Reshonda Tate Billingsley - Say Amen
Let the Church Say Amen, Everybody Say Amen, Excerpt from Say Amen, Again
Let The Church Say Amen
Reverend Simon Jackson has always felt destined to lead, and he's done a good job of it. But while the good Reverend's been busy tending his flock, his family's gone astray. His nineteen-year-old daughter, Rachel, gives new meaning to "baby mama drama." David, the oldest at twenty-seven, has been spiraling into a life of crime. Blessedly, Jonathan, Simon's beloved middle child, is poised to take his side as associate pastor—or so everybody thinks. At the heart of the Jackson family is Loretta, the Reverend's devoted wife—who’s beginning to realize that enabling him to give more to the church than to their children was a mistake. Will Loretta be able to help her husband reunite their tattered family...before it's too late?
Everybody Say Amen
When her husband hears God's call to become a preacher, Rachel Jackson Adams is distressed—she grew up a preacher's daughter, and knows how difficult life under the microscope can be for a reverend's family. But hot-headed Rachel has toned down her wild ways, and for the sake of her marriage and her two children, she is now the reluctant first lady of Zion Hill. When her son, Jordan, begins fighting at school, Rachel turns to the boy's father, Bobby—Rachel's first love from years ago. Married now himself, there should be nothing between them except their concern for Jordan—so why does seeing Bobby again feel so distractingly tempting? Rachel must listen carefully to discover what God truly wants for her—and decide if Bobby is the lover of her dreams or the devil in disguise.
Say Amen Again
Once again, the spirited Houston congregation featured in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Let the Church Say Amen and Everybody Say Amen has a major scandal unfolding and the outspoken Rachel Jackson Adams is at the heart of the hilarious and poignant drama.
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Reading Group Guide
Rachel Adams is trying to find a way to forgive her husband, Pastor Lester Adams, for having an affair. Her task is made all the more difficult by the reappearance of his former mistress, Mary Richardson, in their family’s church. Now pregnant, Mary claims that Lester is the child’s father and is intent on seducing him away from Rachel. Meanwhile, a tragedy rocks the foundation of the Adams family and everyone involved is confronted with an ultimate decision of forgiveness.
Questions and Topics for Discussion
1. What does Rachel’s dream in the novel’s opening chapter reveal about her fears? How is she able to overcome these fears by the end of the book?
2. Despite Lester’s continual refusal of her affections, Mary protests that the love she feels for him is real. Do you think this is true?
3. Rachel fears that her anger is interfering with her growth as a Christian. Do you agree with her decision to leave the church until Mary is removed? Likewise, do y see more