Say Amen, Again

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Overview

The spirited Houston congregation featured in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Let the Church Say Amen and Everybody Say Amen has a major scandal unfolding—and, as always, the outspoken Rachel Jackson Adams is at the heart of the drama.

As the First Lady of Zion Hill, Rachel is not only Pastor Lester Adams’ wife—she’s currently his eight-months-pregnant wife, who’s going toe-to-toe with Lester’s onetime mistress, congregant Mary Richardson, also pregnant. Her baby may or may not be ...

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Overview

The spirited Houston congregation featured in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Let the Church Say Amen and Everybody Say Amen has a major scandal unfolding—and, as always, the outspoken Rachel Jackson Adams is at the heart of the drama.

As the First Lady of Zion Hill, Rachel is not only Pastor Lester Adams’ wife—she’s currently his eight-months-pregnant wife, who’s going toe-to-toe with Lester’s onetime mistress, congregant Mary Richardson, also pregnant. Her baby may or may not be Lester’s, but Mary’s doing all she can to win sympathy and turn her fellow churchgoers against Rachel—even threatening to blackmail Pastor Adams with a paternity agreement. After all, where can an unmarried mother-to-be go but to the Lord? Rachel has a few choice answers for exactly where Mary can go . . . but as these expectant moms do battle, hostilities erupt into a drama unlike anything Zion Hill has ever seen! Something has to give, and while Rachel contemplates everything from transferring her lifelong church membership to packing up and leaving Lester, she knows deep down God is calling her to forgiveness. Will the arrival of the new babies bring a new understanding? Or harden forever the anger that’s dividing them?

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Rachel Adams may have committed a few sins in earlier books in the series (Everybody Say Amen), but she never imagined her husband, Pastor Lester Adams, would be the one to land their family and their Houston church in a scandal. How can she forgive him for getting another woman pregnant, and at the same time as Rachel? Worse, his cast-off mistress, Mary, is determined to reclaim him at any cost, even if it means embarrassing Lester and Rachel in front of their congregation. Despite Lester's repentance, hotheaded Rachel risks destroying her marriage as she struggles with whether to forgive her husband, especially after the babies are born. Then Mary's sordid past catches up with her and she desperately needs Rachel's help. With an innocent baby's future hanging in the balance, Rachel must reconcile what she believes about God's will with what her emotions demand. Billingsley writes a fast-paced story filled with vivid characters, interweaving a heartfelt subplot as Rachel's brother struggles with conflicts between his beliefs and his gay identity. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594431145
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the #1 national bestselling author of numerous novels for adults, as well as the Good Girlz teen series. She recently won the NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Say Amen Again. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Motherhood Diaries. Visit her website at ReShondaTateBillingsley.com.

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Chapter 1

“Get. It. Out!”

The scream started in Rachel’s gut and felt like it traveled up her lungs and out her mouth, piercing the whole room.

“It hurts so bad!” Rachel yelled. Granted, this was her third child, but the pain was like nothing she’d ever experienced. She’d had an epidural on her other two kids. This baby had come too fast for a spinal, and Rachel needed something, because the pain was unbearable.

“Breathe, baby, breathe,” Lester—her husband of seven years—said as he leaned over and kissed her forehead.

“Lester, I am breathing,” Rachel snapped, pushing him away.

“You can do this,” he said soothingly.

“Shut up and get this baby out of me!” she yelled again. He was the reason she was in this position. She’d had her first child at fifteen. Her second at seventeen. But now, eleven years later, her body wasn’t cut out to deliver a baby with the same ease.

Another scream filled the room. Rachel narrowed her eyes in suspicion. That one hadn’t come from her. “Lester,” she said, reaching for her husband’s hand. But he had vanished. She looked over to the other bed in the hospital room.

“Breathe, baby, breathe,” Lester said sweetly.

Rachel peered closer. This time Lester wasn’t talking to her.

“Come on, Mary, you can do this.” He was gently coaxing the woman in the bed next to hers. Unlike Rachel, Mary didn’t shoo him away.

