Thursday, September 1, 2011

Worlds Collide by Allison Strobel

I must admit, I took "World's Collide" out of the package, took a quick look at the back of the book, and tossed it on the coffee table. I assumed it was going to be another one of those Cinderella stories. Perfect looking Hollywood actor with pearly white teeth and no interest in a relationship falls for lavender-eyed, disabled, studio cleaning lady, or some such nonsense.  When I had exhausted all the other reading material in the house, I reluctantly opened the cover, assuming I'd have to muddle my way through the sappy love story in order to write my blog post.
I was quickly pulled into the story, and pleasantly surprised to find it very unlike what I expected. It has down-to-earth characters who fight with temptation and sin, a believable story line, and yes, a few Cinderella elements (but nothing sappy).
The book gets a little earthy at times, as it presents the sometimes raunchy lifestyle of our main man, Jack.  If you're not comfortable with talk about him waking up in bed with a different woman every week, or can't tolerate the words "crap" or "damned" in Christian fiction, then this is probably not a good pick for you. 
If you're looking for a great story of God's grace, forgiveness, and power to change even the hardest of hearts, then this IS the book for you!  When your world collides with that of Grace and Jack, you're sure to be in for an amazing read!

This book was provided to me free of charge by Waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes.