Casting the First Stone (Reverend Curtis Black Series #1)

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Blackboard Fiction Book Of The Year 2001

Tanya Black has everything a woman could want: a fulfilling career, a beautiful daughter, an elegant home, and a handsome, charismatic husband who is pastor at a prominent Baptist church. And yet, none of it can hide the growing turbulence in her marriage, which suddenly has Tanya doubting what she once cherished.

Then Curtis goes too far, and Tanya's confronted with the worst betrayal a woman can face. ...

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Overview

Blackboard Fiction Book Of The Year 2001

Tanya Black has everything a woman could want: a fulfilling career, a beautiful daughter, an elegant home, and a handsome, charismatic husband who is pastor at a prominent Baptist church. And yet, none of it can hide the growing turbulence in her marriage, which suddenly has Tanya doubting what she once cherished.

Then Curtis goes too far, and Tanya's confronted with the worst betrayal a woman can face. Plunged into a bittersweet journey of discovery, she suddenly finds herself learning painful new lessons about love, loyalty, and sensual temptation. . ..and discovering the wisdom to celebrate the victories that are hers alone.

"An uplifting account of struggles and adjustments."--The Midwest Book Review on Behind Closed Doors

A Featured Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild A Selection of the Black Expressions Book Club

Kimberla Lawson Roby is the author of the acclaimed novels Behind Closed Doors and Here And Now, chosen as A Featured Alternate Selection of The Literary Guild. She lives in Rockford, Illinois with her husband, Will. When asked by readers what inspired her to write a novel, she says, "Becoming a novelist had not been a lifelong dream of mine, but at the same time, I knew that in order for me to find contentment, I had to find something that I love doing whether I received payment for it or not. I took a long, hard look at what my likes and dislikes were, and when I realized that writing continuously rose to the top of my list, I decided to write a novel."

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Editorial Reviews

Black College Today
Blackboard bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby takes on one of the most controversial issues in America: corruption and temptation within Church leadership. Casting the First Stone goes behind the scenes of a fictional Chicago church and its struggle to keep faith and commitment alive in the face of ambition. This is the third novel of this author whose previous books won her dedicated fans who turn out for her coast-to-coast bookstore appearances or follow her career closely via the Internet. Roby's connection to her readers is closely reflected in her novels. Her works bring to life Black women whose lives are complex with jobs, children, spouses and lovers in short the kind of lives her readers themselves live. Giving voice to the women who share their concerns with her has always been Roby's aim in each novel she has written. Casting the First Stone listens in on the heart of a woman torn between loving who her husband was and hating who has become. Roby weaves a fast-paced story about faith's challenges in a world made up of material desires and other physical temptations. Roby's newest novel leads here heroine into a new bond with her church—at peach with her spiritual life. An electrifying read.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There are few surprises in the insubstantial plot of Roby's third novel (after Here and Now), a story of a marriage that, obviously doomed from the book's opening pages, drags on through repetitive and melodramatic scenes. When she married him eight years ago, Tanya Black thought that Curtis would be a dedicated evangelist preacher, but the power of his current position as pastor of a prominent African-American Baptist church in Chicago has turned his head, and their "model marriage had long since turned into something very ugly and dreadfully different." Curtis flaunts his expensive wardrobe and lifestyle, and he continually begs his congregation for more money. He's having an affair with the deacon's wife, lies outrageously, neglects his daughter and eventually grows physically abusive. Although most of his misbehavior is described in chapter one and grows more flagrant as the book progresses, Tanya dithers through the entire novel deliberating whether she should file for divorce. Roby strives for an ironic twist in making Tanya a counselor for battered women, but this only makes her seem more duped and self-destructive. Because the pointlessness of this marriage seems so clear, there isn't much of a story aside from the stock characters who contribute to the tawdry drama: Alicia, the Blacks' sensitive, six-year-old daughter; Tanya's supportive best friend, Nicole; and James, the perfect man whom Tanya meets. While the book aims to inspire and send a strong Christian message, calling for women to take charge of their lives, the narrative is written in such clich d prose that it cannot effectively address the serious issues of marital strife and domestic violence. 22-city author tour. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758201799
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Reverend Curtis Black Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 107,026
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    Excellent Book - Couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the n

    Excellent Book - Couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the next book...Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Check it out a GOOD READ!!

