Item description for Theodora's Diary: Faith, Hope and Chocolate (Theodora) by Penny Culliford...
Overview The hilarious, sparkling and endearing diaries of a thirty something Christian, Theodora Llewellyn.
Publishers Description Saturday 8th May. Emergency It is 11:30 p.m. and I am suffering from an incredibly intense chocolate craving that will not leave me in spite of prayer, distraction activities and half a loaf of bread and butter. Got out of bed and searched the flat. No luck. Not even a bourbon biscuit. Not even a cream egg left from Easter. All the shops are closed so no nipping out to replenish supplies. Nothing else for it. I'm reduced to the chocoholic's equivalent of meths---cooking chocolate.It's been one of those days for Theodora. Her mother has become the Greek equivalent of Delia Smith, her boyfriend would rather watch 22 men kick a ball around a field than go shopping with her, and chintzy Charity Hubble wants to pray for her. And of course, the crowning insult is her utter lack of chocolate. Join in her daily life with all of its challenges and joys, tears and laughter.'Theodora's Diary is a hilarious and realistic peek into the life of a sprightly Christian sister living 'across the pond.' I found myself laughing out loud and thinking, 'Yes, life is just like this ' Penny Culliford is a welcome new voice in inspirational fiction.' --Angela Hunt, author of The Debt.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jan 16, 2002
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0007110014 ISBN13 9780007110018 UPC 025986110017
Availability 0 units.
More About Penny Culliford
Penny Culliford attends her local Anglican church, which bears no resemblance to Saint Norbert's. The author of Theodora's Wedding and Theodora's Diary, she likes chocolate, TV sitcoms, and unexpected acts of kindness. She dislikes celery, stick insects, and people who take themselves too seriously. She lives in Kent, England, with her husband and children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Theodora's Diary (Theodora V1)?
a dear, funny, funny book Jan 8, 2009
i found this book very insightful, honest and funny. i also thought that it had a practical spiritual aspect which helped shed a lot of pretentions that we encounter in our churches.
I wish I was British! Sep 21, 2006
Hilarious book! Theodora is just like me...if I was British. The Bridge Jones formula works well in this book. I laughed at Theo's mom and her Greek tendencies. Imagine having a name like Agemmennon! The portrayal of very conservative and stay at home moms was accurate along with the reaction of those not comfortable with it. I was glad to read Theo's sister's response to Charity chastising her for not staying at home after she has the baby. Theodora is proud that she worked hard to have her job and people like Charity shouldn't put her down for not being like her. The Kevin "Fever Pitch" storyline was great too. I went out and rented the DVD after reading the book (I had no idea Colin Firth was in it!) This book makes me want to have a British accent.
Had Moments of Brilliance May 23, 2006
I hate giving anything Christian chick lit two stars because I think that the genre should be encouraged but alas 2.5 doesn't seem to be available and I really don't think this is worth a three.
First up - this book does has its moments of comic brilliance - there were places that had me laughing out loud - unfortunately they were too few and far between.
There were some characters that were enjoyable but then some of them were very one dimensional. I guess what really killed it for me was how dense (or is it supposed to be naive?) Theodora is at some points. I actually wanted to shake her! Kevin's Valentine's Day card being a big case in point. I put the poem past my roommate (one of the most naive Christians that there is) and even she got it in a instant!!
What earned this it's two stars from me though was the fact that I got about two thirds of the way through and the way that she 'broke up' with Kevin almost had me not bother to finish the book. Understandable at 16 - not at 30.
And yes totally agree with comment above - how can you lose half a stone without noticing?!
Very British humor Dec 1, 2004
This is truly a five-star winner. Witty writing without being overly sarcastic, clever characterization that keeps each person rich and intriguing in the reader's mind.
Theodora is refreshingly realistic. She is not smart, beautiful or even particularly spiritual at the start of the book, but she is likable and her adventures are fun to follow. She is a colorful personality, and the people surrounding her are equally interesting--her Greek-obsessed mother, football-crazed plumber boyfriend, the Aussie Reverend "Digger" Graves, and maternal Pollyanna Mrs. Hubble. Each of them makes the plot vibrant and fast-paced. They are all consistent, and any emotional and spiritual changes are both believable and satisfying.
The faith element is handled with tongue-in-cheek, but also with a skilled painter's brush. The Christian stereotypes are all present, and somehow they are both endearing and laughable. This comical backdrop, however, only enhances the brilliance of characters like Miss Chamberlain, who radiate Christ.
The pun-ny writing is laugh-out-loud (or groan-out-loud) funny, reflecting dry British humor. I loved the way the prose rambled along, interspersed with moments of cheekiness that almost took me by surprise. I loved the lack of jaded sophistication, the absence of the kind of biting sarcasm that seems to always be putting someone down.
I can't recommend this book enough. I have to mention, however, that there are several references that are purely British in nature, and may not seem that funny to an American reader. My husband had no idea what a "bloke" was, while I found reference to a "Bible for Blokes" uproarious.
Fun reading. I can't help thinking that fans of Betty Neels would enjoy this book. I can't wait to read the sequel, "Theodora's Wedding."
I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU PEOPLE!!!! Oct 1, 2004
This story is totally awesome(sorry for the beach lingo!)! You could e-mail Penny if you have zondervans e-mail(back of the book), and she replies personally. Flabbergasted is also a good book though(0800718372=ISBN)! Also try "Dear Bob".