Book Review: Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison

holly-madison-bookWhen I read that Holly Madison, former star of The Girls Next Door, had a book coming out, I must say that I was quite surprised. The 35-year old former Playboy Bunny has certainly had her share of opportunities to speak out about her life living in the Playboy Mansion as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends, but she has been mostly mum on the topic.

In Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, Holly tells her story. (Note: This post contains an affiliate link.)

As someone who watched The Girls Next Door E! reality show, my perception of Holly was always that she was completely devoted to Hugh Hefner and wanted to become his wife. For whatever reason, they didn’t marry, she moved out of the house, and she went on to star in Peepshow in Las Vegas, which was all documented on her reality show Holly’s World. I wasn’t really sure what happened to her after that, but she seemed to be doing well enough. I just thought she stayed quiet about her Playboy Mansion experience because she was heartbroken over Hugh Hefner marrying someone else so soon after their break-up.

I was worried that Holly would come across as whiny, bitter, and sad. But, I was pleasantly surprised. Although she is clearly speaking her own truth, which doesn’t always paint others in the book in a positive light, she seemed to be self-reflective about the mistakes that she made and the way that her choice to associate with the Playboy brand has affected her life.

I think the fact that a number of years have gone by has allowed Holly to be more honest about her experience than others who have written about their time in the mansion. I read Kendra’s book, Sliding Into Home, a number of years ago, and although I really enjoyed it, I think Holly was a lot more honest about the ups and downs of living in the mansion. Holly also had some very interesting things to say about her relationship with Kendra, but I won’t post any spoilers here!

I downloaded the book for a road trip, thinking that it would be a quick read, but it was quite substantial and I really think that I got my money’s worth! (I paid $14.99 on my Nook. This was my first Nook purchase, and I will be writing more about my experience later.)

So, who would this book be good for? This book would be good for any person who actually watched the Girls Next Door reality show series and wants to know more about life behind the scenes in the mansion. It’s also good for any person who ever wondered about what motivated Holly to live in the mansion for 7 years, or any person who is curious about her true feelings about Hugh Hefner. Fans of Alice in Wonderland will enjoy the very relevant quotes scattered throughout the book that connect back to the book’s title.

Who is the book not good for? If you are a super-devoted fan of the Playboy brand or of Hugh Hefner, then this book will make you cringe. She is brutally honest about her good and her not-so-good experiences living in the mansion. In many of her stories, readers learn some no-so-nice things about the way she was treated by Hef. I must say, though, that Holly’s version of events is very believable, even if some people don’t want to read it.

Overall, it was a very well written book that kept me interested until the very end. I was happy to hear how Holly is doing now and it was enjoyable to read her reflections. Although her situation is highly unique, I think she shares valuable lessons about life, love, money, and fame, that any person can relate to.

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Have You Heard of Dave Ramsey? Book Review | The Total Money Makeover

TMMO BookIf you’ve never heard of Dave Ramsey, then I’m happy to introduce you to his teachings. Dave Ramsey is a financial expert who specializes in helping people get out of debt. If only I had heard of Dave Ramsey prior to entering law school, I probably would not have taken out so many student loans! The The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness (affiliate link) is the follow up to Financial Peace. I have also read Financial Peace, but I found The Total Money Makeover to be a more succinct money “know-how” book when FPU is more of a “why” with a some “know-how.” There is a new “Classic” edition of the book, but I re-read my copy, which is the “Revised and Updated” edition pictured to the left.

In The Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsey describes the 7 baby steps to take in order to achieve financial success. You don’t have to read the book to learn about the baby steps. He lists them here for free on his website: The Seven Baby Steps and I have listed them below.

The Baby Steps

  1. Baby Step One – $1000 emergency fund
  2. Baby Step Two – Pay off all debt using the Debt Snowball
  3. Baby Step Three – 3 to 6 months of living expenses in savings
  4. Baby Step Four – Invest 15% of household income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement
  5. Baby Step Five – College funding for children
  6. Baby Step Six – Pay off your house early
  7. Baby Step Seven – Build wealth and give!

Dave Ramsey provides the reasoning behind each step. For example, the $1000 emergency fund is a barrier “between you and Murphy,” or a way to keep you from taking on new debt in case of “emergencies” that pop up as you are working your way out of debt. The Debt Snowball is recommended in Baby Step 2. Some financial experts recommend paying your debt off from the highest interest rate to the lowest. With the Debt Snowball, you pay your debts off smallest to largest, so that you have a number of small victories along the way. While paying off the smallest debt, you pay the minimum on your larger debts, then roll the payment over into the next largest debt for a snowball effect.

