Weaving together the turbulent 1960s Civil Rights movement with the chaos within the Greater Hope Gospel United Church, Bowen carries a message of hope that transcends human failings. Young, handsome Rev. Theophilus Simmons and his new bride Essie settle into pastoral life as the "first couple" of the congregation.
"Let Your Spirit Soar"
It was a regular New Jerusalem Gospel United Church work day for Reverend Denzelle Flowers when Veronica Washington, Keisha Jackson, and Marsha Metcalf showed up after losing their jobs on the same day, same morning, and almost at the same time. Denzelle struggled to solve that first problem. The other problem - the lovely Marsha - would be much harder to solve.
"Waste of my time"
Theresa Hopson is the successful owner of one of the hottest new stores in Durham, North Carolina: Miss Thang's Holy Ghost Corner and Church Women's Boutique. But success isn't enough without someone to share it with. Theresa needs a God-fearing, intelligent, hard-working, and loving man. Unfortunately, the pickings are slim. Reverend Parvell Sykes is greedy and conniving, and the only other single, successful man in town hasn't seen the inside of a church in years. But God works in mysterious ways.
In Michele Andrea Bowen's Up at the College, Yvonne Copeland - dumped by her husband and now homeless - returns to her hometown of Durham, North Carolina. Landing a job as an adjunct professor, she begins rebuilding her life and her relationship with God. And then she meets the university's basketball coach, who's everything she wants in a man - except for a defect only God can change.
"Bold beginning after that..it's ok at best"