“Lester?” Rachel cried. She couldn’t believe she was delivering this baby in the bed next to her, of all people. Suddenly, Rachel forgot all about the pain shooting through her body. She jumped up and lunged at her husband.

“Hey, let me go! Rachel, what are you doing?”

That was coming from somewhere else, someplace more real. Rachel’s eyes shot open. She was in their king-size bed, big belly and all, sitting on top of her husband, her hands gripped firmly around his neck.

Lester scooted back against the headboard, his hands grabbing her wrists. “Why are you trying to choke me?” he panted.

Rachel shook her head, trying to come out of the daze she was in. She looked around. She wasn’t in a hospital room. She was in her oversize, Africa-themed bedroom. And she wasn’t anywhere near labor.

“Oh, wow,” Rachel said, pulling herself up off Lester and leaning back against the headboard. “I was having a nightmare.”

“Again?” Lester said, his voice softening. “Was it the …” He stopped, knowing he didn’t dare utter the name of the woman that Rachel hated most in the world.

“Yes, it was,” Rachel snapped. This was becoming a regular occurrence. It was bad enough that home-wrecking tramp had invaded her marriage. Now Mary Richardson was invading her dreams as well.

“I’m going to make me some hot tea,” Rachel said, throwing the covers back.

“Rachel,” Lester said, trying to stop her. “Can we talk about this?”

“What is there to talk about?” she said, stepping out of the bed. “It is what it is.” She grabbed her robe and wrapped it around her protruding belly. “I’m sure I’m not the only woman in America having nightmares that she’s delivering her baby in the same room as her husband’s mistress.”

Lester groaned. Rachel knew he didn’t want to have that argument again, but there was no statute of limitations on her pain. And Lester and that tramp Mary had given her enough pain to last a lifetime.

“Well, at least let me make your tea,” he said, climbing out of the bed.

“I got it,” she replied, heading toward the door.

“Are you mad at me?” he gently asked.

She gritted her teeth as she stopped in the doorway with her back to him. After seven years of marriage, Lester should have known when to leave well enough alone. She’d needed a whole lot of praying not to revert to her old cut-a-fool ways after Mary had made her stunning announcement—in church, no less—that after a brief affair with Lester, she was pregnant with his child.

That had been the absolute worst, humiliating moment of Rachel’s life. Mary, looking like Kim from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, standing up in front of the Zion Hill congregation and telling everyone that not only had Pastor Adams been unfaithful but he’d also knocked her up at the same time he’d gotten his wife pregnant. This was the same man who had pursued Rachel relentlessly in high school, who had professed his love for her on a daily basis. She’d finally broken down and given him a chance. She’d cleaned him up, putting him on Proactiv to clear up that horrible acne problem, cutting off that red mop on top of his head, and changing his whole wardrobe from nerdish to stylish. He had shocked her by announcing he’d been called to preach, but then he’d gotten really full of himself and gotten a mistress! The only reason she’d taken him back was that she had some dirt of her own.

Rachel grimaced as she thought back to that horrible day at church. The old Rachel would have snatched Mary’s blond wig off, then made her way over to start in on Lester. She’d become a stronger woman, a better First Lady, grown in her walk with God. But Mary seemed determined to make her take a detour with the devil.

It had taken the support of her father, Rev. Simon Jackson, and her brothers, David and Jonathan—who both had drama of their own—to help her get through this ordeal.

At first she’d told Lester to get out, but her father had asked her to pray about it, which she had. And some voice kept telling her to stay with Lester—at least until Mary’s baby came and they could have a DNA test. Rachel’s pregnancy had been complicated because she had high blood pressure, and Lester had kept wearing her down until she’d finally given in.

“Babe, I can’t say it enough. I’m so sorry you’re going through this.” Lester came up behind her and placed his hands on her waist. She cringed as she felt his fingers. Some days were better than others; she could feel things were as they had been before Mary had come crashing into their worlds. But other days—most days—were like today, when she couldn’t stand Lester touching her.