I am currently paying off my own debts using the Dave Ramsey method. It certainly works, but I have some reservations. For people who have very large debts, it would be better to have more than $1000 saved simply because it may take many years for you to work through your debts. Now, the truth is that most people don’t even have that much saved, so saving the $1000 first is better than nothing. But, for others, it can be quite scary to have only $1000 in savings. I have been following Dave Ramsey for a number of years and my understanding is that, like all things, you should evaluate your particular situation and make adjustments accordingly. For example, I am the sole breadwinner in my home and my son was ill last year. For that reason, I plan to beef up my baby emergency fund to more than $1000.

The other issue that I have with the Debt Snowball method is that I’ve found it to be hard to roll over the minimum payment. Once the small debt is paid off, I tend to want to put that money (the payment I was making toward that debt) into my budget instead of rolling it into the next debt. This isn’t a problem with the Debt Snowball concept, but more of a problem with discipline. Throughout the book, Dave encourages readers to become gazelle intense, his way of describing being so focused and motivated that you will work your way out of debt.

As far as Dave Ramsey’s writing style, this book is written on a level that makes it easy for  a wide variety of readers to comprehend. In other words, there aren’t any deep and complex financial concepts described and the average avid reader could finish this book in a day. Some parts are a bit redundant, but I think that is because Dave Ramsey is trying to drive certain points home. I would describe his approach to teaching people about debt as a sort of tough love. He tends to describe financial mistakes as being “stupid” and he makes no excuses for using debt. He does not promote credit cards, he does not support the use of student loans, and he never describes debt as a “tool.” If you are looking for a money book that will teach you how to get rich quick or how to use credit cards for “rewards,” this is not the book for you. If you are sick and tired of being in debt and need a real plan that has been followed by thousands, if not millions of people, then I would recommend Total Money Makeover. Once you are out of debt, Dave Ramsey focuses on helping you develop a fully-funded emergency fund and learning to invest. The last step is to live and give like no one else.

Once you’ve read the book, you will find a vast support network across the internet to help you work through the plan. Dave Ramsey has his own forum (it requires a subscription fee), and there are “Dave Ramsey” sub-forums on discussion boards like Frugal Village. You can also listen to Dave Ramsey’s program for free on his iHeartRadio station, and you can catch the show’s highlights on YouTube. Be forewarned, he does talk about politics from time to time and he is a devoted Christian, so Christian themes run throughout all of his programs, including his books and his radio show.

Dave Ramsey is probably the most well-known financial expert and followers of his financial teachings tend to become very devoted. Whether you agree with his methods or not, the results speak for themselves. He has had a countless number of “baby steppers” become debt free. If you are ready to make a change, a simple book like Total Money Makeover can be life changing. With the new year beginning tomorrow, now would be a great time to get started on your Total Money Makeover! How much debt can you pay off one year from now? The couple below followed Dave Ramsey’s teachings on life and money and successfully paid off $79,000 in 23 months! That’s well worth the $10.00 investment in the book. Happy New Year!

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Tracy Brown is Back! Book Review | Flirting With Disaster

flirtingwithdisasterI decided to give my brain a break from  heavy non-fiction reading on financial matters with a quick urban fiction read. I was browsing Amazon for a new title to read over the holidays and I was excited to discover that one of my favorite fiction writers, Tracy Brown, had published a new book! No, it was not another installment of the White Lines series. This is an entirely new book called Flirting with Disaster (affiliate link) with a new set of characters, led by a fearless, street-savvy heroin named Chloe.

Chloe, much like many of Tracy Brown’s previous characters is a young, beautiful woman who attracts the attention of many male suitors. Chloe knows her worth and demands lavish gifts from her male companions and isn’t quick to give up the goods. She meets a guy named Trey and shortly after they begin dating. Chloe is impressed by Trey’s good looks and generosity, but she is so distracted by their fancy dates and his many gifts to her that she fails to get to know him very well.

