Review: First Date
Feb • 3 • 2012
Title: First Date
Genre: Young Adult- Christian/Comtemporary
Author: Krista McGee
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: January 10, 2012
“Addy Davidson discovers God’s unexpected plans for her life when a reality TV show turns her quiet existence on its head.The orphaned daughter of missionaries, Addy is quite content to stay in the shadows and never draw attention to herself. But when she’s selected for a reality TV show to try to become the President son’s prom date-a show she didn’t audition for-she’s suddenly in America’s spotlight.The lights, the make-up, the competitions, and the blogs discussing every move she makes all make Addy incredibly uncomfortable. But through her time at The Mansion, Addy comes to realize that first impressions aren’t always right, that hiding out may not be what God had planned for her life, and that her faith should affect everything she does. It may just be that her selection wasn’t random at all and that she’s on this show “for such a time as this.”
I really loved this book! Being a christian is not easy. I am in no way perfect. In fact, it is daily choice to live right. And any other christian will tell you that there are days when you just want to give up. In this book, the reader meets Addy. A young lady of faith who is struggling with who she is.
One thing I loved about this book is that the author didn’t paint to main character Addy to being a “perfect little christian.” Addy is messed up. She said things she shouldn’t have said. She has attitude and most importantly she fought against God. I can totally relate to that. When my husband got chosen to be the worship leader in the new church, I was immediately was upset. I prayed and said,”God, just what do you think your are doing? I don’t want to be a leader. I don’t want responsibility. I don’t want people looking at my family. I DON’T WANT THIS!” I fought God. I told him, ” I didn’t ask for it and I don’t want it.” But God works in mysterious ways and TADA! Were in a new church plant, with me standing by my husband as the new worship leader. I’m scared. YES! Me. Little Savannah scared out of my mind. Why? Because I’m not perfect, I’m broken. Messed up. Then my good friend told me something. She said,” Savannah, that is the exact reason why God chose you. People don’t want to see perfection. They want to see someone who has been through trouble times and made it out. Just like Moses, who didn’t want to lead people out of Egypt, he fought God, like you. Moses was great not because of what he did, but because of who he was in God.” And deep breathe…
The book showed Addy’s struggle with who she was and her past. I like that she wasn’t perfect and carried her past with her. Through Ms. McGee’s writing, the reader felt emotions of Addy’s struggle with God, her life and her future. She prayed constantly, asking for help. I also adored that there wasn’t super supreme being moments, like reigning shine of glory moments. Addy moments with God were small, precious, and life changing. The things he did in her life brought Addy closer to God. And through his grace, Addy was able to fine her way out.
My favorite line in this book was,” If your not talking to God about it, how do you expect to get through it?” It’s so TRUE! That line, makes my heart ache. Cause like so many people out there, I like to do things on my own. And then, when I am drowning and can’t find my way out is when I finally pray. *Sigh* You think I learn by now, but my walk with God is getting better and better every day.
If you want a real christian book with real life struggles read this book! I can’t tell you the amount of times I had some sort of revelation as to what do about certain things in my life. I like that it wasn’t fake but a real relationship with the Lord. The struggles of life, a hurtful painful past and learning to love when you have nothing left. It all happen with the grace of God.
I give it 5 BITES!