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The Pastor's Wife Paperback – 1 December 2007
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Most men barely survive one mother, but Terrance Ellis has three: his aunts. His grandmother Essie's sisters—Eva, Dorothy Mae, and Mamie—lovingly raised him after Essie died in a tragic accident. They made sure that troubled young Terrance got on the right path and made something of his life. And now that he's all grown up and the rising pastor of Houston's Lily Grove church, the endlessly argumentative sisters agree on one thing: Terrance needs to find a wife. And not just any wife—but the right young woman to stand beside him as First Lady of Lily Grove at the fast-approaching one-hundredth-year Christmas service.
Humble and handsome, Terrance is focused on preaching more than dating and has kindly fended off the advances of more than a few perfectly available ladies. So why, of all women, is outrageous, flirtatious Savannah McKinney drawing him in? Seeing Terrance falling under her seductive spell has got his aunts frantically matchmaking since time is running out and gossip is flying. Who will be the pastor's wife? Only heaven knows for sure. But before he finds her, some surprising and dramatic revelations are in store for Terrance, his congregation, and the three aunts who love him most in the world.
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- Publisher : Gallery Books (1 December 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416521666
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416521662
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.03 x 20.96 cm
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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 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.