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Faking Faith

by Josie Bloss

  Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school  |  1st ed

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Tolerance and Forgiveness   (2011-12-05)

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by megalibrarygirl

Faking Faith was an excellent story about a young woman's path to finding forgiveness and understanding. Dylan made some huge mistakes at school: she was suspended for "sexting" and was cruelly used by one of the most popular guys in school. However, her mistakes aren't the focus of this story. Instead, they set the events in motion that cause Dylan to masquerade as a Christian home-schooled young woman named Faith. Her deception becomes so big, that she ends up actually visiting and spending about two weeks with another young woman, a faithful Christian named Abigail.

As the daughter of a feminist lawyer and a person of no faith, Dylan's perspectives are very different from Abigail's. Abigail follows the Bible very closely and models her life after its teachings, which as a result means her life is felt to already be per-ordained by God. Unlike Dylan who feels overwhelmed by modern choices, Abigail's role in life is already figured out: she's to be a help to her family and future husband. This culture conflict could have been handled in a very condescending way, however in this story that doesn't happen. The author allows the reader to see that there are true advantages and disadvantages to both ways of life. Dylan's observations of Abigail's world naturally start out as "freakish wonder" over Abigail's very different life, but quickly grows into a deeper understanding and respect. In the process of learning how Abigail lives and respecting her choices, Dylan also learns to appreciate her own life more.

This story feels like it might have a sequel. There are great themes of tolerance and forgiveness and while the idea of Dylan masquerading as Faith seems impossible at first, Josie Bloss handles the story so well that I truly believed this could happen. There's a little bit of sweet romance in this story, too. Very recommended!

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