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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Book Review ~ Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions – Robin Jones Gunn

Recently, I was very blessed to be selected to review Robin Jones Gunn’s latest book in the “Katie Weldon Series”, Coming Attractions. This was a first for me!

Now for the truth. I am familiar with RJG’s work via Gardenias For Breakfast and the Sisterchick books, which by-the-way, I considered were for her older (cough), more mature readers (cough, cough). And I assumed (wrongly) the Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, Katie Weldon story lines to be penned for the younger crowd. (Let me say again, wrong! Wrong! Wrong!)

What I love most about Robin’s books is the way I am absorbed into the story so completely, I almost fail to realize when little nuggets of gold spill off the pages and into my heart. The sliver of soap in Sisterchicks in Sombreros and the meaning of aloha in Sisterchicks do the Hula will always be treasures of gold hidden deep in my heart. And so it is with Coming Attractions!

I love the characters. Their individual personalities ring true throughout the book. Just when you think you might know where the plot is going, there is a gentle twist, uncovering new surprises! And I love that the friendships, while tested, remain strong and believable.

I don’t want to reveal too much about Coming Attractions, as you need to read this book for yourself. But there were two nuggets almost back to back and I do want to share them.

“I don’t think many of us know how to accurately measure success,” Eli said. “That’s because God’s ways aren’t our ways, and his thought aren’t our thoughts. So much of the kingdom of God is measured on a different scale than the one the world uses to measure value.” (pg. 191, Coming Attractions)

“So, if I love God, and I mean really love God with abandon, then I must come to love myself, my life. I need to love my story at the heart level. That’s what I believe life is for all of us. A story being written by God. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. When I start to love my story, with all its messed up twists and turns, then I can love other people who are living out their own stories with all their messed up twists and turns.” (pg. 192, Coming Attractions)

I love these nuggets. They bring God’s word into my heart in a new and different way.
Buy the book! I have an entire new series, make that three series, to buy!

Blessings (and happy reading!),

1 comment:

  1. What book would you reccommend for a first timer with this author?


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