Did not like the book very poor judgment on the author's part.
Why would anyone attend a church service where the need to entertain man was more important than God's word ?????????????
The jelly bean think was way over done. I was hoping that Harriet would come to an understanding, for herself, that reading the bible and following God's instruction are more important than how many days before you could buy more jelly beans or watch a TV program.
This is the story of Harriet, a preacher's kid/prodigal daughter, who comes back to Christ after a few years of teenage-rebellion against her family and the congregation at which her father ministered.
Having promised God never to go back to the way she had been, Harri is now the director of women's ministry at her father's old church. She sets herself in a place and with people that will not lead her to temptation, ie. she lives in a senior's mobile home park, hangs out mostly with women three times her age, and keeps herself of all temptation by eating tons of jelly bellys.
For eight years, she is able to keep a routine that keeps her away from the old-Harri she had been, but when changes start happening at First Grace, her father's old church, when a new pastor arrives and a consultant (who drives a motorcycle and has a tattoo) is hired, Harri's world is turned upside down. Feeling threatened by these changes and fearing that her old ways will come back to the surface, as someone from her past said: "you can take them out of the bar, but you can't take the bar out of them", Harri struggles to keep the status quo.
This book is great for people who have had a rough and rebellious past, just as Harri's, and still struggle sometimes to realize that they have been fully forgiven, not by their actions, but simply by the Grace of God. It is also great for the kind of people who are fast to speak in their anger and who sometimes end up regretting what they say...just like Harri.
Great book. Really fun to read. Entertaining. Good message. Loved it!
Very entertaining. A quick read. I've read another book by the author and enjoy her wit and style. The plot does mimic in some ways, the other novel, but is still very enjoyable. The author does a great job with character development.
I was never a rebel. However, I could identify strongly with Harriet because I am a recovering legalist who sometimes still uses religious rules to keep herself from God being "mad" at her. That's one of the reason I loved this book. Harriet is an engaging, funny, empathetic character who I don't have much in common with beyond the legalism thing, but who I loved getting to know. For instance, she made me want to try Jelly Bellies. :) Maddox is well-developed, too, and a true representation of the fact that all Christians don't, and shouldn't, look the same. I think he and Harriet make such a great couple! The senior citizen community sometimes stifled me as much as it did Harri, which I didn't like, but otherwise, this one was fabulous. I can't wait to read Tamara's next book.