Amy Inspired - eBook  -     By: Bethany Pierce
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Bethany House / 2010 / ePub

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Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781441213556
ISBN-13: 9781441213556
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

Amy Gallagher is an aspiring writer who, after countless rejections, has settled for a career as an English professor in small-town Ohio just to pay the bills. All her dreams suddenly start to unravel as rejections pile up--both from publishers and her boyfriend. But just as Amy fears her life is stuck in a holding pattern, she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli.

She struggles to walk the fine line between friendship and something more with Eli, even as staying true to her faith becomes unexpectedly complicated. When secrets, tragedy, and poor decisions cause rifts in Amy's relationships, she must come to terms with who she's become, her unrealized aspirations for her life, and the state of her faith. Can she dare to hope that she will find love and fulfillment despite it all?

Author Bio

After completing a Master's in Creative Writing and working as an English professor in Ohio, Bethany Pierce now lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she works at an art studio and continues to write. Her first book, Feeling for Bones, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2007.

Publisher's Weekly

A young woman grows into herself and her faith in this superbly written second novel from Pierce (Feeling for Bones), a minister's daughter. Amy Gallagher is a newly minted MFA graduate teaching freshman English at her alma mater. Struggling to find a market for her articles and stories, she secretly envies her carefree coffee barista roommate, Zoë, whose prolific prose is published regularly. Recently dumped by her university colleague, Amy resigns herself to takeout, TV, and grading papers to distract her from her dead-end love life and perpetual writer's block. But when Zoë invites her friend Eli for an extended stay in their apartment, Amy comes to know herself--and her faith--on different terms. Pierce crafts a tight, deliciously engrossing novel from start to finish. Readers will be captivated by Amy's relationships, struggles, and choices as much as they will be riveted by the author's seamless portrayal of them. This novel can--and should--be enjoyed not only by Christian readers but anyone in search of a great read. (Oct. 10) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Rockford, IL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    The story rambles.
    August 6, 2012
    Kamoe
    Rockford, IL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I found this book very uninteresting and the story jumps back and forth in time. It also lacks cohesion. There is a lot of detail that is really not necessary, such as parts of stories written by the main character.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Creative Viewpoint
    July 15, 2012
    Kim S
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After reading some of the reviews I was a little worried I wouldn't like this book, but once I started it I found Amy Inspired to be a worthwhile read. Bethany Pierce addressed the temptations and questions some people face in their Christian walk. Some of these issues are not wrapped up in a pretty bow and addressed in a way other Christian authors do it, so it gives the reader a new taste and challenge to think for yourself. The writing style is unique in a way that makes you think she is jumping a round in an unrelated mix of stories, but it all comes back together to show how the main character got to where she is in the end. The dynamics of Amy's family brought humor to the story, and the resistance of Zoe, Amy's housemate, to just go with the flow encourages the reader to consider why you like and do what you do. The book is not preachy and a little subtle about Christian values, but over all it encourages believers to step out in faith, trust God, and share it with others.
  3. PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Follow Amy's choice between comfort & convictions
    January 28, 2011
    Gina Hott Books
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Post-it's, and Schedules, and Lists, Oh my!

    Such is Amy's life. There is no pleasure. No fun. No leap of faith. It's all comfortable.

    A comfortable boyfriend - she doesn't love him but he's okay. A comfortable job - Amy left a teaching position she loved to go back to school and become a write somehow she just stayed at the school and began teaching.

    When will she go out on a limb and date the wrong guy? Will she stand firm and not date guys that don't believe in God? Will she gain some convictions?

    Amy knows what she wants: she wants to be married, she wants to be happy, and, above all, Amy wants to be a writer but how much is she willing to give to get those things?
  4. Georgia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Could've been better...
    December 1, 2010
    travelingstacey
    Georgia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I received this book from Bethany House Publishers to review. This is the story of Amy, a young woman struggling through life, trying to make a living, publish her writing, and find love. She's teaching writing at the local college, living with the eccentric Zoe, and then meets Eli, who ends up becoming a third roommate. Amy wants to be loved, appreciated, and valued, but has been very discouraged by the events in her life. Eli seems to be the one person who accepts and believes in her.

    My thoughts on this story...well, honestly, it was my least favorite book of the three I received to review. I'm a pretty conservative reader, and the several references to underclothes, the shape of people's bodies, etc. was a little uncomfortable for me. Beyond that, I was most concerned about the way Amy, and other characters, defined their faith. Amy would describe her faith in the Lord...but I never felt that her faith was clearly defined. The same went for her friends. Her friends made choices that were contrary to the Lord's teaching, yet they were described as having faith in Him. And that all seemed ok, according to the book. Kind of like a just-do-what-you-can kind of faith, and it'll be ok. One thing I did like about the book was that there was some humor and the references to popular culture were very easy to relate to. Overall, I don't think I would recommend this one for the church library. It was interesting, at times entertaining, kind of sad and depressing quite often, and a little confusing if you don't have a good understanding of doctrine/faith in the Lord.
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