Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Only Uni Review

Be sure to leave a comment on today's or yesterday's post to have a chance to win a copy of Only Uni.

Senior biologist Trish Sakai is trying to reform her ways. She’s ready to stop chasing the men and start chasing God. She develops three rules that she hopes will help keep her on track:

1) Stop looking at all men as possible dates.
2) Tell others about Christ.
3) Persevere in hardship by relying on God.

When she looks to her cousins for support, she is hurt by their unwillingness to believe her reformation is true. Then she starts working with Spencer at work and her old boyfriend won’t leave her alone. When Grandma adds her forceful personality behind the old boyfriend, Trish doesn’t know if she can stand firm anymore.

At its heart, this book is about finding God when we’ve lost our way and what it means to really walk for Him. When we’re recuperating from a stumble or pit, it can be easy to get legalistic and that’s where Trish Sakai finds herself. Why does she suddenly want to get a M. Div? To convince her cousins and God that she is serious about changing her life this time. And her journey of fits and starts challenged me – I can see similar patterns in my life.

The more Trish tries to do the right things the more her life seems to fall apart. Can anyone else relate?!? And this author certainly believes in making everything as hard as possible for her characters.

This book captures the chick lit flair without being locked into Trish’s head. We get to see the world from another character’s view. But Trish’s reactions and effect on other people was refreshing – avoiding some of the traps of chick lit. Spencer is shocked to learn that it’s not clear he’s a Christian from the way he’s living. Other people at her new church beat the stereotypes and occasionally fall into them.

While the book is written in a fun style, it deals with serious issues like living a genuine walk, finding our place to serve, seeking God with our whole hearts, and others. These are real issues, and this book treats them as such.

This book is a wonderful follow-up to the delightful Sushi for One while standing on its own. If you haven’t enjoyed a Camy Tang book yet, this is a great one to start with!


Camy Tang said...

Thanks, Cara! I'm so glad you liked Only Uni. You really nailed what I hope people will take away from the story!

windycindy said...

Greetings! I think Camy is wonderful. I visit her site a lot. I appreciate what she says she would like her
readers to take away from her book. Very commendable! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi

izitjo said...

I'm dropping by to ask fellow CFBAer's to pray for Kristy who's just lost her husband of 10 weeks in tragic circumstances.


Thanks heaps and God bless you and your family!

Trish Ryan said...

This looks amazing...and of course, I love her main character's first name :) Thanks for the great review.

Sabrina L. Fox said...

Loved Sushi for One. Please sign me up! :)

alissa said...

Wonderful giveaway. Thanks for this chance. Would enjoy this book.

ellie said...

What a great author and book. I would enjoy this so much. Thankssauble(at)tennis(dot)com

Sarah/Robert said...

I'd love to give this one to a young friend. Sign me up, please!

Emma said...

Thanks for the great review. Only Uni sound great. Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you.

luv2read said...

That was one of the best reviews I've see on this book. Put me in the drawind. luv2read-luv2read

Stacey said...

Please count me in for the drawing. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks.


cathikin said...

I just finished reading Sushi for One about an hour ago, and I absolutely loved it from beginning to end. Cant' wait to start reading Only Uni. Please sign me up!
chassan2 (at) hotmail (.) com


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