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Becoming Us

(Haven Makers #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  909 ratings  ·  192 reviews
From the author of the best-selling Christy Miller and SisterChicks series comes a new book of community, friendship, and tackling the hard things of life with God and loved ones around a table.

Five young moms, including beloved Gunn character Christy Miller, gather to share meals and soon become unlikely best friends. The regular gatherings provide opportunities for the w
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published May 22nd 2019 by Multnomah (first published May 2019)
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Oh boy you are all are going to LOVE this one. I will be posting my review on my blog soon!
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was so delightful to read! I found it a little hard to get into at first because of the new characters (I expected Christy to be the MC and the blurb doesn't really clarify anything), but it definitely started to pull me along once I got adjusted to the characters. I really appreciate how realistic Gunn makes her books as well; even if they include a heap of drama. xD The main character, Emily, is a character that anyone can relate to. Everyone deals with feelings of insecurity, and I ...more
Can a group of women spark hope in a time of trouble?

Why is it so difficult to make friends as an adult?

What do you do when a dream dies?

These are all central themes surrounding Robin Jones Gunn’s Becoming Us, the first installment in a new series called Haven Makers set for release this May of 2019.

Who is Becoming Us intended for?
Becoming Us is intended for wives and mothers who have a Christian background. Also, women who have an interest in the central topics: Christian community, infertility
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
It was OK. Not really the book for me.

I thank the publisher for the opportunity to review this book. I received an advanced electronic copy of the book on NetGalley. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read any of Robin Jones Gunn’s stories since the Sisterchicks series, and I must say I still hear her voice in this story. It wasn’t quite as impactful to me as those were, but the portrayal of deep friendships and open discussion moments was still a prevalent story line here. I loved the way she described that marriage, family, and friendship was sacred and worth fighting for. Definitely a great read.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I admit this is a very difficult review to write because my feelings are all over the place about this book. I truly loved these characters and the small piece of their life I was able to be a part of.

I immediately felt a connection to Emily and Trevor as soon as we met them. This book is written in the first person and told by Emily as she navigates a new life she and her husband have created for themselves and their daughter. The couple has moved across the country, far away from all their fr
Lisa Johnson
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Becoming Us (Haven Maker #1)
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Pages: 320
Year: 2019
Publisher: Multnomah
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Becoming Us is the most authentic or lifelike look into the hearts of various people who really do inhabit earth. The characters in the story deal with loss, infertility, family issues, marital strife, and finding friendship to name a few. Robin’s writing draws readers into the book and invites them to learn that what they are reading can be like a mirror.
Robin’s writin
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Robin Jones Gunn contemporary Christian fiction many years ago when the Sisterchicks series came out. She once again writes about a group of women who click and become their own little supportive, caring, loving tribe. These five women laugh, cry, hug, and help one another as moms, friends, and sisters in Christ.

I loved this book especially for several reasons. First it was set in Costa Mesa California not too far from where I grew up, and this brought back a lot of wonderfu
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Becoming Us by author Robin Jones Gunn is a beautifully written story of family, love, friendship, and finding peace! A young family, Emily, Trevor, and their daughter Audra have recently moved to California from their family and home in Ashville, NC. Emily is dealing with serious losses and is trying to pull herself together amidst the changes in their lives. Emily hesitantly attends a small party given by Jennalyn, a woman she met while shopping. The theme of the small Christmas party is Favor ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Robin Jones Gunn was my first introduction to Christian fiction when I was a teenager with her Christy Miller series, so I have been looking forward to everything she creates. Luckily, with the novel Becoming Us, Christy Miller-Spencer makes a cameo as one of the five women trying to decipher how to be a mother, wife, and friend. With this installment, I met Emily, a transplant from North Carolina with her husband and her ten-year-old daughter. In the beginning, Gunn does a wonderful job at sho ...more
Dawn Holbrook
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just read, Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn. The main character, Emily, is new to the area. She gets involved with a group of ladies and they form a support system. The author develops Emily's character and her relationship with the ladies in her circle beautifully. One can't help but be their interactions and discussions with each other. "Release" was one of the words that had meaning for me. I have read other novels by Robin Jones Gunn and look forward to more. ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO good! I always say reading Robin's books is like visiting old friends. This one exceeded my expectations! Somehow this story spoke directly to my heart, challenging me, and drawing me closer to who God wants me to be. This book tackles issues I don't often read about in fiction, including infertility, anxiety, contentment, and forgiveness, all with grace and hope. ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I devoured this new book following a new friend of Christy and Sierra. It was different to read in the first person and from a new character but always feels good to spend time with these friends.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Robin Jones Gunn’s latest book Becoming Us is a heartwarming story of faith, friendship, and family. Five women come together to form a strong bond of friendship and provide support for each other during both the good times and the difficulties in each of their lives. Their faith in God helped give them strength and to realize their own self-worth. Robin Jones Gunn created a wonderful cast of well-developed main characters and supporting characters who were positive influences on each other. The ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading Robin Jones Gunn books since middle school and I’m now in my thirties and still enjoy her characters! Becoming Us did not disappoint and is one of my favorites yet. You do not need to read her other books in order to follow but if you have, it will be like you are visiting old friends. This would be a great women’s book club read as it includes many women in different stages of life and would be great for discussion.
Alyssa Tabor
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love how God always knows when I need a new Robin Jones Gunn book and how much what she writes parallels my life! And the way the verses she uses are the verses God is already speaking to my heart. So thankful for this incredible woman and her willingness to be used by God. ❤️
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing overly great about the writing or plot, but still a cute, quick read about characters dealing with real issues and the importance of Christian community for true fellowship, growth, healing, and acceptance.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found it very boring and drawn out.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just what I needed at just the right time. My pastor’s wife handed this off to me. She knows me all too well.
Nora St Laurent
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author brilliantly combines fun, realistic situations with characters I instantly cared for, intermingled with a natural spiritual thread – it’s a winning combination. Emily’s hurt and weary family, has just moved to California in hopes of a fresh start, and new perspective on life and family. Their twelve-year-old daughter Audra loves California. Her husband, Trevor works at a car dealership his family owns, and Emily works at a coffee shop. What Trevor’s family promised and what actually ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I love the cover of this book. Now that I have finished reading the story, the cover means even more to me.
I want to have a summer party with the ladies in my life just like Jennalyn's. This is a very special story about becoming a good friend, a better sister, daughter or mother. Every woman needs a Jennalyn, Sierra, Christy, Tess or Emily in their life. I have gained so many wonderful ideas from this read. Without going into detail and spoiling the story for others, let
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying I love the cover of this book. Now that I have finished reading the story, the cover means even more to me.
I want to have a summer party with the ladies in my life just like Jennalyn's. This is a very special story about becoming a good friend, a better sister, daughter or mother. Every woman needs a Jennalyn, Sierra, Christy, Tess or Emily in their life. I have gained so many wonderful ideas from this read. Without going into detail and spoiling the story for others, let
Jena Henry
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author, Robin Jones Gunn, has written several popular Christian fiction series and “Becoming Us” is the first book in her new Haven Makers series. Isn’t the cover inviting? And it illustrates a lovely part of the story, that we should “make room for everyone at the table.”

