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Pastor Needs A Boo
Michele Andrea Bowen
St. Martin’s Griffin
Trade Paperback
978 0312643379

     Marsha Metcalf was a God fearing woman who had been put through the wringer and come out the other side still intact. She was very proud of herself for hanging in there. After her divorce, she still held it together enough to pay for her son’s college tuition and stay in her modest home with the job that she absolutely loved. Then she lost her job because of the mean spirited, hateful woman who was her boss who had decided that, no matter what Marsha did or how well she did it, her boss didn’t like it. And all of this was because Marsha was single, available and considered a "church” woman. Even though her boss was none of those things and filthy rich on top of it, she didn’t like the competition. Marsha didn’t know what she was going to do, so she called her girlfriend Dayeesha who was the administrative assistant at their church, who immediately set her up with an appointment with their good pastor, Rev. Denzelle Flowers.
     Denzelle Flowers was one fine, well dressed, single brother who had been a serious player and an FBI agent before he got the calling and became a minister, and a good minister at that. But his being a man of the cloth just heightened his sex appeal for all the women in town and, especially, the church hoochies. Everybody wanted Rev. Flowers, especially now that he had divorced Tatiana. But Denzelle only had eyes for Marsha Metcalf and wasn’t into the mess that all the other church brothers seemed to be into. And that was one of the main reasons why the Elders of his church wanted him to run for the Episcopal Bishop seat. But Denzelle needed a good woman by his side for those politics. Could he get his act together enough to let Marsha know how he felt about her?
     When I first saw the title of this book, I wasn’t sure if I appreciated it. Being a former First Lady of a Black church, I was a little apprehensive about the subject matter. But after laughing out loud at least four times before reaching the second chapter, I was totally hooked! This is one of the most truthful, hilarious accountings of Black churches and the goings on behind the scenes (without being spiteful or mean), that I have ever had the privilege to read. Ms. Bowen is a genius and makes the reader feel like they are actually attending the meetings, services and conventions of the churches with all their characters, personalities, politics and high jinks. This is a laugh out loud read from start to finish!
Lani Roberts




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