Item description for Sisterchicks Down Under (Sisterchicks) by Robin Jones Gunn...
Overview Deb meets Kelli at the Chocolate Fish Cafe in New Zealand and they instantly forge a friendship. Now Robin Jones Gunn reveals their crazy adventures in classic Sisterchick style.
Publishers Description Kathleen joins her husband for a three-month trip to New Zealand when he's hired by a film studio in Wellington. Leaving behind all that is familiar in her comfortable corner in Southern California, she realizes that the past twenty years have been so tightly woven into the life of her only daughter that she's not sure who she is on her own or with her husband. In her isolation, Kathleen begins to contemplate reinventing herself, but before her crazy schemes take flight, she meets Jill at the Chocolate Fish cafe. Even though the two women are very different at first glance, they find they share a common Sisterchick heart and instantly forge a friendship that takes them on a journey where both Kathleen and Jill find that God has returned to them the truest part of themselves that was set aside so many years ago. "Topsy-Turvy Down Under " SISTERCHICK TM "n." a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you're being a brat. When Kathleen and her husband, Tony, pack up and fly off to New Zealand for Tony's three-month film job, Kathleen discovers more than her geography has flip-flopped. In the land down under, comfort food comes in a jar labeled "Vegemite," gardens sprout hobbit statues, and, if you're not careful, you just might venture into the Chocolate Fish cafe with feathers in your hair. Of course, the feathers could open up a conversation with fellow diner Jill, also a California girl and an instant SISTERCHICK. Together they take in a performance at the Sydney Opera House; hold "hands" with a mama kangaroo and greet her in-pocket joey; watch dolphins surf the New Zealand waves; and discover that, in a topsy-turvy land where "Bob's your uncle" is a statement that actually makes sense, one's heart is likely to fall head over heels into a deeper sense of God's love. Story Behind the Book "My motivation for the Sisterchicks(TM) books came from being involved with so many women who get halfway through life and shipwreck their faith or their families in search of themselves. I wanted to write a book that extols faithfulness and shines the light on God's plan for a woman's life, which is always more gigantic and more mysterious than she ever first believed. On the edge of my heart sits a constant prayer for the reader who lifts the covers of these books and snuggles in for a cozy read. My prayer is that she will be filled with hope and will come closer than ever to the One who loves to sprinkle His wonders over our days."
Citations And Professional Reviews Sisterchicks Down Under (Sisterchicks) by Robin Jones Gunn has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 03/01/2005 page 89
Library Journal - 04/01/2005 page 78
Romantic Times - 05/01/2005 page 62
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Studio: Multnomah Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2005
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 159052411X ISBN13 9781590524114
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 Down Under (Sisterchicks)?
Relatable to me Oct 11, 2008
I found the this story to be something I could totally identify from Kathy's point of view. Kathy becomes an expat in Austrailia for a few months. She leaves everything she knows her neighborhood, church, and friends. When she comes to her new home country she becomes depressed because of everything she left behind, until one day she walks into the Chocolate Fish cafe and meets Jill. She finds a kindred spirit in this woman who has her own problems she is dealing with. In this story both help each other to heal the depression that has creeped into their lives. I saw myself in Kathy's shoes from the beginning... in a new country (I have been an expat living overseas for quite awhile) and trying to make a new homebase with new friends. Also, I loved the descriptions of Australia and New Zealand the author includes. It is like reading a travelogue with an uplifing message every time I read one of Robin's sister chick books. Thanks, for writing this lovely stories about travel and friendship! I would definitely recommend this book to travel lovers especially those who love to travel with good friends old and new. I cannot wait to start the next sister chick adventure.
Discovering the land down under Oct 30, 2007
Sisterchicks Down Under does not live up to Sisterchicks Do the Hula. I credit the author with writing woman-positive story interwoven with Christian themes. In this book, the author explores the Crucifixion, with what could be a powerful climax. (Biblical passages and themes support the story throughout.) However, I was so bored by the end that I totally missed the climax.
Descriptions of New Zealand and Australia were impeccable. I felt like I was the one on vacation! I actually want to visit both countries, or at least tap into their cultures via the world wide web! What bored me was the dialogue. It was completely lackluster. The dialogue is often filled with jokes between Kathy and Jill, our heroines. But, to me, the jokes weren't funny, and I couldn't believe that two grown women would find them to be. The joke on the flight to Australia was incredibly lame; I was embarrassed for them (and they're fictitious!!!). Kathy's incident with the bubbles quickly grew stale. I was constantly put to sleep by this book. In fact, I wanted to drop it, but I'm one not to do so.
Chick lit isn't for me, even when it's Christian themed. I give this book three stars because it's perfect chick lit for women who want to read something "clean cut" as opposed to the usual trash sticking up the genre. The author knows her "land down under" culture, introducing new colloquialisms throughout the text.
Another reason for three stars? The book doesn't have a syruppy ending. It's quite realistic, but you'll have to get to the very last chapter to find out why!
Sisterchicks Dow Under Mar 24, 2007
I cried with this story brought a part of me that I had hide of a long loss. God is so wonderful to use things to prompt our healing.
Another fab entry in the Sisterchicks series Aug 12, 2006
Sisterchicks Down Under by Robin Jones Gunn is another fantastic entry in this Christian series. When Kathleen and her husband head to New Zealand for three months, he fills his time with work. Kathleen finds herself alone like never before until she meets Jill at the local coffee shop. The relationship between Kathleen and Jill is so natural as written by Gunn that it's easy to suspend disbelief in the improbabilities. Together they explore the beauty of New Zealand and God, and both grow as people and friends. This book is everything good chick-lit should be: quick reading, extremely enjoyable, lovable characters, with just a sprinkle of Christianity. Can't wait for the next book!
Sisterchicks Down Under Aug 10, 2006
I loved this book. Robin Jones Gunn is quirky and witty with kernals of truth scattered throughout like chicken feed!