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  1. Sisterchicks in Gondolas, Sisterchicks Series #6
    Sisterchicks in Gondolas, Sisterchicks Series #6
    Robin Jones Gunn
    Multnomah Books / 2006 / Trade Paperback
    $10.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 27% ($4.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 17 Reviews
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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Experience the Grace of God
    December 26, 2012
    BethR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "I don't think I had ever felt I had been shown grace before. Now I knew grace was being extended to me. What made it different this time was that I was ready to reach out and take hold of the grace being offered."-Jenna in Sisterchicks in Gondolas

    

    This is my second time reading this book. I am not sure if I have ever read one of the books in the Sisterchicks series more than once, but I am so glad I chose to do it with this one. Sisterchicks in Gondolas is another in the Sisterchicks series by author Robin Jones Gunn. This particular novel is set in Venice, Italy and is the story of Jenna and her sister-in-law Sue and the adventures of God's grace they experience while on a trip to Italy. Given the opportunity to work as chefs for a men's retreat, the ladies experience the riches of Venice while experiences some of the riches God has in Him.

    I alway love reading the Sisterchicks novels. I have read them all but one, and they always bless me. I come away feeling refreshed, just like I had been on the adventure with them. The novels feel like the breath of God warming the soul. Author Robin Jones Gunn is one of those writers that God has so blessed with the ability to be able to convey His presence, love, and empowering grace in the form of fiction.

    I recommend Sisterchicks in Gondolas to all women who want to be refreshed by the presence of God and go on an adventure. This book reinforces the importance of the bonds between women and the beauty of how God works in friendships. You will be blessed each time you pick up a novel in the Sisterchicks series.

    Many blesses to you as you read!

    ~Beth

    "He restores my soul."-Psalm 23:3

    Disclosure Statement: I received this book free of charge as part of a free books for bloggers program from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to give a favorable review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
  2. Lancaster, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sisterchicks in Gondolas
    December 26, 2012
    dyand
    Lancaster, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sisterchicks in Gondolas by Robin Jones Gunn is a very entertaining, fast read about two women, (Jenna and Sue) sisters-in-law, who accept an invitation to Venice to cook for some missionaries who are on a retreat. In exchange they get a place to stay and some extra days in which to take in the sights. Jenna is a divorced Mom and Sue is the wife of her brother, who has been going through a long-term illness. Jenna is confused as to why they would ask her to do this as she cannot cook, but she invites her sister-in-law (who can) and goes on the adventure. Only Jenna speaks Italian, and not much at that; they have some comical encounters: one at a fruit stand, and another with some pigeons, to name just two. They fall in love with Venice and develop some new sides of themselves that they never could have expected.

    You find out that nothing happens without reason. Jenna was meant to be on this trip, as she meets someone from her past and an amazing story unfolds - this meeting could not have happened by accident. There are many phrases in the book that make you think about your own life, for instance: "Was my life characterized by ‘offerings' or ‘sacrifices'? - which I found to be a great question for myself; "90 percent of what we should be doing as believers is just to show up"; and, "you're not done yet". Each one of these phrases made me think about my relationship with the Lord and whether or not I was doing my part. This book by no means dwells on pounding your job as a Christian into you - it is merely a very light and enjoyable tale about two women on an adventure and just happens to throw out some thoughts which very well may change your life as well - while it keeps you laughing. There are many funny moments, including bobsledding on mattresses, which you'll have to read about for yourself. I do not doubt that you will find this story very enjoyable and perhaps, eye-opening.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  3. Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun, gelato, and faith-renewing all included
    December 25, 2012
    Cindy Navarro
    Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am a huge fan of all of the books in this series, but this one touched me even more than some of the others. I have never been to Venice, so I enjoyed reading more about it. The descriptions and information about the city and surrounding areas was fascinating. There is also a lot of humor in this story, as well as moments that caused me to pause and consider my own life. However, the 2 Sisterchicks in this story both had traits that reminded me of myself. Jenna had been divorced for many years, and felt like she couldn't me as much use to God and that family looked down on her for it. (Me too.) She was also invited to cook for some missionaries on a retreat, but is not a good cook. (I can relate to being a bad cook!) She only knows a few words of Italian, but that doesn't stop her for trying. (You should hear my Spanglish! LOL!)

    Sue is adjusting to a new normal since her husband's accident...and is wanting to break out of her old patterns of legalism and being fearful. Also, she can cook! I can identify with the ways she has become a bit fearful of life and is wanting to LIVE rather than just continuing to EXIST. The way Sue and Jenna lean on one another and lift up one when the other is down is such a perfect portrait of unselfish love for a friend. They each want to help the other be the person God intended, plus walk closer with Him. This is both a book that makes a valid point of trusting God and His Grace, but also wrapped in pure joy. I loved it! Would like to give it 4.5 stars.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  4. Hills of Kentucky
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Totally fun book! I love it!
    December 22, 2012
    GodBlessAmerica
    Hills of Kentucky
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Totally fun book! I love it!

    SisterChicks In Gondolas by Robin Jones Gunn took me totally by surprise, in a very good way. I was hooked from page two of the Prologue. At times it could have been written about me. (mid-life crisis, memory loss) Sue tells Jenna to keep a notepad by her bed and one in her purse at all times,

    so she can write down things as she thinks or dreams about them so she won't forget. I laughed out load so many times it put a smile on my face. Oh to be able to go on a real SisterChick retreat.

    I was also blown away by how much this book also "talked" to my soul.

    Here is an example from the book. All the new experiences, tastes, encounters and small challenges were displays of how God could care for Sue more than I ever could. My job wasn't to diagnose her or counsel her or try to teach her anything. We were students together. Equals in every way. Sue and I were victims of grace.

    I felt as if I'd just been shown my place---a clarification of my role in our friendship. I had places deep inside me that I needed to examine and that needed healing, too, but Sue was not trying to fix those in me. All I had to do was be here and receive the grace that fell on me.

    Wow, that says it all.

    I give this book a 5+ out of 5. SisterChick In Gondolas is book full of truth that I won't forget.

    I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah and Blogging for Book for my honest opinion.
  5. Vale, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    SisterChicks in Gondolas, Just Show Up!!!! Love it
    December 19, 2012
    cscott9
    Vale, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sisterchicks in Gondolas!!! Wonderful Book!!!

    Let me begin by saying that this is the first Sisterchicks book that I have read. I was blown away by the messages that she puts into her work and how this book is based on her own travels and experiences from Venice.

    Jenna is awakened at 3am with one phrase "your not done yet." She had no clue what she wasn't done with and yet the next morning she was awakened by the phrase. Then she received a letter from her friend Sam asking her to come to Venice and cook for the men's Mission Leader Retreat that would be taking place in July. She agrees to go and she asks her sister-in-law, Sue to accompany her.

    As they embark on their journey to Venice, they encounter God's grace and mercy everywhere they go. From the beautiful view from the rooftop of the palace they were staying at to the gondola ride they took their last day there. From the injured bird to the gift of the coffee, they learned that gifts could come in all shapes and sizes.

    Jenna and Sue go on an amazing journey that includes a very funny moment and some serious moments as well. They laugh, they cry, and they learn how to live again. Jenna tells Sue that "I believe it could be well with our souls even when it might never be well with our circumstances." At that moment Jenna knew that their season of refreshing had came.

    I highly recommend this book, I took a lot from the messages and realized that I need to just show up and let God handle the rest. If you have never read any of the Sisterchicks books, please pick up one today. I promise you will not regret the decision.

    "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

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