"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!
I was given a free copy of Faking Grace by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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
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.
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.
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.!