Around the World in 80 Dates by Christa Ann Banister

According to her web site, Christa Ann Bannister is not your usual Christian writer – but then again, who is? To quote:
After years of working as a respected music critic and freelance writer for various Christian publications: CCM Magazine,, Christian Single,, not to mention kickstarting the inaugural Christian music blog for MTV’s, Christa has inked her first novel about her erstwhile adventures in dating, and she hopes that her story will inspire countless twenty and thirty-somethings in their quest for snagging Mr. Right, even as they hold fast to their Christian values.

“In a lot of chick-lit books it seems like the girl’s ultimate goal is to get the guy,” Christa says. “And she wants to get the guy for sure, but she’s very ambitious as well, and she loves life and is willing to try all kinds of different adventures—all without letting go of her Christian values.”
Christa lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband, Will. They love to play Scrabble and throw darts on a map and dream about going wherever the darts land someday. They have no pets.And until her book hits the New York Times bestseller list, Christa is happily employed as a freelance writer for her many, many clients.
Sydney Alexander is a travel writer. She’s a very well-dressed travel writer–hasn’t yet met a shoe or clearance sale she could pass up. She’s funny. She’s got a great relationship with her sis. She’s got a hilarious best friend, Rain, who happens to be a hippie. And she’s got a wonderful relationship with God. So what’s missing?
A decent date. A date where she doesn’t have to pay because he’s “between jobs.” A date where she’s not fabulously fashionably ready to go only to learn “the band just got a last-minute gig” and he has to cancel. A date she wants to kiss good night–not run screaming from.
Bridget Jones may have had a few more public disasters (Sydney works in print, not on the telly) and considerably more cigarettes (Sydney doesn’t smoke), but really, besides that, their lives aren’t so different. She’s just a girl looking for love, drowning in a sea of cute couples–and determined to keep swimming!

As a married grandmother of three, it’s been a while since I’ve been single. And generally my taste in fiction runs toward suspense, thriller or historical romance. So why would I read a quirky chic lit? (Yes, I know I left off the “k.” Any book that drops designer names like a dimestore choker drops pearls has got to be called Chic Lit.)
Because it’s hilarious! I laughed out loud at Sydney, Rain, Kristin and Samantha’s antics. Moving from man-to-man, city-to-city, and even country-to-country, this Love Actually-esque (without the sex, etc.) read literally thrums with quick wit and “I wish I’d said that”-isms. By the way, the complete title is “Around the World in 80 Dates: Confessions of a Christian Serial Dater.” Cute, huh?

Although I think Sydney bears a little more resemblance to Holly Golightly (of Breakfast at Tiffany’s – see Christa’s MySpace page) than Bridget Jones, she’s the women I wished I’d had the courage to be back in the day – unashamedly Christian, moving forward and circling tighter around the woman that God wants her to be.

Recommend this book to your unmarried friends. Hmmm. Better yet, buy a copy so you can read it yourself before you pass it on!

Wanna test drive before you buy? Check out this free sample chapter:

One thought on “Around the World in 80 Dates by Christa Ann Banister

  1. Christa says:

    Thank you sooooo sooooo much for such a generous and amazing review of
    Around the World in 80 Dates. It’s much, much appreciated.

    And Holly Golightly with a redemptive worldview is exactly what I was going for…very perceptive!! 😉

    Blessings to you,

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