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- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publisher: Beautiful Books (October 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01L6ED898
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Amazing Grace (Beautiful Lives Book 3) Kindle Edition
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In book three, Elaine has bravely decided to tackle the theme of 'coming out' as gay. Her character, Grace, is unsure of her sexuality and begins to investigate whether she may be a lesbian. The theme is sensitive, but as Elaine is known as a Christian writer, it is also controversial. Elaine doesn't shy away from the conflict that comes when conservative Christianity and sexuality is discussed in the one sentence. The ideas are not easy to fix. On the one hand, Elaine presents an authentic internal conflict of a teen coming to terms with who she really is, and she also gives the reader an outside glimpse of the mother (a conservative Christian) and how she handles it. No easy outcomes here. A conservative reader may feel that Elaine has 'normalised' gay relationships with her two characters Keira and Britt, and may therefore decide not to engage with this story, but I think that would be a shame, as there is something for us all to learn here, conservative and liberal alike - Grace, and kids like her - are real people, and their sexuality is only a small part of who they are, yet they can sometimes be judged and persecuted, and the rest of who they are suddenly becomes irrelevant. I'd recommend you read it anyway.
When she chooses to unload on her best friend, she doesn’t get the response she’d hoped for. Things get even worse when her secret gets out and goes viral, because now she has to face her family, in particular, her mother. They used to be close but Grace is pretty sure her secret isn’t going to help bridge the gap in their relationship. Or will it? And what about all Grace’s questions to do with God? How will she find the answers to those?
Amazing Grace is a thought-provoking and insightful novel about a young girl who is unsure of her sexuality and her faith. Consequently, it tackles the controversial subject of being gay and the ramifications within Christianity. (How can God love me? Will Christians accept me? Will I have any friends?)
One issue the story raises is whether we can see someone as a whole person, rather than be blindsided by their sexual orientation. I hope we can.
There are kids out there who feel exactly the same way as Grace – confused, anxious and fearful – and that is why this book needed to be written. Amazing Grace brilliantly captures the struggle of a young woman trying to work out who she is, what she feels, and whether or not God can love her.
In reading the back matter, it’s clear Elaine has a compassionate heart. She hasn’t written Amazing Grace lightly, or just to stir things up, but has come from a place of love. I’m hoping mothers, aunts, sisters and cousins will be brave enough to give this book to their struggling relative and be there for them when they’re ready to talk.
I loved how this book made me think, put me in Grace’s shoes, and caused me to pray. I hope it does the same for many. Elaine Fraser, I applaud you.
Thank you to the author for a free copy. It was my choice to review it.
As someone who doesn't usually read Christian novels, I liked that the faith aspect was prominent, but not overwhelming. There was one scene with a church counsellor that was hard for me to read because the views of the counsellor were opposed to mine, but I also realise the author was realistically putting across the views of all the people in Grace's life. I consider this a strength because not only was the story intriguing, but the characters were realistic and well rounded - I was taken back to high school and my teenage years.
But best of all, the writing was truly spectacular and kept me hooked page after page. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.