I finished the third book in the "Getaway Girls" series. It is Becca by the Book by Laura Jensen Walker. This is my second book to read by this author. I enjoyed the other one (Turning the Paige), so when the author asked on Facebook if anyone was interested in reading the latest book I was glad to do so.
This book is about Becca who is the only non-Christian in the Getaway Girls book club. In an attempt to prove she's not afraid of commitment she makes a bet with her friends that she will go on 25 dates with whoever asks her out next. Of course the next guy, Ben, is a Christian. Due to a broken leg from a sky diving accident, she must go around with a cast and crutches. Becca is very sarcastic and negative towards Christians. Through the book she sees a variety of Christians and churches and realizes all are not the same.
The book makes a good point. I get what the author is trying to say. What message are we as Christians sending to non-Christians? There are many words we use in church or in daily conversations that just don't make sense to non-Christians. What example of Christ's love are we being to those who are watching?
With that being said, if I had picked up this book in the bookstore or library, I would not have purchased it to read. The first line of the book is taking the Lord's name in vain. This turned me off from the beginning. There were several things in the book that I questioned. The overall attitude of the book seemed to be too lax in my opinion of what is required of Christians. It was more of a "politically correct" view of accepting anything anyone does even if it's sin. Is this how the Bible tells us to live? We are in the world but are told not to be of the world. We love the person but not the sin. While Becca did have a heart change through the book and got to see many examples of how Christians live and show love to others, I still didn't get the feeling that she ever really learned what she would need to do to be a Christian.
Thank you to the author and publisher for providing this book for review.
Have a day of blessings!