Item description for Sisterchicks Do the Hula (Sisterchicks Series #2) by Robin Jones Gunn...
Overview In this follow-up to "Sisterchicks on the Loose," Hope and Laurie head off to Hawaii, where they enter the next season of their lives with a splash and a beautiful vision of what God has dreamed up for them.
Publishers Description Some dreams take a while before they come true. Best friends Hope and Laurie never made it to Hawaii during their college years. But when they're about to turn forty, the islands still beckon, and off they go - with an unexpected stowaway on board (Hope happens to be seven months pregnant). A little pineapple, a little sunshine, and a surprising little surfing lesson give these two sisterchicks all their crazy hearts could hope for - and more - as they enter the next season of their lives with a splash and with a beautiful vision of what God has dreamed up for them.
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Studio: Walker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.82" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher GALE GROUP
Edition Large Type
ISBN 1594150826 ISBN13 9781594150821
Availability 0 units.
More About Robin Jones Gunn
When Robin Jones Gunn was in first grade her teacher wrote on her report card, “Robin keeps the entire class entertained at rug time with her stories.”
Even with such an early affirmation, Robin didn’t seriously consider becoming a writer during high school or college. She was more intrigued by the idea of traveling to foreign lands and telling people about God’s love.
But Robin’s husband also noticed her gift for story-telling and urged her to attend a writers’ conference. That first conference opened the door for publication of devotions, articles, interviews and eventually 15 children’s books.
While on a camping trip with their church youth group, Robin grew concerned when she saw what the girls were reading in their tent. The 13 year-old girls challenged her, saying, “If you don’t want us to read these books then you should write novels for us. We’ll even tell you what to write. How hard could that be?”
Early Mornings in Robin’s Nest
For over two years Robin carved out time to write by getting up at 3am, three days a week. Each week she would read the finished pages to the girls in the youth group and they would send her home to write and rewrite some more. After ten rejections Robin’s first novel was accepted for publication and released in 1988. More books followed and soon the Christy Miller series was joined by the Sierra Jensen series, the College Years and the Katie Weldon series. Thousands of readers have contacted Robin over the years to let her know how these stories changed their life.
Robin continued exploring other avenues of storytelling with gentle romances in the Glenbrooke series, women’s friendships in the Sisterchicks® series and family relationships in five women’s novels and two Father Christmas novellas.
Stories Travel the Globe
Over the past 25 years Robin has written 82 books with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. To her great delight, Robin’s books are doing exactly what she always hoped to do – they are traveling around the world and telling people about God’s love. She is doing the same. Over the past ten years Robin has been invited to speak at events around the US and Canada as well as in South America, Africa, Europe and Australia.
Robin and her husband have two grown children and have been married for 35 years. They live in Hawai’i where she continues to write and speak in rhythm with her life verse:
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the LORD Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24.
Robin Jones Gunn currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon. Robin Jones Gunn was born in 1955.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Sisterchicks Do the Hula (Sisterchicks Series #2)?
I liked the first one better Sep 8, 2008
This was my second Sisterchicks book, and after finishing it I can definitely say the first one is alot better. I really cannot pin point why I was not as intrigued with this story as I was the first one. Maybe as one reviewer said, it was just too perfect. I think it started slow, but it did pick up toward the middle. What I found to be the most interesting was all the information on Hawaiian history and words. Perhaps, I was looking for something that would take me in my mind to the islands, and I personally did not feel that. I saw that one reviewer actually listened on CD to this book, and maybe that would have helped my imagination. All in all, I cannot say that I dont totally recommend this book, but I do think the first one was much better. I am currently reading the third in the series and cannot wait to review it because it has a great start so far.
Sisterchicks Do the Hula is SWEET Oct 31, 2007
There's nothing wrong with these two chicks going off on their own to Hawaii! I had the CD version, and the ocean waves, silly twanging uke and etc. made it so enjoyable. There is nothing like listening to these books. The inflection in the reader's voice made it more special. There was lots that went wrong for Hope, including her almost 40 pregnancy, the fake tan, not to mention the initial cab mistake and the spilling of the coconut oil in the gift shop. This was no perfect vacation, but the sweet attitude of the character made it seem so. And the stuff they learned about Hawaiian words and history, and the utter joy that Hope experienced in the beauty of the island...Oh, this is not my normal style of story, but I was very taken away. If you love the beach and dream of it, this book takes you there. Listen to it, if possible!! :O)
Doing the hula with Jesus Oct 30, 2007
Woman-positive book with wonderful Christian overtones. That being said, you don't have to be Christian to appreciate this novel. Gunn weaves her messages around the psalms. And she uses the very modern, Eugene Peterson translation.
This book is woman-positive because its two main characters are women we can actually relate to. There's no ab-fab here. Hope is a middle-class, married mother of three who owns a small tea house. Laurie only recently became wealthy from the sales of her now-famous husband's art. Laurie and Hope were best friends in college. After Hope's relationship went sour, the girls decided to travel to Hawaii. Plans did not work out, as Laurie met the widowed father who becomes her husband.
Although Hope is happily married, she still misses her friendship with Laurie. Gunn quickly explains how the pair reunites. Finally, to celebrate their 40th birthday, Hope and Laurie decide to take that Hawaiian vacation. But they won't go alone- Hope is also carrying her fourth child, Emilee Rose.
The Hawaiian vacation is the main portion of this story. We follow Hope and Laurie's adventures. All of the adventures are very innocent, which put a smile on my face. There's nothing more heartwarming than reading about two women who enjoy marriage and motherhood. The big challenges? Hope must face giving birth to her fourth child at 40. Hope also has to face her own vanity as she strolls around the island looking very pregnant. Hope includes Emilee Rose, in utero, in her adventures. She floats with Emilee Rose, she eats food that Emilee Rose would enjoy, etc.
And what is Laurie's challenge? She wants to be a photographer, but she's not sure of her talent.
Overall, a sweet story about two friends who support each other through life's changes. A very positive approach to two women facing middle-age. Conservative values run rampant, which pleased my conservative self. :) We do learn about ancient Hawaiian practices, but Gunn always puts GOD first. Even the elders of the Hawaiian community love GOD. They sing in their ancient language, but they are singing the pslams. Hope and Laurie find GOD in nature, too.
Very good book for conservative women who are looking for a way to honor friendships, motherhood, marriage, and the middle years.
Awesome read! Jun 5, 2007
Robin Jones Gunn is such a talented writer! She takes you to places you've dreamed of going and after reading you feel like you have been there. Every chacter experiences feelings that almost every woman can relate to. The Sisterchicks are loving stories about special friendships. She is my favorite christian fiction writer. I hope she continues writing. I love the setting of this one...being a beach lover. Try her Glenbrooke Series. I just finished book 7 of the 8. I almost hate to finish the last one....I want there to be a number 9 and continue on. The Glenbrooke series has romance and friendships that intertwine in each book. Gardinias for Breakfast is awesome too.
Sisterchicks Do the Hula Mar 25, 2007
In 1960 I lived in Hawaii and so this brought me right back to that time and of course I will only reflect on the beauty of the Islands and the wonderful people that have lived there all their life. Great read!