I read straight through this compelling and evocative story. I read most of it on a cozy Sunday afternoon. This is a character driven novel and each character is “a lovely creation, a locked treasure chest of undiscovered g
Lesa Caputo
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Becoming Us, there is something in this story for everyone. We have all, as adults, faced fears and lost confidence in ourselves, just like the couple in this book. It was refreshing to see real life problems and how God can work them out, lean on him like Emily and Trevor, and let him work out the details.
Emily and Trevor have moved across the country, with their daughter Audra, to get a fresh start. When things aren't working out financially they begin to doubt that the move
Kara Linaburg
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE Robin Jones Gunn fan. Her books have impacted my life in so many ways starting when I was only twelve and through my teenage and into my adult years. When I learned that I could get an ARC copy of her new release "Becoming Us" I was probably one of the first people who signed up.
Robin Jones Gunn never fails to disappoint to bring a moving story and moving characters. This one is no different.
Christy Miller IS BACK.
After The Baby Years ended, I was hungry for more, an
Christine Lowe
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! Robin Jones Gunn is a master at writing relevant relationships between women of all ages. Her descriptions regarding mothers and daughters really hit home for me. Some are blessed with wonderful loving relationships and some search for acceptance that's never there.

The characters are multilayered and so well portrayed I felt like I was part of the story. The main characters Emily and Trevor Winslow and their daughter Audra decided they needed a break from his extended very Sou
“Becoming Us” is a great book! I really enjoyed it. I was so excited when I heard about this book because Robin Jones Gunn’s other character, Christy Miller, is in this book. Sierra Jensen is as well and it was fun seeing them again, getting to know Jennalyn better, and meeting Emily and Tess. Emily is the main character in this book and it’s a story about her life. I loved her friendship with the other four ladies and their talks and get togethers always made me smile. On the front cover there ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read such an engrossing book in a while, but Becoming Us was so hard to put down, I stayed up way too late two nights in a row to finish the book.

Emily has moved with her family (husband Trevor and daughter Audra) from North Carolina to California, partially to get away from Trevor's overwhelming family. Emily has fallen into a funk and really needs friends when Jennalyn sends Emily an invitation for an evening in her home. Emily was trying to find a way out of the party, but she went
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily and her husband and daughter have recently relocated to California, and it hasn't gone as well as they had hoped. Their finances are shaky, their apartment is small, and Emily hasn't connected with any women in the area yet. When she's invited to a Christmas get-together, she hesitates to let these women into her heart, and when the conversation turns to topics that are sensitive to Emily, she feels a strong desire to flee. Can she stick with this warm and welcoming group -- or would it be ...more
Suzie Waltner
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was thrilled when I first learned about this new series from Robin Jones Gunn. New friends, a new couple, and some familiar faces (namely Christy Miller Spencer and Sierra).

This book deals with so, so many challenges women struggle with today—childrearing, familial relationships, marital relationships, and infertility to name a few—but what sets it apart is the way five women come together, share their burdens, and commit to pray and care for each other.

Though this is the first book in a new s
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ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 100 books with more than 5.5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Her Father Christmas books have been made into 3 Hallmark movies. Her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years and The Baby Years. Robin's novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs and ...more

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