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Rod of the Wicked (Church Boyz' Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

H.H. Fowler , Anita Bunkley , Best Sellers Christian Fiction , Best Sellers , Best Selling Author
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Book Description

Imagine sharing the spotlight with a ruthless blackmailer, whose only intention, is to take all of which you’ve worked hard to achieve – your wealth, your fame, and your church of seven thousand members. For Pastor Leroy Paxton of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, this is no imagination. Five years ago, he committed a toxic sin and almost lost his life trying to cover it up. He now comes face to face with his past, which haunts him from the pulpit to his bedroom. And the only way out of this nightmare is to make a decision that could cost him everything.

Then imagine being mentored by one of the most revered men, Abraham Winder, whose stance on accountability and sexual purity is taught rigorously within the Mount Moriah mentoring program, only to discover your mentor is not what you expect. This is the reality for Dominic Housten, one of Abraham’s closet and trusted protégés, who accidentally stumbles upon a scene that left him frozen in disbelief. As Dominic struggles with betrayal, he confides in the pastor’s daughter – the only woman he’d secretly loved for years. The only problem with that is the pastor’s daughter is married to Phillip Benjamin, a deacon of the church and an extremely jealous man, who suspects Dominic’s intention runs deeper than just a casual friendship.

The intertwined lives of these four men show that the righteous are not perfect, and at times, are tempted to forsake the ways of God. As each of these men battle to regain their focus, they will come to realize that the consequences of their sins are far greater than they’d anticipated – just one stupid mistake could produce a lifetime of hell!


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"A Real Page Turner!"
This book is a must read. The characters and scenarios are painted so vividly, you can actually see the people and the events as they unfold. This book has romance, suspense, secrets and explores the undeniable truth that we are all just humans trying to make our way through life. This author has such a wonderful gift!
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Product Details

  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: H.H.Fowler (April 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007S9ZYH0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YESSSS.......A MUST READ!!!!! August 4, 2012
By Monique
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let me just say I haven't bought any urban books since I have gotten my Kindle and thats been 8 months ago! This is the first urban book I have read in a long time! Omg....I was captured from the beginning to the end! The characters were great and things like this really happen in the church today! But if you are considering this book, please DO! Me being a single mother of two boys, a full-time job, and other activies.....I READ THIS BOOK IN 3 DAYS AND THAT ISN'T NORMAL FOR ME! A straight jaw dropper.....just purchased Church Boyz part#2! Thanks for reading my review! :)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Church Boyz Series May 28, 2012
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I just finished and was shocked and sad to flip the page of my Kindle Fire to find myself at the end. Excellent writing style and technique. So looking forward to the next part of the series. I am definitely craving more. How long must we wait!!!!!! Props to the author H. H. job well done and eagarly awaiting the next since you left us hanging. lol
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I must have read a different book February 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I saw that the book was free and read the reviews and thought I would give it a try. The books starts over very slow and is all over the place.

Everyone in the book is hiding something from someone and half the time you don't know what they are hiding or why. The characters are very judgmental and sanctimonious and the use of labels when identifying clothing was sickening for a Christian fiction book.
The First Lady can only wear really expensive clothes but when she leaves her husband she takes her Gucci bag and stays at the Best Western?!
The First Lady and her daughter whine a lot and were annoying.

The books never tells you anything, hence the book being a trilogy. So I assume you find out the answers to the secrets in books 2 and 3?

I will save my money
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lovers of themselves more like June 27, 2014
By Ann
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This book is not a Christian book to me. These so called contemporary Christianity is appalling to me. Is it not written that thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife? Is it not written that be not thou equally yoked with unbelievers? this book is a sorry excuse to christian romance. One man is chasing and dreaming of and finally kissing another man's wife because he is convinced the man is not good enough for her even though he had the chance to have married her and chose not to. Why is the author trying to justify him with the reasoning of men and pushing aside the Word of God. Thou shall not covet, It is his desire that none should perish... etc. If the husband is not good enough is it not written that the character of the wife is able to convert her husband? Why these excuses that are of the world. The husband was even more faithful than his church going wife. He did not cheat on her while the christian wife and some church boy were ogling each other. Is it not written that whoever shall look at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery from the Word of Christ Jesus Himself? These are the teachings that Apostle Paul warns us against. The logic of this world. This is very sick!
Then another minister, the youth pastor, is equally yoked to a prostitute. No you be quiet! and listen .. or read. The bible says do not be equally yoke. Yeah Yeah, I know. Judge not so ye be not judge. But also BE NOT equally yoked.. Yeah Yeah, Prophet Hosea! Did you also remembered what happened to the wife? Yeah Yeah, Magdalene. Did you know she forsook her ways when she encountered the master and followed him AFTER her encounter and repentance.
LET EVERYTHING BE DONE IN ORDER. The minister's relationship with the harlot was purely based on lust! Yes!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable August 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have really enjoyed reading this book. The story line seems very plausible. Several of the main characters are so lovable you can not help but pull for them. The politics behind the scenes at church make for an interesting read. The only thing that would have made it better is if the story had an ending and did not leave you having to read another book to find a conclusion.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5* Urban Christian Fiction September 8, 2013
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One of the first objectives that a successful author must conquer is finding, knowing, and writing for his/her audience. H.H. Fowler has mastered his craft. When I read his Amazon Author Page, I noticed he constantly remains in Top 100 of Amazon's Religious & Spirituality Authors. And, his books are #1 or in the top 10 of his genres: Christian Urban Fiction in either Protestant-Pentecostal(Charismatic/Non-Denominational) or African American. I wondered how he managed to do all three. Then I read his free Kindle book, Part I of "Church Boyz." And I knew why & how. He writes for his audience, with a genuine heartfelt conviction, equivalent to his writing talent.

