Saturday, January 29, 2011

Reinventing Rachel

Author: Alison Strobel
Publisher: David C. Cook
September 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6774-5
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Rachel Westing was born in a Christian home and wanted to do everything Christian. She is engaged to a man and making exciting plans for her future while trying to solve all the problems of the teens she knows.

But when Rachel discovers that her fiancĂ© is cheating on her, and that her parents are filing for divorce, Rachel decides to forget God—since He let her down—and she moves to Chicago to be with her childhood friend, Daphne.

When fun-loving Daphne tries to help Rachel get back on her feet, Rachel finds her new life exciting. But then another tragedy hits…

REINVENTING RACHEL is the first book I’ve read by Alison Strobel. I quickly pegged Rachel as a “cookie-cutter Christian”, one who can talk the talk and walk the walk as long as everything is perfect, but when life hits, she crumbles. That disappointed me, but unfortunately there are a lot of Christians like that in the world.

The story is realistic and well-written. Readers will want to keep reading to see what happens with Rachel and find out if she’d turn back to God and develop a real faith that will survive the storms. $14.99. 240 pages.

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