“Good Christian Bitches” Might Be Making Dallas Women A Little Nervous

Tim dropped a copy of Kim Gatlin’s new book, “Good Christian Bitches,” on my desk yesterday. I’m sure many of you know Kim—she’s a lady-about-town, a commercial real estate agent, and she’s involved in a lot of charitable organizations. I’ve been flipping through it, and so far, I’m really enjoying it. Mostly because I’m trying to figure out which Dallasites appear in the story. The book seems like it could be a thinly-veiled account of Gatlin’s life. For example: The story is set in “Hillside Park” (ahem). The “Longhorn Ball” is “the only high profile event where the men didn’t have to wear tuxes; they could wear jeans” (hello, Cattle Baron’s). Later in the book, the main character, Amanda Vaughn, goes for drinks with her friends at “Al’s.” (Oh wait, that’s the same). Incidentally, Vaughn is divorced with two children…and so is Kim.

I’m looking forward to reading this, mostly because it feels like a tell-all. I’m sure Gatlin would say that the characters are fictional, but I’m wondering how much is based on fact. I’m guessing Dallas women will be curious too, especially since the descriptions of the characters are fairly specific, and a little brutal (like Sharon Peavy, Amanda’s former best friend, who works in the hospitality industry, has the “best chest” in Hillside Park, and who “isn’t marriage material”). In the first chapter, Gatlin — I mean, Amanda — hears herself being discussed during Bible study at “Hillside Park Presbyterian” by a bunch of ladies she thought were her friends. In a prayer request, no less. Sounds like a great way to get back at a few people who’ve wronged you, and if that’s the case, there are a few of us who’d like to buy you a drink at the real Al’s. Stop by Barnes and Noble to pick up a copy. (Report from the field: It won’t be at NorthPark Barnes and Noble until Oct 31. Boo.) It’s already out of stock on Amazon.

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97 comments on ““Good Christian Bitches” Might Be Making Dallas Women A Little Nervous

  1. Dear Kim,
    I was watching the news last night when I saw the newscast about your book. I live in a small, wealthy community northeast of Dallas, and have experienced the same thing in my church and small bible studies. My husband and I recently left a Sunday school class because folks were using prayer time to gossip about others. Then, we were also talked about. I had someone call me to tell me we were on a prayer list because we were having financial difficulties – okay – my husband mentioned to someone he thought was a friend at our church that he was selling his business (not that we were bankrupt – quite the opposite actually). I have been invited to several bible studies recently in my neighborhood where one of the hosts is seen about town getting intoxicated on a regular basis and has been known to smoke pot. She also LOVES to gossip about others in the neighborhood. It is sad, but we have completely distanced ourselves from all of it because it was making me a nervous wreck. I didn’t feel good about going to church anymore or being a part of vicious groups – Kuddos to you for standing up (even though it is fiction). The ones who are critical of your book are just angry that you took a stand on something that happens in all churches and small communities. If they don’t like it, then they don’t have to read it. Maybe it just hit a little too close to home for them. Thank you for bringing this topic to light!!!

  2. I am a friend of Kim’s and I live on the east coast. We have been friends for many years and I know her to be a fair and caring friend. This book is a work of fiction, but some stories do evolve from life experiences. I have read the book and it was a real page turner. I am proud that Kim is my friend and I wish her much success tomorrow with her book.

  3. Kim is a friend of mine also, and I havn’t read the book but she is of excellent mind and character. I believe any writing she did would be worth reading. Good luck Kim, your brother in Christ.
    Mike

  4. For all of you ladies(and after reading some of your comments, I do use the term loosely indeed!) who think they know oh so much about Ms. Gatlin’s book, why don’t you pick a copy up. Starting tomorrow, Barnes & Nobel at Northpark and Borders Uptown on McKinney are both carrying this fabulous read! Then maybe we can have a real discussion about the BOOK! I do hate uninformed bloggers…blah, blah, blah….
    Oh, and if you’re feeling particularly brave you can address your comments or questions to Kim in person, she’s having a book signing and Q & A on Nov. 20th at 7:00pm at the Uptown Borders, if you can manage to step out from behind the computer!
    I only have the highest admiration for Ms. Gatlin for opening herself up to such hatefulness and ugly criticism to bring to light an issue that has been so hurtful to so many who are not able to or won’t defend themselves. Hopefully some eyes will be opened!!!

