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CarliAliceUnion, MOAge: 35-44Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Lunch Break BookSeptember 8, 2012CarliAliceUnion, MOAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1Sheila Rushmore is a normal woman, she's been dumped, is broke, and has come to that point in her life where she needs to make some big girl decisions. The biggest and best decision she makes is letting God into her life.
While the book was well written and quite honestly very true to life. It felt unfinished to me, definitely leaving itself open for a sequel -- or two. There were bits and pieces of different characters that I could relate to but now one that I felt particularly connected with.
I love the fact that this is a Christian book and I adore the amount of Christian people in it but all the characters were either too good or too bad. About the only "normal" person in the book was Sheila but based on the other characters once she fully immersed herself in God then she would become the most sharing, considerate person ever. If not she was doomed to a life of debt, crime, or drugs.
The overall message was actually heartwarming and true but I was not personally inspired in my faith. However, I did feeling myself nodding my head a lot and thinking "yes, yes, that's right".
This is one of those reads that are great if you're really wanted something well written but don't have the time to loose yourself for hours on end. Like a lunch break book.
libertycalls5 Stars Out Of 5Great read!!August 30, 2011libertycallsQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was a wonderful read. I found it to be inspiring and such an encouragement. The flawed heroine Sheila, shows us that even though we are not perfect, God helps us and changes us when we continue to seek his face. Thanks Tia for a great story
Jolene5 Stars Out Of 5Steppin' Into the Good Life - A Great Read!!!April 23, 2011JoleneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sheila Rushmore just wants to live the good life. When her "six-foot, six-pack, six-figure man" dumps her for his ex-wife, Sheila is devastated. Clearly, he is not coming back and Sheila makes one last ditch effort to find closure for that part of her life. Her efforts are disastrous on the surface, but in the midst of the humiliation, Sheila finds God and her life slowly begins to change. However, things get worse before they get better. While learning about a God that satisfies her far more than any fancy shoes could, Sheila finds herself unemployed, single, almost homeless, and broke. Having God is wonderful, but Sheila still longs for that sweet place called the good life. When family issues arise and temptations of the past reappear, will Sheila hold to her faith in God? Will she ever find the elusive good life?
I loved reading Steppin' Into the Good Life by Tia McCollors. The narrator (Sheila) is real, witty, and engaging. This book will definitely appeal to people who enjoy fashion. Though the plot is completely different, it reminded me slightly of Confessions of a Shopoholic just because of some of the fashion references. I admire authors who can create catchy ways to convey information. McCollors does that repeatedly, but not repetitiously, throughout the novel.
The spiritual lesson behind the plot was effective and timely. Too often people are disappointed after becoming a Christian because they have the notion that Christians don't have problems. Contrary to that belief is the reality that having God in one's life doesn't mean everything is going to be rosy. Sometimes life is hard, but God is always good whether or not we are living the so-called good life.
Steppin' Into the Good Life is the second novel in this series. I have not read the first, Last Woman Standing, but I certainly intend to. I didn't feel like I was missing any information as I read the book. In fact, I didn't know it was the second novel in the series until I got to the end and saw the blurb for Last Woman Standing. I suspect there will be at least one more novel in this series. While the ending was satisfying to read, there were a few situations/relationships left open that could definitely be addressed in a third novel.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Dee SWashington, DCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great work by Tia McCollors, as always!April 7, 2011Dee SWashington, DCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The storyline of Steppin exemplified the most genuine and sincere born-again experience. It takes you on a journey of a sweet new relationship with God and new life in God, that if appreciated, proves to be the most precious event ever. Identifying with the characters in one way or another was a realistic as my own life. Readers will discover from this page-turning read, the reality of themselves or someone they know. The characters, the personalities, the life-styles or life struggles are all real-life experiences that can be gleaned from. And the application of the word of God spoken throughout and truthfully applied is the foundation of it all.
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