When was the last time YOUR unshaven armpits got YOU into trouble?! In Jude's case it's when... well, let's just say she's unable to respond in the affirmative to the challenge: "... hands up if you lurve Jeeeeeee-sus... come on... let's see those arms raised high!..."
Jude Singleton, the patron saint of single Christian
lasses, is desperate for two things, namely a bloke... and the truth.
Days after starting at Bymouth University, a 'freaky' dream knocks her off her cosy Christian perch... she lands in reality city with more of a bump than might be imagined, or desired. Doubt sets in, big-time. Fear pays a visit, and Confusion has a field-day.
Join her as she struggles to find the perfect bloke, learn to drive, learn to 'club', resist the temptation that is Pringles, fake her faith at the Christian Union... and suss out exactly what it is she believes in...
To check out the first chapter of 'Dear Bob' click here.
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Daily Mail - quotes from their article
"Read your book yesterday... I thought it was
brilliant - a classic of its time. I'm sure God will use it to reach many
"Just to say that it's a great read - good
for ministers, vicars, pastors etc, and great for boy/girl teens in our
"I loved this book I keep quoting it and telling my friends bits about it.One of them now also wants to read it for her self and she is very Libs.I havn't put it down since i started except to eat and sleep. i am christian and I think I really loved this book becasue I saw so much of Judes probs in me. Thankyou Annie, write more!"
"This book is fantastic. I can really connect to the character and it's helped me look forward to uni even more. As young people we don't really get much teaching on leaving home and so it's a little bit daunting in a way. The book also raised issues I can never talk about with youth leaders (sex, parties, etc) and I found it really funny. Only read the first two chapters of this book but I'm hooked and I think it's great! Thank you, Annie Porthouse!"
"I'm only 16, but I totally relate to Jude.
Tis is a really good book, it really helped me.
"Hi, just finished reading your book - found
it v funny and have even started to type like Jude (v ?!).
"Well, what did I think? I thought it was absolutely
fantastic! There were so many good bits, I don't know where to start!
I loved the way in which you showed God working in Jude's life, although
she wasn't aware at the time. I love the way the characters interact with
each other - they're all so real! I found the book very hard to put down,
because I really felt that I got to know the characters personally, and
wanted to know what happened next.
"hey there, just read 'dear bob'... well to be honest, tho whole house has read it! I am 23 years old and live in a house of four female youth workers. I was laughing and laughing that loads of the book was a complete reflection of my experience @ university! Really very cool! In fact, i still used tweenified language now, and i graduated two years ago."
"WOW! When i read the book i thought it was
amazing i just couldn't put it down.It seemed to really hit home.It has
really helped me .Thanks Annie When is the next one coming out? Hurry.
Thanks because you have inspired my to write ,well sort of, i am writing
my diary in the form that Jude wrote to 'Bob' and i am finding that it
really helps me.Thanks again cant wait till next year to get the next
"hi, ive just finished reading the book 'dear bob' and i would just like 2 say that i rly, rly njoyed it!! It has 2 b my fave book eva!! i was amazed @ how much it aplyed 2 modern day life and how some of the dielemas that jude faced were so appealing to a normal teenage girl of 2day!! I also thought it was gr8 how it was all my sence of humour!! sumtimes i would read out the funny bits 2 my younger brother n sister n i wud die with laughter as i was reading it, while they would stare at me blankly!! I wud just like 2 thank u for writing such a fab book and i hope that u will continue to write many more!!!"
"I could completely identify with Jude with everything that she was talking about, even down to which 'Friends' male has the cutest bum! (I am a HUGE Friends fan!) 'Dear Bob' is an excellant book, which I am reccommending to friends, and I look forward to the sequel! Thanks!"
"hi, i bought Dear Bob 2 days ago + couldnt put it down needless to say i finished it + iam eagerly awaiting the sequel. i thought the book was fantastic + dealt with all subjects very well. i'm 17 and was considering why jude was such a muppet but having just realised how my doubts and loosing faith wud hav looked just as daft to the outsider now understand her muppetry. (yes i no its not a real word). thank you for making me feel less daft for writing down all the silly little details wich become important only upon looking back on them. God bless."