  5. I am living in miami now, a jewish girl from Dallas. All I can say is those girls who write mean things about you……. are worried about the gorgeous author that so many articles state you are…….I respect all of my christian friends and their faith, but obviously I have learned as you, mean girls come from all kinds of faith. The bottom line…… They are jealous of your success and beauty!!!!!! I will look forward to this book coming to MiAMI

  6. How appropriate!
    What’s NOT appropriate is involving children in this diatribe.
    How messed up will they be from all of this?
    The author is not setting a very good example… for anyone.
    I hardly think people voicing their opposition to this book has anything to do with jealousy.
    Someone should write a book from all of the different angles WHY this is the WRONG approach in teaching ANY form of Christianity.

  7. who said children were involved? I am personally not reading my childs book about the great white pumkin, and she in return is not reading the scarlet letter. Now this mom just needs to read the book, or,,,,,,, get a life

  8. I have never seen anyone try so hard to sell a book through fake posts. Good grief does she think we are all idiots?

  9. I have finally read GCB’s and found it, fun, entertaining and with a message. I know the characters are composites of people Kim knew, but don’t we all know a Sharon, Heather, or Darlene?
    I can’t wait for Book Two!
    Thanks, Kim Gatlin, and best of luck.

  10. As I wrote in an earlier blog, I understand the hurt that certain people in this community can bring to one’s life and wish you, Kim Gatlin, success. However, the overall tone of this book saddened me. I was hoping for a book with more inspiration than vengeance and boastfulness. Narcissism is a dangerous place to go even in fiction. I hope book number 2 offers inspiration and encouragement to those around you. People in your community need leaders that inspire even in fiction.

  11. I have read the book and am a friend of Kim’s. One might assume that the main character, Amanda, is based on Kim’s life and would feel that it is narcissistic. However, the inspiration for Amanda came from two of Kim’s dear friends after she had witnessed how badly the horrible rumors that started during their divorces effected not only them but their children as well. I am sorry “SisterK” got a totally different perception of the book. I feel it addresses the damage gossip can do and as a Christian if you are going to “talk the talk” you should “walk the walk”, sadly too many do not!

  12. For someone (me) who has suffered greatly at the hands of the GCB, I truly wish the message of this book had been handled differently. I believe God provides us with several ways in which to do so other than a book that so obviously does not “walk the walk”.

  13. Oh – OK. Now that someone has read the book and it’s over the top narcissistic and boastful it’s suddenly about “two dear friends” not the roman à clef widely promoted. Quick – back peddle back peddle!

  14. I have known Kim since the 80′s and I have read the book. What saddens me is that I could not think of a better person to write such a book. Good Christian Bitches is the definition of Kim and all that goes on with her. Everything she writes about in the book she has either done or thought about doing. Like a spider weaves a web, she plots, lies and cheats to achieve what she needs to in order to make Kim look better! Her marriage to Rudy was a fraud from the get go. The lies that came out of her mouth to make herself appear to be the person that Rudy wanted. She wove the web and got him in it. Honesty, was not her strong suit at the time. It doesn’t sound as if it is now either!

    Kim has never been in commercial real estate……..she works for a Title company and use to work for her mother Kay renting apartments.

  15. As a published author myself, I find many of these comments bewildering, to say the least. It is true that many who write draw from their own experiences, but it does not necessarily mean that fiction is completely autobiographical or factual. Also, I happen to know Kim presonally and have known her since she was 12 years old. Kim’s mom is a special friend of mine. I love both Kim and Kay dearly and applaud this marvelous accomplishment as I wish her great success. When I first knew Kim, it was apparent that her looks and her maturity lent themselves to some jealously among her peers. As I read some of these blogs, it would seem that this same jealously is alive and well. None of us have led perfect lives, but writing a book is no easy task, and one who succeeds in doing so deserves credit for the accomplishment. Those who are offended by the title or the subject matter should simply avoid the book. Those of us who consider the book to be great fun and a page turner are thoroughly entertained which was the purpose of the book in the first place. To Kim, I say “You Go, Girl!!”

  16. Great read!! Delicious and fun. For those who have some personal vendetta — Get over it. For those who don’t — Enjoy a well-written and wonderful novel. And, hey, if you feel that Kim Gatlin has unfairly portrayed some real people, write your own book in retaliation. In the meantime, for those of us who don’t feel vilified by the book, what an entertaining page-turner.

