- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736914803
- ISBN-13: 978-0736914802
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last Ten Percent Paperback – March 1, 2006
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From the Back Cover
"Didnt you listen to the news this morning? According to the latest statistics, the only places that have eligible men left are China, Alaska, and Utah!"
Wondering what to do now, Tracy examines her priorities and choices. Youd think an intelligent woman with an impressive career, a coveted urban dwelling, and a closet full of the latest fashions could certainly find the man her heart desires.
But for Tracy and her four friends, theres more to happiness than simply finding Mr. Right. Adrian has always been the perfect Christian wife, yet even she finds marriage comes with no guarantees. Muriel would just as soon lock her heart away where no man dares to tread. Felicia could use a lesson in romantic restraint, and Carla wonders if God is punishing her for past mistakes.
As the future unfolds, these longtime friends discover that love comes in unique and amazing ways.
Michelle McKinney Hammond, a writer, singer, and speaker who focuses on improving love-driven relationships, is the founder and president of HeartWing Ministries as well as the cohost of the Emmy-nominated show Aspiring Women. Michelle is the author of Sassy, Single, & Satisfied, The DIVA Principle, and 101 Ways to Get and Keep His Attention. This is her first novel.
About the Author
Michelle McKinney Hammond, a writer, singer, and speaker who focuses on improving lovedriven relationships, is the founder and president of HeartWing Ministries as well as the cohost of the Emmynominated show Aspiring Women. Michelle is the bestselling author of The DIVA Principle, 101 Ways to Get and Keep His Attention, Sassy, Single, & Satisfied, Secrets of an Irresistible Woman, What to Do Until Love Finds You, A Sassy Girls Guide to Loving God, and The Power of Being a Woman.
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"The Last Ten Percent" follows the lives of five women who are friends either socially or through church as they deal with a gamut of issues from personal growth and seeking a romantic relationship to dealing with relationships - familial and romantic- that they already have.
Tracy is a successful, thirty-something woman who grew up in a loving family with a very involved father. Tracy has little patience for men who don't treat her like the princess that she knows herself to be and thus has bounced from relationship to relationship looking for the perfect match. With the support of her girlfriends and a good guy friend, Tracy goes on a personal journey to discover her path to true happiness.
While Tracy is looking for the man who can live up to the beautiful image she saw in her father and in her parent's marriage, Tracy's cousin Felicia is still looking for the love she never truly received from her busy, socialite parents. Still trying to live up to image of perfection her mother has embodied and demanded from Felicia, Felicia is a bit of a tortured soul who has bounced from man to man looking for the love she's always craved.
At the extreme opposite end of the spectrum from Felicia, Muriel has watched the travails of her friends Tracy and Felicia from a distance with a bit of disdain. Muriel learned early while in college that men can't be trusted. She's deeply buried her softer side that desires love between a tough, ice-cold exterior that no man has been able to penetrate. With the help of her dear friend and sister-in-Christ Carla, however, Muriel is seeing cracks forming in her armor-tight exterior and may find that in addition to the love affair she has with Christ that some men still have good intentions in the romance arena.
While helping Muriel face her inner demons, Carla is forced to reckon with some demons from the past herself. Though happily married and a wonderful friend to many, Carla has to deal with some issues from the past that are still impending full joy in her life. Though initially friends with Muriel, Carla benefits from the gifts of the other women as well, including the true rock of the group Adrian.
Presumably happily married, Adrian seems to have all that the other women aspire to knowingly or unknowingly. However, the happy exterior is not all it seems to be as everyone sees when Adrian's husband leaves her unexpectedly. Adrian is forced to draw on her faith and the strength she has always used to uplift others to see herself through this unexpected trauma.
As all of these women face daily struggles, author Michelle McKinney Hammond finely crafts a mature faith-based novel in which these women learn the joys and wonder of true friendships and faith in God. I hope that Ms. Hammond will continue to treat us to her fiction and non-fiction gifts for years to come. I'm certainly a new fan.
People need to know that God has purpose in each storm. He isn't forcing you to accept Him as Savior, but He offers a grace for every struggle and mess up. He truly is awesome!
My favorite book!
THE GOOD LIFE AND THE CHOICES WE MAKE WITH THE CONSEQUENCES.
GOOD READ TO RETURN TO OVER AND OVER, GREAT GIFT FOR FRIENDS.