It turns out that Trey is not quite who Chloe thought he was. As Chloe and Trey grow closer, he becomes even more of a mystery, and Chloe eventually finds herself in a very dangerous situation. The book was definitely a page-turner. I purchased the Kindle book, currently listed at $1.99. At first, this price seemed like a bargain compared to Brown’s other titles which usually sell for $9.99 in eBook format, but after I finished the book, I understood the lower price. The book was worth the (small) investment, but it ended too quickly. At 104 pages, it is much shorter than most of her works, like Aftermath: A Snapped Novel, which is 464 pages.

The ending of the book leaves readers to believe that there will be another installment in this series and I certainly hope so. I love Brown’s suspense-filled novels and this short, but well written book, was an enjoyable thriller for only $1.99.

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Book Review | Ultra Black Hair Growth II by Cathy Howse

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Ultra Black Hair Growth II 2000 Edition
by Cathy Howse, details a method for retaining approximately 6 inches of hair growth in one year. Like many books that I own, I had to reread this one before the knowledge entailed within it really sunk in! I purchased this book two years ago after reading about the “Cathy Howse Method” on various  hair care websites. I read it, tried the products, and then moved on to something else. Now, that I’ve reread it, I wish that I would have stuck with it!  Although people claimed to know and share the basics of the regimen, I’m the type of person who likes to read and obtain information for myself.

So, I purchased and read the book. Although it is a short and easy read (158 pages), it contains a lot of information. As I figured, many hair bloggers were leaving out crucial details of Cathy’s hair-growing method. I would encourage any person interested in beginning her technique read her books, check out her website, and consider purchasing her products. I will talk about my experience with her products in a separate post.

Cathy Howse is a pioneer in the world of black hair care. Long before YouTube, blogs, and online hair-growing communities existed, Cathy developed what she calls “the only proven method” for growing “black” hair. Black hair refers to the hair type that most people of African-American descent have naturally – hair that is tightly coiled. Cathy advocates sticking to the following six requirements in order to grow and preserve your hair:

1) Frequent cleaning

2) Daily moisturizing

3) A conditioner that contains: protein to strengthen, oil to lubricate, and a scalp stimulant

4) Good blood circulation

5) Careful use of appliances

6) No hairbrushes

Please note that Cathy’s suggestions allow hair growers to also incorporate techniques advocated by other “methods.” For example, if one chooses not to wash her hair with sulfate shampoos, this may be easily incorporated into this method. If one chooses to wear her hair in a protective style, this can be incorporated as well because Cathy does not advocate for one style over another, as long as the style is not accomplished by doing things that damage the hair.

One of the most controversial points that Cathy makes in the book is that there is no need to trim your hair. This is controversial because for many, including hair stylists, the idea that one has to trim her hair in order to “make it grow” is deeply rooted. Cathy points out that hair grows from the root, not the ends and that hair does not split up the shaft. She does note the importance of retaining healthy ends in order to accomplish growth, but she does not advocate trimming on a schedule or, really, at all, except if one chooses to for a neat appearance.

Like I stated, this book is chock full of common sense types that apply specifically to growing the driest hair type. She also has a question and answer section on her website. The only criticism that I have of the book is the editing. There are some errors here and there grammatically, but nothing that affects the knowledge contained within the book itself. I would also like to see an update since the book was written in 2000, but you can visit Cathy’s website for update. For example, her hair is no longer relaxed. She now wears it naturally and only washes her hair once a week instead of twice.

For more details about Cathy’s hair care routine and more of her tips, visit her website! http://www.ultrablackhair.com/ubh2/

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Book Review | The Laptop Millionaire by Mark Anastasi

The Laptop Millionaire is a book that caught my eye in Barnes and Noble. I was actually searching for The 4-Hour Work Week, which is a classic book about making money online through entrepreneurship. The Laptop Millionaire is about the same thing, only it is more focused on the actual how to of making money on the internet rather than trying to sell the concept as a viable way to make a living.

The author opens with his own rags to riches story. He tells us enough to prove himself credible without harping for too long on the details of this own misfortune turned fortune. He keeps the dialogue moving and begins doling out specific tips on exactly how one can become a laptop millionaire. One of the first things that Anastasi discusses is the concept of exchanging creating value in order to get more money. This was eye-opening because it gets to the heart of how and what people pay for. People pay for things that are valuable to them, so all one has to do is begin to create value and the money will follow.

