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Multnomah Books / 2008 / Paperback

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Struggling journalist Maizy Grace Stewart isn't really a believer, but she manages to "fake it" in order to land a part-time job at a Christian publishing house. When the newspaper editor commissions her to write an undercover expose of her new employer, will her conversations with churchgoing colleagues lead to success---or second thoughts? 400 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1590529294
ISBN-13: 9781590529294
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Publisher's Description

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-stubbled, 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 newfound faith, change the direction of her life, and pray that her Steeple Side colleagues–and Jack–will show her grace.

Author Bio

Tamara Leigh is the best-selling author of eleven novels, including Perfecting Kate, Splitting Harriet, and Stealing Adda. She began writing romance novels to “get the stories out her head.” Over the course of one providential year, she gave birth to her first child, committed her life to Christ, gave up a career in speech pathology, and released her first novel. Tamara and her husband, David, live with their two sons in Tennessee.

Editorial Reviews

“Tamara Leigh takes her experienced romance hand and delights readers with Chick-Lit that sparkles and characters who come alive.” 
- Kristin Billerbeck, author of The Trophy Wives Club for Splitting Harriet

Faking Grace is a delight! I loved this story with its fun, quirky characters, its outside-the-bubble look at the culture of Christianity, and a storyline that kept me turning pages. I could hardly put it down. Highly recommended!”
- Marlo Schalesky, award-winning author of Beyond the Night

“Tamara’s Leigh’s commentary on cultural Christianity in Faking Grace is incisive and thoughtful. Rather than force the topic in an overblown, preachy way, Leigh effectively delivers the message of pursuing authentic faith through a compelling story that hooks the reader from the first page. And my guess is that plenty of single girls are going to be crushing on that charming Brit Jack Prentiss.”
- Christa Ann Banister, author of Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers

“A delightful, charming book! Faking Grace has romance, truth, and a dollop of insanity, making Tamara Leigh a permanent addition to my list of favorite authors. Enjoy!”
- Ginger Garrett, author of In the Shadow of Lions and Beauty Secrets of the Bible

Faking Grace is a witty, warmhearted lesson in how not to be a Christian. Maizy Grace made me think about my own faith journey and how we all sometimes fake it until we make it. What a delightful book!”
- Lenora Worth, author of Mountain Sanctuary and Secret Agent Minister

“I love this story of a real Christian struggling with real attacks of conscience and spiritual growth. As always, Tamara Leigh kept me entertained, laughing, and learning.”
- Rebeca Seitz, author of Sisters, Ink and Coming Unglued

“Tamara Leigh does a fabulous job looking at the faults, the love, the hypocrisy, and the grace of Christians in a way that’s entertaining and fun. Maizy Grace is a crazy character I couldn’t help but like. I loved this book and highly recommend it!”
- Camy Tang, author of Sushi for One? and Only Uni

“Clever. Insightful. Faking Grace is a joy to read, and Maizy Stewart is hilarious. I couldn’t help but cheer for her along her bumpy journey to stop faking grace and start finding it.”
- Melanie Dobson, author of Going for Broke and The Black Cloister

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  1. girlsmama
    Edgewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Faking Grace- Fun read!
    January 31, 2014
    girlsmama
    Edgewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    "Desperate times call for Desperate measures" might be the mantra for Maizy Grace Stewart the main character in Tamara Leigh's novel Faking Grace as she is most definitely desperate. Maizy is an investigative journalist whose lost her prominent job in Seattle and now has fallen to the depths of her journalistic career as she has a part time job with a Nashville newspaper writing lifestyle fluff pieces . A girl can't pay the rent on a part time salary so here's where the fun comes in- she finds another part time job that she is applying for where she would be working for Steeple Side Christian Resources- a Christian publication. Here's the deal- they only hire committed Christians and well Maizy isn't exactly what you would call committed. And so, to solve her problem, she "brushes up" on Christianity by buying a copy of "A Dumb Blonde's guide to Christianity" to make sure she can fake it effectively in order to land the job. After purchasing a"Jesus is my co-pilot" bumper sticker, and toning down her regular look from edgy to modest, she feels ready to play the part of a "committed Christian". There's only one little glitch in her plan- Jack Prentiss- the managing editor who happens to see through Maizy's little charade (although now she has dropped the Maizy and is going by Grace- a more Christiany name). Perhaps one of the tip offs for Jack was Grace "taping" her bumper sticker onto her car for easy removal later. Anyway, Jack, with his cool British accent and suave demeanor is on to her and she knows it. It doesn't help that he keeps popping up wherever she is and of course the relationship begins.

    And then the conflict- Maizy (Grace) is asked to write an expose on her time at Steepleside by her other employer to show the hypocrisy that takes place there. Maizy is excited, her big shot to return to investigative reporting. But as she gets to know the people at Steepleside and sees both their strengths and their weaknesses she's not so sure about this whole investigation thing. Will she really be able to stay "Faking Grace" or will she need to extend some and receive some as well?

