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Amy Inspired by [Pierce, Bethany]
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Amy Gallagher is an aspiring writer who, after countless rejections, has settled for a career as an English professor in small-town Ohio just to pay the bills. All her dreams suddenly start to unravel as rejections pile up--both from publishers and her boyfriend. But just as Amy fears her life is stuck in a holding pattern, she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli.

She struggles to walk the fine line between friendship and something more with Eli, even as staying true to her faith becomes unexpectedly complicated. When secrets, tragedy, and poor decisions cause rifts in Amy's relationships, she must come to terms with who she's become, her unrealized aspirations for her life, and the state of her faith. Can she dare to hope that she will find love and fulfillment despite it all?

About the Author

After completing a Master's in Creative Writing and working as an English professor in Ohio, Bethany Pierce now lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she works at an art studio and continues to write. Her first book, Feeling for Bones, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2007.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764208500
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B85CM70
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e3a834) out of 5 stars This one didn't work for me Nov. 12 2010
By Cafe Lily - Published on
Format: Paperback
Readers of Christian fiction who tend to be a bit more conservative, may find Amy Inspired edgier than what they prefer to read. The Christianity presented in this book comes from what appears to be along the lines of an emergent view and for those who aren't comfortable with a more "Kum ba yah" approach to God, this book might even be offensive. Granted, there's nothing too shocking or hair raising but readers should be aware that this isn't your typical sweet Christian fiction. Based on your personal convictions, I think this is one of those titles you'll either love or hate. There's some slang and suggestive conversations/situations. However, if you can get past the incense, poetry readings, hemp jewelry and tattooed co-ed roommates sleeping together (but not having sex) then you may enjoy the journey of Amy Inspired.

The main character is quickly approaching thirty and is extremely frustrated with her life. Her biological clock is ticking and she is questioning every decision she's made thus far. Sometimes she even questions her own faith. Having recently broken up with her atheist boyfriend, Amy continues to plod through life, underpaid, bored and feeling rejected. A struggling writer, Amy is teaching at a college (a job that doesn't satisfy her) and sharing an apartment with her quirky, roommate Zoe. Zoe is a free spirited vegetarian barista who drives Amy nuts and at the same time, is her closest friend. Later in the story, readers are introduced to Eli, another free spirit who Amy begins to have feelings for. Eli moves in with Zoe and Amy and complicates Amy's life even more.

Amy's lifelong dream is to become a published writer and though she's repeatedly rejected, she continues to submit her story to magazines hoping someday her work will be recognized. She's a sweet girl with a good heart but lives in a continual state of emotional conflict, confusion and self-doubt. She's unhappy with her current job, restless and feels like she's always settling for second best. There is a lot of turmoil and indecision going on in this book and the overall impression was chaotic. I found the book hard to get into and a bit monotonous at times (often depressing!) but I attribute that to the fact that I don't really fit the intended audience for this type of story. I didn't connect with the characters and I had a hard time following what point the author was trying to make. I think this book may be better suited for college age readers or "20 somethings" who can better identify with Amy.

This is the first book I've read by Bethany Pierce and I would be willing to give her books another chance, but sadly this one just just didn't work for me.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e3a888) out of 5 stars This Story Could Have Been About Me Nov. 12 2010
By Deborah - Published on
Format: Paperback
Sometimes I don't think I fit the targeted audience for a Christian fiction reader. I mean, I'm a 20 something Asian American recently graduated college student who lives in a big city. That's not usually who reads Christian fiction. In fact, I think I only know one other person who fits that bill. Hence, my view of what Christian fiction should be is drastically different from what the typical Christian fiction reader is. I regularly look for books that I feel I could introduce to a non Christian fiction reader and that they would enjoy. This usually means I end up liking books that don't explicitly or even talk at all about Christianity, Jesus, the Bible or church at all. I do want faith to be evident in the story, whether by actions or as an allegory but it doesn't mean that there has to be a sermon reading or preaching done at you everywhere you turn in the book.

Having said all that, I absolutely adored this book. Why did I love this book so much? Because this is one of those books that I honestly feel that someone who does not normally read Christian fiction would enjoy. The story is written extremely well, the plot I feel is totally believable and I felt that the characters were those anyone could relate to, no matter what their faith was.

Amy is a someone who I think almost everyone can relate to. She's a young 30ish professor who is only doing her job because she can't get into the profession she really wants which is writing. She went and got her master's degree specifically so she could get into that field but all she's getting back are rejection letters. Therefore to make ends meet, she's teaching English to budding writers. Reading her story made me feel like I was looking at my own life. I pretty much have done with Amy did. I got my master's degree in history so I could pursue a career as a historian but instead all it's gotten me so far are student loans and rejection emails from jobs saying I'm qualified but not qualified enough. I could relate to her frustration and her moods of feeling down about herself. I also appreciated her willingness to get out of the funk and live even though it wasn't what what she wanted to do.

The other characters in the book really add zeal to the story. Amy's roommate Zoe got on my nerves sometimes (as well as Amy's) but she has another side to her as well. I liked Amy's mom, with her mixed up words and penchant for caring for Amy. The other very interesting character is Eli, whose story is one to feel for after reading. I really liked his character and could have read a book just on him alone. Other smaller characters like Amy's students contribute to the plot as they all come together to help to describe Amy.

