Monday, September 22, 2008
Tamara Leigh's Faking Grace ~ Reviewed
By: Tamara Leigh
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Want to peek at the first chapter? Click here.
All she wants is a job. All she needs is religion. How hard can it be?
Maizy Grace Stewart dreams of a career as an investigative journalist, but her last job ended in disaster when her compassion cost her employer a juicy headline.
A part-time gig at a Nashville newspaper might be her big break. A second job at Steeple Side Christian Resources could help pay the bills, but Steeple Side only hires committed Christians. Maizy is sure that she can fake it with her Five-Step Program to Authentic Christian Faith- a plan of action that includes changing her first name to Grace, toting Jesus themed accessories, and learning “Christian Speak.” If only Jack Prentiss, Steeple Side’s two-day-stubbled, blue-jean-wearing managing editor wasn’t determined to prove her a fraud.
When Maizy’s boss at the newspaper decides that she should investigate—and expose-any skeletons in Steeple Side’s closest, she needs to decide whether to deliver the dirt and secure her career, or lean on her newfound faith, change the direction of her life, and pray that her Steeple Side colleagues- and Jack—will show her grace.
Leigh has provided another delightful, witty, and humorous read for young and old alike. Faking Grace is a story about hypocrisy, family, and living a faith that is real. I especially enjoyed the reference guide the main character used to help fake her faith—The Dumb Blonde’s Guide to Christianity. This story made me want to go undercover to see exactly how a Christian Publishing company works.
Faking Grace was a laugh a page, and yet full of spiritual depth at the same time. What does real faith look like? How do you live the Christian life among fallen people? These are just a few questions that are delved into through this fictional story. Fun stories can teach life changing spiritual truths and Faking Grace is evidence of that.
Reviewed by: Shellie Powell