Less is More — "Real TV" Series
Less Is More by Wendy Lawton has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the third book in the "Real TV" series.
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Abby Lewis gains 30 pounds after her father's premature death by heart attack. When she moves with her mother from Suwanee, Georgia to San Francisco to live with her grandmother, she is reluctant to make new friends because of her appearance. Damien, the youth group leader at their new church, nicknames her Flabster. Abby's prayers for weight-loss help are answered when Parker, a school football player who is physically fit, and Isabella, the daughter of a nutritionist, befriend her. Coach Matthews, her female P.E. instructor and a youth group sponsor, encourage her, also. Coach Matthews gets Abby on as a contestant for the reality TV show Less is More since a teen losing weight with help from her friends appeals to the show's producers. Abby attains her weight goal; plus, Isabella goes from being a nonbeliever to becoming a Christian by seeing Abby's faith in God sustain her through grief and weight-loss challenges. Damien stops using nicknames when his youth pastor tells him it's wrong. He also sees just how hurtful nicknames are by watching himself on the show and apologizes to the youth group members. Isabella begins going to the youth group after she finds out that Damien's nicknames are a thing of the past.
Abby is a Christian. She prays and quotes Bible verses to Isabella, a nonbeliever. Abby and Parker pray together. Abby doesn't understand why her dad died but leans on her faith in God and his plan for her life to comfort her. She grows in faith as she shares her beliefs with Isabella, who begins reading the Bible and looking for answers. Isabella brings up questions about how to live out the Christian faith when she questions Damien's use of nicknames at youth group.
Other Belief Systems
Isabella is not a Christian. She is searching and sometimes uses the slang of the day, like "drawing on your higher power." Coach Matthews tells Isabella that the phrase is part of a New-Age belief.
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