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Faking Grace

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  855 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
All she wants is a job. All she needs is religion. How hard can it be?

Maizy Grace Stewart dreams of a career as an investigative journalist, but her last job ended in disaster when her compassion cost her employer a juicy headline. A part-time gig at a Nashville newspaper might be her big break.

A second job at Steeple Side Christian Resources could help pay the bills, bu
Paperback, 380 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Multnomah Books
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Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
The author does a good job at examining how the world looks at Christianity and the fact that everyone, Christans included, suffer from temptations and trials. What is different is the way these trials are handled.

I also found myself examining my own hypocrisy in my life. While I put on the right face when at church or other places in public, I find it easy to make all kinds of excuses as to why I am not faithful with my pray and personal study life. I fear that I am more of a cultural Christian
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Minus the few inescapable cliches (meddling grandmothers, etc), I really enjoyed this book! I got some good chuckles out of it, and the outside-looking-in perspective of a group of Christians was different. I especially appreciated the very real look at how sin effects everyone. I'm so grateful to know there's grace for even me, and this grace was beautifully woven in to a story with quirky characters and a great story line. I'd recommend it!
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Take a deep breath before you begin reading the effervescent ‘Faking Grace’, because once you do you’ll inhale it so fast and laugh so hard, you’re liable to choke. This entertaining, heart-warming, emotive tale, showcases a young woman’s jarring journey into what being a real Christian is all about.

Maizy Grace works part-time at a Nashville newspaper with aspirations to become an Investigative Journalist, but until she gets her big break, Maizy needs a second job to help pay the bills. So when
Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: chick-lit
This book was one I could barely put down! There were so many good plotlines and I couldn't help but cheer for both Grace and Jack during the whole book!

It is a Christian book so it follows Grace as she tackles investigative reporting while working at a Christian magazine. She pretends to be a Christian to get the job and when her job at the newspaper wants her to investigate the magazine, her growing faith conflicts. She starts to learn more about her co-workers at the magazine and realize the
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." Shakespeare's timeless words are proven in the story of Maizy Grace Stewart, who lies about her religious beliefs to get a position at a Christian newspaper in order to uncover some gossip.  Maizy isn't a good liar, though, and it isn't long until every fib she has told catches up with her.  Like Splitting Harriet, another book by Tamara Leigh--whose real name appears to be Tammy Schmanski--this is a female-fronted romp through ...more
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5...this one was cute, but I would have liked to see Maizy and Jack's relationship develop more. This was more of a story about Maizy "Grace" faking her Christianity to get a job, and then finding her way to true faith. A story in the end of grace and redemption...which was good, I was just expecting more romance.
I thought the struggles both Maizy and her co-workers had were real, and often those not dealt with in a healthy, honest way in the Church.
This is most definitely a Christian romanc
Krista Phillips
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Faking Grace is one of my ALL time favorite books! "Yours in Christ..." I LOVE a good, clean funny romance and Tamara absolutely delivers!
Lori Noe
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Starts out good - a few laughs right off the bat.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good. I think I preferred the others in the series but this one compared and held up pretty well.
Faith Lover
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Faking Grace is a fun, easy-to-read novel. I recommend this to anyone looking for an enjoyable book with lovable characters and no heavy content.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweet. Cheesy. Romance. Conversion story. Clean. Would read another like it.
Cheryl Olson
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-authors-2014
“Desperate times call for Desperate measures” might be the mantra for Maizy Grace Stewart the main character in Tamara Leigh’s novel Faking Grace as she is most definitely desperate. Maizy is an investigative journalist whose lost her prominent job in Seattle and now has fallen to the depths of her journalistic career as she has a part time job with a Nashville newspaper writing lifestyle fluff pieces . A girl can’t pay the rent on a part time salary so here’s where the fun comes in- she finds a ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a transplant to Nashville, I have experienced the cultural Christian phenomenon. Living in the buckle of the Bible belt, you find those people who put on the outward appearances of being Christian: the right clothes, the Bible and Bible cover and the church attendance that is simply to see and be seen. I know the meaning behind the phrase, “Bless his/her heart.” It’s these Christians who haven’t experienced the true grace of God. While all Christians are human and have problems and failures i ...more
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Faking Grace is the third of Tamara Leigh's books that I've read and enjoyed, but it is definitely the most instructive (or "preachy" if you will). About a girl who pretends to be a Christian to get a job, it inherently asks, what are you faking in your life and faith? I would say that this book targets Christians and people familiar with Christian culture, who have turned from faith or are unsure what it really means. The book does a good job at highlighting some of the stereotypes of Christi ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned-books
While this book has all the hallmarks of being a great read, it just did not capture my attention. Therefore, I abandoned it. Life it too short to read things that don't grab you from the beginning. However, I don't want to sell it short, because I think many people would enjoy it immensely. I'm just not one of them.
Jennifer Clausen-greene
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book that I have read by Tamara Leigh and I have yet to be disappointed. I adore her writing style. Her characters are well thought out and very relatable, basically they are full of real life flaws! She gives wonderful imagery to cast you into their surrounding and circumstances without going overboard. I always seem to find myself rooting for the main characters and talking to them as I read.

There are some great moments of misused “Christian speak” that had me laughing prett
Carol Nicolas
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
Fleeing a botched attempt at investigative reporting, Mazie Grace Stewart moves to Nashville and applies for a job with a small newspaper, Steeple Side Christian Resources. But in order to get the job, Mazie must be an upstanding Christian. So Mazie buys 'The Dumb Blonde’s Guide to Christianity' and determines to make a cameleon change, with hilarious results. Then her former boss promises Mazie that she will get her old job back if she can investigate and expose all the dirt on the people who w ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I read by Tamara Leigh. The first book I read was Perfecting Kate and I loved it. So I was a bit concerned that Faking Grace might not be able to live up to my expectations.

