The Kennedy Stern series follows a missionary kid named Kennedy from her first semester of college in the States all the way through her graduation four years later.
There are 9 books in this Christian suspense series from USA Today award-winning novelist Alana Terry. When readers reach the end of this series, many times they feel like they're saying goodbye to old friends.
Warning: This post contains mild spoilers for the Kennedy Stern series.
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What should I read after finishing the Kennedy Stern series?
If you've completed all nine books in the Kennedy Stern series, you might be worried that you're missing out on Kennedy's continuing adventures.
Even though (as of right now) there aren't plans to have any more books in the Kennedy Stern series, the characters you know and love appear in many other novels ... enough to fill your bookshelves and keep you reading for days and weeks to come.
Willow Winters, Kennedy's boisterous roommate, started out as a literary example of Kennedy's exact opposite but quickly turned into a fan favorite.
"I didn't expect to like Willow as much as I do, but I can't help it!" That's the sentiment many readers agree on.
Which is why Willow now has her very own novella.
Terror in the Skies is based off the plane hijacking you read about in Turbulence (book 5 in the Kennedy Stern series). Kennedy and Willow are flying to Willow's home in Alaska and their plane gets taken over by terrorists.
Terror in the Skies is the novella where we finally get to hear Willow's side of the adventure firsthand. And since this is the story where Willow's faith journey takes off, it's especially rewarding for readers who've grown to care about Kennedy's flamboyant best friend.
Willow's novella was such a hit with readers that it's now book one in a series of novellas featuring several other passengers aboard the same flight ... including the mysterious white-haired old lady in the back of the plane!
Out of North Korea: Christian fiction set in a North Korean prison camp
Ian (aka the "red-headed journalist" appears in each of the Kennedy Stern novels, starting in the very first chapter of Unplanned.
(If you don't remember, he's the stranger who strikes up a conversation with Kennedy while she's on a bus to volunteer at the pregnancy center.)
As the Kennedy Stern series progresses, you know that Ian continues to play a larger and larger role in these books. Out of North Korea is the story of Ian's time in a North Korean prison camp.
"My favorite Christian fiction book of all time." ~ L. Duffy
"Fast-paced journey through the life of an American held in a prison camp." ~ Melissa Henderson
If you'd like to continue your Christian fiction journey with this inspirational read, grab your own copy of Out of North Korea today.
More Christian fiction set in North Korea
Once you've read Out of North Korea, you might also want to dive into three other Christian fiction novels in the Whispers of Refuge series.
These books are set in North Korea, and most of them were written before the Kennedy series.
In Slave Again, American missionaries Roger and Juliette Stern (sound familiar?) are serving the Lord in China taking in refugees from North Korea.
In Torn Asunder, a believer named Hannah is sent out from the Stern's missionary safe house to take the gospel back to North Korea.
She's not supposed to let anyone know where she's going, except it's almost impossible to be separated from the man she loves ...
If that's not enough to sell you on these books, the third novel in this series, Flower Swallow, is about a little street urchin named Woong who grows up in North Korea and ends up finding a forever home with a loving pastor's family in the States.