You Had Me at Good-bye by Tracey Bateman

I usually stick to urban christian fiction, but I was browsing on Amazon when I saw this book some time ago. I read the summary and decided it was worth a purchase. I was not disappointed.

You Had Me at Goodbye is about Dancy Ames, an aspiring lower level editor trying to climb the corporate ladder to a coveted senior editor position. Too bad she gets canned before it can happen. And not only that, the job she was aiming it goes to a guy who she has a huge crush on. So she does what any self-respecting former editor would do: she writes a book of her own, and the drama ensues.

I love books written in the first person, especially when the protagonist has a great voice that pops off the page at you. Dancy Ames is one of those. And though she is a sad little rich girl, you can’t help but feel bad for her, as she deals with her issues with her mother (which of us doesn’t have a few of those?), her issues with her boss, her attraction to her older brother’s best friend, and all the real and imagined tragedy that comes with life in New York. Though the Christian themes aren’t overt, this book has a satisfying end. I’ve read it twice already. It’s definitely in my top ten.

Let me know if you’ve read it!

Song of the Week

The teenagers I teach on the side are part of a Pathfinder Club who have as one of their laws “Keep a song in my heart.” Today that came in very handy for me, as I was verbally abused for 20 minutes by a guest of an event I put on a couple weeks ago. As I listened to this woman rip into me over the phone, I could hear in the background of my mind this song by Fred Hammond:

I just found this song from the album Freedom to Worship and it has been on a loop in my head, and on my CD player this week.

It is so amazing to know that there is no greater love than God’s love for us, and that it is forever. His mercy and favour erases everything else. He sees past our flaws and incompetence to the heart of who we truly are, and He still loves us. You would be surprised how much that puts things into context, and how much knowing Christ and being connected with His love, keeps you from giving someone a piece of your mind on the phone. Of late I’ve been growing to understand more and more how truly deep and enduring God’s love is for me, and it is so overwhelming and amazing. I can’t help but love Him.

Anyway, I could easily go on, but let me know what you think.