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Raised in the South with strong religious influences, Michele Andrea Bowen makes her literary debut with Church Folk.

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. Although Theophilus makes references to the civil rights struggles in his sermons, most of his energy is directed toward fighting enemies within his flock. Uncovering a brothel set up in a parishioner’s funeral home by a band of sleazy ministers and bishops, Theophilus realizes that he must do the next right thing - no matter how much backlash could come of it.

©2001 Michele Andrea Bowen (P)2002 Recorded Books

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boring

The book was kind of boring and didn't like the narrator. It had some good parts but the boring ones out weighed the good ones.

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Wow

I was so intrigued I almost stayed awake for 10 hours. I didn't want to stop listening. I truly enjoyed the narration, storyline, and various themes throughout the book.

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Let Your Spirit Soar

Travel back to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement and into the politically charged world of prominent black preachers. Let your soul be roused by fire baptized sermons and the love of a man of God for a woman of God.

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VERY GOOD!!!

This is a really good, enjoyable, and funny book. The audio book is great. Denise Burse is fabulous. Her narration made this great book even better, causing me to like the book even more. Sometimes a book is great but the audio narrator is very disappointing. I'm so pleased and happy Denise did not disappoint. I can't wait for More Church Folk and Second Sunday to become audiobooks. I strongly recommend Denise as narrator for these books. Thank you

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Clean, Christian nostalgia

What did you love best about Church Folk?

I enjoyed this book thoroughly, but I really enjoyed the way the author pulls you into this era and the circle of characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Church Folk?

The pastor's anniversary scene is my absolute favorite, but I don't want to share more and spoil it.

What does Denise Burse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She pulled off the accents and multiple character voices very well. I feel she added a richness to the experience by playing up each characters personality.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

They ain't always been saved!

Any additional comments?

Church Folk is about all the good and the bad that can go on in the church. It's very true to life in the church now even though it takes place in the sixties. You really feel like you know all the characters personally and truly invested in what happens to them. It's a very entertaining story without being vulgar or overly sensational as seems to be a trend in some supposedly Christian books.

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This Author Has a Way of Sliding in the word...

I not only loved this audio book, it fed my soul. I can see how her writing style has grown since this was the 1st book ( I assume). I love her faithfulness & BOLDNESS to give the message! FED MY SOUL & gave me hope. THANK YOU & May God Bless your work....1 thing...the titles are not totally indicative to message. They should be called Girl! Hold On Jesus Got a Word For You ;-)