Monday, January 16, 2017

"Katie in Waiting" by Erynn Mangum

About this book:

  “Katie McCoy has spent her whole life waiting for the right guy and he isn't coming.
  After relocating to Carrington Springs, Missouri, Katie finds herself getting more and more frustrated. Can't God see that she's trying her best to meet someone? Doesn't He care that she's lonely? What is she doing that is making Him not bless her with this?
  With two new friends, Eliza and Ashten, by her side, Katie starts to realize that maybe God has bigger plans for her life than she could have ever imagined.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Carrington Springs” series.

Spiritual Content- Many prayers, thanks & blessings over food; Scriptures are read & discussed; Church going, sermons & bible studies; Many talks about God, His plan, His love, prayers, complaining & church; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of God & Jesus; Many mentions of churches, going, finding the right church, activates/groups, music, sermons & pastors; Mentions of prayers & blessings over food; Mentions of Bibles, bible studies & bible reading; Mentions of those in & books of the Bible; Mentions of Christians & missionaries; Mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of the Bible belt; A couple mentions of sin; A mention of a Christian radio station;
 *Note: A mention of cults; A mention of a devilish glint in someone’s eye.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘crap’, a ‘heck’, a ‘sheesh’, a ‘shoot’, a ‘sucker’, five ‘holy cow’s, six forms of ‘dumb’ and eight ‘oh my gosh’s; A bit of sarcasm & eye rolling; Mentions of a murder mystery, crime scenes & dead bodies (in a book Katie is editing); Mentions of serial killers & the victims; Mentions of deaths & car accidents; Mentions of drinking & alcohol; A few mentions of divorces; A couple mentions of cigarettes & smoke; A mention of throwing up;
              *Note: Going to & mentions of Starbucks; Mentions of pop culture (Movies/TV Shows/Songs: ‘Come Fly With Me’, Day After Tomorrow, Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, Mission Impossible, ‘My Girl’, Ocean’s Eleven, ‘Only You’, Rocky, Serendipity, Star Wars, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, The Wedding Planner, What Not To Wear, While You Were Sleeping, & You’ve Got Mail; Celebrities: Jennifer Aniston, Fred Astaire, Michael Buble, Sandra Bullock, Beverly Cleary, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Guy Fieri, Tom Hanks, Audrey Hepburn, Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett O’Hara, Pioneer Woman, Brad Pitt, Mary Poppins, Ginger Rogers, Adam Sandler, Frank Sinatra, Sylvester Stallone, Shirley Temple, & Thor; And other references: AT&T, Disney, Girl Scouts, the Grim Reaper, Halloween, HGTV, Netflix, Pinterest, Starbucks, Target, UGG boots, & zombies).  

Sexual Content- Some noticing; a ‘sexy’ (said as in “…coffee breath is…[not]…sexy”); Many mentions of dating, dates & finding the right guy; Mentions of make out sessions in a book & romance books; Mentions of blushes; A few mentions of boyfriends & exes; A couple mentions of married couples kissing; A mention of workplace affairs; A mention of country songs about one night stands; Mentions of love, wanting to be married & being content in the life you’re living;
              *Note: A mention of puberty; A mention of shaving legs; A mention of skin tight clothing (in a grandmother’s opinion); A mention of baggy pants that the guys had to hold at the crotch; A mention of eating disorders; A mention of a biological clock; A mention of a sister wives agreement (looked negatively on, not supporting); A mention of a tush [bottom] hurting; A couple mentions of underwear.

-Katie McCoy, age 30-31
                                         1st person P.O.V. of Katie
                                                        277 pages

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My personal Rating-
Oh my goodness. That was incredible. Y'all want to talk about absolutely fantastic? This. This book right here.
More and more I've been wanting to Christian Fiction where there isn't a giant romance plot. And even ones that don't -- gasp! -- have any romance at all. I feel like this book fits that first longing. 
I'm constantly seeing posts and hearing talks from Christian women telling teen girls to know that God has Mr. Right for you, just keep loving God and He'll bring him around. “Katie in Waiting” hits the nail on the head with that idea. Christian girls need to learn how to be content in the life they're currently living, not waiting idle for the possible life of marriage and having babies. (Which is a good to do for some, don’t misunderstand me, but it’s nice to see a waiting view in a Christian Fiction book.)
Also, that Katie was an English major and is an editor for publishing house just made it that much better. Eliza was a hoot and I can't wait to read her story next! :)

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

 *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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