From what she could gather, Jesus wanted people to serve. More than that, maybe the entire reason people were created was to serve. So the world would get a better picture of Jesus, the way He had worked when He was on earth. (p. 61)
He cocked his head and stared at Aaron. "Who you are as a man, as a player, isn't about what happens out there on game day." He held up the envelope and then handed it to Aaron. "It's what you do between Sundays. That's what matters." (p. 50)
Whether it's between Sunday church services or between Sunday football games, or any other activity for that matter, it's what you do between Sundays that shapes who you are and matters in the end. That's just one message Karen Kingsbury shares in her awesome book Between Sundays. Centered around a foster mother and child, a football star and his past, and a football team and its struggles, this story carries many messages of which we can learn a little something about ourselves. A football team is looking for a Super Bowl win that is long overdue. A young boy is in search of a father he never met but watched on Sundays during the football season. And a star quarterback can not overcome his past so he lives only for the moment and at excess that brings shame to fellow teammates. The lives of these people will slowly cross, become involved, and finally find forgiveness, reconciliation, and closure for their pasts, presents and futures.
Kingsbury continues to bring to her readers characters that are so true to life that they might actually feel like the people next door. And her story has enough detail that a reader can truly find something to identify with and use to grow as a person. I love Karen Kingsbury's fiction and I now believe that Between Sundays is one of my very favorite books written by this wonderful author.