Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reinventing Rachel by Alison Strobel

My Rating: 3 stars
About the book - 
God let Rachel Westing down. For twenty-six years she’s done everything by the book; she figures He should have her back. But then she learns her fiancé is cheating on her. Her parents are getting a divorce. And her Christian mentor has a pill addiction. Where is God in all this? Nowhere, as far as Rachel can see.

Wounded, bitter, and with a shattered faith, she quits her job and goes across the country to live with Daphne—her childhood best friend whose soul Rachel once thought she was meant to save.

Confident, successful, fun-loving Daphne sets about helping Rachel reinvent herself, and for a while it’s exciting. But when another tragedy shakes Rachel to the core, what little bit of self-possession she has left begins to unravel. A true-to-life story that will draw you in and keep you biting your nails until the end.

My Review - 
Reinventing Rachel is a touching, thought-provoking novel that you wont be able to put down. This book covers some really tough issues like divorce, depression, infidelity, and addictions. Those are just a few things we read about as Rachel re-evaluates what she believes and why. When her world begins to crumble all around her she feels like God isn't there or doesn't even care anymore. She doesn't understand how he could just sit back and watch as her life falls apart. Her faith is shattered and she completely gives up on her relationship with God.

There's so much about this book that I loved. Alison isn't afraid to show the real life consequences that follow poor choices. We're reminded that believers aren't immune to the bad in the world and we, just like anyone else, will face some kind of struggle sooner or later. In the end it's ultimately our choice to trust God through it or turn our backs on Him if he doesn't show up the way we think He should. Believable, engaging, challenging, and intense are a few words that describe this novel. It's definitely worth your time and attention.

To buy this book go HERE

(This book was provided for review by David C. Cook)

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