I had nothing to worry about.

I think I have found a new favorite author. I love Tamara Leigh's style. Her writing is funny, and witty. Her characters full of flaws and real.

Through Maizy Grace's eyes we see what many unbelievers see when they look at Christians. They see that we aren't perfect, we do
Bev Wall
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Faking Grace is a pithy novel that while I enjoyed reading it, it went on and on with the same thin themes over and over again. It was cute yet predictable, funny yet repetitious, with an outcome that could have been figured out since Chapter 1 by a mere 5th grader.

The title character, Maizy Grace Steward needs a job and is trying to get said job at a Christian publication called Steeple Side. In order to do that, she feels like she has to fake her Christian faith by wearing a cross and bleachin
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun, faith
I normally avoid Christian fiction especially of the romantic kind. Faking Grace, in many ways was exactly what I expected but there was some good to it too.
First of all, after the first couple of chapters, you could map out the plot. But it all turned out in a fun, quick-read, feel-good way. I liked the characters. I also like laughing at Christianese and though it was done in predicable ways, it was still humorous. Even though it was a light read, there were some really deep and serious subjec
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh is a book about a woman named Maizy Grace Stewart, who wants nothing more than to become a investigative reporter. She eventually gets an opportunity to get a shot at a part-time position at a Nashville newspaper. But to pay the bills she needs another job to keep her afloat. She applies to a local Christian Resources store but they only hire committed Christians. She decides that she can fake it, but some trouble comes when the editing manager and absolutely gorgeou ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maizy Stewart is an invesitagtive reporter, or was until her ex scooped her on a story and destroyed her career. Now, she's moved to Tennessee where she's writing for a lifestyle section in a local paper. Only working part-time, she is in desperate need of cash. When she spots a job opportunity at a local Christian publishing company who expects their employees to walk the straight and narrow path, she decides desperate times calls for desperate measures. She buys a book called The Dumb Blonde's ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Grace is summed up in one word for me .... "Amazing" !!
Mazie Grace needs a job, and after failing as an investigative reporter for her last job, she is willing to do what it takes. She has a "friend" who is bitter about her own past, and has given up on her walk with God, so she encourages Mazie to go undercover at a Christian based business.
Problem is, Mazie is not a Christian herself. But, this will not stop her on her mission. She can fake it .... How hard can it be?? She even has the
Mary Adams
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maizy Grace is a nominal Christian* who needs to find a second job to support herself. She decides to apply at a Christian magazine, and like all savvy job seekers, tries her best to "look the part." For her, that means dressing how what she thinks a Christian dresses, saying what she thinks they say, and even sporting a "Jesus is my Copilot" bumper sticker - taped on for easy removal should she not get the job.

*Nominal Christian — Christian-speak for self-identified Christian who considers them
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I almost put this book down after the first 70 pages. I chose this book from the library shelf for a silly reason...I liked the cover. I wasn't familiar with Leigh's work, but I have enjoyed contemporary Christian fiction authors Denise Hildreth and Neta Jackson and Judy Christie to name just a few.

While the opening pages portrayed "Grace" as quirky character, the opening pages also jumped right in to the "How to Be a Christian" lecture which really made it seem as though Leigh was assuming that
Patty LeBlanc
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This storyline totally captured me right off the bat. I have been telling people about it left and right before I even finished it. The concept of pretending to be a Christian just to get a job at a Christian publishing company I found quite interesting. The ideas that non-Christians have about Christians and how they should be can be delusional at best, yet I find that I can also be judgmental myself towards Christians and non-Christians alike. To non-Christians this would be deemed as hypocrit ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book, and I must say it did not disappoint!

This book explores whether a Christian, Maizy Grace, who was saved ten years ago can pull off persuading Steeple Hill that she is a devout Christian when in reality she is living a nominal Christian life or in other words she isn't living the Christian life--she is Christian in name only. It was full of Christian-ese that is so evident in the world today--in so many spots it was right on in terms of how many
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, christian
This Christian chick-lit romance was well-written and did keep me turning the pages, but something felt slightly off to me. It seemed to be written for Christians who view all other Christians as hypocrites. The message for them seemed to be 'Christians are the same as non-Christians, only we've been shown grace.' But that's not what the Bible says on the subject. And, although God was prayed to and proper Christian behavior was discussed in the novel, I didn't feel like God did anything. Christ ...more
Tina Summers
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, light-hearted with a lot of wisdom

I don't recommend this book if you're easily offended. You may see yourself in the pages of 'A Dumb Blonde's Guide to Christianity', the book our heroine Maizy Grace uses to model her Christian 'walk' on. I found it really funny, although a few years ago I likely would have been offended.

I loved the real life issues, the 'stuff' that we all go through. It was handled graciously and well. Jack was swoon-worthy and as he says a bit of a 'git', doing what ma
Lenore Webb
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh is the second of her books I have read. It started for me with Perfecting Kate. This is a fun lark of a book til you get into it. Then the lesson hits you. We mar start out looking at ventures on the outside. What do we have to take from it not what is there that we will grow from. Often putting on a farce of who we are to later learn that no matter what we do it is our true self that we carry around day by day. This is Grace, a lady that thinks she can play both sid ...more
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Tamara Leigh holds a Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. In 1993, she signed a 4-book contract with Bantam Books. Her first medieval romance, Warrior Bride, was released in 1994. Continuing to write for the general market, three more novels were published with HarperCollins and Dorchester and earned awards and spots on national bestseller lists.

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