Monday, September 9, 2013

Faking Grace

From the back cover:

All she wants is a job. All she needs is religion. How hard can it be?
Maizy Grace Stewart dreams of a career as an investigative journalist, but her last job ended in disaster when her compassion cost her employer a juicy headline. A part-time gig at a Nashville newspaper might be her big break.

A second job at Steeple Side Christian Resources could help pay the bills, but Steeple Side only hires committed Christians. Maizy is sure she can fake it with her Five-Step Program to Authentic Christian Faith–a plan of action that includes changing her first name to Grace, buying Jesus-themed accessories, and learning “Christian Speak.” If only Jack Prentiss, Steeple Side’s managing editor and two-day-stubble, blue-jean-wearing British hottie wasn’t determined to prove her a fraud.

When Maizy’s boss at the newspaper decides that she should investigate–and expose–any skeletons in Steeple Side’s closet, she must decide whether to deliver the dirt and secure her career or lean on her new-found faith, change the direction of her life, and pray that her Steeple Side colleagues–and Jack–will show her grace.
My Review: 

This is the third book that I have read by Tamara Leigh and I have yet to be disappointed. I adore her writing style.  Her characters are well thought out and very relatable, basically they are full of real life flaws! She gives wonderful imagery to cast you into their surrounding and circumstances without going overboard. I always seem to find myself rooting for the main characters and talking to them as I read. 

There are some great moments of misused “Christian speak” that had me laughing pretty good and I really loved all the references to The Dumb Blonde's Guide to Christianity. I really hope there is not a book like that floating around, but yet I can see it as a best seller if there is. Kinda scary, although the Cultural Christian I have felt like a time or two in my faith walk.

This book touched on some real issues though within the secular and Christian world. So many Christians are seen as being “fake” simply because from the outside view things do not add up. I can see how Maizy would take certain elements out of context from what information she had. That is why it is so important to be aware of who might be around to misinterpret what is actually happening. Christian are people, with real sin and we do stumble and fall. The difference is we know we have a Savior to forgive us and unending grace. We also know the power of prayer and leaning on one another for strong spiritual advice. 

I would easily recommend this book and the other 2 out from Leigh. She is a fantastic writer and quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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