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First, she captures the attention of a jealous church sister who is determined to dig into her mysterious past and ...
First, she captures the attention of a jealous church sister who is determined to dig into her mysterious past and then the new pastor who seemed to reciprocate her affection. After falling in love with him, her past rears its ugly head and Maribel realizes that she has to tell her new-found love the truth about her history before she can accept his marriage proposal. Can a preacher and an ex- prostitute be happy together?
Posted September 30, 2012
Author Brenda Barrett has done more than a wonderful job of helping the reader see life's difficulties at their worst and how faith and trust in God can see one through. While there are many circumstances that are found within the book that most every reader would relate to in some form or fashion, there are also blessings and hope for those who don't allow the circumstance to control them. When former prostitute Maribel changes her lifestyle, gives her heart to Jesus and begins singing in the local church choir she encounters the new pastor Mark Ellington. Mark is completely head over heels about Maribel until he discovers what she used to do before becoming apart of the church. This is a heart wrenching time for him as he is writing a book on forgiveness, yet he can't seem to get past what she has done in her past. All of this is exposed within Maribel's life because of a boss who wants his way with her and a nosy church member who wants her daughter to marry the new pastor. This book shares the conflict that many find in the corporate world as well as within the church. No one is immune to trouble and difficulty, it is how one handles it that makes them strong and the person that God intended them to be. Being in the church or without doesn't protect one from gossip and hurt, but having Jesus to turn to in the time of need is the difference maker. This is a very well written book from beginning to end. I desire to read more of author Brenda Barrett's material after reading this soul searching book. If you are looking for a book to stretch your forgiveness level this would be a great read to challenge you to become the person you should be in the area of forgiveness. 5 of 5 stars
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Posted September 12, 2013
The Preacher and the Prostitute by Brenda Barrett is a very enjoyable story that shows how God forgives those who think they are the worst of sinners. In her past life, Maribel was a prostitute, a star in porn videos, and a model for nude posters. That is all behind her since she became a Christian and had her sins forgiven by Jesus. Maribel has a beautiful singing voice and has decided that she will use her voice to praise God. She had hoped to remain unnoticed in church but being young, single, talented, and beautiful, that was not going to happen. The first person to notice Maribel was a jealous female church member who was dead set on digging into Maribel’s past. Brian, the young, single, and handsome pastor definitely noticed her and returned her feelings of attraction. Love soon developed between the two and Maribel knew that she had to tell Brian about her past before she could accept his marriage proposal.
The author did an excellent job in the development of the characters and their dialogue making all come to life on the pages of the book. Scene descriptions were very well done and I felt as if I were right there on the island of Jamaica watching all the action from the sidelines. I appreciate the fact that even though Maribel was a prostitute, the author did not go into explicit descriptions of what she did. She just let the reader know what Maribel had done in the past and left it there. Maribel and Brian were so real that I thought of them as friends and not just characters in a fiction novel. I must say that I was quite disappointed in one of the actions of Brian. There was some suspense in the story mainly dealing with Maribel’s past and what the future was going to be like. Maribel finally got up enough courage to tell Brian of her past but you will have to read the book to learn if he forgave her, if she forgave herself, and if they were married or went their separate ways.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read a good Christian story that deals with the forgiveness of God and the forgiveness of self.
Thank you to the author, Brenda Barrett, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted August 24, 2013
Posted May 8, 2013
This book will have you crying, screaming, cheering as well as have you on the edge, if you love to read pick up any book by this author you won't be disappointed!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2013
The name of the book originally grabbed my attention. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading it but I really enjoyed it! The book confirmed that GOD is forgiving and everyone makes mistakes. It was very inspiring, encouraging and realistic. The story wasn't predictable at all. If you trust in GOD, HE will make a way. A very easy and enjoyable read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2012
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