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Posted September 21, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed Becky Miller's wit, and her daydreams. They brought me back to High School and reminded me of the story 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.' But unlike Walter Mitty, Becky Miller learned a much bigger lesson about life, herself, and God, and I enjoyed going on the journey with her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2007
This is a book for moms everywhere. It is fun, fresh and you feel like Becky and her family are friends down the street. It's humourous, yet touching, with believable characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2009
Becky Miller is SAHM (stay at home mom) with 3 kids and a loving husband. She wants to be the perfect wife and mother but things don't always turn out that way, causing her to picture herself in dire situations as a astronaut, gymnast or the next Mother Teresa. She's also juggling finishing up her degree and being in charge of the women's program at church, while meeting with her small group once a week. Then her life turns upside down when her husband loses his job, the church wants someone else to run HER program and a magazine wants to feature her as their woman of the month. It's time for Supermom to come to the rescue! I liked this book a lot. The story feels like a Job parable as everything that could go wrong happens to Becky. She also realistically handles everything. I appreciated that she got mad and frustrated and even yelled at times. This was refreshing as opposed to other books where the characters just smile and thank God for making everything go wrong. I also liked Becky's final decision involving the church position. I feel that she made the right decision after what she had been through. I also liked her family. Her husband was supportive and the kids were normal and not annoying. This book gave me a better understanding of what it means to be a mom. Many times we take them for granted (I know I'm guilty of that. Sorry Mom!) Hopefully next time when I have kids, I can be one like Becky Miller (while still taking time to use my imagination).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 21, 2006
Becky Miller understands God¿s convoluted plan for her life¿and she enjoys helping Him plan it. No matter what He throws her way, she has it figured out. But Becky becomes frustrated when God doesn¿t seem to understand what He¿s supposed to allow in her life. When her husband loses his job, Becky knows God has given her answers for her husband, which causes strife for the couple. Meanwhile, the diverse friends from Becky¿s prayer group support her and each other as they experience the daily pleasure and pain of life. After a friend betrays Becky and another crisis shakes her strength and faith, she becomes discouraged. Will she finally realize it¿s time to listen to God¿s voice instead of seeking her own desires? Sharon Hinck¿s debut novel is a humorous yet hard-hitting tale in the relatively new ¿mom lit¿ genre. Hinck does a great job of combining humor with introspection, and I found myself examining my own motives and wondering whether I listen to God or instruct Him as to what He should do in my life. Hinck¿s writing shines, with snappy dialogue and realistic settings. She begins each chapter with an imagined adventure scene, which helps us understand how Becky¿s mind works and draws us into the story. The Secret Life of Becky Miller was a pleasure to read and encouraged me to listen for God¿s voice in my own life. I look forward to Hinck¿s next book, Renovating Becky Miller, due out February 2007.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2009
What a fantastic story about letting go and letting God...The Secret Life of Becky Miller really touched my heart. The question, 'Where is God when things get tough?' came up more than once during this entertaining and powerful story of commitment and God's grace. I loved how the core group of women from her church met regularly to encourage each other. Talk about the importance of small support groups! Every church should have a place of refuge for women like Becky Miller. I experienced depth and emotional honesty as her husband, Kevin, struggled to resolve his own childhood issues. The emotional conflict was real-life stuff, and I felt Becky's pain as everything seemed to slip from her capable hands. The same thing happened to my mother when I was growing up. All she wanted her entire life was to be a good mother, because she was only seven when her own mother died. So what happened while her four children were still young? Her body was crippled with MS. My mom had to abandon the caretaker role and receive the caretaking. That was SO hard for my mom. But like Becky, she found God in the midst of it all and our family benefitted from her increased faith. Until Becky Miller was willing to give all of her hopes and dreams to God, she struggled. And guess what? He knew what He was doing all along. Imagine a satisfied sigh right about here. The Secret Life of Becky Miller is one beautiful and inspiring story about an ordinary mom who could do extraordinary things for God...once she stepped out of the way. Oh, and those little story snippets at the beginning of each chapter made me smile.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2006
Who doesn¿t want to feel important? Everyone needs to be needed... we all desire to know our worth as human beings. But with stay at home mothers - those who do such important work but get none of the validation (or pay!) that the world values ¿ the search for meaning sometimes takes a little extra effort. When Becky Miller searches for significance in the quagmire of her own life, she defines herself by her relationships: first with God, then with her husband, her children and her friends. Chosen to be part of a series of interviews of `successful women¿ for a big-time magazine, Becky wonders (as a stay-at-home-mom) how she measures up to the world¿s view of professional women. Becky forges ahead with her faith firmly in her fist, trying to single-handedly `make¿ her success happen, whether or not it¿s what God has in mind for her. Becky gets hit hard before she is able to truly let go of her agenda and just rest in God, letting Him work through her in His own way. The writing is riveting, the characters are true to life, and the whole package delivers. This is one author I¿m looking forward to reading time and time again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2006
