Church Folk by Michele Andrea Bowen

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Theophilus Henry Simmons is young, single, sexy, and just about the finest black man any wishful mother and daughter have ever seen in Charleston, Mississippi. He's also a pastor. And when he starts courting the quiet, homespun Essie Lee Lane-and she accepts his marriage proposal-a few of the church folk decide to teach Essie what it really means to be a pastor's wife, and show her how little she knows about them. But as Theophilus gains prominence in his denomination, Essie evolves from a mousy parishioner into an independent and Godly woman. Now sporting an afro and driving her new purple Cadillac, Essie teaches the church folk what it really means to stand by your man-and your beliefs.

About Michele Andrea Bowen

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Michele Andrea Bowen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the niece of an Apostolic Bishop & the granddaughter of an evangelist. She lives with her two daughters in Durham, North Carolina.
Published June 21, 2001 by Walk Worthy Press. 352 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, although Theophilus makes references to the civil rights struggles in his sermons, most of his energy is directed toward fighting enemies within his denomination, particularly a band of sleazy ministers and bishops whose thievery and lasciviousness are rendered in great detail.

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If you crossed Eddie Murphy with the Lutherans of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, you'd get something very like Bowen's Gospel United Church.

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Regardless, many African-American readers will embrace this steamy morality tale, with its bold themes and fallible characters, as a satisfying addition to the scanty collection of African-American fiction with Christian themes.

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But it is Theophilus' ministry, really, that creates the most havoc --- who knew that becoming a respected reverend took all the diplomacy skills of a politician and the joyous ringing belief in spirituality that most people take for granted except on Sundays.

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