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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; Reprint edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446692913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446692915
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Preacher Jakes makes his first novel the latest medium for his message of spiritual hope and inspiration. He interweaves the lives of four very different women--three black, one white, young and old, rich and poor--who must face harsh self-truths and search for spiritual comfort as they confront painful issues. Michelle is an ambitious young career woman who is pulled back into the self-defeating patterns of an abusive past. Tonya, older and somewhat wiser, still has much to learn about living life to its fullest. The two women clash on the job as Tonya is charged with responsibility for getting Michelle to shape up or face dismissal; however, Michelle strongly resents Tonya's faith-based approach. Mrs. Judson, their rich white employer, has little patience with either woman until a scandal forces her to question her reliance on wealth and power. Miz Ida is Michelle's elderly neighbor, a woman who has served as surrogate mother and spiritual counselor, keeping the young woman on track. Incorporating each character's perspective, Jakes highlights the different seasons of women's lives--from Michelle's youthful reliance on beauty and sensuality through Miz Ida's appreciation of an eternal hopefulness that defies aging. Vanessa Bush
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"Preacher Jakes makes his first novel the latest medium for his message of spiritual hope and inspiration."
-- Booklist (Booklist ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I just simply could not get into this book.
Loni Smith
If Jakes, however, did in fact write it, he's probably embarrassed about it.
Loni Smith
This was the worst fictional novel i have ever read.
S. Palmer

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donna Reynolds on August 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up because it was written by Bishop T.D. Jakes. I have read several of his books and frequently watch his show. He inspires me and his words have definitely helped bring me closer to God. I really didn't know what to expect but was impressed by his skill in this genre. The book is well-written and he uses dialogue wisely and correctly. There is a nice flow to his words and the characters are believable.
Bishop Jakes intertwines bible verses and references to his own books throughout the book. I hear his words in the prayers and his stength in the wisdom of Miz Ida and Tonya. It is a rather painless way to get the message out there to those who may not be receptive to the stronger version.
The story actually holds up well and kept me involved. It is a little bit predictable but that's okay. I liked it and read it in one sitting so he succeeded in that.
I have nothing but respecct and admiration for Bishop Jakes and if he writes another novel, I will read that one too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
To say that I was utterly disappointed with this book would be an understatement. Extremely predictable it reminded me of a low budget movie. I would not recommend it to any of my friends who are also avid readers. I chalk this one up to a donation to Jakes ministry. I wish I had sown a seed elsewhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Cover Girls has to be one of the worst Christian books I have ever read. I do believe that if Bishop Jakes' ministry was not so well-known that this book would never have been published.
The characters are one dimensional and poorly developed. This made it difficult to relate to or empathize with the main characters. It was hard to find the characters' true voices. They all sounded as if Bishop Jakes was mimicing women's conversations he'd overheard. The plot was unbelievable and lacked cohesion. Plus, the plot was just so-o-o predictable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JMP on November 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Don't get me wrong. I love T.D. Jakes, and enjoy his ministry.
Just not this one. I couldn't get with the characters to save my life. They seemed to have no...oomph! They didn't seem real to me. I gave the book a three because sometimes I felt like it was making sense, but then it would fall right off. The storyline was a yawn, predictable, and I was more annoyed than disappointed. Sometimes the characters would say the same thing three different ways, in the same block of dialogue. I, personally, was bored. Maybe you'll enjoy it though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Palmer on September 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
No no no no noooooo. This was the worst fictional novel i have ever read. It was torture just to get through the first few chapters. I couldnt finish it. The characters were so boring and undeveloped. Whoever wrote this or helped Jakes write this needs a lot of help in character development, plot development, story lines etc etc. I am so particular about the christian books i choose to read, and was very upset when i wasted my money on this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
T.D. Jakes bursts on to the Christian Fiction scene, with his first novel, COVER GIRLS. In this book he likens the life of a woman to the four seasons. Spring being the time of youthful growth and nurturing, summer being the time emerging from the period nurturing and coming into full bloom as a young adult, fall being the period of harvest and rest, and finally winter, which is a time of waiting for new life to emerge. Each of the four main characters in the book represent one of the seasons in his analogy. Michelle is young, spirited and in the summer of her life, yet she is battered by a troubling past that continues to haunt her. Tonya is in the Fall of her life, but instead of enjoying this time she is always trying to please others while neglecting herself. Mrs. Judson, the only primary character that is not African American, is in the winter of her life. But instead of being at peace and waiting for new life to emerge, she is caught in a web of sorrow primarily due to her insatiable desire to appear "together." Miz Ida is also in the winter of her life, but as a result of her strong faith in God, she celebrates this stage of her life and looks forward to the many things that are yet to come. The characters lives intersect and in spite of their unlikely relationships with one another, each of them grow to new heights spiritually and personally.
T.D. Jakes is known by many for his prolific non-fiction writings on any number of Christian topics. With COVER GIRLS, his first novel, Jakes continues to establish himself as a writer whom everyone should take note of. He seamlessly integrates Biblical principles into real life situations that women can relate to, while keeping the reader engrossed in the lives of the characters.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Simmons on October 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love TD Jakes the Pastor, Prolific Teacher, the Prophet, a true Man of God. However, in my opinion his writing leaves a lot to be desired. Cover Girls is not the only book that I have read. I really did not enjoy "The Lady, The Lover, Her Lord". God's Leading Lady was written fairly well. Pastor Jakes is gifted in many areas, I take nothing from him as I enjoy his ministry tremendously. I just don't think his literature is that great.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Wallington on August 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In order to reach the masses, the preacher may have to come out of the pulpit and get their attention through different mediums. The dynamic preacher, teacher and best selling author, Bishop T.D. Jakes, takes delivering the Word to the next level in his fictional debut novel, Cover Girls. Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready! as the Cover Girls evolve in their seasons as they triumph and overcome pain, abuse, stress and fear.
Michelle is in the summer of her life. She is strong and she is a survivor. Past abuse has shaped her outlook on her current life. She has issues with trust and men. She feels she does not need friends, especially female friends. One persistent female helps her change her demeanor. Tonya is in the fall of her life. She has become settled and at peace with her life, however drab it is. Encouraged by her son and others she gradually makes changes and finds that happiness is not only internal, but she can also look good on the outside. Mrs. Judson is in the winter of her life. It looks like she has it all, but things could not be worse for her. She has an out-of- control granddaughter and a secret that could ruin her reputation and that of her family. With no support system and an unbeliever she thinks she is all alone. Miz Ida is living in the spring. Her strong shoulders bear the pain of those who do not know the goodness of the Lord. Her love of the Lord extends to the boarder babies to the drug addict sleeping in the doorway of her apartment building to Michelle. Her joy is seeing how her good works and prayer manifest in others.
Just as in his nonfiction works, Jakes delivers a powerful message in a simple and plain manner. Cover Girls is a road map for women that travel through lifes season.
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T. D. Jakes is the CEO of TDJ Enterprises, LLP; founder and senior pastor of The Potter's House of Dallas, Inc., which has over 30,000 members; and the author of the New York Times bestselling Making Great Decisions and Reposition Yourself. Time magazine and CNN referred to him as "America's Best Preacher." His TV show, The Potter's Touch, reaches 67 million households per month. He has been the host of national radio and television broadcasts and is regularly featured on the highly rated Dr. Phil show. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, five children, and two grandchildren.

Visit T. D. Jakes online at www.tdjakes.com.