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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (July 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743477146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743477147
  • ASIN: B0041T4QWY
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,282,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's hard to imagine a more dysfunctional family than the Reverend Samuel Jackson's, Billingsley's creation in Let the Church Say Amen. The oldest son, David, had a promising career in the NFL but was injured and now steals from the collection plate to support his drug habit. Nineteen-year-old Rachel has had two babies by different fathers. The middle child, Simon, is poised to become assistant pastor and might seem like a chip off the old block, but he has a secret that will prove rather awkward. Reverend Jackson himself pastors a black church he built up from nothing, but what kind of minister is he to his own family? Can his stalwart wife bring healing to this mess? Is prayer any good at all? Though Billingsley drifts toward self-parody, her community of very human saints will win readers over with their humor and verve. John Mort
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About the Author

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the author of the nonfiction book Help!  I've Turned into My Mother and six previous adult novels: My Brother's Keeper, for which she received the prestigious Gold Pen Award for Best New Author from the Black Writer's Alliance and the Nova Lee Nation Award from the Greater Dallas Writing Association; the national bestseller and #1 Essence bestseller Let the Church Say Amen, chosen for Library Journal's Best of 2004 list for Christian fiction; I Know I've Been Changed, a main Selection of the Black Expressions Book Club and #1 Dallas Morning News bestseller; the sequel to Let the Church Say Amen and a USA Today 2007 ?Summer Sizzler? and Essence bestseller Everybody Say Amen; The Pastor's Wife, also an Essence bestseller and Can I Get A Witness.  Her previous teen novels are Friends 'Til The End, Fair-Weather Friends, Getting Even, With Friends Like These, Blessings in Disguise, and Nothing But Drama, all available from Pocket Books.  She is also a contributor to the anthology Have a Little Faith.  She welcomes readers to her websites at www.reshondatatebillingsley.com.

More About the Author

I am a former news reporter and anchor, who now writes books full-time. I'm the author of twenty-seven books and a mother to three. My sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah's Flava Unit, Royal Ties Productions and Bobcat Films. (Oh, and I do make my film debut as well! Look for me in the church scene!)Honored to have won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Say Amen, Again. I'm also a proud University of Texas at Austin graduate. Not only do I love writing, I love reading almost as much!

Customer Reviews

Yet she wonders why she can't make it to praise God on time!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nardsbaby VINE VOICE on January 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Simon Jackson, pastor of Zion Hill located in Houston, Texas is a regal and revered man. Well that is at church at least. His home life is complicated. He can't seem to understand his oldest son, and only daughter. He's turned them over to God. His concern now is his middle child. The one he refers to as his prodigal child. His wife has been the only woman he's been with. It wasn't like he didn't have opportunities, but he honored God. He just wished that Loretta could see that there grown children needed to sink or swim.

Loretta Jackson, first lady and school teacher. She's been called a many names. Mainly she was devoted to her husband and her family. Though she didn't have much to say Loretta is the glue that holds her dysfunctional family together. She didn't dare argue with Simon about the children. Instead she tries to make up for him. It is Loretta's hope that her family eventually realize that they need one another. And no matter how they may feel they are all the others have.

David the oldest child had always been a problem child. Nothing major, he was a C student fun loving kid. Only problem David couldn't seem to adjust to, was not having his father's acceptance. Once he had a college scholarship and played football. Now things were so different. His family at times tried to help him.

Jonathan the middle child has always done precisely what it was his father wanted. A college graduate with a Divinity degree. Jonathan is struggling with the weight of the world on his shoulders. There is no easy way for Jon to divulge his secrets to his father. Not if he wants to maintain Daddy's love.

Rachel this baby girl gives new meaning to what it is to be a preacher's kid, as well as a drama filled baby mama.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Colleen McMahon VINE VOICE on July 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the story of a family in turmoil. The seemingly perfect pastor of a medium-large Houston African-American church, Rev. Simon Jackson, has a smoothly running ministry but trouble at home. His long-suffering wife Loretta is caught between her choice to follow him as her leader and head of the household, and her feeling that his neglect and hard attitude toward his children is a mistake that is making things worse. And the kids are a mess! The oldest son is a drug addict, the daughter, with two babies by two different men, puts the drama in "baby mama drama" and the younger son, the one that Simon thinks is the perfect one who will follow in his footsteps, is hiding a secret that is making him miserable. As his family life continues to unwind, other events are coming that will shock Simon out of his complacency with his life and his judgmental ways with his children.

While the events kept me turning pages and there were a few surprises, the characterizations of each of the main players could have been more substantial. I especially felt that in the case of the daughter, Rachel, who comes off as an unsympathetic brat most of the time (but who, I confess, added most of the page-turning action to the story, wondering what her crazy butt would do next). Things are on the road to resolution by the end of the story but it's hard to see what changes have occurred (again, especially in the case of Rachel) and the wrap up was a bit rushed. There were so many events where I wanted to see more into the characters' heads for their deeper emotions and reactions, but the storyline rushed on to another development instead. Maybe a sequel is in the works?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cee Jay on July 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I first started reading this book I got caught up in the characters and then the storyline became so obvious about how the pastors children would turn out. I get so disappointed when I read a novel that is suppose to be Christian fiction and uses profanity throughout the book. I was looking for an uplifting novel, but instead it leaves you depressed. Let's just say if you like drama, this is the book for you, but if you are a Christian don't bother to read this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mia Myers on May 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is how i would put it. If you read all of your good books, then you might want to read this from your "later" pile if you have nothing else good to read. My bookclub was wrong for selecting this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mz4tay on December 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 16 year old step-daughter. I let her borrow a lot of my "Christian Fiction" books, and though I do read, non-Christian fiction as well, I wouldn't openly expose her to just anything (Both her mother & I are very active in our respective churches and care a lot about what things are influences in her life.) I borrowed the book from her, and was very saddened to find that there was as much cursing and vulgarity in the book as there is in ANY OLE BOOK YOU PICK UP off the shelf. There are ways to depict certain actions and behaviors, without blatently "putting it out there". The storyline is very perdictable which makes it a quick read. Had I purchased it as "just a book", I would have said it's okay, but I bought this as "Christian Fiction".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By His-4-Ever on August 11, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Christian fiction readers, beware!!! In my opinion this is far from a Christian Fiction work. This book contains several swear words, and is extremely shallow. If you are a Christian reader that expects to read the "f" word, "b" word, "s" word, etc....., you may enjoy this book. However, when I read a book categorized as Christian Fiction I expect a "clean" literary work based on the principles of the bible. The story line is very predictable throughout the entire book, and at times scenes are unnecessarily exaggerated, which makes them corny. Also, I am disappointed that the author sublimely attempts to persuade readers to view principles of the bible as unimportant, particularly in reference to a lifestyle of homosexuality and fornication. The bible is very clear about the eternal outcome of individuals who practice this lifestyle. "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." (Revelations 21:8-NIV). Followers of Christ do not have to judge the world, Christ will do that. However, it is our great comission to go out and reach the lost, and proclaim the true word of God, which is not supported by this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially someone who is not strong in their Christian Faith and values. I am so glad that I checked this book out from my local library instead of purchasing it, because I would be even more disappointed. Don't waste your time!
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