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Woman of God
     

Woman of God

3.5 18
by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
 

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St. Peter's Square, Rome.

White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen.

Is it possible that the new Pope...is a woman?

The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in history. It's a turning point that may change the Church forever. Some followers are

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St. Peter's Square, Rome.

White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen.

Is it possible that the new Pope...is a woman?

The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in history. It's a turning point that may change the Church forever. Some followers are ecstatic that the movement reinvigorating the Church is about to reach the Vatican, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies who aren't afraid to kill for their cause.

Faith has never come easy for Brigid Fitzgerald. From her difficult childhood with drug-addled parents to her career as a doctor healing the wounded in Sudan to a series of trials that test her beliefs at every turn, Brigid's convictions and callings have made her the target of all those who fear that the Church has lost its way—dangerous adversaries who abhor challenges to tradition. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine everything she believes in, Brigid must convert her enemies to her cause before she loses her faith...and her life.

Spanning the globe—from the drug dens, high-powered law firms, and churches of Boston to the horrific brutality of a civil war in the Sudanese desert to the beauty, violence, and spiritual enlightenment of the Holy Land—Woman of God is an epic, thrilling tale of perseverance, love, trust and nothing less than what it means to live in a fallen world.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
04/15/2016
It's pretty miraculous that the new pope is a woman, Brigid Fitzgerald, who left behind a rough childhood to become a doctor in war-torn Sudan. Keeping her alive with all the enemies she has made should be pretty miraculous, too.
Kirkus Reviews
2016-07-27
Chronicling the life of physician-turned-priest Brigid Fitzgerald, Patterson (The Christmas Wedding, 2011, etc.) and Paetro hurry through a tale where angels fear to tread.After medical school, Fitzgerald joined Kind Hands, a Doctors without Borders work-alike, and traveled to South Sudan. In this early, compelling part of the book, Brigid confronts primitive living quarters, tries to help orphaned and maimed children, and practices "meatball surgery" in unsterile, chaotic circumstances. The deft descriptions of the almost unbelievable conditions under which the medics work are cringe-inducing. More so is the ugly violence inflicted on combatants, refugees, and courageous charity workers. Brigid falls in love with a fellow doctor. Hes killed, sending the narrative into a whirlwind. Brigid is soon in Berlin, where she eventually marries an older man, a playwright. They have a daughter. Berlin happiness ends soon in tragedy, spurring a return home to Boston. There, Brigid meets James Aubrey, a Catholic priest falsely charged with sexual abuse whos been made a scapegoat by the church. James establishes his own small church outside Boston: Jesus Mary Joseph Catholic Church. Brigid and James marry. Brigid too becomes a priest, all foreshadowed from South Sudan to Massachusetts by holy visions and mystical experiences. And then more tragedy, allowing Brigid another opportunity to give voice to the clich Why, God, why? Brigids quest transpires against a vaguely described current-day background in which our worldly afflictionsclimate change, political violence, social upheavalare worse by multiples. Straining credulity, however, is the incompletely developed premise that the JMJ Catholiclite movement becomes a worldwide phenomenon in a handful of years, so much so that Brigid is received amiably by a much-like-Francis pope. A high-concept pitch, a potboiler on the page, and a protagonist to cheer for, but the authors do not quite tie it all together.
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PRAISE FOR WOMAN OF GOD:"

A high-concept pitch, a potboiler on the page, and a protagonist to cheer for..."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316274029
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
09/26/2016
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
2,630
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. His books have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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Woman of God 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
You can't help but love the self sacrificing Brigid and admire her faith and love for God and humanity.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This is a quick read and the book is a page turner with good characters. The string of things that happen to the heroine strain belief a bit but if you just go with it, the book is enjoyable
Anonymous 7 months ago
Wish there were more stars. When i began reading i thought i would not finish it. Boy was i wrong. What a great read.. loved it. A must read
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great novel addressing all the issues facing the Catholic Church today. Couldn't put it down once I started it. ?
Anonymous 8 months ago
Topic was an interesting choice and i applaud the barbs at the catholic rules but way too many ill things for the heroine to have going on- i found myself almost laughing and saying what next and this is ridiculous.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Read this in a few days. It's a great book that makes you think about life and it's ups and downs. Plus shows people can find get strength within their self and the man above.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I was a long time James Patterson fan until this book, Woman of God. Its the worst piece of writing I have ever read.
Babydolm 22 days ago
Wasn't sure what to expect from the title. Received as a Christmas gift this year (2016). Read in just 2 days! Loved it and couldn't put it down!!!
Nicholas-McGirr 5 months ago
Not being a grand fan of Patterson's, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story moved quickly and kept my curiosity at bay long enough to finish this book. Understandably, there is a "Co-Author" here of Maxine Paetro, which kept the female lead, Brigid, alive and well-spoken. Overall, the story was written well, with shortened chapters that keep you on edge of your next page. The trials and tribulations that Brigid go through in the story are heartbreaking, to say the least but give the reader the "burning car crash" they need to see the story through. The reader of this book will be more curious to see how the life of Brigid play through and will leave the imagination open just enough to allow the reader to picture Brigid moving forward.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Completely ridiculous. Starts off strong, but becomes too far fetched.
kenhdc 7 months ago
A very good read and a page-turner. You are caught up in an emotional tizzy to see if she will be the first female pope. I loved it!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Outstanding!
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LEH0644 9 months ago
A devout woman is tested by God and listens to his instructions. She and a priest fall in love and marry and have a child. He is still practicing as a Catholic priest but comes under fire from the local diocese. They are concerned with the growing JMJ (Jesus, Mary, Joseph) Catholic churches rising up around the area. The priests are married and relate to the problems facing the families. The woman begins serving as a priest along with her husband. The Pope is interested and invites the woman to Rome. After he dies, her name is put in the hat as a potential papal candidate.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Enjoyable book. Read it in two days. Hard to put down
Anonymous 9 months ago