“I know you are,” she said without turning around. “Look, I’m going down. I need to be by myself.”

“Rach—”

She held up her hand to cut him off. “Not now, Lester.”

Rachel walked out of the room before he could say another word. She had to go spend some time by herself, some time in prayer, because as hard as she prayed for God to remove the hate from her heart, He just didn’t seem to be working fast enough for her.

© 2011 ReShonda Tate Billingsley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    VERY INTEREGING AND AWESOME READ NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL POP UP

    I THOUGHT RODRICS SHOOTING WITH A GUN REALLY SURPRISED ME. I DIDN'T LIKE TAMMY WESTERLAND AKA MARRY RICHARDSON BUT IT IS REALLY A GOOD BOOK I HAVE LISTENED TO IT. I THOUGHT MARRY AND REACHEL FIGHTING ISN'T GOOD. AND IN RESHONDA TATE BILLINGSLEY'S "EVERYBODY SAY AMEN" MARRY AND LEISTERS WIVES WERE PREGNANT THEY ANNOUNCED THAT TO THE CONGRATION MARRY ANNOUNCED THAT SHE WAS PREGNANT AND LEISTER ANNOUNCED THAT HIS WIFE AND HIM WERE EXPECTING ANOTHER CHILD. MARRY THOUGHT LEISTER WAS GOING TO BE A DADDY TWICE. OH YEAH I THINK THAT MARRY IS A TRAMP, A WHORE, AND A HOE. AND THE FACT THAT MARY GOT ARRESTED SHE GOT WHAT SHE DESERVED AND THE FACT THAT LEISTER GOT ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ASSULT NOT GOOD IF I WERE LEISTER I WOULD HAVE GRABBED THE OFFICERS PRIVATE AND SAID "LOOK HE DIDN'T MEAN TO HURT MARRY SO GET THE *&#* AWAYFROM HIM BEFORE I MANHANDLE YOU" THEN THE OFFICER WOULD GRAB HIS CROTCH AND FALL TO THE GROUND. SO TAKE THAT OFFICER. I FORGOT TO MENTON THAT MARRY GOT KICKED OUT OF THE CHURCH BUT BACK TO THE REVIEW I THINK THAT THE BOOK IS A REALLY GOOD SO BUY IT IN YOUR NOOK TODAY. THAT IS IT I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE NOVEL PLUS FOR ALL THE TEACHERS THE BOOK HAS A GALLARY READERS GROUP GUIDE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    God forgive me i have sinned amen

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    :)

    'Wishlist'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    I dont like it

    She is so stupid.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Highly Favored!

    This book was awesome however it could have been a little longer.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Fabulous! Definitely a page-turner! I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down! A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Interesting

    I have not read the book yet but I am sure I it will be interesting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    More of the same

    This book kept my attention but it was predictible. I feel like the church drama fiction is saturated. A cheating pastor, reformed first lady and a desperate member.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Great book

    I really enjoyed the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Very good!

    What a great book! The ending shows that god can really change a persons heart!

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    JP

    THIS BOOK IS A CONTINUATION OF HER PREVIOUS WORKS.IT WAS VERY WELL WRITTEN AND I LOVED THE WAY SHE JOINED ALL THE CHARACTERS TOGETHER. THIS BOOK IS A TEST OF FAITH AND IT WAS VERY UPLIFTING.GOD WILL NEVER FORSAKE YOU.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Would recommend this book

    The story line was easy to follow. It was written very well.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Great Book!

    Great Book!

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I have read and enjoy reading all of ReShonda Tate Billingsley's books. They are page-turners and always have an element of surprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I would recommend this for book clubs.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    I Loved it, and you will too.

    As with all of Reshonda Tate-Billingsley's books, I loved and enjoyed the return of Rachel Jackson-Adams! Lol, this book is a MUST read :)

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    It is an excellent read. You just never knew what was going to happen next.

    It was an intriguing story. The character detail was so real I could imagine them. The book was so good that I actually found myself angry with Mary. If I could have gotten my hands on her, I would have been in trouble.

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