Book Reviews of Straight Up

Straight Up
Straight Up
Author: Lisa Samson
ISBN-13: 9781578568864
ISBN-10: 1578568862
Publication Date: 9/19/2006
Pages: 288
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
After just a few pages I was sucked into Georgia and Fairly's world and I didn't want to come out. This engaging story captured my attention from the beginning. The characters were real and believable. The style of the book was an interesting approach that paid off. Although not the book I had initially thought it would be, this book did not disappoint in the least!

Samson explores what happens if you waste your life away. I think this is what so enraptured me about this book. This is something I see every day. This is something I can personally relate to. Am I using my God given talents as God would want? Am I so focused on utilizing my talents that life is passing me by without my participation? Is it enough to simply use your talents to support a local ministry or do you constantly need to be thinking globally? Or, what happens if you waste your talent? Will God give you a second chance?

This book kept me on my toes and kept me thinking. You are forced to throw away your preconceived notions and stereotypes of a typical Christian. Is it necessary to follow traditional corporate worship to find God? Does God show up to alternate worship services?

Another beautiful thing about this book is it forces you to set aside what it means to share the Lord's Supper. Is it only the Lord's Supper if you partake in a sanctuary? Samson gives such a wonderful illustration of what it truly means to feast at the Lord's Table. What it truly means to understand and get Christ's purpose.
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Wonderful, introspective. Makes you think.
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This is a very moving book about 2 cousins. Both have lost their parents, one has lost a husband & both have lost thier way in life. A very caring Uncle draws them into his life where they each, in very differing ways, face the problems holding them back from all God would want them to be. The ending is a surprise. The book is a good encouragement to every one of us that if we aren't fulfilling God's will for us, then our lives are really quite empty, no matter what else we may chose to fill it with.
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I read this book in about 2 days; I could barely put it down. I highly recommend it.
There were, however, a few things I didn't like about it (which are why I only gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5):
1- There is a character introduced near the beginning of the book who I felt like should have reconnected to some of the other characters but never did--even a brief chance meeting or a revelation of a distant relationship would've been enough for me.
2-There are two main characters (Georgia and Geoffrey) of which there is never a really good physical description. They're still relatable and likable, but it's just difficult to actually picture them. Come to think of it, Fairly isn't described all that specifically either (but better than the other two).
3- When addressing a mother with both biological & adopted kids, the biological kids are referred to as "yours" while the adopted kids are not. I know it's a tiny detail, but I also know it's a pet peeve for a lot of adoptive parents, so it stuck out to me.
4-The ending. While not exactly bad, it was not what I was expecting, & I think I would've liked my expected ending more.
But like I said, other than that is was great.