    In reading Faking Grace there are many hysterical moments as Maizy is trying to fake her way through the Christian world- trying to learn the lingo, talk the talk, and even attend church. As she goes along and sees authentic people with authentic faith she is definitely drawn in to real faith in God and of course, it is life changing. A very poignant scene was when she was volunteering in a soup kitchen and helping to feed the people coming in and she was so touched by a woman who had nothing and yet could still thank God for his provision for her. That really affected Grace and will affect the reader as well. This was a great contemporary fiction novel with humor, poignancy, and imperfect people meeting their perfect God. Very enjoyable read!

    4 stars

    I was given a free copy of Faking Grace by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Becca
    oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Being a Christian is easy........right?
    November 6, 2013
    Becca
    oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh

    Pretending to be a Christian is easy, right? That's what Maizy thought when she got assigned to undercover any kind of scandal at the local Christian Publishing house. However, Maizy finds it harder then she thought, and maybe there's something more then just scandal there.

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Tamara Leigh writes a fun yet thought provoking book about what it means to be a Christian. I like how Maizy starts off pretending but then realizes that what she was looking for was right in front of her. It's a good reminder too that living like Christ is not a bunch of rules but a way of life.

    I recommend this book to my family and friends,.

    I got this book as a review book from Waterbrook Multnomah
  3. Callie
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun book
    August 19, 2013
    Callie
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    After reading Splitting Harriet, I decided I'd like to read more books by Tamara Leigh, so when Faking Grace came up I requested to review it.

    Maizy Grace Stewart needs to be able to pay the bills, so even though her faith has been on the back burner for years, she fakes being a strong Christian to get a job at Steeple Side, a Christian magazine company. But then her boss at the local newspaper wants her to investigate Steeple Side's employees and write an article about all their dirty laundry. Will Grace betray the friends she makes at Steeple Side or risk losing her career as a reporter?

    I like Tamara Leigh's books - they are so fun to read, and often they make me laugh out loud while I'm reading, which is always the sign of a good story to me. I like feeling emotionally invested in how the story plays out, and Leigh's characters and funny situations drew me in.

    The main character, Grace, was likable even when her deceptions were making me cringe. The story kept me interested clear to the end. I also liked the message of not being just a "cultural Christian" and extending grace to our brothers and sisters in Christ when they make mistakes. Two thumbs up!

    Note: I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
  4. Melissa
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great example of how unbelievers view Christians
    August 6, 2013
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is the second book I read by Tamara Leigh. The first book I read was Perfecting Kate and I loved it. So I was a bit concerned that Faking Grace might not be able to live up to my expectations.

    I had nothing to worry about.

    I think I have found a new favorite author. I love Tamara Leigh's style. Her writing is funny, and witty. Her characters full of flaws and real.

    Through Maizy Grace's eyes we see what many unbelievers see when they look at Christians. They see that we aren't perfect, we don't have it all together, we make mistakes. But we also see that if we show grace to others we can draw them to the foot of the cross, into the loving embrace of the Father.

    This book is so full of conflict I had to keep turning the pages. There is a ticking time bomb that you know will explode in Maizy's face and we are just waiting until it happens and then wondering how she will ever get out it. How will she salvage the friendships she has begun to forge? Can she? Will her friends forgive her?

    There are a few LOL moments, when Maizy uses her new "Christian speak" incorrectly.

    There is just so much truth in this book that it forces us to take a look at our own faith and examine how genuine it really is.

    A copy of this book was given to me by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
  5. JenB
    Southern CA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lighthearted Read!!
    August 5, 2013
    JenB
    Southern CA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    fakinggrace

    Just finished reading a great book called Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh. It was a very heartfelt, humorous story about a girl, Maizy Grace, who has to pretend to be Christian in order to get a job at a Christian newspaper. In order to fit the part, she picks up The Dumb Blonde's Guide to Christianity. The first chapter is a checklist the book provided her to make sure she looks the part to be a "good wholesome Christian girl". Including a "Jesus is My Copilot" bumper sticker which she tapes onto her car with tape. She gets the job and starts acting the part_very modest clothing, minimum makeup, using Christian phrases like "Jesus is my Savior" and "Bless his/her heart!" Maizy, who goes by Grace at the paper_to sound more "Christian", ends up having to start attending a church and bible study in order to keep up her part. Soon she starts praying, and even reading her bible. In her head its purely to keep up her act_but God uses every opportunity to get into our hearts and soon Grace doesn't seem to have to try so hard to be a "good" Christian.

    This book was a great light read. It has a bit of a love story and great examples of the lives "real" Christian's face. Its hilarious at times to see the stereotypes that Christians often wear. But honestly, how many times have you felt like you had to ACT Christian? How many in our churches basically do a checkoff list to make sure they look like they belong? Though this story is a fiction, its very easy to find truth in its pages.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a lighthearted clean book. It will make you laugh quite a bit_but be careful_it might even make you question if you are a "Cultural Christian" just like Miss Maizy Grace

    I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.!
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