'The Vow' book hits No. 1 on NYT list
NEW YORK (BP) -– "The Vow," the true story of a woman who lost all memory of her husband following an automobile accident, has opened at No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list in its first week of re-release.
Published by B&H Publishing Group, the book is the true story behind the film of the same name. The film was produced apart from interaction with B&H. The book is No. 1 on The Times' paperback nonfiction list.
The book tells the story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, who made national news in the 1990s when an auto accident left Krickitt with no memory of her husband or their marriage. Initially released in 2000, the book tells the true story of the couple's commitment to their wedding vows, the rekindling of their romance and their strong faith in God.
"This story is not about me, and it's not about Krickitt," husband Kim writes in the book. "It's about the Lord and how He brought my wife and me through a terrible time to a life that is greater than we could have ever imagined. It's about a commitment to the Lord and to each other."
Married just 10 weeks in November 1993, the Carpenters survived an auto accident that left Kim critically injured and Krickitt in a coma. When she awoke, head trauma suffered in the wreck claimed 18 months of her memories including all recollection of meeting, dating and marrying Kim. With Kim committed to his wedding vows and Krickitt maintaining her strong Christian faith, the couple began a long road to rebuild their relationship, including a second marriage ceremony and renewal of vows almost three years later.
It is not the only B&H book on The New York Times' bestseller list. "The Resolution for Men," "The Resolution for Women" and "The Love Dare" are Nos. 10, 12 and 13, respectively, on The Times' paperback advice list.
"The phenomenal success of these books -- each dealing with the importance of faith and commitment in the family -- shows the great hunger for encouraging and inspiring messages today," said Selma Wilson, B&H Publishing Group president.
The movie is rated PG-13 and contains content some viewers may find objectionable. It's gotten mixed reviews among Christian websites. Reviewer Paul Asay of Focus on the Family's Plugged In website said the film is "stripped of its real-life Christian core."
"It loses sight of its own title and, in so doing, fails to talk about another side of love: the hard side of love, the love we choose to cling to even when neither we nor our partner is very lovable at all," Asay wrote of the film. (Read the full review at PluggedIn.com).
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