  17. I wish I had read the review on Amazon before I bought this. Probably the worst book I have ever tried to read. Terribly written, absurd story line, shallow characters and silly unrealistic dialogue. I couldn’t finish it. I don’t know the author, but she should sue her editor.

  18. I have known, and been dearest friends with, Kim since we were 12 and when she told me about this book, I said,”Amen, sister!” The way supposed “Christians” treat you to your face and then behind your back are diametrically opposed. I was widowed at the age of 42 and you wouldn’t believe the way I am treated by women who think I have the disease of “divorce” and their incredible attitude-adjustment when they find out I’m a widow (“oh, poor you, how sad.”) I left the Park Cities 28 years ago and will never live there again but will always know which women still there are my true friends – one of those is Kim Gatlin.

    The book isn’t a psychologically deep book with mounds of symbolism (can you tell I went to HP?) nor is it supposed to be. It’s a fun book to read while curled up with some hot cocoa or maybe a glass of wine (oops, people might start talking so stick with the cocoa!). If you think you recognize yourself in the book, I’d worry about changing my ways so others don’t recognize me.

    PS I will proudly wear my GCB tank top whenever possible!!

  19. Speaking of fake plants…please! We all know there’s only one Dallas and you’re definitely not her! But then again, you blaahhgggers never use your real names. The real Dallas knows Rudy spends a lot of time at Kim’s when he’s in town and they’re great friends- 3 years after a divorce. So much for your web theory. You should tell the NY Times this book was “terribly written” since her ghost writer currently has a book on their best-seller list. No one’s going to listen to a critic who doesn’t know the difference between an editor and a publisher and references a review from a GUY trying to get through a chic book who admits he bought the book for the cover. (ahem, “title”)How sad you’re still keeping up with her from the 80′s when you have all this negativity and I would bet she has no idea what’s going on with you, if she even remembers you at all. D’s the one who assumed this was autobigraphical just because she’s divorced with two kids. The similarities stop there. Several interviews prior to the book’s release reference what she witnessed with two of her friends prior to her own divorce. D also left out the word “title”. Her author’s bio says she’s in the commercial real estate title business. Her message was clear- that you can’t let the gossipers define who you are and their hatefulness has nothing to do with you and is all about their own issues. It’s all very well demonstrated here as well as in her book. And that as Christians we’re called to love one another. You can’t lead or participate in a gossip smear campaign against someone while claiming you want to be like Christ, and we’re all guilty of it to some degree, but obviously some much worse than others. It “saddens” me some of you are too busy being petty to spend any time being reflective about yourselves. Do keep it up, though. The more you blog, the more you gossip, the more buzz there is about her book which means more sales. How perfect is it that she’s actually getting paid for you to gossip about her now??!! I love you and I’m proud of you, Kim!!

  20. Sounds like those who are not fans of the book are not entitled to have an opinion without being crucified and put down by those who are. I do not know Kim but I do wish her success even though I am not a fan of her book.

  21. Sister K nailed it. Stunning long attacks on any dissenting opinion. Seems vicious. In fact, very in tune with the tone of the book. The reviewer on Amazon was a woman, btw. I’m sure this post will also be attacked.

  22. I guess the good thing about any dissenting views is that we’re all allowed to have them. I have been trying to read Candace Bushnell’s new book “One Fifth Avenue” and can’t get past the second chapter. I’m sure some of her fans would argue that it’s her best book yet.
    I’ve lost count of all the people who have told me they are writing a book over the years. Kim Gatlin is one of the few who did it and I commend her for it. You don’t have to like it, but read it before you decide you don’t.

  23. Bad psychology. Predict the post will be attacked so no one will? The only thing stranger than long, single responses from people who do like the book/author in response to the other kind are the frequent, multiple comments from people who claim to dislike it/her and have no interest. We get it. You didn’t like the book and/or author. You’ve made your point again and again, so why would you keep revisiting? Go read another book. The only person being crucified here is the author. What an interesting coincidence you are so sure the Amazon review was posted by a woman when they only used the intial J.