"I heard you read a bit of 'Dear Bob' at Greenbelt. I felt I had to find the whole first chapter. I may be a bloke, but some of the trials and temptations of Uni are similar whichever gender you are. I'm so glad that my university has a chaplaincy, a CU and is right next to a church which is fairly lively."
"Bought your book this morning and have just finished it, I couldn't put it
"i fink da book 'dear bob' is really good.
"I ABSOLUTLY LOVED UR BOOK. AFTER I READ IT, I REALISED MY NEED TO GET RIGHT WITH GOD N ASK HIM TO CONTINUALLY GUIDE ME THROUGHOUT UNI, IN ORDER FOR ME TO MAKE THOSE DECSIONS WHICH AT TIMES ARE EXTREMELY HARD! EVER SINCE UNI IVE GONE DOWNWARDS IN MY WALK WITH HIM, IVE SIGNED UP TO THE CHRISTIAN UNION AT UNI, BUT HAVE NOT GONE. MY FIRST REALLY GOOD FRIEND AT UNI IS ALSO A CHRISTIAN, ALTHOUGH WE ARE NOT VERY STRONG IN STANDING FOR WHAT WE BELEIVE IN. BUT SHES AWESOME. I LOVED UR BOOK SO MUCH THAT I RELLY NNED TO KNOW WHEN UR NEXT ONE COMES OUT HERE IN AUSTRALIA? HOPEFULLY SOON! KINDA LOOKING FOR A NEW BOOK! CANNOT FIND ONE!SO HOPEFULLY UR BOOK IS HERE NOW... SO I CAN GET INTO IT! HAHAAA... SO GOOD! THANKS SO MUCH! UR AWESOME.. ITS SO RELEVANT....THANK GOD FOR PPL LIKE U! U ARE A LEGEND! THANKS! GOD BLESS.."
"Hey, I have just finished reading 'Dear Bob'. I am 15 years old and for the past 3/4 years have found it hard to find a book that i just can't put down: 'Dear Bob' filled that and i finished it quickly(unlike most of my books which i just feel i have to give up after 4 chapters!)
"quality book, had me laughing and crying. very real, feel like im judes best friend!
"what can i say? an amazing book. ive lost count of the amount of times ive read it! i was soooo excited when i saw that there was another one comeing out, i started jumping up and down! 'dear bob' has helped me sooo much and i think in a way, its kept me going through some of the toughest times of my life. thankyou!"
"just finished reading 'Dear Bob' and it's fantastic. I'm due to start uni in september and this book has really made me realise how important it is to go to the CU to keep on track with God. Great read and will definately buy 'Love Jude'"
"ive read this book so many times already and i can totally identify with Jude..im struggling to find the truth rite now myself..im also struggling with exmas n guy probs! the book has really helped me work through sum tough things..i hav a lot of non cn friends and no wot its like! but yeh, i think the book is amazin n cant wait till the next one is out! its just so funny n realy cheers me up! jude is like the other me! keep up the good work!"
"Hi I'm sarah from Ipswich i'm 15 yrs old and my boyfrind recently brought me your book 'Dear Bob' when i first started getting interessed about christianty and he wanted to help. I have read 3 chapters, and i have found the book is so alike me and what i am going through, i am so glad i have found a book this good. The events you have put in the book are so good, and i can't wait till i finsh the book.
"i've just finished reading the book that i borrowed of my ISCF leader and i think it's fantastic. So many times i found it hard to put down and go to bed for school. I was able to connect with the whole "is god real?" thought and felt so understanding when Jude felt god inside her, it gave my goosebumbs and a huge grin rose upon my face. Next time I go to our local christian book shop, "dear bob" is first on my list!!"
"was bought 'Dear Bob' by a friend for my birthday. It was AMAZING! I absolutely loved the book, its so down to earth, and focuses on all the 'big issues' many of us teens face. It was very helpfull and reassuring! Thanks for such a great read!"
"The book hey-well I read it around 9months ish ago-and loved it! Was a bit crazy really cos on my yr out in Brazil,I had a really good friend Mary, who told me she'd writen a letter to her future husband-when she left school!
