Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Changing Faces (Real TV series)

I picked this book up because it was about one of my favorite topics - reality TV (who will admit it's not their favorite topic??). If you are a fan of any of the reality TV shows, this book will probably get you interested in reading this story, and continuing with the Real TV series. This book is also Christian fiction, but it's not preachy - the story is very realistic and fun to read.

Olivia is a high school senior who has always been very academically strong, but hasn't had time for too much else. This year she finds out that in order to break the three-way tie for valedictorian, the school will look at volunteerism. Olivia has never done any volunteer work, and scrambles to find something through her youth group. She ends up at a homeless shelter for women and children in crisis. This homeless shelter begins to change her life in ways she could not predict, challenging her perceptions while introducing her to new friends and ideas. At the same time, Olivia and her best friend Jane are having a hard time staying friends as Olivia becomes busier and busier. The one TV show that they never missed was Changing Faces – a makeover show they watched together and talked about nonstop. How will Jane feel when she finds out that Olivia has a chance to be on the actual Changing Faces show due to her work with the shelter? Olivia is a typical teen in that she struggles to make it all fit, including her time with God. She goes to youth group, and has discussions about God and prayer with some of her friends, but this book is not too preachy. Olivia’s faith is just part of her life and busy schedule. Changing Faces is a nice chick lit/Christian fiction combo, and we have other books in the series if you like this one.

1 comment:

lin said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. And, yes, reality TV is perplexing and intriguing all at the same time.

Might I recommend another Christian fiction that is pertinant but not preachy?

The book is called "The Fall Of Lucifer", written by Wendy Alec.

The book offers a fictional account into the angel's perspective throughout history and into the future. The main characters are three angelic brothers: Lucifer, Gabriel, and Michael.

The novel develops the beauty of heaven and the grotesque quality of hell, the depths of evil, and the beauty of grace. It communicates these themes through beautiful imagery and an intriguing plot. The beautiful imagery would make for amazing scenery!

This is a fast read, 300 page novel that is a good spend of your holiday cash. I hope they make this book into a movie. It would be amazing.