One of the reasons why I was interested in purchasing this book is because I have had an online presence via my blogging platform and on online forums for years, but I have never been able to effectively monetize my presence. Anastasi offers concrete, proven tips on how to create products, content, eBooks, and other solutions in order to generate revenue. A lot of this content is offered in bits and spurts online, but what I have discovered is that the bloggers who know the “secrets” to making money online only reveal bits an pieces. The Laptop Millionaire cost me $22.95 plus tax at Barnes and Noble and it offers enough specific tips that I don’t have to spend more time researching on the internet.

As an example, after reading the first couple of chapters of the book, I came home and wrote the first 20 pages of the eBook that I plan to sell about a niche topic. Since Anastasi tells readers what websites to utilize to generate revenue online, I don’t have to spend any more precious time searching online forums and blogs for solutions. If you are SERIOUS about making money online and turning your passion into profit,  I highly suggest that you check out The Laptop Millionaire.

Book Review | Unplanned by Abby Johnson

It’s been quite a while since I posted a book review! I started a new job in December of last year and I’ve been too busy to post, but I’m back! I hope to read a book a week until the end of the year. This is very doable if I cut back on TV time! I have 3 hardback books and 4 e-books on my Kindle waiting for me to read them. But, Unplanned by Abby Johnson is a book that I read back in December.

Little did I know in December of 2011 that the topics of healthcare and abortion would come together and cause turmoil throughout the ranks of the Komen Foundation and other high-ranking organizations. Unplanned is a book that tells a riveting behind-the-scenes story of a conservative working at Planned Parenthood. Abby Johnson started out as a young volunteer and rose to rank of executive, leading a Planned Parenthood location in Texas. Her unusual participation in an abortion procedure forces her to face her internal conflicts. As a devout Christian, her job (working in a clinic that provided abortions among and other healthcare services) conflicted with her moral beliefs.

Many young women can relate to Abby’s conflict whether they have performed similar work or not.Like Abby’s real-life character in this book, I have been conflicted about my moral beliefs versus my support and patronage of Planned Parenthood. This book presents both sides.

What I enjoyed most was Abby’s candid discussion about not only her experience working at Planned Parenthood, but also her own past. She reveals some ugly truths about abortion clinics and also discusses the value of the other healthcare services provided by Planned Parenthood. In addition, she shares her own story of not one, but two, unplanned pregnancies and why she  made the choices that she did.

Lastly, Abby talks about why and how she changed her mind about working for Planned Parenthood. If I have a criticism of this book, it would be the slightly dramatized chapters in the book following Abby’s choice to walk away. Although it was a heart-wrenching decision, people quit their jobs every day. It is also fascinating that she ran away from one extreme to the other, seemingly without considering a middle ground. She went from being a staunch supporter and worker at Planned Parenthood to being strongly anti-abortion and anti-Planned Parenthood. I would have liked to see some talk about a middle-ground, an area of compromise where we can support the rights of women and the unborn at the same time…is that possible? I’m not sure, but when I put this book down, I felt inspired…of course, my beliefs align pretty strongly with Abby’s. Abby introduces readers to pro-life organizations that are less divisive. She could have simply walked away from Planned Parenthood and found another job, but instead, she chose to share her story and to use her experience as a platform to help change the lives of others.

For those looking to better understand the perspective of individuals, particularly, Christians, who work at Planned Parenthood, this would be an interesting book to read. Be fair-warned that this book is not pro-Choice. The author advocates an end to abortion because of her religious beliefs and because of the detrimental effect that abortion has on women and families. But, the way she wrote this book provides a fair perspective of both sides because, unlike many people, she has “fought the war,” from both sides. If you’ve read this book, let me know what you think! If you wouldn’t read it, let me know why not!

Book Review | 31 Dates in 31 Days by Tamara Duricka Johnson

31 Dates in 31 Daysis a new book by author Tamara Duricka Johnson that looks at dating from a whole new angle. Unlike the typical how-to dating book, Johnson’s insights are based on her own first-hand accounts from a radical dating experiment in which she embarked on 31 dates in, yes, 31 days!The title alone made me feel exhausted! Dating takes a lot of time, effort, and planning. It generally also requires cute outfits, hair appointments, and other special gestures meant to impress one’s date. I was curious to read on and find out how and why Johnson would embark on such a feat. As it turns out, she was approaching her milestone 31st birthday. Like many single women (and men), she was tired of the dating games and the ups and downs. She wanted to get something more meaningful from the dating experience.

