Godly Ever After

by Brooke Bartz

Genres: Fiction, Middle Grade

ISBN: 9781649601261

188 pages


Middle school is tough. Especially when you tower over all the other girls in your grade. Fiona just wants to fit in when all she ever does is stand out. And when you’re a Christian, fighting against peer pressure is a constant battle. All Fiona wants is another Christian friend at her public school. But all the other kids in her seventh grade class just seem to care about fitting in, too. When Fiona meets Mitchell, she finally meets someone else who shares her faith. But how can the tallest girl in class and the shortest boy in class ever be friends?
When Fiona is given the opportunity to be on the cheerleading squad, she wonders if this is her opportunity to make friends with some other girls and to finally belong. But when the other girls want to pull some pranks, will Fiona finally give in to peer pressure? How’s a girl supposed to remain true to God when everyone around her seems to be having all the fun? Is it worth it to remain godly if you never make any friends? Fiona has a choice to make that will affect her future in middle school and in life.


Brooke Bartz is a stay-at-home wife and mom who lives daily with a chronic disease, knowing firsthand the daunting, gnawing physical and spiritual pain it causes. Yet disease was not always her close companion; in the years before her diagnosis, she grew up playing sports and earned a full scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Mary Hardin–Baylor. Not yet a Christian, she transferred colleges and attended an event for an on-campus ministry; as the Lord had planned, she heard the Gospel and He saved her. Soon after and while still in college, she married her childhood crush and began a volleyball coaching career. Living with rheumatoid arthritis and gastroparesis, Brooke desires for women to know the truth about the God who loves them and is with them each day as they face disease and disability; she shares the Truth of the Bible as their ultimate healing. Brooke’s passion is spurring on the women God leads to her sphere of influence, inspiring their hearts to keep their strength and hope at the foot of the cross, to trust in the Great Shepherd to one day heal them completely in glory, even though for now they are suffering on earth.