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More Church Folk

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by Michele Andrea Bowen
     
 

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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

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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.

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"Picking up in 1986, 23 years after the events detailed in her best-seller Church Folk, Bowen's inspirational novel uses humor, local color, and vividly descriptive, if startling, language to good effect, ably demonstrating once again why she is the queen of African American Christian fiction. An entertaining and timely look at the politics of religion, Bowen's latest sounds a call to action for members of all faiths."

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"Readers will find themselves laughing out loud...Underneath it all are acute observations about African-American history and community. Readers who went to church with Bowen before will be delighted to return, and her choir should get bigger."—Publisher's Weekly"

Picking up in 1986, 23 years after the events detailed in her best-seller Church Folk, Bowen's inspirational novel uses humor, local color, and vividly descriptive, if startling, language to good effect, ably demonstrating once again why she is the queen of African American Christian fiction. An entertaining and timely look at the politics of religion, Bowen's latest sounds a call to action for members of all faiths."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446577762
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
872,006
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet 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.

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More Church Folk 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much details..too many characters/storylines..i wish i could get a refund..difbt really care for tge first book but this is even worst..what snooze fest
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
"More Church Folk" picks up 20+ years late. This time around the bishops and pastors are looking for new ways to secure votes. The last stunt did not go over well with the members of the Triennial General Conference Community and it appears that no one has learned from past mistakes. This book was difficult to get through. I struggled with the history of the church and the members. I understand what the author was attempting but the story line was too outrageous to be believable. I love this author and looked forward to reading the long awaited follow up of "Church Folk." Unfortunately, this was not what I expected. Reviewed by: Iesha
Wens More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Michele Andrea Bowen's previous titles. I am disappointed in this one. The story line is good but I feel there are too many characters to follow. I am tempted to start taking notes to remember who is who. I have always recommended her projects to my friends. This one I won't be.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1986 at the Gospel United Church, older flock members remember the two-decade plus old scandal at the Triennial General Conference (see Church Folk) as another meeting is about to convene. At this church meeting, bishops are elected to fill vacancies. Senior Bishop Percy Jennings wants good Christian males to sit in these critical seats. Bishop Jennings believes Pastors Theophilus Simmons and Eddie Tate are ideal individuals who would make super Bishops. He needs at least one of them to gain a seat if he is to clean the church of its avarice embezzlers who cannot spell Bible. Bishop Jennings learns something nasty is occurring in Mozambique. He assigns Pastor Tate's mentee Pastor Denzelle Flowers to investigate. Denzelle's day job supervisor is elated that his ordained minister FBI agent Flowers is going to Africa to look into drug smuggling. Pastor Flowers soon discovers a scheme to sell illegal sexual enhancement drugs to Bishop Jennings' prime adversary's mentee Pastor Sonny Washington; they plan to extort the votes of those caught in an adulterous scandal. The return to the Church Folks environs is a terrific insightful tale that once again reflects on the religious leaders being a microcosm of the larger society. Some care about the spiritual and other needs of their flock while some of the leadership care about themselves as Michele Andrea Bowen makes a strong case that just because you're a bishop or pastor does not mean you are holier than the congregation. Although the ensemble cast can be overwhelming for the reader as well as church officials, with interesting FBI intrigue enhancing the thriller, fans will relish this exciting entry as the avarice and the nurturing battle for the souls of the congregation with motives wider than the chasm between heaven and hell. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Bowen did not let us down. This one is just as good as the others. Ms. Bowen's characters are realistic and down to earth with a true love of God and his word.
LLC363 More than 1 year ago
I loved the story ... it was a page turner! Enjoy
VP45 More than 1 year ago
This Book was great it had me laughing out loud several times throughout this book. It's amazing that some of the Preachers in this book did not learn from their mistakes in the previous books. It just goes to show that you have to have the mind and heart to serve God. This book will leave you in stitches.