Sunday, August 15, 2010

MORE CHURCH FOLK: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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MORE CHURCH FOLK

BY MICHELE ANDREA BOWEN

ABOUT THE BOOK:

It is now 1986, and the preachers of the Gospel United Church are preparing for their much-anticipated Triennial General Conference. The last time readers encountered the good Rev. Theophilus Simmons, he was a newlywed and the pastor of a modest-sized congregation in Memphis. Now he's the father of three and running a congregation in St. Louis. His best friend, Rev. Eddie Tate, is now with a fast growing church in Chicago, but he is getting real frustrated with the way things are run in the Gospel United Church. Marcel Brown and his father, Ernest, along with Sonny Washington and Bishop Larsen Giles have had two decades to perfect their slimy methods of "tapping" church funds and other misdeeds. Now they've found a secret weapon that will allow them to make fast money and accomplish what they failed to do 20 years ago--buy off enough power to dominate the entire denomination, put their cronies in key spots, and ransack the church like it is the spoils of war. It won't be long before the two opposing sides face off..."church-folk" style.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Michele Andrea Bowen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an M.A. in History and a M.P.H. in Public Health. She lives in Durham, North Carolina. Michele is the author of the #1 Essence bestsellers Church Folk and Second Sunday.

MY REVIEW:

Michele Andrea Bowen’s new book, MORE CHURCH FOLK, revisits the group from her bestselling CHURCH FOLK and there is a new sermon to preach, or at least a new story to tell. It is now 1986, and the Gospel United Church is preparing for the Triennial General Conference. At this conference bishops are elected to fill vacancies. However, there is good and evil going on behind the pews, I mean scenes, as parishioners await the start of the meeting and election of new bishops. Percy Jennings who is the Senior Bishop just wants good Christian males to fill the important vacancies. He thinks that Pastors Theophilus Simmons and Eddie Tate would be good candidates and make wonderful Bishops. Bishop Jennings also knows that if even one of them can win, then there is a good chance that the church can be run properly and stop the greedy who are not in church for saving, although they are the ones who need it.

However, there are others who would use whatever means is necessary to gain control of a seat in the election so they can keep their illegal business going. When Bishop Jennings discovers that an import business in Mozambique is helping Bishops make money for themselves under the guise of helping the church, he has to deal with it. This “business” is to sell a “youth serum” that supposedly helps men to “regain their youth”. It is made from watermelon powder. The plan to sell it to the parishioners has to be stopped.

Bowen’s characters are well drawn and the main plot is an interesting read but I had trouble keeping everyone straight as there were so many different important characters. Evidently, Bowen realized this would be a problem so left a kind of footnote to help readers remember who each character was. Her theme of not always taking people at face value, as in trusting someone because they have a certain title, like Bishop, is well taken. I had a little trouble getting through the book as I had to work so hard to keep all the names in my head even with the author's help. Perhaps if I had read the first book, CHURCH FOLK, the players would have been clearer to me but overall, it was an enjoyable story.


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25 comments:

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Interests me that there are ministers (fiction is usually based on reality) that are about making money and running their denomination.

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