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ReShonda Tate Billingsley is one of the most popular authors in the Christian fiction genre and she has truly earned this distinction. She never fails to delight her readers with her stories about real church folk and their issues.
The Pastor's Wife by ReShonda Tate Billingsley is another superb tale of Christian people who, despite trying to do the right thing, just can't seem to get it together. Reared by his grandmother after the death of his parents, Pastor Terrance Ellis is a young pastor with a troubled past. It was after his beloved grandmother was killed in a tragic car accident that he managed to turn his life around. With the guidance and love of his grandmother's three sisters, Terrance walked a different path and eventually answered his call of ministry. Now a grown man, he is finding that his aunties are not so happy to let go and let God. It's like having three doting mothers who won't let go. Eva, Dorothy Mae and Mamie are pillars of Lily Grove Church where Terrance grew up and is now the Pastor, and the outspoken threesome are bent on finding him a wife. These sisters were hilarious.
You can imagine the drama that unfolds in their quest to find the perfect First Lady for their church and for their nephew. Terrance is a character you love but you wonder if any man is that naive while having so many available young women in pursuit. He's much more interested in his life as a Pastor than in finding a mate much to the dismay of both his aunts and the Deacon Board. The women who sought this Pastor's attention were just like some of the single women you've met in your church. The games they played and the tactics they used made you laugh out loud. Yet, you understood their desire for love and companionship.
This novel had me almost hysterical as I laughed at the many antics of the supporting characters. The author wove an interesting and somewhat complex storyline in portraying these folks in their quest to find their pastor a wife. The storyline also was full of scriptural reference, God's redeeming love and redemption. The pain of hurting souls and how we unwittingly can be judgmental and cruel was shown without being preachy. The saints of Lily Grove Church were not perfect people but in the end they learned the lessons taught by their Christian walk.
Well written and true to life, The Pastor's Wife is a novel that will entertain, encourage and speak to your heart. This is a book I truly enjoyed.
Reviewed By: Idrissa Uqdah for The Culture Clique Book club
I chose this rating, because this book is an easy read. I didn't like that everybody tried to get the pastor a wife. They hired him without one. I also didn't like the fact that a lot of folks main purpose was to judge others. Be careful that your closet door stays closed. I did like that in the end, the pastor forgave himself. In fact, a while lot of forgiveness went around.
Terrance Ellis is a man of God. He loves the Lord and all that He has created. Terrance is a family man who respects the women that made him - his three aunts. He is the Shepard of one of Houston's progressive churches, over 25 and single. The deacons of the church believe Terrance should be married before the church celebrates its 100th Christmas service. His aunts are determined to help him find the perfect mate before time runs out. Terrance is trying to hear God's voice and may fall for the devil's bride if he isn't careful. The race to get Terrance married will unveil all the dirt that church folks do.
ReShonda does what she does best - execute an extraordinary story. The characters are everyday people that attend church with you. They speak their minds; do the unspeakable; and plot to get the man of their dreams all while helping others get closer to God. Even though some parts of the story are predictable the constant drama will force you to read one more chapter before going to bed. Revive your senses, as THE PASTOR'S WIFE will make you laugh out loud, cry your eyes out and re-evaluate your love life.
For my part, I really enjoyed the Pastor's Wife. While fictional in content, there is a great deal of truth in these pages. It does illustrate some of drama that women and men deal with while being Christians, trying to do the right thing and managing to remain in the world and not of the world as they taught me in Sunday school. I found the characters to be pretty well fleshed out and human to the point that I could see some of my aunts and uncles in the men and women folk in the book. The writing in my opinion made me feel like I was in the room standing on somebody's shoulder watching as the events unfolded. It is true that the need for a Pastor to be happily married is a very big thing for any church that is firmly rooted in the community. And it is only natural for older men and women that are left to watch over a sister or cousins child to ensure that everything, I mean everything goes well as if the parents never left them home. If you like fun drama, with a few twists and turns, and some down home humor then you might try this book. The author has written several other good books as well.
I was iffy(is that a word) about reading this book. Not a true fan of Ms. Billingsley's works but, the summary kept telling me to read it. I GLAD I did.
After reading a book that claimed to be Christian Fiction but characters fornicated and were not guilty about it and fell in love anyway, this was refreshing book that showed how even a pastor can fall, get wrapped up in sin, and still get back up in God's grace. It was so real to see the HOly Ghost working with him over.Pastor's need help also.
I also like the humor that is in the book. Busy Body great aunts, Worried deacons, and crazy blind dates made me crack up out loud. Just shows Christians can be funny.
This was a very good book. It was interesting and a page turner toward the end of book. The suspense of the secret kept you wondering what was being held over Terrence. Reshonda did it again with another good book. I really like her books.
After reading this book, I am disappointed. This author writes a horrible depiction of a pastor, family, and church. It is an embarrassment to all who really love Jesus! While there is a great ending, I found it hard to read through pages and pages of so-called saints acting like they don't know God. This book is a good secular story, but not a good story about people that love the Lord. I wish the author would withdraw it from CHRISTIAN fiction.