Vows Broken


Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks.

When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident.

And yet, against all odds, but through the common faith in Christ that sustained them, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again. Even though Kim stood by Krickitt through the darkest times a husband can ever imagine, he insists, “I’m no hero. I made a vow.”

Now available in trade paper with a new chapter and photo insert, The Vow is the true story that inspired the major motion picture of the same name starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Channing Tatum (Dear John), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), and Academy Award winner Jessica Lange.

Not a Review, Just My Thoughts:

I downloaded this free copy from my Barnes and Noble online store (Nook user), and decided to read this story.  I didn’t watch the movie, wasn’t interested in it, and it had also received pretty poor reviews.  Despite the incredible list of actors, the movie just fizzled out, so I wasn’t really wanting to read this book.  However, it was free and so I decided to read it.  When I downloaded my free copy, I noticed there were only about 106 pages.  So, I went online and looked at the other copies of the book (yes, there was another copy) and bought it.  Because some free books only provide a portion of the book, I thought this was true for this book.  NOPE! So, with a free and purchased book of ” The Vow”, I had to read it…and I finished it within a few hours.

The book, while not very meaty, is excellent! I loved the simplicity and openness of the story that Kim writes about his journey with his wife, Crickett.  I could imagine their lives unfolded, as I read it, and felt the sadness and exasperation Kim felt when trying to help his wife recover.  I used to work with brain-injured patients and their families, so I witnessed the heartache, the change in lives, and the difficult recovery that families were facing.  As I read this book, I thought of all the families that would be inspired by their story and the faith that was shared is so endearing!

I admired Crickett’s faith and loved how her brother told Kim that despite the brain injury, she would never forget her relationship to Christ because that was ingrained in her soul.  I love how they held steadfast and believed God through their journey and how they’ve allowed God to use their story as a vessel to helping others believe in God and miracles.  They kept their vows and two children later, are a testament to others.

So, naturally after reading the book, I rented the movie last night.  Well, besides the name of the movie, the fact that there was a brain injury, and that there was amnesia, everything else was far from the truth.  The movie took out any mention of God, and even changed the relationship between the couple and Crickett’s parents (in the movie, she is named Paige).  They never divorced, Crickett stayed in her marriage believing that if God chose Kim as her life partner, that He would restore their relationship and that she should trust God to bring them through it together.  The way they met was even changed, which was a really cute story.  Even their dates were so different.

I realize that movies have to tailor to their audience,but which audience?  Why change the foundation of their marriage: God?  Why put in the movie they divorced, when that was furthest from their minds?  In the book, they renew their vows and Crickett had Kim’s 1st and 2nd wedding ring melted together with a fish emblem to represent their faith in God and how God has forever been a constant in their marriage.  It was absolutely romantic and the passion that Kim loved his wife, despite her inability to remember him, was absolutely sweet and so admirable.

So, like everyone that reads tends to say, “the book is better than movie”! Truthfully, vows were never broken and I wished the movie would have not strayed from their true life story.  Their love story really is an inspiration and one I loved!!

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