January 2, 2011
"Amy Inspired" by Bethany Pierce - Book Review
Amy has ambitions. One day she will fulfill her dream of being a published author. For now, in between her teaching responsibilities at the local university, she catalogs her many rejection letters in a notebook. Governed by lists and unfulfilled plans, Amy wonders if her dreams will ever be realized. When a male friend of her roommate, Zoe, needs a place to crash, she begrudgingly agrees. Eli's artistic ways are quite different from Amy's ordered existence and initially she is not thrilled with his intrusion.Will this unexpected visitor change Amy's life for the better or for the worse?
I really enjoyed the story. I love that the protagonist is flawed. I get sick to death of sappy, cookie-cutter women in Christian fiction. Don't get me wrong, I am all for books that communicate the message of Christ's love and redemption. I just like to see it fleshed out in reality in a way that someone living down the street can relate to. I sure know that I'm not perfect, but I do know that I take my faith seriously and I learn from my mistakes. I love that the author allowed Amy to be real. She messes up. She faces temptation and sometimes falls short of making the best decisions. She has hopes and dreams. She falls in love, but makes a mess of things. Her character is one that I think many people can relate to in one way or another.
A beautiful love story and inspiring work of fiction. I look forward to reading more of Pierce's work in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my honest thoughts of the story.