About the Book
God rewards the faithful; Rachel is living proof of that—until the people she loves most let her down. Now she’s done with God. Twenty-six-year-old Rachel Westing has been a faithful Christian her entire life. Then she learns her fiancé is cheating on her and her parents are getting a divorce. Where is God in all this? Wounded, bitter, and with her faith shattered, Rachel goes cross-country to live with her friend Daphne. Confident, fun-loving Daphne sets about to help Rachel reinvent herself, and for a while it’s exciting. When another tragedy shakes her to the core, what little she has left unravels. Reinventing Rachel gives readers a true-to-life story that draws them in and keeps them biting their nails until the end.
Rachel is a character of extremes: from evangelizing and judgmental bible thumper to a rebellious and depressed addict in just a few chapters. Through Rachel, her family, and best friend Daphne, this book grapples with many heavy and dehabilitating issues. The writing is very straightforward and honest so that the heavy subject matter is approachable and relatable, especially for the targeted demographic of college-aged adults. In addition, Rachel’s cynicism and disillusionment with religion and church is a common struggle for young adults who are trying to understand what they believe and why they believe it. I could see this story resonating with individuals who are struggling with temptation or a difficult life circumstances and feel like there is no where to turn except places of further hardship. As believers we are not immune to trials and struggles, but we have the reassurance that Christ will be with us throughout that time and gives us the strength to endure and grow.
**review copy provided by the publisher**