Good Christian Bitches

Good Christian Bitches

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by Kim Gatlin
     
 

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Amanda Vaughn needs some heaven-sent help. Her husband has betrayed her in the worst possible way, and, newly divorced, she's fled with her pre-teen children to her hometown of Hillside Park, an upper-class Dallas suburb. She's happy to leave behind the shallow, Godless life she lived in California and return to the welcoming, Christian world where she grow up.

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Amanda Vaughn needs some heaven-sent help. Her husband has betrayed her in the worst possible way, and, newly divorced, she's fled with her pre-teen children to her hometown of Hillside Park, an upper-class Dallas suburb. She's happy to leave behind the shallow, Godless life she lived in California and return to the welcoming, Christian world where she grow up.

But things aren't that simple. When Amanda returns to the town and church she remembers so fondly, nothing is as she remembers it. She encounters a cast of old friends, neighbors and fellow church members who are sweet and pious as can be until Amanda's back is turned. Then the claws come out. Amanda realizes she's encountered a group of Good Christian Bitches, or GCBs. Sharon, Heather, and Darlene are as fake as their costume jewelry.

In the whirling midst of salacious rumors, Botox, and fraud, Amanda realizes that her so-called friends are out to destroy her reputation. And what's worse, it's all under the guise of old-fashioned Christian caring. Will the Good Christian Bitches get the best of her, or will Amanda find a way to rise above the drama and triumph?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401310707
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
01/17/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 - 12 Years

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Dallas native Kim Gatlin has spent most of her professional life in the fields of charitable fundraising and commercial real estate title sales. She lives in the Park Cities area of Dallas with her two children, Austin and Lauren. Good Christian Bitches is her first book.