"i hav just finished ur book and imediatly loged onto the website! i had to take a look. the book was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good, and it was your first!!!!!!!!!!! just wanted to say how much i apptreciated it, what it meant, how i could relate to it and y jude was having so many problems...
"I had 'Dear Bob' for Christmas and I thought it was hilarious! A great read. I am starting university in Sept/Oct of this year hopefully so it was very relevent. Hopefully I won't get into as many sticky situations as Jude though! Any plans to write a sequel? Well keep on writing anyway, you have an obvious talent."
"I bought Dear Bob today, which was only because of God's Will (We never go into the part of town where the Christian book shop is, or at least not for the last year, and we did today) and bought your book.
"I've just finished Dear Bob. What an amazing book! I cant wait for the sequel! I think you have really captured what it is like to be young, Christian and unsure about it all so brilliantly. Great ending but I want to know more... whats going to happen? Will there be wedding bells? I think the way you portray Christian relationships is ace too, I can really relate to Jude in her search for Mr Right be it a physical human relationship or her relationship with God. Best book I've read since Bridget Jones!"
"I can't tell you how funny i found the book, although I never doubted God's existence the rest seemed just like me. I can't wait for a sequel!"
"your book ( dear bob) is really cool and while i was at new wine this year i bought the other bok love jude and i am lookin forward to reading it"
"I bought your book actually while i as at soul survivor, ive just started reading it, its really good, really funny!"
"I loved dear Bob. it was amazing and it was so amazing that i just couldnt put it down!!!!
"annie, i juts finished reading dear bob....was soooooooooo brill....i loved it....even tho i am only 15 i didnt find it irrevlevant or boirng, juts totally awesome and such a good read. i loved how you balance really important stuff about God with really random comments/ jokes etc. am going to buy love jude on sat....congrats on writing such a brill book x"
"Just to say, I LOVE dear bob! and it lives on my bedside, im only 15 yet experince the "is god really there?" faise...and i have no one to talk to! I passed it onto my mate one night (who isnt a christian) and she lloved it too! (I guess im a SC&O christian, only no drink, or drugs or cigarettes get anywhere near my body!) Thanks for writting this book! It's really changed my life!"
"hey there, I've nearly finished 'Dear Bob' and I've already bought 'Love Jude' because i can't wait to read it! I don't usually read books, and I'm always fussy when it comes to picking books to read, but this is definately an exception and it's great!"
"i would like to say that i finished reading dear bob this evening and i'm still laughing at some of the things that are in it can identyfy with a lot of the things in it as i am still "undecided" about god. it has made think. although i don't go to uni i can relate to some of the things that happen. it is such a great book.
"i am only 13 and i thought this book was fab!!! i am reommending to to everyone!
"I just wanna say that i won a signed copy of Dear Bob when i entered a competition from the Walk and then just had to go and buy the next book your books are great and i would sugest them to all girls."
"this is my fave book ever. im only 15 but i relate to jude. i had to question my faith not so long ago, as well. this book helped.plus, its sooo funny!x"
"wow this book is so amazing im 17 and have seen myself go through heeps of the stuffjude has gone throught 2 and has really helped me. i cant express how much of an amazing feeling i got when i finished this great book. THANKYOU!!"
"hey i am just reading dear bob for the second time and am thrilled to find out there's a sequel. have just started writing to 'bob' myself and am really enjoying it. "
"hi hun! i finished readin dear bod today and think its a great book.....started readin it once,borded cause my mum was still cleanin the church(thats her job and i was waiting for her)church book shop had ur book and so i began to read.....taken in with the coments about the tweenies and the charactor...dunno y but reminded me of how i am some times and made me gigle!!!(spelling) c! by the end of the book...tataly engulfed in the thing and wanted to only know if "jude" was ok in the end....but stook it out and didnt look untill fialy got thewre...(this was gd 4 me as it is one of the first gd books ive got to the end of!!!)i tink that my b sayin sumfin about the books! keep up the gd wk...hope to find the other book lookin lonley in some book shop soon so i can begin that one!!!u neverknow, i may b hucked! love from 16year old"
For comments on the sequel: Love Jude, see here.
To have your say go to yore tern.
