Saturday, January 23, 2010

"Becca By The Book" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Becca By The Book

Zondervan (January 1, 2010)


Laura Jensen Walker


Laura Jensen Walker is an award-winning writer, popular speaker, and breast-cancer survivor who loves to touch readers and audiences with the healing power of laughter.

Born in Racine, Wisconsin (home of Western Printing and Johnson’s Wax—maker of your favorite floor care products) Laura moved to Phoenix, Arizona when she was in high school. But not being a fan of blazing heat and knowing that Uncle Sam was looking for a few good women, she enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly after graduation and spent the next five years flying a typewriter through Europe.

Her lifelong dream of writing fiction came true in Spring 2005 with the release of her first chick lit novel, Dreaming in Black & White which won the Contemporary Fiction Book of the Year from American Christian Fiction Writers. Her sophomore novel, Dreaming in Technicolor was published in Fall 2005.

Laura’s third novel, Reconstructing Natalie, chosen as the Women of Faith Novel of the Year for 2006, is the funny and poignant story of a young, single woman who gets breast cancer and how her life is reconstructed as a result. This book was born out of Laura’s cancer speaking engagements where she started meeting younger and younger women stricken with this disease—some whose husbands had left them, and others who wondered what breast cancer would do to their dating life. She wanted to write a novel that would give voice to those women. Something real. And honest. And funny.

Because although cancer isn’t funny, humor is healing.

To learn more about Laura’s latest novels, please check out her Books page.

A popular speaker and teacher at writing conferences, Laura has also been a guest on hundreds of radio and TV shows around the country including the ABC Weekend News, The 700 Club, and The Jay Thomas Morning Show.

She lives in Northern California with her Renaissance-man husband Michael, and Gracie, their piano playing dog.


Sales clerk, barista, telemarketer, sign waver...

At twenty-five, free-spirited Becca Daniels is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. What Becca doesn’t want to be is bored. She craves the rush of a new experience, whether it’s an extreme sport, a shocking hair color, or a new guy. That’s why she quit her bookstore job, used her last bit of credit to go skydiving, and broke her leg.

And that’s why, grounded and grumpy, Becca bristles when teased by friends for being commitment-phobic. In response, Becca issues an outrageous wager—that she can sustain a three-month or twenty-five date relationship with the next guy who asks her out. When the guy turns out to be “churchy” Ben—definitely not Becca’s type—she gamely embarks on a hilarious series of dates that plunge her purple-haired, free-speaking, commitment-phobic self into the alien world of church potlucks and prayer meetings.

This irrepressible Getaway Girl will have you cheering her on as she “suffers” through her dates, gains perspective on her life’s purpose, and ultimately begins her greatest adventure of all.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Becca By The Book, go HERE

This is book #3 in the Getaway Girls series about a group of gals that all join the same book club. Most of them are Christians and we get up close and personal with Chloe (#1 Daring Chloe) and Paige (#2 Turning the Paige) and I was especially fond of these two since they are the names of my two younger daughters. In this book we get to know Becca and it gets really interesting! She is one of the only non-Christians in the book club and it is fun seeing Christianity through her eyes in this book. The girls even start a "Getaway Girls Guide to Christianese" for Becca when she starts dating a guy on a bet that turns out to be a Christian. At the beginning of the book Becca breaks her ankle skydiving and that changes what she can do and who she has to rely on through the course of the book. It was neat seeing the rest of the girls step in and just love her (be Jesus with skin on) like it was no big deal.

Becca starts dating Ben, a guy she meets at the bookstore she works at, because she made a bet with the other girls that she could date the same person for 3 months or 25 dates - whichever came first. Ben knows about it and decides to help her win the bet, thus begins a 25 date marathon to the finish. The only thing is that Becca ends up at more church, Christian, single events than she ever thought possible and it stirs up all kinds of questions.

I really enjoyed this book and the fresh perspective on a non-Christian's view of Christianity. The only downer for me was one comment that Ben makes about homeschoolers that I found very incorrectly stereotypical. But if I can look past that then I have to say I love this whole series!

1 comment:

Lady Araujo said...

Your review made me want to read this book. It sounds great.
Great weekend