Item description for Renovating Becky Miller (Becky Miller, Book 2) by Sharon Hinck...
Overview Budget the gross national product of a small country?then double it. Never, ever invite your mother-in-law to stay with you during a remodel. Figure out how to heat the living room before inviting your Bible study group over. Stock up on Tylenol and chocolate and sandbags. Hire a professional to fix the plumbing. Sometimes renovation is an inside job. In addition to being a young mom, Becky Miller is a daydreamer. Most recently, she's been envisioning herself in the happy endings she sees during her weekly movie nights with husband Kevin. But her real life feels more like a broken filmstrip, spinning out of control!
When Becky and her family decide to purchase a rundown farmhouse, Becky pictures a slower, simpler lifestyle in the pastoral countryside. Of course, it doesn't quite work out like she imagined...
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2007
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764201301 ISBN13 9780764201301
Availability 0 units.
More About Sharon Hinck
-->Sharon Hinck is a wife mother and author who has experienced many adventures on her road with God. She earned an MA in communication from Regent University and spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group. Besides writing Sharon enjoys speaking at conferences retreats and church groups. She and her family reside in Minnesota.-->
Reviews - What do customers think about Renovating Becky Miller (Becky Miller, Book 2)?
Who Is Being Renovated? Mar 20, 2007
Renovating Becky Miller by Sharon Hinck is an entertaining look into the life of a multi-tasker sure she can do it all and fix it all. You will laugh and angst and maybe even cry as you read this book. There could be times you wonder if Sharon actually peeked in your windows as she researched this book.
. . . Becky Miller is wife of Kevin, mother of three, leader of the women's ministry at church, housewife, fixer and daydreamer. She tries not to even let the pain in her leg and cane she must use for walking slow her down. Becky goes out of her way to work for the church ministries and help anyone who seeks help. She can see the solution to all of the problems around her. But when her sister and mother-in-law both end up living with them in their new fixer-upper home she cannot find the way to fix them or herself. The love between she and Kevin is strained by the finances of renovation, the stress of extra family members in the house and small miscommunications between the two of them. Little things start adding up. And it is not until Becky realizes that she cannot do it all, and turns things over to God that He steps in and works His own perfect renovations . . .
Within the pages of this book you may recognize yourself , your mother, your sister or wife. Life circumstances are real and for many of us almost a bit too close to home. This is a humorous, poignant look at marriage and motherhood. But more than that is the grace-filled truth of the beauty that God sees in each of us despite our faults and the way His Hands will `fix' all of our circumstances. Clear you calendar, because when you travel to this suburb of Minneapolis, you will not leave until you close the book.
Inspiration for Christian Moms Mar 17, 2007
A lot of Christian moms will be able to relate with this story. Becky made my head spin with everything going on in her life. I have to say that I have a lot less going on in my life, even caring for my twin toddlers!
For those of you who run through life in a whirlwind, you will appreciate Becky's sense of humor and the situations she finds herself in. The author did a good job of intregrating the Christian life into the story. Although Becky often tries to do everything her own way, she always ends up looking toward God to rescue her, which is how many of us live!
If you're looking for a good quick read, you will enjoy it.
Extreme Home Makeover for the Heart Mar 14, 2007
Those who enjoyed rollicking through life with Becky Miller will enjoy Sharon Hinck's honest and beautifully written sequel, Renovating Becky Miller. Hinck's ability to get us behind Becky's paranoia, self-talk, and angst illuminates the reader's need for inner renovation. I felt like I spent a month with a family--a real, breathing, normal American family who struggled with following Jesus in the midst of sticky circumstances.
Not Just for Moms Mar 12, 2007
You might be familiar with the notion that second books often don't live up to the reputation of the first. It's the equivalent of baseball's "sophomore jinx." Thankfully Sharon Hinck, who's first novel, The Secret Life of Becky Miller was my choice for Best Book in 2006, shatters that notion.
Renovating Becky Miller picks up the protagonist's story where The Secret Life left off. Becky, hampered with a limp and a cane because of her accident, is working part-time in the new church to set up their women's ministry department.
Through the tangles of busy-ness, she realizes some key relationships are not what she wishes, and the harder she tries to fix things and people the worse it all seems to get.
I'm not telling you more. I firmly believe that knowing the plot in advance dilutes the power of the story. This one is too good to let that happen.
As she did in her first book, Hinck begins each chapter with one of the protagonist's daydreams, but these are adaptations of a host of popular movies. Part of the fun is recognizing which hero Becky Miller is envisioning herself to be or more accurately, which hero's harrowing circumstances she likens to her own.
Besides the fun, Hinck once again delivers a powerful truth through the story without lecturing or moralizing. Her character digs herself a hole, lots falls in on top, and because of her circumstances she discovers the truth she has been missing. We readers are just along for the ride.
And boy, are we. This story captured me to the point that I fell asleep at night reading and awoke early only to think of the story and grab the book to read more. Hinck's writing put me into the protagonist's skin. I felt for her, worried with her, ached when she did, and cried when she realized what she needed to know.
Here's the tell-tale anecdote true story. The day after reading Renovating, I left my seat in front of the computer to pour a glass of milk. My knee was a little creaky, and I thought, "I should have used my cane." I stopped myself, had to laugh. "No, Becky, you are not the one who has a bad knee and hip; you don't walk with a cane. That would be the fictitious Becky Miller."
What more can I say? When an author transports you into that other world and lets you live what the characters live, there's no better writing. There's no more-satisfying read.
I will say, at the beginning I experienced momentary uncertainty. The protagonist's initial struggles sounded too familiar, and I thought we might be in for a reworking of the same issues that she confronted in the first book. I was pleased to be wrong.
Hinck has a wonderful way of leading you to paths you least expect, but when you get there, you realize that's where you were headed all along.
The story is fun, moving, surprising, full of truth and characters that seem as real as you and me.
Renovating Becky Miller is a must read for Christian women, and I highly recommend it for Christian men.
We can't fix it all either! Mar 12, 2007
Sharon Hinck follows up the Secret Life of Becky Miller with a creative punch. Becky Miller still has a vivid fantasy life, this time putting herself in a variety of movies. As she struggles to fix all the people in her life, we began to think that she really didn't learn her lesson from the first book. Oh, but she did. We all hang on to our old selves at times, don't we? This time Becky learns when to let go.
Sharon's a terrific writer. Her command of language and humor is painting her as a writer that all moms love to read. Who else can describe a toddler's pout or a kindergartener's happy dance so well?
It's a light and easy read with a warm message. Highly recommended.