    Took a chance on a new author and I really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down.
    I've purchased more of her books and have loaded others on my Nook.
    Wished the 1st 3 of this series were on Nookbooks.
    Highly recommended!!!

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

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    Highly Recommended - A Must Read!!!

    Just started reading the Curtis Black series and this first book started it off with a bang!! Roby did her thing and I just started the second book and Curtis is at it again!! So excited to continue reading the rest of the books in the series!

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    Church Folks uncovered!

    Ms. Kimberla did an awesome job of "keeping it Jesus" & "keeping it real"! Her honest look into the life of a pastor, his wife, and what can really go on is intriguing. The pastor was not a man after God's heart. Curtis Black is off the chain! Cheating...making babies...staturtory rape...in the church! He was very materialistic, and neglected his family. It was entertaining, and it took the topics to the limit without being rounchy. With a great ending...and it is the first of the Curtis Black Series which is completely a must have for your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

    Not what I was expecting...

    I expected this book to captivate me from the very beginning, but it didn't. I think it would have been a better book if I hadn't had such high expectations for it. I couldn't force myself to finish the book, but I could almost figure out how the book was going to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2009

    Great Book!!!!

    I really enjoyed this book. I plan to read the entire Pastor Curtis Black series. I read "One In a Million" first, and I had never read any novels by Kimberla Lawson Roby, I was a little disappointed. But after reading this book, I'll continue to buy her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    Very Good!

    This book was just a good fun read! I would imagine these things go on all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    Fantastic....Inspiring

    I don't know if I've ever read anything that I've enjoyed as much. I think one of the reasons is that this type of thing happens so frequently now. That's what made it so real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    Wow!!!!!

    This is a very good book. I have to admit it made me angry at times, but it was a good read overall. It does make you stop and think twice. But after all a minister was a man first. A must read!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2005

    The next ones better!!!!! OOhh and the third!!!!!

    In this one Kimberla Lawson Roby really did put together a great story.... In the book following this one is even better. The characters are so true to form!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2005

    KEPT ME WANTING TO READ MORE!

    I just started reading novels again and I could not put the book down! It was so entertaining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2005

    Engaging, but not life changing

    This was a fun read. All along I think she is stupid, but it was still a fun read. Not life changing though. No questioning yourself and your beliefs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    What Will Curtis Do Next?

    This one definetly kept me on my toes. Not sure what Curtis would do next and how it would all play out. This one is definetly a page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Outstanding

    This book was so good. I really enjoyed this book. It was better than Behind Closed Doors and I am enjoying it. It had so much drama and Curtis Black was a mess. I cant believe that he was such a hypocrite like that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Kimberla L. Roby / is Outstanding!!!!!!

    this book was ahh-some..it was a true page turner.. each time i put it down to go do something, I found myself picking the book right back up..boy!! Curtis Black was a tripp indeed....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    I Read This Book In 3 days

    I was very suprise with the book. This is the 1st book I have read by this aurthor, It was a very good book, and I am looking forward to reading other books by Kimberla Lawson Roby

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    WELL WRITTEN

    THIS WAS A VERY WELL WRITTEN BOOK AND THE MAIN CHARACTER'S ARE OFF THE HOOK THIS TO WAS A PAGE TURNER I HAVE YET TO READ THE SEQUEL TO THE SEQUEL OF THIS BOOK..BUT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    i love this book

    this book is so good i could not put it down the auther is the best, she know how to write a book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2005

    Real Life

    I really have no words to describe this book it was just that good. This should be a movie, sitcom or something

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    Do we forgive or Move on

    Kimberla did an awesome job in this book. I could not put it down for a second. She addressed a lot of things that go on in the church and at home as well. Just when you thought you knew everthing that was going to happen, Kimberla hit you with a curve ball that kept your fingers turning the pages. If you like anxious reading with a little bit of drama this book is highly recommended. I hope you enjoy this book s much I did. I would suggest reading her 'Behind Closed Doors' also written by Kimberla. I am looking forward to the new book in Feburay 2005! I want to see what will happen to Curtis Black?

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