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Steppin' into the Good Life [Kindle Edition]

Tia McCollors
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Book Description

Shelia Rushmore thought she'd be the last woman standing when it was
time to fight for her man. Instead Ace, her boyfriend of two years, chose to reunite
with his ex-wife, leaving Shelia emotionally devastated. It's a year later when
Sheila is convinced that sneaking into their wedding ceremony will put closure on
the gaping hole in her heart. But it's on the back pew of the church where a new
relationship begins for Shelia. She can't explain the touch she received from God
on that day, but she's determined to be a better woman-a woman of faith. Since high
school, Shelia has been chasing her definition of the good life - it's
left her with no home, no man, and no money. But now that's she's living life for
God, things should get better, right? Shelia learns that living a faith-filled life
isn't always easy.

With faith, tough love, and some tough decisions, Shelia
realizes that the life she'd been praying for she could have for herself is actually
attainable. Being wrapped in God's arms, she decided, was by far the safest place
she'd ever been.

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About the Author

TIA MCCOLLORS (University of North Carolina) has emerged as an inspirational speaker and author of faith-based novels, including Zora's Cry, The Truth About Love, and A Heart of Devotion. She lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with her husband and son. For more information, visit Tia online at

Product Details

  • File Size: 824 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Lift Every Voice; New Edition edition (January 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L2LE7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This being my first book to read by author Tia McCollor, I can say that it is evident that she knows how to tell a great story.

STEPPIN INTO THE GOOD LIFE takes us into the life of Sheila Rushmore and how she regroups after a devastating relationship. For her it is about looking forward and this journey leads her to faith. Though she might be looking for a quick fix to our problems, Sheila soon realizes that even being Christian doesn't change things overnight...and in some ways, her life is just really beginning to get interesting.

This is a great book for those who might feel as though turning to God will provide microwave responses to life's challenges and might be getting a little frustrated by waiting. STEPPIN' allows us to see that the journey is not just about the destination but the way we are traveling along the way.

Love this one and will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author. She has a way with words that is sure to give her staying power in the literary industry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Sheila Rushmore is scrapping the bottom of the barrel. Her friend, Cassandra, has convinced her to crash her ex's wedding, she only have $20 to her name, is living in a friends guestroom and recently lost her job. Sheila is a high maintenance woman that doesn't have a man, money or future. That is until she opens her heart to God. As she rushed into a bookstore to cool off from Atlanta's intense heat, she meets Eden and life takes a right turn.

Eden and Sherri were church members that quickly took Sheila into their sisterly group. Eden talks about how "crisis is change trying to take place...when in crisis you better believe you're being changed, too." Sherri encouraged Sheila to ask God for her true passion and have that drive her into her destiny. With resistance, Shelia embraces her thirst for a better life by learning about what God, journaling and reading the Word. In step with the change she wants to be, Sheila sets out to step up her game by getting to know what she wants out of life, forgiving those that wronged her or she straight out dissed, and taking back what she easily gave away.

McCollors uses humor and Christian principles to show that change may not be easy but it's definitely worth it. The supporting characters will keep you laughing and the situations are things that we all experience. Some of the sayings stopped me in my tracks and made me laugh uncontrollably like..."his looks had slid down like mud on a hill". While paraphrased scriptures really gave me pause causing me to think about my own worldliness..."owe man nothing but love". There were a few items that didn't come full circle for me - Sheila's job situation, her relationship with Lee, and her mother's health. However, the idea did get across...are you "STEPPIN' INTO THE GOOD LIFE" with the Lord, Jesus Christ?

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good February 12, 2011
Steppin' Into the Good Life is the sequel to The Last Woman Standing. I was head over heels for the The Last Woman Standing. Steppin' Into the Good Life was an okay read. Sheila STILL has one item on her agenda: having a man. There was very little change with her character. Sheila's trials were a little too easy and someone always rescued her very easily.

I love that Sheila had women of faith in her circle and I hope it eventually rubs off on her. No one is perfect. I know that. But, I saw no real growth in the character - reading your Bible and prayer is a start and it's a great one.

I would recommend the book to read but I would suggest reading The Last Woman Standing first. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book. Good Job August 25, 2011
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I loved everything about this book and I must say that I was really able to relate to the story on a personal level. I will be read whatever else she has written
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Feelings - nothing more than feelings" August 30, 2011
By Jacasni
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Poor shallow, man crazy, confused Sheila. Talk about someone who operated on whatever feelings
she was having at the moment!

