Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Book Review: Worlds Collide

Summary from Waterbrook Multnomah:  Some Decisions Change Your Day. Some Will Change Your Life.

While the headlines screamed “Hollywood Heartthrob Marries Girl Next Door,” the public relationship of Jack Harrington and Grace Winslowe never revealed the private struggles that threatened to pull them apart–and when celebrity biographer Jada Eastman starts digging, she discovers that there’s more to this couple than anyone could guess.

Their relationship began like a scene from one of Jack’s movies. Leaving behind a dead-end relationship and the bitter Chicago winter, Grace had moved to Southern California to start a new life. Meanwhile, Jack had established himself as an up-and-comer with considerable acting talent, and a private heartache. When a fateful accident pulled the two of them together, they couldn’t avoid their initial attraction or the vast differences in their values and lifestyles.

Now, against the backdrop of Beverly Hills and the 24/7 nature of the entertainment world, Jada grapples with her own beliefs as she encounters the spiritual chasm of this famous couple. Can Grace and Jack face the consequences of their own personal histories–and can the biographer avoid being affected? As the three of them examine the couple’s bittersweet story, it becomes clear that everyday decisions can carry lifetime consequences when individual worlds collide.

My reaction to the book: Wow, did this book blow me away!  As a lifelong film lover, I adore any books that take place behind the scenes of television and movies.  This book does not disappoint.  Written by Alison Strobel, daugther of Christian Apologist Lee Strobel, Worlds Collide brings readers face to face not only with the realities of Hollywood, but also the realities of marriage.  Being one who has a "history", just like everyone else, I could relate to the couple in this book.  I rejoiced along with the characters and choked up with them as well.  God's truth of forgiveness and newness is sung throughout this book, however.  Through this fictional tale, the reader is able to firmly grasp God's healing powers, if they will allow themselves to do so.  It's clear Alison has picked up some pointers from her father.  This story is gripping, well fleshed out, and Biblically sound.  Pick up this book.  You won't be disappointed.

Legal Necessities:  I received a free copy of this book through Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program.

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