Not only do I admire Robin Jones Gunn (see blog gush #1 and 2), I also have my own group of sisterchicks which I literally could not do without! This is the 8th book in the series (and I heard a rumor it might be the last! is that true?!) and in each book, there is a new “kind” of friendship—long lost friends, sisters, new friends and in this one, pen-pals.
Pen-pals is something I have lots of experience with—one of my best friends growing up was my pen-pal, Jodi from Michigan. I have her wedding invitation hanging on my fridge (well, I did till I got a stainless fridge) and every time I look at, my heart squeezes a little.
And now with the internet, I’ve got my messageboard mamas and my best blogging buds—I have real true friends that I’ve never even seen face to face! As I was reading this story of two friends meeting IRL* for the first time, I was imagining meeting up with some of my bloggy friends for a sisterchick adventure!
In Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes , I knew from the first page I was going to love the book. The intro-ish page has this verse, “The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.” (2 Corinthians 5:5 MSG) Remember my heaven post? This is exactly what I wanted to say–I just didn’t know this verse existed!
Noelle and Summer, the pen-pal heroines of this book have their appetites whet while they tiptoe through the tulips, float down a canal in a giant wooden shoe and sip Dutch chocolate in Amsterdam. (See? Don’t you want to do that stuff?!) And ugh, I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve tried to write this review. The story is fun and engaging, the peek into Amsterdam’s culture is intriguing, but what I really love about Robin Jones Gunn’s books is the sweet heart-achy-ness of it.
Somehow all her books make you wish you were the main character. I want an adventure like Noelle and Summer’s. I want to wake up in a foreign country and read a devotional book that sends me careening into an adventure with God. I want to have a spontaneous escapade that speaks to my heart and ultimately changes my life for the better.
I want to experience God—not in a crazy, hyped-up, super-spiritual, weird way you might normally think. Nor in a heady, intellectual way. I want to experience God in the “sacredness of the everyday” as Noelle discovers in this book. That’s what Robin Jones Gunn has got cornered in her Sisterchick books. She uses everyday people in slightly above average adventures to show God’s “unfolding grace”…the grace He desires to show you and me everyday.
So. Did I get you even slightly interested in reading this book? I hope so. Because Multnomah sent me one to give away to you, too! Just leave me a comment, any comment will do, but I’d especially love one that shows you actually read this post! I’ll pick a winner on…uhm, Sunday, maybe? Congrats, Jenni!