called to be, but she's doing her best. Jenny is in the book to provide a picture of her loving her sons and loving Cody when Cody stops by for a visit.

She is warm and generous and loves Cody as much as her own children. She's the mother I aspire to be but fail to be most of the time. Cheyenne is recovering from an awful car accident.

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She is relearning how to walk and is developing a deepening relationship with Cody. Her point-of-view scenes show her still missing her fiancee who had died, and her questioning if it is okay to love Cody differently from Art. I think it's great that Cody and Cheyenne are both so emotionally wounded, and I feel like they make a great pairing. His point of view is included to show how he's doing on the movie set as far as his commitment to God goes.

We also get to see his joy in planning a special day for Bailey and his desire for the two of them to be serious and to grow old together. I would hate to see them cause their current partners agony by destroying that for a relationship that never really got off the ground between them. I just have to get that out there. However, there's still too much emotional distance between the two of them for there to be a happy ending right now for either of them.

I would love to see a reconciliation of their friendship and a forgiveness of both themselves and each other. I would love to see Cody be able to continue to be a part of the Flanigan family. I don't think that's too much to ask, but there's a lot of emotions for Cody and Bailey to both work through to get to that place in their relationship.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay, I liked this one better than the first, Leaving, however there were still some issues. A second character is in a coma and miraculously wakes up when another character begins strumming his guitar and singing a worship song. I believe in miracles, but two characters who come out of comas so far in two books is a bit far fetched for me.

Maybe that detail was forgotten in between due dates for the manuscript. Overall, the book was enjoyable and moved much faster, thankfully than the first. However, if just seems like everything is so perfect for all the Christians in the books but if you're a non-believing character well then all bets are off.

One of Bailey's cast mates in Hairspray dies due to taking "uppers" and her anorexia, Bailey battles guilt because she feels she let the cast mate down with not sharing Christ more, so she begins a Bible study. God never said Christians would have a pain free life or that He would give us every little thing our heart desires. If that were the case my husband would still be here instead of becoming a widow at 36 and my children would all still have their dad.

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However, they came through with a lot of pain and suffering - ultimately God was with us through it all, but being Christian doesn't guarantee a pain free, grief free, disease free, etc life. Aug 06, Love2read rated it it was ok. What I really like about the author is her 'forever in fiction. What I think is great about this series is how Kingsbury shows their prayer life, if even a quick request of and response from God.

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What I value about this series is the close relationship of each family no matter the age of the children and the parents. What I really had an issue with in this series is her depiction of a What I really like about the author is her 'forever in fiction. What I really had an issue with in this series is her depiction of a Christian dating relationship of life in the 20s.

If you have a daughter, warn her, it doesn't happen like this. In once read condition. Bailey Flanigan Christian fiction series by Karen Kingsbury. These books are tightly bound and intact. Here are all four books in the. Make Supersized Seem Small. Longing, book three in the Bailey Flanigan Series, picks up where Learning ended. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand And what of Cody?.

His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive. In order to be closer to his mother in jail, Cody takes a coaching job in a small commu An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several Learning Bailey Flanigan Series. This is a Great Karen Kingsbury Book.