Reinventing Rachel: A Novel by Alison Strobel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a story about Rachel's life and all the chaos that unfolds in a very short time frame that caused her to take some drastic steps. WOW!
Hmmm....while I can kinda see this sorta thing happening in real life it was quite a stretch for me, especially the major relocation in an even shorter time period. For a person to be as devoted to God as Rachel was the amount of time it took her life to COMPLETELY collapse was unrealistic. YET the storyline of how God was clearly using these events to draw her to a deeper and more personal and passionate relationship with HIM was by far the strongest pull on my heart.
As a believer it can be very easy to fall into a PATTERN of what we know we should do, but are we passionate about the lifestyle? Have we developed a personal relationship with Christ to the point that when we are going through difficult times in life we don't completely turn our back on God?
However, God loves us so much that HE will never leave or forsake us. A quote from the book summed this up very nice: "God's been following me like a lost puppy, nipping on my heels and trying to get me to pick him up."
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Book Description: God let Rachel Westing down. For twenty-six years she’s done everything by the book; she figures He should have her back. But then she learns her fiancé is cheating on her. Her parents are getting a divorce. And her Christian mentor has a pill addiction. Where is God in all this? Nowhere, as far as Rachel can see. Wounded, bitter, and with a shattered faith, she quits her job and goes across the country to live with Daphne—her childhood best friend whose soul Rachel once thought she was meant to save. Confident, successful, fun-loving Daphne sets about helping Rachel reinvent herself, and for a while it’s exciting. But when another tragedy shakes Rachel to the core, what little bit of self-possession she has left begins to unravel. A true-to-life story that will draw you in and keep you biting your nails until the end.