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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Just as I Am review

Admittedl this is not the most appealing book cover I have ever seen.  The face looks rather masculine to be a girl and the labret piercing kind of gives me the willies.  But I think that was the point.

Book description from Amazon:
When purple-haired Mayla Strong struts down the center aisle of Salliesburg Independent Christian Church, the bug-eyed congregation strains to get a peek at her pierced nose and lip. But Pastor Paul welcomes her with a huge, infectious grin and baptizes her on the spot. Determined to make her Heavenly Father proud, Mayla's sincere and often hilarious attempts to let Him change her from the inside out take her into some difficult places. Through it all she grows in faith and wisdom--sometimes through pain, sometimes through humor, but always in a way that is uniquely Mayla.

Have to say that I really didn't find any "hilarious" attempts to let God change her life, but I did find the book interesting.  The characters are a bit one dimensional and really could have been developed more, but the story line wasn't to bad.

The book opens with Mayla making the decision to let God have her life and she gets baptized, purple hair, nose ring, pierced lip, "pink hooker panties" and all.  She immediately feels like a different person and begins to notice changes in her choices such as not cussing anymore without even realizing she wasn't until a co-worker pointed it out to her.  She jumps into the Christian walk with both feet and begins to visit a friend of a friend in the hospital who is dying of AIDS because it is the Christian thing to do.  The new relationship causes her to question God in some aspects.

Her roommate is seriously upset by Mayla's new life and doesn't speak to her for months only to later reveal a devastating secret that has clouded her view of Christians.  Mayla helps her to see the light. 

For that matter Mayla helps lots of people to "see the light" from her co-worker, to the dying AIDS victim, her room mate and even people in the small church she attends.  While I really didn't feel like the author gave a reasonable rendition of real life in the book, she did expose how the actions of a single person who acts honestly and sincerely can affect others.

If you are looking for a quick read, and free if you have a Kindle or a Kindle device, this is a pretty uplifting book with a few good quotes in it.  If you are looking for something down to earth and real life, this probably isn't for you.

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