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The Secret Life of Becky Miller (Becky Miller, Book 1) [Paperback]

By Sharon Hinck (Author)
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Description: Faster Than a Speeding Minivan, Able to Leap Piles of Laundry in a Single Bound...It?s a Bird, It?s a Plane, It?s Supermom!

Becky Miller is a young mom who wants to do Big Things for God. Her vivid daydreams help her cope with the pressure to be a Wonderful Wife and Marvelous Mother. Yet the tape going through her mind continues to play:

Your mission: support your husband when he loses his job, nurture an eccentric circle of friends, raise perfect Christian children, cook delicious meals in a spotless kitchen, lead the women's ministry at church, and live a life filled with Meaning and Purpose.

How does this supermom react when her grand plans start to fall apart? What will it take for her to turn off the tape and listen to God's voice instead?

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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2006
ISBN  0764201298  
ISBN13  9780764201295  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! -->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.-->

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Kind of Like a Chocolate Covered Vitamin  Feb 16, 2007
I think all women who've reached the point where the reality of the walk of Christianity or wifehood becomes fraught with more questions than answers and more struggle than bliss need to sit down with Becky Miller.

Hinck's first novel made me laugh often, and sometimes out loud, and it brought tears to my eyes. She tackles the hum-drum of daily life when all you really want is to be God's MVP (most valuable player).

Hinck doesn't shy away from the stuff that hits us when we're already whipped and dragging. She points us where we need to go, into the arms of God and His grace.

Secret Life is also clever and well-written. I recommend it.
Meeting Becky Miller was like looking in the mirror. Scary! How'd I end up in a book?

Here's how Becky, mom of three, describes herself in the first chapter: "I was generally a positive person, but lately my goal to be a Wonderful Wife and Marvelous Mom had me frayed around the edges. I loved everyone under this roof with a passion and wanted to create a warm, nurturing world for them, but my self-esteem was chipped away a little more each day when I couldn't live up to my ideals."

As we enter Becky Miller's world, we see how she copes with her hectic life as a stay-home mom dealing with never-ending crises--a sick child who needs surgery, a husband who was "downsized" out of his job, friends who don't always think like she does, a church who needs her but doesn't always show appreciation, and a perfect sister--queen of corporate success.

To this mix, add Becky's dreams to finish school and her desire to do Big Things for God. In the style of James Thurber's Walter Mitty, readers can see what really goes on in her mind.

Beyond the book, this red-caped author is active in the online community -- coming soon to a blog near you. "Faster than a speeding minivan, able to leap piles of laundry in a single bound ... it's a bird, it's a plane, it's Supermom!"

-- Christian Women Online Book Buzz
Becky Miller, everywoman hero...  Jan 21, 2007
Sharon Hinck's debut novel, The Secret Life of Becky Miller, is a witty, poignant, laugh-out loud look at a mom who wants to accomplish great things for God while successfully juggling each challenge life throws her way. Becky does it all - she's a supportive wife to her beloved husband Kevin, mother to three rambunctious children, and practically a full-time church volunteer. She strives to be everything to everyone, but can she keep it all under control? Becky may not hold it all together perfectly, but she tries, wanting to actualize the "ideal" home life she always felt she lacked. When a series of trials hits the Miller household hard, including Kevin losing his job and Becky losing her her dream of a full-time women's ministry position at their church, Becky is left reeling. Her volunteer work had been the creative outlet through which she strove to do something big for God, to make her life matter and count for something. Becky can't even begin to manage the new challenges facing her family. Will she learn to see God's hand at work in her day to day life?

Sharon Hinck has created a wonderfully likable heroine with an extremely active imagination. Much like James Thurber's classic character Walter Mitty, Becky Miller develops a rich fantasy life to help cope with the pressures of day to day living. In her dreams she's not "just a mom" - she's a secret agent, a pirate, a World War II spy, and an astronaut...just to name a few of her many guises. Becky's daydreams are one of the (many) highlights of the novel, and it's fun to see how her dream sequences develop in relation to the challenges she faces throughout the book.

To be frank, I wasn't sure how I would relate to "mom-lit," seeing as I'm single with no kids. The Secret Life of Becky Miller was an incredibly fun surprise. What I liked most about the character of Becky was the fact that no matter what your situation is in life, Sharon Hinck has drawn her in such a way that you can relate to some aspect of her personality and faith struggles. Hinck has created a delightful "everywoman" through whose struggles she shows how God gives each and every believer's life a unique meaning and mission (make that "secret mission") all their own.
A Book of Hope and Strength in One's Self  Nov 13, 2006
The Secret Life of Becky Miller is a read that is warm, fun and uplifting. Becky Miller is a mother of three, a stay at home mom and a church wife. She lives each and everyday to serve God and find her purpose in life and works hard for her family and church.

She has spent many years volunteering her time to develop an amazing women's program for the church and is expecting to be the first hired in when the church decides to add a job for the program director to their payroll.

Becky is angered and shocked to find out that the church board hadn't even considered her for the job. Then her husband gets laid off from work which only added to their already stressed life. They both find themselves at times doubting their religious beliefs even if only for a second.

Each chapter starts out with one of Becky's superhero style daydreams and the character of Becky is well written and fun. This read may seem too preachy or religious for some but if readers can look beyond it they'll find a book that is about faith and hope and strength in one's self.

It's Supermom to the Rescue!  Oct 30, 2006
When I'm facing a tough situation, I often use my overactive imagination to pretend I'm someone else. Maybe I'm Princess Leia taking on Darth Vader (what if??) or I'm a medieval princess disguised as a boy fighting in a battle. Then I worry that I'm too old to pretend these things. So to my delight, I was happy to read about a mom who does the exact same thing.

Becky Miller is SAHM (stay at home mom) with 3 kids and a loving husband. She wants to be the perfect wife and mother but things don't always turn out that way, causing her to picture herself in dire situations as a astronaut, gymnast or the next Mother Teresa. She's also juggling finishing up her degree and being in charge of the women's program at church, while meeting with her small group once a week. Then her life turns upside down when her husband loses his job, the church wants someone else to run HER program and a magazine wants to feature her as their woman of the month. It's time for Supermom to come to the rescue!

I liked this book a lot. The story feels like a Job parable as everything that could go wrong happens to Becky. She also realistically handles everything. I appreciated that she got mad and frustrated and even yelled at times. This was refreshing as opposed to other books where the characters just smile and thank God for making everything go wrong. I also liked Becky's final decision involving the church position. I feel that she made the right decision after what she had been through. I also liked her family. Her husband was supportive and the kids were normal and not annoying.

This book gave me a better understanding of what it means to be a mom. Many times we take them for granted (I know I'm guilty of that. Sorry Mom!) Hopefully next time when I have kids, I can be one like Becky Miller (while still taking time to use my imagination).

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