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Life, Libby, and the Pursuit of Happiness [Paperback]

By Hope Lyda (Author)
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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736917896  
EAN  9780736917896  

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From the author of Hip to Be Square comes an urban tale of Libby Marshall, whose life seems to be going the wrong direction. She creates trip itineraries but never travels. She wants to attend church but winds up at a bookstore on Sundays. She longs for a love attraction yet settles for a ?like? distraction.

But when Libby receives a demotion instead of her overdue promotion, she vows to start living intentionally. Yet just when she is trying to be authentic, she is asked to keep a huge secret to redeem her career. Will a genuine life ever be within reach? And will Libby ever have enough faith to believe that happiness can be found in the detours.

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Hope Lyda has a heart for inviting people to experience the still and quiet voice of God in their lives. As an editor and writer, she has worked in publishing for more than 20 years. Her popular devotionals, novels, and prayer books include One-Minute Prayers(r)for Women, One-Minute Prayers(r)for Comfort and Healing, and This Little Light of Mine and have sold more than one million copies.

Hope Lyda has published or released items in the following series...
  1. One-Minute Prayers

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Chick lit's piece de resistance!  Sep 26, 2007
Libby Hawthorn is an intelligent, well-caffeinated advertising account executive hoping for a promotion when her firm begins a reorganization. In addition to adjustments at work, Libby doesn't see eye-to-eye with her mother, she struggles with some spiritual issues, and she is fighting more often with her boyfriend, Angus. Change is definitely in the air. This honest, likeable character travels a road of change that seems really unwelcome at the beginning. Yet she endures as she learns to roll with the punches through thick and thin with the help of her friends, a far away Aunt and a handsome new boss. Even though I personally would've come clean from her deceptions a lot sooner than she did (and ruined the entire story), Libby served as a wonderful encouragement to me because she reminded me that I'm not the only person on the planet who experiences disappointment or feels left out. Everyone has something in their life that isn't going exactly the way they planned. But I am also reminded that God has a handle on all of those things.

I believe that I enjoyed this reading experience even more because a friend gave me everything I needed to really travel with Libby - I had my coffee, Abba-Zaba bar, and a copy of "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence.

As always, Hope Lyda's writing sparkles. She creates wonderfully deep characters that you can imagine in your circle of friends. Her situations range from poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, and her dialogue is so crisp and witty, it's almost like watching a great situation comedy. Hope engages the reader on so many levels that the pages of this book create a light breeze as they turn themselves! This is chick lit's piece de resistance!
Fun Christian chick-lit with great characters  Sep 14, 2007
Life Libby and the Pursuit of Happiness by Hope Lyda. Libby Hawthorne has been living her life for a long time waiting for that big promotion which will lead to her finding true love, dressing better, making more friends, becoming closer with God, understanding her family, and falling in love with the perfect man. Haven't we all been waiting for that promotion? Instead what Libby gets is a demotion, newly single, and questioning every decision she's made in the last five years. When her former boss Cecelia promises Libby that promotion if she just helps her with one last project, Libby takes the bait turning her whole world upside-down. Libby is one of the most delightful characters I've encountered in chick-lit! She's sarcastic and funny, and while she may get down on herself, it's mostly just because she's floundering through life trying to figure out what she really wants. The conversations between Libby and her friends ring so true; it's almost as if Lyda tape recorded coffee house conversations about people searching for the meaning of life. Libby wants what we all do: a fulfilling job, love, a good relationship with her family, and when God doesn't seem to put obvious choices in front of her for those things, she keeps slugging on hoping someday she's figure it all out. Libby speaks with the voice of Generation X, so when she starts listening to God and paying attention to the opportunities He puts in her path, it's heart-warming. Maybe the ending is a little too neat, but that's just because I fell so thoroughly in love with Libby and her friends, that it seems to soon to see them go. There were a couple of moments that seemed manufactured for plot purposes, but with snappy dialog, great characters, and a strong message of faith, this is a great read!
Finding your purpose  Sep 13, 2007
I liked this book the first time I read it and loved it the second time I read it. This book is a keeper just like her first two books. This book appealed to me right where I am. Pursuing my purpose and trying to find the right job for me. Hope Lyda's characters pop off the page. The plot includes a twist at the end for a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend this chick lit with a purpose.

Chick lit makes me happy  Sep 12, 2007
I love chick lit. Yes I am the target audience of the genre and I don't mind one bit. This story had everything I wanted. Quirky characters, outrageous plot, 20 something heroine with a great job, celebrities all under the backdrop of Seattle, home of my favorite overpriced coffee. I really enjoyed the storyline. I love the bookstore that Libby frequents, it's prally someplace I would want to visit everyday as well. Her antics at her job were fun to read with the crazy coworkers and her relationship with her new boss. I really loved the book club scene where Libby has to endure the discussions about romance novels because she felt the exact same way I did about them. The scenes involving her former boss making her keep secrets and sneak around with music stars was hilarious. I had a good time reading this book. This book isn't preachy at all which is why I would recommend this to any chick lit fan and believe that they would enjoy it. I felt that it rivals mainstream chick lit and the cover is really cute as well. Hope Lyda is one of the best chick lit writers out there in my opinion, and I'm eagerly awaiting her next books.
Tres Amusing....  Jun 6, 2007

There have to be subgenres in Chick-Lit.

If so, Libby would straddle career and dismal love life lit.

Libby is an engaging voice. Angst riddled as are most Chick-Lit heroines. With first person Chick-Lit you get all of it, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Libby is far more likeable than several other characters I've met between the covers of novels. She's sarcastic and has a dry delivery. If you try to avoid snide, she hovers on that edge, so you may not like her. I happen to love sarcasm.

There is tad too much predictibility in Libby's life. But I guess that is somewhat realistic. After all, sometimes I'm the last one to see it because I'm so close to it.

I struggled with a few "yeah right" moments of coincidence. But then again, this is not the mystery genre.

Overall, I can easily recommend this book to those who love clever escapist reads.

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