Author Sharon Hinck's debut novel is one of the best 'lit' books I've ever read. Filled with moments of laugh-out-loud humor and poignant emotions that touch the soul, Ms. Hinck has done a marvelous job of portraying the life of a stay-at-home mom. Becky Miller loves her role as wife to a wonderful man and mother to three young children, but deep down she wants to do more--to do great things for God. That desire takes her on a roller coaster quest for her own life's meaning, with plenty of twists and dips when her dreams crash in around her. Each chapter begins with Becky's secret imaginings, followed up by the rest of the story. Honestly, the story was so engaging that there were times I almost skipped Becky's 'daydreams,' but found that the daydream actually set the theme of each continuing scene. This book is a must read by women of all ages. Excellent story - can't wait for the next one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2006
Becky Miller's ordinary life is extraordinary in its ability to validate and inspire at the same time. Sharon takes this 'every mom' character and reminds us that our failures don't define us and our successes don't measure us...unless we allow them. I love that Becky tackles tough issues with humor and out of this world hero fantasies. She moves from trying to do Big Things for God to learning how a Big God does great things through us. This book is a wonderful laugh out loud read that whispers important things to the heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2006
Do you think you have a rich fantasy life? I¿d muster a guess that you¿ve got nothing on Becky Miller. While most moms of preschoolers fantasize about visiting the restroom alone, Becky is dreaming about being Samurai, a race car driver, shipwrecked (with her kids) on a deserted island, saving the world, and exceedingly more. Yet in reality, Becky lives the mundane life of an at-home mom: over-committed, undervalued and often the target of explosive stomachs. Becky, like many of us, wants to do Big Things for God, and she has a pretty good idea of what she thinks that means. And, like most human effort, her good intentions crumble about her--whether or not her well-meaning church ladies spout the appropriate platitudes. I could really identify with Becky. My friends all seem to have their lives together. I often feel like mine is falling apart. And sometimes I fill my life up with things that I can accomplish and get recognition for rather than things that I'm supposed to do. The Secret Life of Becky Miller is a much more serious take on Christian motherhood than first glance will indicate. I¿ll paraphrase my favorite part: it can be so much better than this if we will just get on God's boat instead of swimming in the unfulfilling mire of our own creation. Looking forward to Renovating Becky Miller!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2006
Becky Miller is mom to three kids, seven and under. She is also a wife, a part-time college student and has built the women's ministries section of her church from the ground up. She has also found out she is to be one of twelve women featured in a local magazine. Nominated by her friend Sally, she was chosen because of her ability to balance career, family life, and personal growth. Becky realizes she has six months to get her act in order to actually be the woman the magazine is looking for. Her good start doesn't last long as her life begins to splinter. Small irritations are shoved aside by major events which are buried under frightening disasters. Becky realizes her life will never be the same as it once was, but will it be one she can live with? Sharon Hinck does an excellent job at portraying the frustrations and joys of a stay at home mom. She writes as one who has staggered through the sleepless nights, the struggled with self-esteem and contrary washers, and lived to tell about it in a relevant and funny way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2006
Christian authors are giving the literary world a run for their money, and Sharon Hinck is at the front of the pack. The Secret Life of Becky Miller, written in James Thurber's Walter Mitty-style, packs an Emeril-size BAM! From page one, Becky Miller sneaks into your heart¿she's every wife and mom who wants to do it all but discovers she's only human. Add to the mix a love for God and a strong desire to do BIG things for Him. 'I calmly and efficiently assessed the most severe trauma and tackled each crisis in order. In my dreams.' Becky daydreams in the opening of each chapter, and those fantasies are a qui vive to her state of mind. Her journey to discovery and trust, filled with twists and detours and the help of some delicious characters, is a look inside the heart of a woman who loves God and her family. Methinks Hinck has skirted this road herself the insight she brings to Becky's spiritual journey brought tears to my eyes and left me gasping for air. Warning: Do not read this book late at night next to a sleeping husband. You won't be able to put it down and your laughter will awaken him. The Secret Life of Becky Miller is a must read¿a manual if you will¿for every young mom, and a hilarious look back for those of us who endured those years and lived to tell about it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2009
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