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About the Author

Dallas native Kim Gatlin has spent most of her professional life in the fields of charitable fundraising and commercial real estate title sales. She lives in the Park Cities area of Dallas with her two children, Austin and Lauren. This is her first book.
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Product Details

  • Series: For Heaven's Sake
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group; First Edition edition (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934812196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934812198
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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75 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on November 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I lost intrest in the machinations of the shallow protagonists of this strange story early on, but kept reading thinking there would be a turning point and at least one redeeming character, or value, would be introduced. It never happened. The value system of every single character is based on money, "marriage-ability" and expensive clothing labels. This book made me, as the reader, feel sullied for having read it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Don Young on March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up at Half Price Books and thought that it would be a very cool read. What I got was a bland, semi-humorous book about women in an affluent Dallas suburb. To be honest, I was reading this as a "fluff" book, and it did have its funny moments, but they were far between. There was very little in character development, which was fine as all of these women had no character, aside from being shallow and self-rightous. I think the worst part of this whole book was that the ending fell flat...as in there really was no ending. It just ended. Maybe the author ran out of time before deadline???

I do not know that I would recommend this book to a friend, unless they needed something to level out a piece of furniture. The title offered so much....and the book could not fulfill it.
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By casaguijo on November 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For those who live in Texas, and are familiar with the prototype of "Hillside Park," the local references (and sterotypes) are a bit amusing -- at first. All the characters get old, fast. The perpetrators are on one hand, conniving, but on the other victims of the caste system into which they were born. The heroine -- well, I found it hard to feel sympathy for a woman who was raised with a gigantic silver spoon in her mouth -- even with a cheating husband. It was so formulaic...in the end, those with wealth (again) trumped those who were working for a living...not a happy ending, in my book! A truly amateurish effort.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Beth on March 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got this book to read it in preparation for ABC's "GBC" - Which is a lot better than the book. While it's not a great book, it's also not a horrible book. It starts out okay but after about six or ten chapters it starts to fall flat and reads like a young adult novel, that was written by Stephenie Meyer, so it's best to try and turn your brain off around that time so you don't get any headaches or kill off brain cells. It's not very well-written. It kind of looks like a first draft manuscript. It does go by fast though. You can skim it and still know what's going on.

There are a lot of people on here complaining about stereotypes and religion and the main character's kids, so I'll clear some of that up. Just because the title has the word "Christian" in it, doesn't mean it's going to be a religious story or even about religion. Next, the book is poking fun at the typical stereotypical white Texan Christian woman - self-righteous, hypocritical, shallow, materialistic, backstabbing and somewhat loyal to her family and friends. This book is not meant to be taken seriously and if you take it seriously then of course you're going to be disappointed. If you treat this as a silly casual read then you won't be so disappointed. It makes for a good laugh.

The book is about a woman who left her douche of a husband and moved back to her home town from California to "start over." She has two kids, a boy and a girl. The boy, Will, is what you'd expect just about every twelve-year-old boy to be - rude, snotty, obnoxious, not too interested in school, and somewhere between thinking girls are gross and hot, depending on the girl's appearence and personality. If you've been a kid or weren't a kid too long ago you'd know what I'm talking about.
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46 of 63 people found the following review helpful By J. Jamison on November 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Frankly, I bought this book because of the title. I saw it mentioned on TV, and as a church-going Christian that likes a good laugh, I thought I would find it here. But after a brief mention at the beginning, as of up to page 143, where I decided I'd had enough, there was nothing about "Good" or "Christian". Church was only mentioned in passing. The "B's" of the title turned out to be the socialites of Dallas, and their fear of losing their husbands to the returnee from California, Amanda. Dallas sure sounds like hell on earth. Full of liars, backstabbers, thieves, and nut cases. And those are just the women. Not a single likable person in the bunch, not even Amanda's children. Her children are mouthy and rude, and she laughs when they talk back. Her nine year old daughter calls everyone in Dallas "fat." Her son says Dallas "sucks." Amanda thinks it's all funny. I thought it was pathetic. Church isn't the center of attention here, it's the Longhorn Ball. The book should have been called "The Longhorn Ball Bitches." If you really want to read it, wait till it comes out in paperback. Save your money. I paid full price and gave up in the middle.
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32 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lyle on December 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I got halfway through this book and couldn't finish it. The writing was amateurish, pedantic and annoying. How many times can you say "Hillside Presbyterian Church" in one paragraph. I think I quit counting at six.

This could have been a really funny story if handled properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CathyC on April 27, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I am a Christian and I loved this book! It is hilarious! The series did not do it justice. I read it straight through and laughed my head off! I can relate to many of these stories lol Christians aren't perfect people. We are forgiven when we repent. This book shows the hypocrisy in a lot of Christians, but I think it also shows repentance and growth and it's so funny. I think the series writers missed the boat on this one. Too much garbage was written into the tv show.
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