The 31 day project was just the thing to kick-start her personal dating revolution. By setting up dating “rules,” Johnson was able to streamline the dating process, control costs, and focus on learning as much as possible about the men she was dating, and about herself, along the way.

Thankfully,  Johnson decided to share her experiences with the rest of us. Her writing style was funny, yet sincere as she described each new encounter. Some were downright delightful; others were downright forgettable. But, they were all meaningful. In each chapter, we learn more about the men and we learn more about the author. Most importantly, we follow along with the author’s journey and use her dating lessons to reflect on our own experiences.

Are we entering the dating process withe pre-conceived notions that are acting as roadblocks along the path to love? Are we missing out on dates with amazing people due to our “wish lists” and “checklists?” Are some of us looking for love so desperately that we continue to fall for mates that are not actually worthy of our affections? Do we know how to simply enjoy dating without placing a bunch of expectations on ourselves and others?

31 Dates in 31 Days is a good read for both men and women. Although the book seems to lean towards the female perspective, men can learn a lot from reading about the many dates through the eyes of a woman. I was impressed not only by the author’s eloquent writing style, but also by her dedication to writing about each date. I thought that she would surely skip the less interesting dates, but, no, even in those dates there was a lesson to be learned and she made those dates fun to read about as well.

Interestingly, the author became keen on a number of the men that she dated rather quickly! This, too, was inspirational for aspiring daters. Where it may seem like there are no prospects, there can suddenly be plenty! Most of us can take some cues from the project. Instead of doing the same old thing, we can try something new and see where it might take us.

You’re probably curious to know whether or not the project led to love. I won’t spoil it for you, but you can certainly find more information on 31datesin31days.com! I will say that I was truly inspired; shortly after finishing this book, I found myself looking at the men around me in a whole new light. I would definitely recommend this book to all aspiring daters and to all of those who simply want to be inspired to try something different. After you check out the book, let me know what you think!

Book Review | No Weapon by Audrey McKay

No Weapon is the riveting follow-up novel to Audrey McKay’s first book Enough Good News. It continues a few years after Enough Good News ended. (My review for Enough Good News can be found here. This review may contain spoilers for those who have not read that novel first). Instead of focusing on Sidra’s story, it focuses on the tale of Sidney Lyons and how her life has changed since accepting the Lord. When Enough Good News ended, the reader was left feeling hopeful, but uncertain, about which way Sidney’s story would go. Soon after accepting Christ into her life, she made a big mistake that almost severed her ties with family and her faith in the Lord.

In No Weapons, Sidney seems to have recovered well from the mistakes of her past. Unfortunately, old spirits are waiting to come back and haunt her once again as an unspeakably evil force begins working to bring her down. It only took me about one day to read this book because I was quickly caught up in Sidney’s tale and how a single lie worked to turn so many people against her. The book also had real life connections as it dealt with scandals and corruption within the church which are both, unfortunately, all too common today.

Christians who are interested in learning more about spiritual gifts will find this book intriguing. In McKay’s first book, spiritual gifts are mentioned when Sidney accepts the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into her life, but in No Weapon, those gifts play a central role in the development of the plot. Until reading this book, I never gave much thought to “spiritual gifts” and what they mean, but this book definitely encouraged me to look into them more.

Along with the consistent action in this story, McKay skillfully weaves in the thoughts and insights of non-Christians who are witnesses to the turmoil taking place among so-called believers. This is an important part of the story because it helps the reader understand why so many people are hesitant to become a part of the Christian faith. Many non-believers have witnessed wrongdoing and hypocrisy among Christians that makes them question the teachings of the Bible and spiritual leaders. The way that McKay uses the true believers to respond to such doubts can serve as a lesson for the rest of us.

The plot of this book was a real page-turner. The way people came together to work against Sidney was fascinating. Not only that, but the use of technology to aid in their endeavor made the work more interesting and believable. I would highly suggest this book, even if you haven’t read the first book in the series. The author provides enough background information to make it easy to follow all of the characters. For more information about No Weapon, or to learn more about the author, visit her website here.

Book Review | Enough Good News by Audrey McKay

In Enough Good News by Audrey McKay, readers are introduced to a rather dynamic character, Sidra Lyons. Many young professionals will be able to relate to Sidra. She is living the life of a young, talented attorney and reaping the benefits of years of education and hard work, while at the same time working to grow even closer to God. From Sidra’s story, we learn that becoming a Christian does not mean that one will no longer have problems; it simply means that the Lord will be there to assist us as we face those problems, if only we pray and look to Him for guidance. All is calm in Sidra’s world when things began to rapidly change in both her work and her personal life.

