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Becca by the Book
     

Becca by the Book

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by Laura Jensen Walker
 

Sales clerk, barista, telemarketer, sign waver ... At twenty-five, free-spirited Becca Daniels is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. What Becca doesn't want to be is bored. She craves the rush of a new experience, whether it's an extreme sport, a shocking hair color, or a new guy. That's why she quit her bookstore job, used her last

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Sales clerk, barista, telemarketer, sign waver ... At twenty-five, free-spirited Becca Daniels is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. What Becca doesn't want to be is bored. She craves the rush of a new experience, whether it's an extreme sport, a shocking hair color, or a new guy. That's why she quit her bookstore job, used her last bit of credit to go skydiving, and broke her leg. And that's why, grounded and grumpy, Becca bristles when teased by friends for being commitment-phobic. In response, Becca issues an outrageous wager—that she can sustain a three-month or twenty-five date relationship with the next guy who asks her out. When the guy turns out to be 'churchy' Ben—definitely not Becca's type—she gamely embarks on a hilarious series of dates that plunge her purple-haired, free-speaking, commitment-phobic self into the alien world of church potlucks and prayer meetings. This irrepressible Getaway Girl will have you cheering her on as she 'suffers' through her dates, gains perspective on her life's purpose, and ultimately begins her greatest adventure of all.

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Library Journal
Becca Daniels, 25, hops from job to job and relationship to relationship in search of new experiences. Accused of being commitment-phobic, Becca bets her friends that she can withstand 25 dates with the next man who asks her out. Imagine her surprise when that man turns out to be Ben, who's very involved with his church and committed to his faith. VERDICT Chick lit for the young Christian set. Walker's third series title (after Turning the Paige and Daring Chloe) is a fun story with well-developed characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310276975
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
12/21/2009
Series:
Getaway Girls Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Jensen Walker is an award-winning writer and popular national speaker. Her previous novels include Daring Chloe, Turning the Paige, and Reconstructing Natalie, chosen as the first-ever Novel of the Year for Women of Faith conferences. The author of several non-fiction humor books, Laura lives in Northern California with her husband, Michael, and their canine daughter Gracie.

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Becca by the Book 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CoffeequeenJ More than 1 year ago
There's one word that describes Becca By The Book-Refreshing. If you are looking for your not so typical chick-lit novel then run out and get-- Becca by the Book. I read a great deal of Christian Fiction and I wish more books were like Becca, not only is it laugh our loud funny, it left me deeply convicted. Becca is a heroine that is hard to like-- at first glance--but the more you get to know her the more you just want to love her. Becca is the third book a series, I plan on purchasing the first two, I was so impressed with Becca. Bravo to Laura Jensen Walker for challenging the status quo, we need more not so typical fiction in the Christian Market. Not only did Laura provide an excellent fiction novel, she left taking a second look at my own life as a believer and how it appears to others. Hope to see many more Laura Jensen Walker books in the future!
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AuthorMaryDeMuth More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Laura Jensen Walker's books, but I particularly loved this one. Several times I did the "laugh out loud" thing while reading it. Laura isn't afraid to show us Becca's perspective, which gets particularly interesting and funny when she, a non-churched girl, attends a church-sponsored women's function. Although I didn't grow up in church, I've been in it long enough to be entrenched by the language we use. This book helped me re-evaluate the church experience from the outside, to better understand how it might look to someone who is searching. I loved Becca's story arc, loved the getaway girls, and of course enjoyed the frequent literary allusions. Well written, smart, insightful and funny.
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
I finished the third book in the "Getaway Girls" series. It is Becca by the Book by Laura Jensen Walker. This is my second book to read by this author. I enjoyed the other one (Turning the Paige), so when the author asked on Facebook if anyone was interested in reading the latest book I was glad to do so. This book is about Becca who is the only non-Christian in the Getaway Girls book club. In an attempt to prove she's not afraid of commitment she makes a bet with her friends that she will go on 25 dates with whoever asks her out next. Of course the next guy, Ben, is a Christian. Due to a broken leg from a sky diving accident, she must go around with a cast and crutches. Becca is very sarcastic and negative towards Christians. Through the book she sees a variety of Christians and churches and realizes all are not the same. The book makes a good point. I get what the author is trying to say. What message are we as Christians sending to non-Christians? There are many words we use in church or in daily conversations that just don't make sense to non-Christians. What example of Christ's love are we being to those who are watching? With that being said, if I had picked up this book in the bookstore or library, I would not have purchased it to read. The first line of the book is taking the Lord's name in vain. This turned me off from the beginning. There were several things in the book that I questioned. The overall attitude of the book seemed to be too lax in my opinion of what is required of Christians. It was more of a "politically correct" view of accepting anything anyone does even if it's sin. Is this how the Bible tells us to live? We are in the world but are told not to be of the world. We love the person but not the sin. While Becca did have a heart change through the book and got to see many examples of how Christians live and show love to others, I still didn't get the feeling that she ever really learned what she would need to do to be a Christian. Thank you to the author and publisher for providing this book for review.
Carlybird More than 1 year ago
Becca by the Book is the third book in the Getaway Girls series, a series I have enjoyed tremendously. Becca is the only non-Christian in the group which makes for a fun and entertaining story. I have to admit though; I initially did not care too much for Becca. She seemed a bit to sarcastic and negative, but as I kept reading about her, I started to understand why she is that way and I really started to like her and appreciate her quirky sense of humor. It was really nice to see Chloe, Paige and the other Getaway Girls in this book as well. As always, Laura Jensen Walker has written a very entertaining book with charming characters and realistic stories. Now, while Becca by the Book is a wonderful book, as are the other Getaway Girls books, it makes a very strong and important point. Becca may not be a Christian, but she has nothing against Jesus. She likes Jesus, but she is simply tired of the same old, same old from Christians. All of the old ways and sayings of Christianity have left her feeling disillusioned about Christians. That is certainly understandable. The bigger point this book is trying to make is that there is an entire generation of people who are not being reached by the "old ways". There are many people, not all young, who just don't want their grandparents' Christianity. Becca got a glimpse at the other side (the more accepting side) of Christianity and I think that is important for us all to not only see, but embrace that type of Christianity and drop the judgments and trite sayings and allow Jesus to really lead us the way He wants us. I think Laura Jensen Walker did a gutsy thing here and it may ruffle some feathers. I hope it does, it should. She gets it. This book never feels heavy, even though it makes this very important point. There is a lot of Becca's wonderful humor and honest observations that make this a wonderful read. I loved Becca's story and I grew to like her very much and I left the book rooting for her. This book goes above and beyond Christian Chick-lit and I highly recommend it.