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Reinventing Rachel: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be frustrating a depressing. Fully 90% of it was a blow-by-blow account of a young woman thoroughly messing up her life while her best friend totally... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katherine W. Nelsen
Rachel sure needed to discover herself. She was always a firm believer and she thought she was living right, but soon learned there was more than meets the eye. Read morePublished 5 months ago by fredamans
This is a story of a moment in someone's life when many securities crumble. How she deals with it isn't just a sappy good-for-you cliche. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jen
While I thought this book addressed problems people face today, I felt that possibly Rachel gave up her faith suddenly. Read morePublished 10 months ago by dianka
Seemed like an honest portrayal of someone dealing with life and wrestling with what's most important. It was refreshing to see friends reaching out to Rachel in a positive way.Published 11 months ago by Rebecca
I was a bit nervous about reading a "Christian" book-you never know if they will just be over the top or poorly written with no story line.... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed the book. Was discouraged when Rachel so easily left her faith, but was happy when she came back to the Lord and was reinvented.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
After a string of earth-shattering, life catastrophes, Rachel Westing turned from God. She couldn't believe after she'd devoted her whole life to serving Him, He’d let these things... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Voracious Reader