Pringles, Soleros, waterproof curtains, minging lecturers, weight 'issues', bizarre mates... yes, Jude Singleton returns, in LOVE JUDE. But is she still a genuine 'singleton'...? As if we'd tell ya!
Her story continues, straight from where 'Dear Bob' left off...!
'Love Jude', which is published by Scripture Union, is available to buy from all good Christian retailers.
'Love', which is published by Scripture Union, is available to buy from all good Christian retailers.
If you are purchasing from overseas or require quantities other than the below then please contact me.
Da Teem (Love Jude)
The book was written in 2 parts, and as each part was written it was sent to 5 people, who rigorously went through it, following a certain criteria regarding how to edit it. It meant they could say when they thought something was funny/moving/relevant to them/realistic, etc... and also when the opposite of these were true!
"Just to say I finished reading Love Jude yesterday. An excellent sequel. I didn't think at first that the issues Jude was facing were as relevent to me as those in Dear Bob but then I realised that maybe they were. Anyway thank you for a great book. I hope you will write another one about Jude."
"Hi! I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading both your books. I am generally a slow reader but couldn't put these books down once I started. Several months after reading Dear Bob, I was very excited when my boyfriend came home and said there was to be a sequel.
"well i have read both books and the frist boook was cool in made my laugh so much and it real help reach out the girl in my youth club and have got 2 girls hooked on the books a brough the frist one cause i heard it v much like bridget jones diary but christain style and i saw the 2nd book in the local christain bookshop well i just brought it there and then,im 21 year & yes im a bloke & love anythin chick based"
"finished reading Love Jude 10 min ago...only started day and half ago.
"I love your books, especially 'Dear Bob' and my boyfriend recently brought me 'Love Jude' I am normally not much of a reader untill my boyfriend brought me the first one on a chistian camp we went to... and i found it ACE, couldn't put it down! It also helped me to understand more things about God and life, as i seem as confused as Jude did! So i found them great!
"i have read the sequal!!
"Hi there, i spoke to you once before about your books... i don't know if you remember but i would just like to say that i have now finished both and found them sooooo good. And they have really boosted me about university and life! So i would just say how much i appreciated the books... and to encourage you to keep on writing as they truly are inspirational!!!"
"Both dear bob and love jude have been the best books i have read in a really long time! i have read them both so many times now and everytime i feel i gain something from it!
"hiya! ive jus finishd readin 'dear bob' and 'love jude'! i thought both books were rly gd and what she said always made me laugh...i found it hard to put the books down! they rly helped me in some of the situations that Jude was in, to relate with my life and how it cud help me! thnx so much! i was jus wonderin if u were goin to write any more books, either following on from 'love jude' or another type of similar book?"
"just a note to say i have just read both the Jude Singleton books and loved them!!! made me remember uni as well, which is always nice, and was well chuffed with the whole Honeypot Lane thing as I've actually lived on that street!!! (for my first year of life-so don't remember it at all). But it was cool, cos i've noticed that on the hand dryers too."
"i got "dear bob" as a present at my recent baptism...and read it that very night! was completley captivated n couldnt put it down. then i brought "love jude" yesterday (my friend and i nearly wet ourselves when we saw it) and i was wowed again :) its as if both books were written specifically for me, God spoke to me in ways i really didnt expect. thank you so, so much for these books! they are amazing gifts of light to everyone i know. being a girl's hard...so is being a teenage...but a teenage christian girl- its crazy! thank you so much. xx"
"Thank you SO much for 'Dear Bob' and 'Love Jude'. I could totally relate to Jude and every little thing she experienced- im a Fresher at Uni, and i love both books to bits. Jude IS me, how did you get inside my head?! God definitly spoke to me, preparing me for issues that come up and showing me im not alone in my worrying and silly mistakes. I've been talking about it so much,and ive never laughed out loud while reading before! God Bless for all you do. Please write another one!
"Hi, I really liked Dear Bob and Love Jude, but I just found that sometimes the abbreviations of words were a bit too over the top (for example the menu on this website) it just seems like it's either taking the mickey of slang (which it may be) or just making an over the top attempt to be "cool", especially when the spellings of words are changed to other spellings that don't even make the word shorter - and that's the whole point of it! Sorry if that sonds really negative, it doesn't mean to :-S
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