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Good Christian Bitches 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
MASloanPhD More than 1 year ago
A former student sent this book to me for my review and comments. Apparently, both the title and the storyline have ruffled some feathers of people who are acquainted with the author. A late in life career change moved me from a 20+ year career as a (Ph.D/LPC) therapist to my true passion of writing and teaching creative writing on the university level. Therefore, my evaluation of the book was somewhat academic in nature as well as psychological. I found the book to be easy reading and entertaining while conveying an underlying message, which I believe was the intent of the author. I would expect that the characters in the novel are composites of people the author knows or has known in the past. I certainly identified traits of many of my former clients from my therapist days, on both sides of the gossip column. The book is really quite well done and is fast and easy reading -- good for a lazy Saturday afternoon by the fire. I read the other review that mentioned that this book would convert well to the big or small screen, and I am inclined to agree. The story has more depth than many readers will discern, while, on the other hand, it also is lighter reading than the deeper story and message would evince.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a quick, fun read without being preachy. Yes, there are a lot of backbiting, hateful, materialistic women in the story, but the moral is, that in the end, they don't profit from their evil ways. I live in Dallas and I have many wonderful Christian friends, but like those in the book, there a few bad apples in every town and every church. I'm afraid this will be like preaching to the choir. The women who need it, won't read it.
SeeleyKaye More than 1 year ago
Anyone who gets ruffled by the title hasn't been in a good Southern church, and you're probably one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this read! It will be one that you will pass on from girlfriend to girlfriend for years to come... The message is uplifting, thought provoking and instigates self examination. HIGHLY recommend this read.... BUY it now for this weekend...
Reed-reader More than 1 year ago
The dialog is well developed and this is book that would convert well to a movie script or even a television series--sort of a "Desperate Debutantes Grown Up" kind of story line. I bought and read this book to be entertained, and this book absolutely served that purpose. In addition to the entertainment aspects of the book, there is also a message in the story. Many of us have known people similar to the characters in GCB, and some of us have even suffered from backstabbing by such people. In that regard, GCB is great therapy!! As a matter of fact, I have purchased 7 copies of GCB to give as Christmas gifts to family and friends whom I know will enjoy the book for the fun "read" but will also relate to the message that GCB delivers in such a delightful and easy-reading manner. I do hope that Kim Gatlin will write a sequel or at least more books of this genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began watching the ABC comedy/drama GCB. I enjoy the show & saw this while browsing through nookbooks! Of course i bought it! The TV series is based upon the book, but the book of course is much better. Heartwarming, humorous, and a wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, quick read with an enjoyable style and a positive ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based on the title. A week before christmas and it was a great read and anyone she read this. The author is from dallas and so, I am I. The characters seem so real and for her first book there were know mistakes. I highly recommend it.
Scarlett2007 More than 1 year ago
Gatlin consistently broke one of the cardinal rules of writing: show, don't tell. If the main character actually exhibited the traits that she is stated to posess (a responsible person, a firm but caring mother, someone who abhors gossip, a down-to-earth personality) then she would have been sympathetic and a strong lead. Instead, the main character obsesses about the clothes and money of other people while carrying a holier-than-thou attitude. A good third of the book consists of the main character having her reputation dragged through the mud by materialistic, shallow women. Her way of dealing with this? Gossip with her mother and mutter to herself about how horrible these women are as wives, mothers, and "Christians." Her ultimate revenge? The two "baddies" are dressed tackily at the end, because nothing says turning the other cheek like making fun of women who wear outlet clothes and aren't as skinny as you. Definitely wish I hadn't wasted my money on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want sinfully bad fluff, this is the cream of the crop! The writing is engaging and the characters are deliciously polarized. Good is good and trash is trash. If you're at all into southern culture (I'm obsessed), this is a lip smacking read. I zipped through it in a 28 hour period. Not Dickens, but it's not claiming to be. Loved!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a long-time Dallas resident, I had a good laugh reading this book - not because it was fiction but because most of it is true!!! The names are changed, but if you live here, it's blatantly obvious who she is referring to. It was a fun read, especially knowing the who, what & where, but at the same time very sad. The book opens your eyes to the life of the Dallas elitists and the series is just another over-the-top exaggeration of life in Texas - where the world will again think everyone is rich, gorgeous and religious! The good ole "bible belt" - where you can do what you want and hide it behind "The Lord!" Well, I'll be leaving the south soon for Colorado and frankly I can't wait to get out of here. Open spaces, open minds...... that's me :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be called a great beach read!!! Fast and entertaining. All of us have expierenced this kind of behavior, and Gatlin had the guts to put it in a book....good for her!!!!
farmerjohnson More than 1 year ago
This was a very easy read. The story was fun and although somewhat predictable I really enjoyed reading it. If you're looking for something light to read this is a good choice.
Avid-Reader25 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after watching the series on ABC. I hardly ever find myself saying this but I would definitely prefer to see the series as to read this book. Where the stories are the same the writing was just sub-par. In all honestly I wouldn't recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a little catty or know some gals who are you'll love this book. It's a fun light read about texas socialites.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the series. Found this to be quite a yawn - nothing much for 100 pages then it picked up a little. Still could not finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By no means a bad read, but this is one of those rarities when the tv series surpasses the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
although the ending of the novel in my opinion was rushed the book was still entertaining and funny and had a lot of life to it that I cant say it was terrible but it wasn't great either. Having read the book before the show came out, I must say the show has a better plot line then the book does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I thought it was an easy read and fairly funny!!
ABookLvr More than 1 year ago
If you want a light hearted book that is fun, GCB is for you. Don't be thrown by the name; beacause the women in this book are anything but GCB.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After hearing so much controversy about the ABC show GCB, I decided to get the book and read it. It is a very quick read and quite enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! Very easy to read. "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"'s earlier review seems odd and bizarre; hopefully she is simply confused about what she intended to review. This is a delightful little book that is actually very hard to put down. Why? Because the plot is fast, the dialogue is great and it's simply a fun romp through Dallas society. You really want to find out what's going to happen next!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have seen and ow own television version of this book. Not impressed withvthe book. The tv series was much better. The characters, the plot, the humor. I thought for sure that the book would be that funny, and the characters staying the same. The two cannot be compared, polar opposites. I just wish that the tv series was still showing. Some people were screaming that it was distastfull and hypocritical towards christians, but gcb was funnier and cleaner compaired to what they show now. NOT IMPRESSED!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laughef out loid
HaystackersWife More than 1 year ago
Kim Gatlin does such a great job describing her characters and making them believable. I can see why ABC made a series based on this book. I cannot wait for more from Ms. Gatlin. If you like to laugh and need a quick pick me up -- this is the book for you.