If you'd enjoy a fun, snarky look at the church from the outside, then this book's for you! I enjoyed Becca's witty commentary on the church's subculture and outsider's look at things I've come to find common. It was also fun to see Becca's preconceptions challenged, her view softened, and her interest in Jesus piqued. She's not your typical Christian chick-lit character, and that made it fun to see life through her eyes. If you're looking for something different, something that might rattle some cages, then definitely check out Becca by the Book!
This story made me a bit teary-eyed at the end. I liked Ben and his grandmother. I was surprised at the fact that it wasn't typical chick-lit, but I liked that at the same time. I also liked that the ending wasn't so predictable. Some of the Christense humor was funny (as were her definitions) and some great points were made about Christians not being perfect and how that can be a good thing when Christians show that they are fallible as long as they are sincere and not fake about it. That was a great message. I found that very real and helpful, too. Sometimes we seem to have the strongest affect on people who don't share our faith when we show them that we struggle with behaving all the time, too. I've noticed that for some people that makes Christianity more attainable in their minds because they know they aren't perfect. None of us are. That was probably my favorite implication in this book.I also enjoyed getting to know Becca. She wasn't the most likable character, but I understood her and how she was jaded because of her mother's scamming. I liked that she started to soften but didn't do the predictable things typically seen in CBA novels. While the book was a bit snarky at times and poked fun at things that aren't very Christian about the subculture in churches, I didn't find it offensive. To me it was more insightful. I think the author did a good job showing what the typical person outside of the Christian faith might observe when looking at the typical church culture.
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.
Becca by the Book is the third book in the Getaway Girls series by Laura Jensen Walker. Becca in unusual in her book club; while the rest of the group is Christian, she's firmly noncommittal, and that doesn't just apply to religion. Becca can't seem to commit to a job, hobby, or guy, so her pals bet her that she can't date the same guy for the next three months or twenty-five dates. She can't pass up the dare and accepts an offer for coffee with cute Ben, who just happens to be a Christian and many of their dates end up involving the church. I am a huge fan of this series that doesn't focus so much on a woman's finding the right man as finding where God wants her to be in life. Becca is searching for a way to give in a meaningful way; Kailyn just thinks that happiness comes with a husband and children, but her dreams are on the stage. Walker has thrown together a wide variety of women with someone to please every reader, and each one has a something to offer. Becca is a breath of fresh air with her refusal to believe that she needs a husband and her fierce determination that while Jesus is cool, Christians usually aren't. Walker writes Christian fiction that should please Christian and secular readers with a intelligent main character and a sweet non-romance. I can't wait to see what's happening next in this series!