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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434767744
  • ASIN: B004IEA3DS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,957,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alison Strobel, whose father, award-winning author Lee Strobel, instilled her with a love of stories at a young age, lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters. Alison writes women’s fiction (Worlds Collide, Violette Between) and authors a blog.


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Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Alison began writing stories in elementary school, following in the footsteps of her journalist/author father, Lee Strobel. She moved to California where she was inspired to write her first novel, "Worlds Collide," which released with Waterbrook Press in 2005. Her sophomore release, "Violette Between" came the following year and earned her a Rita Award nomination from the Romance Writers of America. After writing "Violette Between" Alison took a break from writing to enjoy life with her new baby girl Abigail. She now has another daughter, Penelope Jane, and two more books published--"The Weight of Shadows" (with Zondervan Publishing) and "Reinventing Rachel" (with David C. Cook), as well as two more releasing in 2011. To learn more about her or to sign up for her newsletter, please visit http://www.alisonstrobel.com.

Customer Reviews

A story with some heavy issues.
Novel Teen
This was a very good story that caught my attention from the very beginning and held it until the turning of the last page.
Patti Chadwick
The faith struggles Rachel faces are very real.
Jill B

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Novel Teen on June 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Review by Jill Williamson

Rachel's life is falling apart. Everyone she trusted has let her down. There have been many lies. But Rachel feels that the biggest lie has been from God himself. Her faith is so shaken that she decides to move to another state and become a roommate with Daphne, her childhood friend. Daphne has always lived life to the fullest. And that's what Rachel wants now. She feels like she's missed so much being the "good Christian girl" her whole life. Time to branch out. But turning her back on God doesn't end the tragedies in her life. And what will Rachel do now that she doesn't even have God to turn to?

Gah! This book made me feel squeamish from the start. I know that probably sounds lame, but I was so worried for Rachel! I lived the life she was about to embrace, and I would never want to go back to it, ever. So it was a bit hard to read about her setting out to live in the world. The story is engaging and very well-written. I felt Rachel's pain. I identified with some of her struggles. And I couldn't wait to see how the story would work out in the end. It was a great story. A tough story. A story with some heavy issues. But a very real and necessary one. If you're sick of church. If you're sick of trying to do everything right. If you can't stomach another day of trying to please God. Pick up this book. It just might answer your deepest frustrations.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on November 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reinventing Rachel by Alison Strobel is a thoughtful look at the fall of a staunch Christian re-evaluate her life and decide to run away from it all, including the Lord. Rachel Westing is one of those church members that if the doors are open, she's there. From her ministry with teenage girls, to her job at the local coffee shop, she's always looking for a way to evangelize those around her. When she discovers in rapid succession that her parents are divorcing, her father is bipolar, her mentor is going into rehab for prescription drug addiction, and her fiance has been cheating on her with her roommate, Rachel has had enough of California and the pain and moves in with her childhood friend Daphne in Chicago. Daphne has always lived life on her own terms, living for the moment and resisting Rachel's best attempts to save her soul. Rachel feels betrayed that God failed to fix her problems despite all of the work she'd done for him, so when she leaves California, she tries to leave God as well. Daphne's life of no strings attached and fun all the time is seductive to Rachel at first, but when Daphne starts acting strangely and the utilities are turned off for lack of payment, she begins to turn to alcohol to block out the fear and depression she's felt since leaving home. Strobel excels at writing sympathetic characters, even when they are doing unreasonable things, and she carefully keeps that tension alive here. Readers will like Rachel, even when she starts making terrible decisions and through her selfishness.SPOILERS: Strobel keeps her from becoming a victim, nor does she ever become shrill or unlikable.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By I'maBookie on January 6, 2012
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I picked this book up because of the authors last name. I checked it out because of the back cover and then she sucked me in :-) After reading the first chapter I wanted to go on the journey with Rachel. I haven't had anything quite as tragic happen to me, in fact not even close. But I have struggled with my faith and have questioned God in some of the same ways she did. I must say though, Rachel as the main character was great and I really rooted for her to make her way back, but I really loved Leah. Her view of God's love was amazing and the way she ministered to Rachel without it being that preachy pushy way so many Christians have, was wonderful and a true showing of God's love for his people! I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading another by this talented young lady!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laney on October 14, 2011
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An idealistic young Christian woman's faith is shaken by events outside her control, sending her to a new life living in-and-of the world. Excellent portrayal of how our faith doesn't mean everything comes up roses, but it provides the solid foundation when the inevitable storms do blow. Strobel portrays "spiritual" characters as lovely and generous people, but that feel-good spirituality fails to hold up or provide answers when crisis comes. Rachel's journey brings her to some very low points and I appreciate Strobel's willingness to address the painful subject of addiction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lollipops on January 25, 2011
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Rachel Westing was born in a Christian home and wanted to do everything Christian. She is engaged to a man and making exciting plans for her future while trying to solve all the problems of the teens she knows.

But when Rachel discovers that her fiancé is cheating on her, and that her parents are filing for divorce, Rachel decides to forget God--since He let her down--and she moves to Chicago to be with her childhood friend, Daphne.

When fun-loving Daphne tries to help Rachel get back on her feet, Rachel finds her new life exciting. But then another tragedy hits...

REINVENTING RACHEL is the first book I've read by Alison Strobel. I quickly pegged Rachel as a "cookie-cutter Christian", one who can talk the talk and walk the walk as long as everything is perfect, but when life hits, she crumbles. That disappointed me, but unfortunately there are a lot of Christians like that in the world.

The story is realistic and well-written. Readers will want to keep reading to see what happens with Rachel and find out if she'd turn back to God and develop a real faith that will survive the storms.
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