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

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

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by Kimberla Lawson Roby, Kensington Publishing Corporation Staff
     
 

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Tanya Black has everything a woman could want. And yet, none of it can hide the growing turbulence in her marriage. Her husband, once a supportive partner, has grown remote, and Tanya has the uneasy feeling that her comfortable life is about to change.

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Tanya Black has everything a woman could want. And yet, none of it can hide the growing turbulence in her marriage. Her husband, once a supportive partner, has grown remote, and Tanya has the uneasy feeling that her comfortable life is about to change.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575664897
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Series:
Reverend Curtis Black Series, #1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Kimberla Lawson Roby is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series as well as several other novels and novellas. She lives with her husband in Illinois. You can learn more about Kimberla by visiting KimRoby.com, Twitter.com/KimberlaLRoby, or Facebook.com/kimberlalawsonroby.

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Casting the First Stone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read from Kimberla Roby. Casting the first stone was a great book. I pick the book for a book report at school. I like the way Kimberla made the book relate to today's lifestyle.
ACHERISE3 More than 1 year ago
Excellent Book - Couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the next book...Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Avid_ReaderAC More than 1 year ago
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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C_CAKE More than 1 year ago
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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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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was just a good fun read! I would imagine these things go on all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started reading novels again and I could not put the book down! It was so entertaining!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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