just-as-i-am.jpgAbout the Book:When purple-haired Mayla Strong struts down the center aisle of Salliesburg Independent Christian Church, the bug-eyed congregation strains to get a peek at her pierced nose and lip. But Pastor Paul welcomes her with a huge, infectious grin and baptizes her on the spot.

Determined to make her heavenly Father proud, Mayla’s sincere and often hilarious attempts to let Him change her from the inside out takes her into some difficult places. Through it all she grows in faith and wisdom–sometimes through pain, sometimes through humor, but always in a way that is uniquely Mayla.

My Review: I really enjoyed this book! Mayla is a really fun and down to earth character and it is so much fun to learn about what it means to know Jesus through her eyes. Unconcerned with appearances, she is enamored with her new faith and desires to live in a way that reflects that. In the beginning she is surprised by the changes taking place and throughout the course of the book she learns that she must consciously continue to make choices for God.  Part of what I like so much about Mayla is that she is completely unpretentious, there is such a sincerity to her desire to live out her new life.

I found this book to be both a little bit funny and a little bit touching. The writing is strong and there’s really no romance in it. It’s a short little book….under 250 pages and I easily read it in an afternoon. Might be something fun to take along to the doctor’s office while you sit in the waiting room!

Nine out of ten.

This post was written byAmy and is filed under Chick Lit, Christian Fiction. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

3 Responses to “Just As I Am by Virginia Smith”

  1. J. Kaye Says:

    Hi, wanted to stop by. Found your blog on LT’s Early Reviewers and have signed up for the fun Tuesday event! 🙂

  2. Carole Says:

    One afternoon . . . That’s great that you can read that fast, but I tend to be a slow reader. I get frustrated because there’s so much out there that I want to read, but so little time. But I’ve read good things about Virginia’s book and hope to read it soon. Thanks for the review, Leah.

  3. business conference calling Says:

    Superb website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics discussed here?
    I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get feed-back from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thank you!

Leave a Reply