  24. Waiting – Blogs exist to invite dialogue, and most blog commentors revisit their postings on blogs and reply again if responded or to reply to another comment. See other postings, comments and replies on frontburner. Re: the author being “crucified” – opinions are not crucification – and if someone can’t stand the heat they shouldn’t self publish a controversial book. Re: amazon reviews – read the reviewer’s profile like everyone else does.

  25. SisterK mentioned crucification and you should try self publishing. You seem to want to be heard.

  26. Thanks for the thought. I would never self publish. BTW – enjoyed the D magazine piece on Pulse (pg. 28)

  27. I wouldn’t think anyone would accept your work to self publish since you don’t even know crucification isn’t a word. There’s a difference in dissenting opinions and constant comments presented in an unfavorable light to try and achieve one’s purpose. I enjoyed the D piece, too! It’s awesome. I hadn’t heard about it, so thank you for letting us know it was there, even though I doubt sharing good news was your motive. The only thing worse than being called a b**** is being one. That’s REALLY never ok. It’s obvious some of you can dish it out, but you can’t take it, so who’s not taking heat well when someone disgrees? It saddens me to see “vicious” lives in your mirrors, so I’m not surprised you didn’t get the book.

  28. I just read the D Mag article after reading about it here and I don’t think it was very nice to the author at all.

  29. Typo. crucifiction. Just like disgrees isn’t a word. Those “a”s jumping around wreaking havoc again.

  30. frontburnerfan threw a challenge out to read the reviews but limited it to amazon. Lets all broaden our horizons and read the Barnes and Noble reviews as well. To be honest I was impressed with the credentials and expertise.

  31. I find it easy to meet great and genuine people in the frozen section of a supermarket, at the bar, in the street and anywhere else but the church. Any church. The women are vicious and, surprisingly, they are all part of the “bible study” or part of a church. The bible serves as a cover to keep their viciousness in check for a while.
    I enjoyed reading Kim’s book and can’t wait for part II. Beau boulot, Kim!!!

  32. I recently purchased a book as a gift, and the young woman at the cash register said “this has been our Harry Potter book this year!” What an affirmation!

  33. I live in the Park Cities and all of this is pretty much par for the course. Nothing surprises me about any of this I was surprised, however after clicking on the link from DallasCrew to the Rick Ashley video, it was my first time to be “Rick Rolled”, too funny.

  34. Karen, Karen, Karen…..you sound so much like Kim it is frightening! God bless.

    Read the book and was unable to finish it. Not a well written book! Save your money and ask somone who has read it, to break it down for you in a few sentences.

  35. Gee Dallas…on Nov. 13, you posted a really nasty blog saying you had read the book. On Dec. 10, you say you couldn’t finish it. Who is it that weaves webs of lies???
    I would love for you to visit the B & N on Mockingbird and ask them what their best seller was for November. You don’t really want to know, though, do you?

  36. Wannabe Dallas, Wannabe Dallas, Wannabe Dallas…you sound so much like Sharon Peavy it’s frightening! Yes, you lied from 11/13 and I’m sure everyone else noticed you were one of Rudy’s forgettable conquests from the 80′s. The term is projecting. You said Kim lies to make herself look better and she used to rent apartments for Kay. You didn’t say Kay sold her company to Ebby Halliday for a bundle and retired. Since you want people to think you know their family so well you should’ve mentioned all the apartment complexes Jim owned back then. You’re the one lying, plotting and posting to try and make Kim look bad, and you’re way too obvious!

  37. Karen sounds like she has some issue to grind with everyone, she needs to relax and calm down. She seems to be attacking everyone who comments on the book in a negative manner and tries to sully them with ridiculous comments and attacks. Less is more and not commenting would have been the more Christian approach to this. We know she states she is a “friend” of the author so point taken, she is trying to defend the author, point taken again, but to attack everyone seems a bit obvious to all the readers on this blog. Let it go.

  38. The other Karen had great points to Dallas’s attack. When it’s an attack on the book or author it’s a comment or an opinion. When it’s a response to an attacker it’s an attack. Her family and friends will always defend her and there’s nothing more ridiculous than a total outsider judging her marriage on a blog, but you addressed Karen in your comment. I agree. Let it go.

  39. Goodness after reading all this trash it is obvious that all of you are a bunch of bitches and I am so glad I am not a Christian, i dont live in Park Cities and my live is simple, modest and I dont live near any of you.
    Being well off financially doesnt exclude people from being miserable fakes.