Monday, January 22, 2007

Book Review-A Bigger Life

I've written a book review for each day of the week. Enjoy!

Title: A Bigger Life

Author: Annette Smith

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 1-5768-3995-8

Genre: Gritty Christian Romance

Joel Carpenter isn’t your typical Texan of the male persuasion. He is a straight hair stylist at a women’s salon. He’s also a single parent raising a son with all the love he can muster. He hangs with the guys on weekends, but his heart still longs for his ex.

Life is turned upside down and everything Joel holds dear is challenged. He is at a place in his life to question what he really believes in. He’s only experienced a legalistic Christianity that left him wishing to run in the other direction. That is—until a client exposes him to a type of Christianity that gave him more answers than questions.

Smith’s style of writing keeps the mind buzzing as the story precedes forward and then flashes back to reveal the history of the characters’ burdens and victories. I admit I had to look twice to see if my eyes were fooling me when it came to the byline. This female author writes from a very convincing male point of view.

The book made me ache during heartache and rally during successes. A very real read that will open your eyes to conventional beliefs.

(c) Kathy Carlton Willis

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