‘Lighten Up’ continues to touch lives.

I talked to a reader the other day from the mid-west who’s wife was reading ‘Lighten Up’. He said that his wife is not normally a fiction reader, but started reading ‘Lighten Up’ and immediately connected with the story. He went on to share with me the ways that Angela’s characters had drawn in his wife, and gotten her talking about the book with him.

It is so cool when I hear stories like that. Angela has a gift with words, and I get to see the stories of people who are being touched with her words. Here are a few of the reviews taken from Amazon:

I picked this up as a freebie, and figured I would probably read a chapter or two and delete it. Thankfully, I was wrong! The author managed to pull me into the story quickly, and I really enjoyed seeing how she handled so many difficult topics: pornography, adultery, and just the general lack of true connectedness/accountability within the church. No more “I’m fine,” allowed…

Bethany felt very real, and I enjoyed getting to know her throughout the story, and seeing her deal with hard issues and grow in her faith. The bowling scene was a bit over the top, and I could have done with slightly less fitness info, but hey, she is a personal trainer! I will say that as soon as I finished the book I headed right to Amazon to find the sequel, and was seriously disappointed when I realized it wasn’t yet available. I will definfitely be following this series.

I gave this book 5 stars because it had me intriqued from beginning to end. Knowing it is under the Christian category, I wasn’t expecting it to touch on SO many controversial topics such as abortion, infidelity, porn addiction, and even plastic surgery. I was not sure if the lesson learn was to not judge these things, except them, or forgive them. Probably a little of both.

The actual story line was fantastic…a bit taboo, but always had you asking “what will happen!” and the main character is well developed, sarcastic, and a bit naive. I love the fact she is a personal trainer because she was true to her character all the way through.”

Has ‘Lighten Up’ touched you?  I’d love to hear your stories.

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