First, Sidra gets a new boss at work, Jensen, who manages to work her nerves on a daily basis. Next, Sidra’s family undergoes some changes when a one of her father’s secrets is uncovered. Then, Sidra’s work life is interrupted as she faces the biggest and most personal case of her entire life. Little does Sidra know, she will end up needing Jensen in more ways than one and her family will never, ever be the same.

Sidra’s strength as a Christian helps her endure the many difficulties that she faces. She continually goes back to the Lord for strength and her story is one that will encourage many Christians. Although Sidra is strong in the faith, others in the story are not. Sidra’s newfound family member is struggling to learn more about Christianity and the questions that she poses are the same questions that many new Christians ponder. McKay uses Sidra, Jensen, and the other characters that become intertwined in Sidra’s life to address themes dealing with Christianity as it relates to love and relationships, family and friendship, as well as career decisions.

McKay addresses spiritual gifts, hypocritical Christians, betrayal, and the strength of holding on to the faith in the face of doubt. There are elements of mystery, thrill, and more in this rather complex story. This work was rather intriguing as I continually wondered how Sidra’s story would evolve and what would happen between she and Jensen.

Often, readers are left wondering, what happens next?! Luckily, McKay plans to follow up this story with more works, such as the sequel to Enough Good News, entitled No Weapon,  as well as the third book in the series, Blind Justice. Stay posted for my review of No Weapon, and check out Audrey McKay’s website for more information about her writing and how to purchase her works.

Book Review | The Bride Experiment by Mimi Jefferson

The Bride Experiment by Mimi Jefferson asks the reader to ponder: “What happens when single women get fed up?” The novel picks up where The Single Sister Experiment left off. In The Single Sister Experiment, a group of single women have been inspired to give up clubbing, partying, drinking, and having sex out-of-wedlock in order to more fully devote themselves to the Lord. Through the process, they are forced to face the demons of their pasts and come to terms with the many mistakes that they have made. In The Bride Experiment, some time has passed and the ladies have been blessed for their faithfulness to the Lord.

Despite their progress, the women are not immune from the setbacks that any Christian faces when trying to give up the ways of the world. In addition, The Bride Experiment introduces James, a single man who has a strong distrust from Christians. Readers may remember James from Mimi Jefferson’s first book. He was introduced as the man who Joan was desperately in love with and who also happened to be the father of her son. Male and female readers will be able to relate to James’ story. He comes from a troubled past and has dealt with many of his issues by using women. In The Bride Experiment, readers learn more about what it’s like to a single man to face obstacles while trying to change his life, raise his children, and date, all while figuring out his relationship with the Lord.

I enjoyed reading this book because it had many twists and turns. Besides learning more about James, the reader also learns more about Raquel, the woman who James chose over Joan in the first novel. It becomes evident that Raquel is dealing with pain from a troubled past. All of the characters come together to deal with a tragedy that threatens to change all of their lives. The author also further develops Tisha, Lila, and Janet’s characters and catches the readers up on their triumphs and struggles in trying to maintain an existence as Godly women. The author explores struggle to remain celibate, the difficulty letting go of an ex, and the way that Christians are often viewed as hypocritical. Throughout the 270-page novel, I believe every reader will find an element that he or she can relate to.

I really enjoyed the book and I would highly suggest it to any single Christian looking for stories of other Christian singles to relate to. Married Christians and those who are curious about the faith will enjoy the book as well. It can help those wishing to minister to singles better understand the challenges that singles face. Instead of making it seem easy to remain celibate and resist the temptation to party, Mimi Jefferson presents realistic characters who sometimes fail.

It is not necessary to have read Mimi Jefferson’s first book, The Single Sister Experiment, to enjoy this one. However, if you are just starting out on your journey, I would suggest that book as well. The Single Sister Experiment was the first Christian Fiction book that I read and it lead me on a journey that allowed me to better understand my relationship with God through the characters presented in various Christian novels. I also had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Jefferson a few years ago and experiencing her teaching first-hand. (I did, however, pay for this book and was not asked to provide a review.) You can read more about Mimi Jefferson’s ministry and learn how to purchase the book by visiting her website. If you check it out, please come back and let me know what you thought of it.