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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (June 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400071798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400071791
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Earth to Betsy

“I love Betsy! She’s funny, flawed, and refreshingly real. In Earth to Betsy I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud as Betsy juggles an impending church move, a mostly absent fiancé, and a steamroller mother-in-law who hijacks her wedding plans into a tacky, low-rent debacle. Two thumbs up!”
–Laura Jensen Walker, author of Dreaming in Technicolor and Reconstructing Natalie

“Betsy’s back! With the same irreverent, self-deprecating humor. Entirely real, entirely honest, and completely endearing. Backed by a choir of secondary characters you probably sit next to at church on Sunday. She shows us that you can’t go far wrong when your heart’s in the right place and you know who you believe in.”
–Siri L. Mitchell, author of Kissing Adrien

Earth to Betsy is a delightful, fun read that kept me on the edge of my seat, or in this case, pew.  Betsy touches a part of each one of us–she is so real, so fun, and so willing to go the extra mile for God and the woman who just might end up being her mother-in-law.  Both witty and charming, Beth Pattillo is destined to gain a loyal and faithful audience.”
–Debbie Macomber, author of Susannah’s Garden

“The Reverend Betsy Blessing is back! A unique blend of whacky chick-lit and inspirational fiction, Earth to Betsy bubbles with wit, but is also a thoughtful, moving study of Betsy’s growth as a woman, and as a minister of God. Irresistible!”
–Mary Jo Putney, author of The Marriage Spell

“All I can say is ‘Thank Heavens for Betsy.’ This refreshing and honest character filled my heart and mind from page one of the first book and left me anticipating book two. Earth to Betsy breezed in like early Spring leaving a smile on my face and a feeling of fresh hope. Beth Patillo is a magnificent story-teller with a pleasant voice and a character I won't soon forget.”
–Tracey Bateman, author Leave it to Claire and Claire Knows Best, ACFW President

About the Author

Beth Pattillo is the author of Heavens to Betsy and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She served churches in Missouri and Tennessee before founding Faith Leader, a spiritual leadership development program in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Beth Pattillo's love for Jane Austen was born when she studied at the University of London, Westfield College, for one glorious semester. Her passion quickly became an obsession, necessitating regular trips to England over the past twenty years. When not dreaming of life 'across the pond,' Beth lives in Nashville with her husband and two children.

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If you've been wanting to give chick-lit a try but didn't know where to start, this is your book. EARTH TO BETSY, the follow-up to HEAVENS TO BETSY, is Beth Pattillo's fun yet thoughtful take on the perils of being female, single, and a clergywoman with all the attendant angst that makes for an enjoyable read.

In the first installment, Betsy struggled with her calling to the pastorate, her surprising sudden romantic sparks for her best guy friend David (also a minister), and her wardrobe, which went from frumpy to fashion-plate and now hovers somewhere in the normal range. The 30-something Reverend Betsy Blessing is back in full force here, this time contemplating a no-frills wedding with her best friend David Swenson and an offer to be senior minister of Church of the Shepherd in downtown Nashville. But chaos --- of course! --- is nipping at her heels. HEAVENS TO BETSY finds Pattillo digging a little deeper into the characters' lives, exploring their motivations and examining their sometimes misguided good intentions that go awry.

After a stint as interim minister at the dying downtown church, Betsy is on the brink of some big decisions. Moving the crumbling building's congregation to the suburbs could mean the chance to pastor a vibrant, growing congregation of young families with money, rather than the difficult declining group of mostly senior citizens who are the last hold-outs at Church of the Shepherd (not to mention the shabbiest member, "Booger," a homeless street person who frequents the services and serves as Betsy's conscience). Betsy has convinced herself --- and the church board --- that the move is all for the best of the congregation. But are her motives really pure? And the too-good-to-be-true offer for the church property has her wondering....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Anglin on August 7, 2008
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The best followup story I've read in a long time. I would love to read a third in the series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Schmitt on April 7, 2008
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This book show what it is like for all pastors. WE can learn to treat pastors with more kindness.
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By TW on April 8, 2013
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Someone gave me the first in this seris, Heavens to Betsy. It was very easy read; finished in one night. Bought this because I love a true story and also always like to finish something started. The pretense is a good subject for today's Christian woman.The story is about the trials of a young woman assistant pastor that gets tossed into the senior position of a dying inner city church.This second book so far is just ok. The writting is not very good- my daughters could write better in high school. The story is cute but predictable and tedious. In fact I have a hard time finishing because of lost interest.
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