Pastor Needs a Boo
By Michele Andrea Bowen
(St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312643379, 400pp.)
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Michele Andrea Bowen made a name for herself years ago during the African-American inspirational fiction craze. Now, in Pastor Needs a Boo, she’s back with an amazing journey of faith, drama, and love.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. Denzelle didn’t even know how to fight wanting to turn in the playah’s card and getting "booed" up with the poster girl for "church girls." Marsha Metcalf and her fellow unemployed church members aren’t Denzelle’s biggest problem, though. He is running for bishop, and his enemies—a more ruthless consortium of corrupted clergy—want power badly enough to go to rather extreme lengths for it because the stakes are just that high. Now, his ex-wife was back and sleeping with the enemy, digging for dirt. Reverend Denzelle can’t fight this battle alone. This pastor needs a ‘boo’ who will stand by his side. Before the dust settles, both Marsha and Denzelle’s faith and love will be put to the ultimate test.
Michele Andrea Bowen grew up in St. Louis, MO, with a large, church-going family. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, and also the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in Social Work, Public Health, and Education.Michele became one of the groundbreaking writers in the area of contemporary African American Christian Fiction when her first novel, Church Folk, was published in the summer of 2001. She continued to delight her readers with down-home, funny, uplifting, and heartwarming novels like Second Sunday, Holy Ghost Corner, Up at the College, and More Church Folk. Now, she will reach out to readers with a brand new three-part novel series called "The Pastor’s Aide Club." Pastor Needs A Boo, the first novel in the series, will be out this summer (2014). It answers, finally, all of the questions readers have had about Pastor-FBI Agent, Rev. Denzelle Flowers. But don’t worry, the other two novels in "The Pastor’s Aide Club" series, Praying Like Crazy and The Sunday Soul Singles Club, are sure to ‘set to rest’ questions readers have had about Charles Robinson and Veronica Washington, along with Charles’ employee, Bay Bowser. When readers finish having some serious laughter-filled ‘shaking my head’ moments from Pastor Needs A Boo, they will definitely be ready for a second and third helping of ‘Miss Michele’s contemporary church folk’ with Praying Like Crazy and The Sunday Soul Singles Club.
"Readers will find themselves laughing out loud at certain bits. Underneath it all are acute observations about African-American history and community. Readers who went to church with Bowen before will be delighted to return, and her choir should get bigger." —Publishers Weekly on More Church Folk "This inspirational novel uses humor, local color, and vividly descriptive, if startling, language to good effect, ably demonstrating once again why Bowen is the queen of African American Christian fiction." —Booklist on More Church Folk