Up Pops the Devil

Up Pops the Devil

by Angela Benson


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Two hard years in prison have changed Wilford "Preacher" Winters for the better. He did his time, now he's going to "do the right thing." But the women in his life have other ideas.

Tanya, the sleek and sexy mother of his two kids, is much too comfortable with her pearls-and-Porsche lifestyle, and she'll do whatever it takes to maintain it...His sister, Loretta, kept "the business" running smoothly while Preacher was inside, and she can't believe he'd trade Easy Street bling for a nickel-and-dime dead-end job...

His one-time girlfriend Serena, now married to his main man Barnard, is hiding a secret—and if past sins come to light, they'll ruin several lives and a very new, very precious friendship between Preacher and Barnard's beautiful-inside-and-out sister, Natalie.

With his world about to explode all around him, Preacher's going to need every ounce of his new-found faith to remain strong. Because it takes a lot to become a new man, sometimes even a miracle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061468506
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/29/2008
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,260,534
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Angela Benson is a graduate of Spelman College and the author of fourteen novels, including the Christy Award–nominated Awakening Mercy, the Essence bestseller The Amen Sisters, Up Pops the Devil, and Sins of the Father. She is an associate professor at the University of Alabama and lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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Up Pops the Devil 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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KLBCHOICES More than 1 year ago
Wilford "Preacher" Winters becomes a Christian in prison and he's determined to live his life for the Lord. He trys to make this very clear to Loretta, his sister who was also his partner in crime before his incarceration, and, Tanya, his materialistic, money-loving fiancé who is also the mother of his two sons, but his sincere words fall on deaf ears. When Preacher's no longer behind bars these two women are used by Satan - they do everything they can think of to convince Preacher to abandon the Christian lifestyle and return to his old life where Satan guided his every decision. Serena and Barnard Jenkins are a married Christian couple who seem to have the perfect, loving relationship but appearances can be deceiving. Serena is holding onto a secret that has her angry, unforgiving and tormented by guilt and it could destroy her marriage. Natalie Jenkins, Barnard's sister, believes she's finally found the right man. Is Danté the one God wants her to spend the rest of her life with, does He have someone else in mind or has He called her to be single? Before the story begins there is a quote from the Bible - Ephesians 6:12 (NIV): For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Angela Benson does a superb job of showing how the Devil is always at work, using whoever he can to destroy the lives of Christians or at least hurt them enough that they stop walking in Christian love. And the meetings Sean Jones has with his boss (the Devil) - these skillfully written conversations will help every Christian reader to understand how important it is to keep his/her spiritual eyes open! Up Pops The Devil is an entertaining, thought-provoking, insightful read. I will buy more books by this author and I will never forget this one!
QueenFiveStar More than 1 year ago
In Up Pops the Devil, the characters are realistic. The transition for Preacher from prison to the outside world is real. He has challenges coming at in him in many ways, Angela Benson does a good job conveying the "why" behind Preacher's choices. Overall, this was a good read for me and I hope there is a sequel.
PattiLacy More than 1 year ago
An orange jumpsuit and a prison sentence lead Preacher to God. But Satan and his legions, including some mighty fine-looking women, are sinking their claws deep. Even with his newfound faith, the former dealer can't seem to set things right with the dollar-signs-in- her-eyes mother of his children, his still-dealing sister, and his often judgmental church friends. Though Preacher does his best to break free from a web of deceit, the women around him, including Christian fitness club co-owners, seem intent on smothering Preacher's efforts. It takes the disintegration of every possible prop-including Bernard, his "main man"-for Preacher to learn that God alone can provide for his future. Angela Benson, best-selling author of The Amen Sisters, packs a dozen story lines into this seamlessly written book. Vibrant, sassy characters, like Natalie, Bernard's sister, and Serena, Bernard's wife, charm you and delight as they struggle, along with Preacher, to let God's perfect will reign in their lives. Pop Goes the Devil finds that perfect balance between entertainment and Biblical instruction. And I loved Angela's soulful prayers and "crying-outs" to God. Don't miss this sizzling inspirational read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wilford Winters gained the nickname 'Preacher' because of the Bible he carried with him since his youth. The Bible was a reminder of the loving grandmother who had provided a home for him and his sister Loretta. But, when she died, the siblings were caught in the system of foster care and they hardened. As adults, the two entered the drug business determined never to 'be without' again. The law caught up with Preacher though, and behind bars, he finally began to read the words inside the Bible. Benson's story begins when two years later a converted Preacher awaits his release. Bolstered by his faith and the support of friend Barnard who is part of the Faith Community Church Prison Ministry, Preacher is certain he's equipped to face the world as a free man now ready to serve the Lord. Preacher is naïve though. The women in his life aren't about to let his new walk as a Christian be an easy one. Preacher's rebirth as a Christian means he is no longer interested in helping run the family drug business and that doesn't sit well with sister Loretta. And, without the drug money there is no way Preacher can support Tanya, who is the mother of his children in her opulent lifestyle. Engaging interludes depict 'The Boss' Satan, pressuring his henchman who is working hard to ensnare Preacher and turn him away from his newfound Christianity. Written with wry humor, these episodes remind that Satan is always on the job and his favorite methods to entrap are lies, secrets, guilt and shame. In 'Up Pops the Devil' Benson successfully interweaves the lives of complex characters wrestling with difficult life issues. Christian characters Barnard, Natalie and Serena battle human failings even as they strive to provide Preacher with support in his new life. In Preacher Winters, Benson creates a character whose inner struggles are familiar as he attempts to stay strong in his new walk as a Christian. We feel his disappointment when he falls to temptation and root for him to stay faithful when his life seems to be falling apart. A relatable read, 'Up Pops the Devil' brims with spiritual wisdom and insight while introducing a memorable character in Preacher Winters.