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Overview When purple-haired Mayla Strong struts down the center aisle of Salliesburg Independent Christian Church, the bug-eyed congregation strains to get a peek at her pierced nose and lip. But Pastor Paul welcomes her with a huge, infectious grin and baptizes her on the spot. Determined to make her heavenly Father proud, Mayla's sincere and often hilarious attempts to let Him change her from the inside out takes her into some difficult places. Through it all she grows in faith and wisdom--sometimes through pain, sometimes through humor, but always in a way that is uniquely Mayla.
Publishers Description When purple-haired Mayla Strong struts down the center aisle of Salliesburg Independent Christian Church, the bug-eyed congregation strains to get a peek at her pierced nose and lip. But Pastor Paul welcomes her with a huge, infectious grin and baptizes her on the spot. Determined to make her Heavenly Father proud, Mayla's sincere and often hilarious attempts to let Him change her from the inside out take her into some difficult places. Through it all she grows in faith and wisdom--sometimes through pain, sometimes through humor, but always in a way that is uniquely Mayla.
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Studio: Kregel Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.06" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.48 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825436931 ISBN13 9780825436932
Availability 0 units.
More About Virginia Smith
Smith's first novel The Ropemaker's Daughter (Diva Books, 2002) received high acclaim. She grew up in Essex and now lives in Southampton
Reviews - What do customers think about Just As I Am (Just As I Am Series #1)?
A Fun Read! Mar 9, 2007
The question was compelling. Author Virginia Smith asked, "Can He (God) really use a purple-haired young woman with a pierced lip?" The question spoke to my own prejudices so I picked up Ginny's debut novel, and began to read. What I read changed me. It reminded me that no matter where we are in our own personal walk with the Lord, we can be reenergized in our faith. And it also reminded me how dangerous it is to judge someone's heart based on their outward appearance.
Ginny's story presents a solid example of the life-changing work of Jesus Christ. But it's also fun read with unexpected twists and turns. I highly recommend it!
A lively and comedic novel with a message of hope, love, and humility Jan 12, 2007
When 22-year-old Mayla Strong --- with her purple hair and assorted facial piercings --- makes the walk down the aisle to publicly commit her life to Christ, the congregation gapes. But Mayla doesn't care. She's used to stares, rude comments and the like. Somehow, Mayla's choice of hair color, clothing and jewelry make her distinctive and noticeable, and that's the intent. So the long walk to the front of Salliesburg Independent Christian Church is a piece of cake for this independent, strong-minded young woman.
It isn't until the pastor mentions baptism that Mayla's heart jolts some. Before the next heartbeat Mayla agrees, and her mom, Angela, is leading her to a side door to get dressed for this special occasion. Not expecting to being up front and center with a baptismal gown clinging to her body, Mayla's hot pink panties would be pretty obvious (and distracting), so Angela pulls off her own slip and Mayla is set to go.
With such a morning as becoming a Christian and being dunked under water by a young and handsome preacher, Mayla wouldn't have been surprised by anything. Yet the afternoon's welcome to the church family picnic stirs in Mayla some interesting and thought-provoking questions. Should she get rid of the nose piercing and labret stud? What about her hair color of choice? Mayla also works as a server at the restaurant/bar, distributing liquor to customers. Does this matter? With some not-so-subtle remarks Mayla is immediately thrust into the world of Christian do's and don'ts, but she isn't taking anything lying down. In her own style, Mayla is determined to discover what God's Word says about such things.
During the following days and weeks, Mayla immerses herself in daily Bible reading, asking poignant, thoughtful questions of her mom and pastor, and tries to find her place in this church world community. Despite some setbacks, her non-believing friends thrust Mayla into Personal Evangelism 101 and her experiences are delightful, humorous and genuinely real. This new-to-the-faith young adult must overcome friends' disappointments and prejudices from Christians who hurt them. She meets and befriends a young man dying of AIDS, all while attempting to live a life alive to God and in service to others.
Throughout this lively and often comedic text, author Virginia Smith successfully bridges the gap between Christians and their failures in reaching a hurting world with a message of hope through kindness, love and transparent humility. Excellent reading!
--- Reviewed by Michele Howe
A Breath of Fresh Air! Jun 29, 2006
JUST AS I AM by Virginia Smith is one of most honest and refreshingly fun books to come along in years. Mayla Strong, the main character, is so real and yet so unique that readers of any age, gender, or walk of life readily identify and begin to root for her from the moment she appears on the opening page. Add to that an irresistible sense of humor and a taste of the South that's as delicious and down-home as grits and gravy, and you have a book that will keep you coming back for more. So bring on the sequel!
Just fabulous! May 22, 2006
What a delightful book! I couldn't put it down! Virginia Smith's debut novel was well-written, with heartfelt, real characters and believable situations. It was fun, it was touching, and it was a joy to read. Two thumbs way up and five stars!
A must read Apr 27, 2006
Just As I Am on the surface is an endearing book about Mayla, a purple haired, multiple pierced young woman who comes to faith then tries to fit in with experienced Christians. After a few hilarious twists and turns, she learns that God loves her just as she is, nose ring and all. If that was the only message of this book we would have received our moneys worth, but Mayla also demonstrates how easily you can affect others lives just by living your faith. I strongly recommend this book for unbelievers, new believers, and seasoned Christians alike.