The "Church Boyz I" storyline was first of all entertaining & realistic. Yet, I loved it because it was not so realistic that it was just a sermon. The scenes contained just enough 'over the top' elements, to prevent it from becoming another sermon disguised as a novel. But each scene was written with a spiritual conviction & concern, that a lesson was found within. I applaud this author for having the courage to stick with his conviction and write it-- as a novel that both teaches and entertains.

The language is hip, urban, and youthful-- but not profane. As an older person in the age 55+ category, I appreciated his ability to write his genre in urban language, that was also clean and easily understood by someone my age. I am genuinely impressed with this author, and feel that he is a bright star on the horizon of his genre: Urban Christian Fiction. He has a broad cross over appeal, and I think his conviction to both teach and entertain will keep him where he is now: At the top of his game. I look forward to reading all of his books, and purchased "Church Boyz Book 2", right after I finished reading the free Kindle Book 1 of his series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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It was ok. Not as predictable as expected but it wasn't to hard to guess which way it was going to go
Published 1 day ago by Brandy Johnson
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Published 4 days ago by Londieyellow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I think this book is a little hard to follow initially, however after the second chapter it seems to get a rhytm that made it easier to read. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Cyn94601
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining enough, will read second book
Surprised it kept my attention .
I like how the book had no sex and was still interesting, looking forward to the second one.
Published 8 days ago by Nicolette
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Attention keeper. I couldn't put it down. The plot definitely kept your attention and wanting to know what next.
Published 10 days ago by K. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent message for young people. Should be made into a movie for the big screen
Published 12 days ago by Sherry Pinder
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay
This book has A Great story line but it's a bit pettish and makes you want to discontinue reading after every so much chapters. I've read many books and this one is. Read more
Published 12 days ago by R bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
The author of this book put a lot of time and great detail into the development of this story. From the moment I started reading until the very end, I laughed, got upset and was... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Misslillyinthevalley
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Reading!!!!
Awesome !! this church series was great. H.H. Fowler is a great story teller. Keep you in suspense and I recommend this series It is a must read. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sarah J. Gentry
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Some of the words I had to look in the dictionary for meaning & pronunciation. The book is easy to follow and makes you wonder if things like this really happen behind the scenes... Read more
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More About the Author

H H Fowler is an Amazon Bestselling Author of more than 10 novels, including the Church Boyz and Church Gurlz series. He lives in the Bahamas and enjoys spending time with his family.

Find out more about H H Fowler at www.churchboyz.org

20 THINGS ABOUT H H Fowler!

1) Conceived in the chills of Switzerland, but Fowler's parents journeyed back home to the Bahamas where he was born and reared a Caribbean product.

2) A cosmopolitan at heart, Fowler's interest in the power of writing was ignited at the impressionable age of 13.

3) His first poem, inspired by his Literary teacher was published at age 14 by a recognized publishing company in Washington D.C.

4) Fowler plays both the piano and the drums.

5) Married since 2003 to the same woman. Together, they have one son and twin girls.

6) Loves to watch HGTV.

7) Worked in the banking system for over 12 years before venturing into writing full-time.

8) Did I mention that he is a full-time writer?

9) Agatha Christie, John Grisham and Jerry B. Jenkins are some of his favorite authors.

10) Youth leader at his church.

11) Graduated from college as the valedictorian and was selected to speak on behalf of the graduates.

12) Reads about three books a month. The remainder of the time is spent crafting his next bestselling novel.

13) Completed his first novel by the age of 21 (He was born in 1979, so you do the math).

14) More of an introvert, but very easy to make friends

15) He is a Christian and was raised in a Christian home.

16) Pasta, white rice and steamed pork chops are some of his favorite foods.

17) Dated his wife for six years before they were married.

18) Six years flew by before Fowler and his wife had their first child.

19) Imitation of Life is one of his favorite movies

20) Plans to write 100 novels before he retires.

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