I felt a bit "used" after I finished the book - but since it was free, the only thing I lost was my time.
(Come to think of it - time is a terrible thing to lose.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it August 28, 2011
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3.5 stars

This was a really good inspirational book. The title is certainly deceiving because Sheila did step into the good life, but it was a good spiritual life. I didn't read the first book, so I don't know the whole story behind Ace and Sheila, but didn't feel lost reading this book, so I don't think the first book is a prerequisite. Sheila did start off like a stalker sneaking into Ace's wedding, but it's the point that she felt the calling, I will say that Sheila had a lot of luck on her side. For someone that was unemployed she always had someone helping her out which a times didn't seem realistic. Eden was a really great character. She is the mother everyone wants, and a good mother figure for Sheila. I wouldn't mind reading a follow up about Sheila ad Tim to see how their relationship progresses. Overall a good read, and I'd recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Slow Slow August 25, 2011
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I can't understand the good reviews. The story is slow and predictable. There are too many tangential points. The writing is not very good. There are some gems in here but it needs a good editor to cut it down by half.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What do you do when the man you've dated for 2 years decides to remarry his ex wife?

Do you sneak into their wedding trying to close that part of your life, while your heart is breaking and your life is falling apart? Shelia Rushmore is at her lowest with no man, no job, and now having to live under someone else's rules because unemployment don't allow much else. The fabulous life she once lead is now a fading memory. Finding a replacement has become a priority, will her prince find her at her ex's wedding?

While sitting at the church, a touch from a stranger opens her heart to the possibilities of a new man. One that can give her everything she needs. Now Shelia is on a quest to seek him out! Will she find restoration in her life, will he be the one who can pick up her broken pieces? Can she put her trust in him and finally step into the good life?

I loved this book. It falls under Christian fiction, it reads like it could be anyones life who has hit road blocks and finds themselves falling down and struggling to get up!

But I know that once we accept the Savior into our lives, things start shaking up, moving, aligning with what's his will is for us. You find yourself walking a little straighter, feeling better each day, because you know who holds your future! Even though the road may not always be smooth, the rewards are great!

Thank you for a wonderful read, its a lesson for us all. So when we find ourselves lost and unable to find the God in our lives, guess who moved?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
I have missed Tia and her story telling along with a real life message. Blessed to have read this. I needed it in more ways than one. Excellent.
Published 1 month ago by Lynette L. Shelton
3.0 out of 5 stars Steppin' Into the Good Life by Tia McCollors
Sheila Rushmore dated Scott Bowers, better known as ‘Ace’, for three years. Today she is sitting in the back of the church as Ace marries his ex-wife. What happened? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ski-Wee's Book Corner
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, Quick Read
Good book for women struggling with relationships and spirituality. Somewhat predictable and cliche. Lacks substance, but is entertaining. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Blue
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book club read
A perfect book for a Christian women's book club. This is a story of a woman's journey to embrace her faith and change her past ways after the man she loved and schemed to hold... Read more
Published 16 months ago by C. Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, but Entertaining
For a change of pace, I chose an uncharacteristic genre for me, as my next Moody Publishers book review. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Abigail D. Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice...not perfect
This was a very enjoyable read...there were however typos that we a bit irritating. The story was good, & I especially enjoyed how the characters grew in their faith... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This was such a good book and I truly enjoyed it! I love the fact that this was a christian book w/o it being over bearing or too much. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Book Nerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Stepppin into Greatness
Steppin into Greatness, is what i say. I really believe that is another i eye opener, just really like this book
Published 22 months ago by 2know
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, quick read.
If you are looking for a quick and entertaining read for a flight or a day at the beach, this is the book for you.
Published 22 months ago by carolinagirl2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Drove Me Crazy at First, But Ended Up Really Enjoying It!
This was an enjoyable real-to-life story. I was frustrated with Sheila, the main character, at first but I really liked her as the story progressed. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Shopgirl152ny
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More About the Author

Tia McCollors entered the literary field with her debut novel, A Heart of Devotion (Essence Magazine bestseller, 2005). Since then, she's left her 10-year career as a public relations professional, and delved into being a stay-at-home mother and pursing a writing and speaking career. When Tia isn't perfecting her coloring and art skills with her daughter or listening to her son's burgeoning (and loud) drumming skills, she enjoys reading, writing, and speaking to women's groups.

Tia lives in the Atlanta area with her fine-as-wine husband, energetic children, and their lonesome betta fish, Big Blue.

For additional information about Tia's books and speaking information, connect with her online via the following:

Twitter: @TiaMcCollors

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