This is not your typical Christian fiction book. There are scenes in the book that conservative readers will probably not like. I found them rather tame compared to the stuff that's in general market fiction but others might see them as offensive. I instead saw it as realistic and something someone in our age group, whether they are Christian or not, could be doing. There is one scene involving Amy and Eli that I did find a little questionable simply because I thought it was a little out of place but I can see why it's included in the story in regards to how their characters were

This was my first book from Bethany Pierce and I want to go back and read anything else that she's written as well as any future books from her. Her writing has totally re-energized me and I really want others to read this books. There's something for everyone in here: aspiring writers, contemporary fiction fans, and those of faith based literature. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e3acc0) out of 5 stars A disappointing read. Nov. 7 2010
By Meredith Drake - Published on
Format: Paperback
I received a copy of Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce for my personal review from Bethany House Publishers. Amy is a woman who hits the age of 30 and her life has not gone as planned for her career, ambitions and love life. She lives with a quirky housemate and has a romantic interest in a man named Eli, who seems to have not caught any breaks in life, but his abstract and artistic nature attracts her, despite his lack of success in life.
I have to say that this was a difficult book for me to read. The characters were not people that I felt like a could relate to and I failed to experience the connection that the author tried to achieve. As I continued to read the story, I was hopeful that it would improve and that there would be some sort of a "hook" that would capture my interest. However, I continuously was bored with the story line and felt like I had to force myself to finish reading the novel. The ending did not provide the closure that I hoped for and left the future of the character somewhat open ended.
I also was disappointed in the way the story portrayed the morals of some of the characters. I felt that some of the situations the "Christian" characters in the book were a part of were somewhat questionable for a Christian novel. I didn't feel that there was a prevalent Christian message throughout the story. In my opinion, the book may be better received by a secular market. I also felt that the description of Eli's past was not graphic, but was overly blunt and to the point for my personal taste. I would not recommend this book to Christian readers.
On the positive side, the author does have a unique way of wording her chapters and is obviously a gifted writer. I would be willing to read another novel by the author in hopes that some of her other stories would provide a more interesting story line.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ef209c) out of 5 stars Uninspiring Nov. 29 2010
By D. Kinney - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can honestly say that I was not inspired while reading this book. I did not like this book and it left a bad taste in my mouth.

Too verbose. I did not enjoy the many paragraphs of descriptive writing that were unnecessary to the story line. Some description is needed to help the reader visualize the story but not so much that the background becomes a storyline itself.

Too many characters. I was exhausted by the beginning of the 4th chapter as yet another character was being introduced. Since so much description is given to each character, it was time consuming to keep tract of each new character.

Too long. I was on page 286 before I realized that there had yet to be a climax to the story. For an author writing about writing, I was surprised that the book lacked basic story elements. In the last 40 pages, the protagonist did find herself at the turning point, but it felt rushed as if the author needed to keep the book under 320 pages.

Too much smut. As mentioned in other reviews, this book was not as Christian as the Christian market expects. I was convicted a few years ago about reading books that bordered on smut. I turned to Christian publishers to find morally entertaining books. I did not expect to read about half naked women and unmarried couples sleeping together in this novel.

I do not enjoy writing negative reviews, but I have read and reviewed so many books this year that it was bound to happen.

Bethany House has given me a free copy of this book to review and has given me freedom to state my own opinions about it.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ef2180) out of 5 stars One star is way too many Nov. 13 2012
By ChristianReader - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a book that if I had it physically instead of electronically, I would throw in the trash and enjoy doing so. I see reviews from people who are angry that they get a book that they think is (whatever description fits) and find out that it is Christian fiction and they wish they had known this in advance. This is the opposite, it advertises itself as a Christian novel and then proceeds to do nothing but trash faith and anyone of faith. At no point does anyone in the story seem to "get" that it is a personal relationship and serves as nothing more then the author's opportunity to trash people foolish enough to actually believe, or maybe they don't really believe and the only evidence of moving forward in life lies in forsaking your faith.

I don't mind stories about flawed people who are working forward toward resolving their issues but the entire cast of characters is not flawed, they are completely dysfunctional, with the possible exception of Amy's brother and his fiancee who basically remains a mystery throughout the story and seems to serve to be "not Amy".

Even the supposedly brave and inspiring character of Zoe's mother ended up just being annoying in the fact that as she leaves her husband in such a desperate financial shape because of her fatal cancer that he has to sell everything (not her fault of course) she also spends thousands of dollars in wigs. As a cancer survivor (yes I know, I lived, she didn't) I would never have been so selfish.

As for Ashley, I don't care what your story is, you don't get by in college by showing up when and if you feel like it and being graded on what you feel like completing and turning in.

There is no one in this story to like and I only kept reading because I had hopes that it would get better. As it finally ends I can only imagine the sequel picking up a year later when Amy is once again alone, still unpublished, and now unemployed. No one ever learning, no one moving forward, except for Amy's mother who shows her growth by offending her only friends and seeming to show disdain for her faith. It isn't that I agree with the teachings of her church as presented by the author, or Mom's perception, or Amy's perception of the teachings of the church, but that when she goes against the teachings of the church it is not from a spiritual awakening but from growing past all of that nonsense.

Amy and her grandmother feel perfectly comfortable being rude and sarcastic to her Mom's friends in their presence and thinking they are superior. This is presented as a good thing because Amy is so cool.

Not only did I get nothing from this book, but I can see a person of a weak faith have it shaken even further. Not only is it a waste of time, it is garbage. And if it is a biography of this author's experience with rejection slips, it is too bad this book was not also rejected.

As for the author's snarky remark about Habakkuk, try reading it, it is absolutely relevant in today's world. However, this seems to sum up the author's disdain for faith in general.