Sunday, January 31, 2016

*Review* Created to Shine by Julie Day

Genre: Religious Memoir
Published: January 21, 2015
Pages: 120


Julie uncovers the issues of shame and guilt that cause us to hide the hurting parts of our lives. She shares openly and honestly her journey about how the secrets in her life impacted on personal relationships and her Christian faith. Julie now has a testimony about how she emerged from the pain of the past and found the strength to shine.


I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in exchange for an honest review.

This book is written as if the author is sitting down with you, telling you her story over a cup of coffee and a scone. The events didn't seem to be recounted in chronological order, and that had me a bit confused at times (but when has anyone ever recounted their life story in perfect chronological order?). 

I do not like feeling preached to by books or people in general, and fortunately this book didn't feel like it was doing that, at least not to me. It was loaded with references to scripture, but it came off feeling like those were important to the author personally, so they didn't feel preachy. 

I liked the inclusion of the author's paintings at the beginning of each chapter, but I wish they'd been in color. I understand color photos would drive up the price of the book significantly, but I don't feel like the black and white did the paintings justice.

Structurally the book was fairly sound, although there were just a few too many spelling errors for my liking. Just small things like dept instead of debt, so most readers will probably not notice.

Overall I give this book 3 out of 5 stars because it was conversational and not preachy, but it didn't really pull me in that much in the end. - Katie 

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About the Author

Julie Day was born into a large family in Bendigo, Victoria, AU. She grew up in a family who displayed strong artistic talents, yet her own artistic journey began in her forties and it was some ten years later that she began the process of writing a book about her journey of faith. 

Julie has worked in Administration for many years where part of her job description was as editor and publisher of the quarterly newsletter, and weekly e-newsletter. She was also the author of some newsletter articles. 

She has volunteered at a number of community groups such as: Domestic Violence Action Groups, Safehouse Working Party in Clare SA, Women's Health Advisory Group in Clare SA. She held the position of Community Outreach Program Coordinator at a Community Centre and had facilitated Women's Group and Connect Groups.

Julie holds a Diploma of Community Services Coordination, Certificate IV Community Development, and assists in leading a fellowship group at Lifepoint Church, Adelaide, AU.


I read this book in about 2 hours, so I used it to fulfill my "book you can read in a day" category for the 2016 Popsugar reading challenge. 

Other categories it could fulfill include
A book that's under 150 pages
A book that takes place on an island (Australia IS an island)

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