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Worlds Collide
by Alison Strobel
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WaterBrook Press, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

When celebrity biographer Jada Eastman takes on writing the life story of famous Hollywood actor Jack Harrington, she doesn't know what is in store. She has always believed that celebrities are just like everyone else. Yet from the first moment Jack and his wife Grace begin to tell their story, Jada is both entranced and hesitant. She knows of the couple's Christian beliefs and is 'convinced this type of kindness and guilelessness will never last; they will probably try to lull me into a false sense of security so they can suck me into their cult.'

The story of Jack's and Grace's relationship is told through alternating viewpoints. From the initial moments of their individual arrivals in Hollywood to their eventual tumultuous meeting and Christian faith journeys, the couple lays their entire life out for Jada and the world to see - both the beautiful and the ugly parts. When the worlds of famous actor and school teacher, Christian and non-Christian, biographer and subject, collide - no one can remain unchanged.

This is realistic and upfront Christian fiction. The characters aren't perfect. Bad things still happen to them and they still face temptation and heartache. The beautiful thing about this story is that in the midst of trials, God is there to help them through. Jack is everyone's idea of a stereotypical Hollywood heartthrob. He's famous, rich, and spends his free time partying and drinking heavily. Grace is not a part of that world, but she has her own struggles to face. But God grabs hold of Grace's and Jack's hearts and doesn't let go.

Alternating between Grace's and Jack's points-of-view makes the story interesting. The reader is often given a glimpse of the same situation from two different sides. In a day and age when glamorous Hollywood marriages are often over before they begin, this fictional account gives hope that any marriage can work, when combined with faith and effort. Alison Strobel (daughter of Lee Strobel) has a gift for entrancing, heart-tugging writing.

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