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Becca by The Book by Laura Jensen Walker

1/31/10


About the Author(from the publisher):
laura jensen walker

Laura Jensen Walker is an award-winning writer and popular speaker. Her previous novels include Daring Chloe, Turning the Paige, and Reconstructing Natalie, chosen as the first-ever Novel of the Year for Women of Faith conferences. The author of several non-fiction books, Laura lives in Northern California with her husband, Michael, and their canine daughter, Gracie.


Summary(from the publisher):

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. That's why she quit her bookstore job, used her last bit of credit to go skydiving, and how she 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 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.


My Review:

I am a huge fan of Laura Jensen Walker's books! I have read the other two books in the Getaway Girls series, and this one definitely did not disappoint. Becca is a wonderful character who I could relate to: quirky, independent, and a literature fan. I found myself laughing throughout the book at her snarky thoughts and comments.

I think Laura Jensen Walker's approach to this novel is fresh and has a wonderful perspective. This character has not grown up in the church and still hasn't figured out how she feels about God and what He has to do with her life. She is surrounded by Christians throughout the book who present what it means to be a Christian in different ways. There are some who are more traditional in their views and then there are those who seem to be more "out of the box".

I loved how in the back of the book there is the Getaway Girls Guide to "Christianese." The author brings up a very valid point that not every person who walks into a church will even be able to figure out what people are talking about because they haven't heard of the terms that many Christians use. Churches need to be more relatable to people. They aren't just squeaky clean white-washed places of worship filled with the holy. They are filled with broken, struggling, imperfect people in search of a relationship with a holy God.

I highly recommend this for anyone interested in reading about dynamic and genuine characters with an honest world-view.


You can purchase a copy of this book at Amazon

Special thanks to Laura Jensen Walker and Zondervan for providing me with a copy to review.

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