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In nine fleeting months, the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 100th birthday. So when Pastor Forbes dies unexpectedly, everybody's frantic to replace him in time. Deacon Cleavon Johnson presents a series of questionable candidates, and soon it's a free-for-all with members plotting and conniving to get the best man in the pulpit. A deliciously humorous slice of African-American church life! 336 pages, softcover from Walk Worthy.
St. Louis, 1975. Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church's pastor has gone on to see the King. Still, many people are wondering why he couldn't have just waited until after the Second Sunday in June-a day that's supposed to commemorate the church's 100th anniversary! It's praying time, but is anyone going to show up at the altar? Gethsemane's wealthy, conniving Deacon Cleavon Johnson is determined to have one of his own elected to the pulpit, and the rest of the deacons are at each other's throats. It's up to the women of Gethsemane to do something before time runs out. Their secret weapon? Sheba Cochran-a single mother, former disco party girl, and backslidden church member. Her assignment is to expose every slick-talking candidate endorsed by the church's power-hungry deacon. Then she meets Rev. George Wilson, a true man of God as fiery in love as he is strong in faith. As Deacon Johnson steps up his game to a lower level, Sheba, George, and the congregation must do some heaven-inspired maneuvering to save the future of...
Michele Andrea Bowen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an M.A. in History and a M.P.H. in Public Health. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
"Bowen's writing humorously explores familiar terrain for anyone who has witnessed church politics."
"Fresh, passionate and laugh-out-loud funny."
"Get ready for some Godly grit and gumption, served up hot and tasty."
"A funny, honest drama...Bowen deftly balances romance, church politics, and spirituality."
"Done with wit and intelligence. The cast is a delight."
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