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The First Lady (Church #3)

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,928 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Charlene Wilson, First Lady of First Jamaica Ministries, has lived a good life with her beloved husband, Bishop T.K. Wilson. If the Lord is ready to call her home, she's ready to go--her only concern is finding T. K. a good woman to look after him when she's gone. Charlene has four candidates in mind: Marlene, the mother of T.K's illegitimate daughter; Monique Johnson, who ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Dafina
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Jan 08, 2011 Shelley rated it liked it
This book is about a church bishop, whose wife (the church's First Lady) has died. Prior to the First Lady's death, she and her friend (the church secretary) wrote a series of letters to be delivered after her death to 4 women of the church whom would be in the running to become the new First Lady after her death.

The four women are: Marlene, the bishop's first girlfriend, whom he has a child with and she is currently a recovering drug addict; Savannah, a younger woman whose father (a deacon in t
Jun 22, 2009 Ebony rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all. I only read it all the way through because I was in the ER all night with a family member and there was nothing to do but read. The book was incredibly unrealistic! I regret that this was the first book by Carl Weber that I've ever read because now I'm not sure I want to read anything else by him.
Dec 24, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
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Kept me reading page after page. Intriguing Plot.

When I first started reading "The First Lady" I was about to close the book and forget about it, because it was so boring and tedious to read. I'm glad I didn't, because this story turned out to be a very enjoyable read. By midway, I was getting a good dose of all the spitefulness and scheming that these women of the church could dream up. Cark Weber didn't hold anything back as he unfolded the driving force of these women as they competed to bec
Jun 18, 2009 Khyrra rated it it was amazing
This story was an eye opener to the inner workings of an African American church. Very entertaining in how we as humans can be when we're faced with trying to live right. Along with that theme, there is a love story brewing which drew me in because I wanted to see who would win TK's heart. I found myself comparing each woman's characteristics, wondering to myself, "is she right for TK?". Trust me, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find out who finally wins his heart.

P.S. this story also reminde
Lady Z
Carl Weber really has me going with this one. Throughout the story, there are times when I was convinced that each of the women (except Savannah) vying for TK's heart would be THE one who he would eventually choose. I'll finish it on the way home tomorrow. Sad to see it come to an end, I enjoyed this one.

I was satisfied with T.K's choice in the end. The unexpected twist made for a richer wrap up of the course of events that finally reveals the "winner" of the race to be the next first lady of Fi
Demiere Lee
Mar 31, 2015 Demiere Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I absolutely loved this book! I don't read too many books written by male authors, let alone African-American authors. I picked this book up in the Hartfield Airport in Atlanta, Georgia because I had heard about it for sometime and I was glad I paid the price for it. The reason I gave it four out of five stars is because I wished the pastor would have told Lisa Mae about her cruel ways. I was expecting him to find out if what Marlene was saying was true. Then there was the constant mention of T
Aug 28, 2011 Lab rated it really liked it
Just finshed this book.Whew is all that I can say...Brief premise the 1st lady of West Jamacia is dying and takes it upon herself to pick her husbands next 1st lady of the church...Alot of backbitting and scandel just to call the Bishop their man..Was a gr8t quick read didn't disapoint...Might make you look at your church a little differentlyyy.
So far, this book tends to be unrealistic for me where a first lady on her death bed would write letters to other women to be the next first lady for her husband Bishop T.K. Wilson.

You also see the behind the scenes, where bishop didn't even know the Lord and went under a former deacon wings and became a changed man. (I was a little surprised to see him drinking with his friend, to talk about women, and who would be the next lady in his life).

I just read less than halfway, and read a disgusting
Aug 26, 2015 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
OMG. This story was another excellent piece of writing. The writing surrounding the Marlene character really has my emotions on a roller coaster because it was so scary what a person in the wrong state of mind will do and it seemed so real and perhaps the character wasn't but the behavior I believe is. Oh my goodness the last incident before she decided to make that change nearly broke my heart. I am so glad that Carl did not go that far whew!
Denise Gilliam
May 18, 2014 Denise Gilliam rated it it was amazing
This book was good. I loved the way the first lady took care of family even in her dying days. I was reading this book and watching TV at the same time so that's how bad I wanted to finish this book. Another great read by Carl Weber. Great addition to the church series. 5 star read....
Dez Cooper
Oct 13, 2014 Dez Cooper rated it it was ok
It was ok....just ok. Just a bit of "church" drama, not as much as I would have liked to see. In the end though, I WILL say that I was surprised by the Bishop's choice. All-in-all, this was one of the more toned down books that I have read from Carl Webber.....but I guess every book cant be laced with jaw dropping drama...
Brittany Robinson
Jan 11, 2011 Brittany Robinson rated it it was amazing
To whom:this may
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The name of the author is Carl Weber he is the bestselling author oy So you call yourself a man,The preachers son,Player hater,Lookin'for luv,married men,and baby momma dramma.He is also the publisher and editorial director of urban books.He graduated from Virgina state unversity with a B.S in accounting and has an MBA in marking from the unversity of virginia.He lives in long island,newyork with his family.
Dec 19, 2014 Lydia rated it really liked it
This was an interesting take on the inter workings of a large black church. The authors has been in a church like this or knows someone intermittently who was the pastor.
Tushauna Jones
Jun 26, 2014 Tushauna Jones rated it liked it
This was a good book of how a church could really act. I am glad that he made up his own mind and not what he thought "looked good".
Carol Williams
This was a great book really couldn't believe how people even after your died still causing drama in people's lives.
Teresa Mcmillian
Sep 29, 2015 Teresa Mcmillian rated it it was amazing
I'm becoming a fan of Carl Weber via audiobooks. I love the way he has different people read for the various characters.
Very good book and interesting characters. I it makes you think twice about the folks in the church today!
Mar 20, 2013 Tqwana rated it liked it
I'm glad I read this out of order, because I don't know if this one would've hooked me like The Choir Director. The same great storytelling is there, but I'm not sure character development is the same. Not enough of the Bishop's point of view, maybe. The ending seemed a bit rushed. Or maybe the build up to his choice was too subtle. And Lisa Mae and Loretta really got away with a serious crime! Knowing what I know about one of the other women, considering the role she played in this book, I'm tr ...more
Gwendolyn Hill
Jun 26, 2014 Gwendolyn Hill rated it it was amazing
Not what I thought was gonna happen. Good book, but I love all of his books.
Jazzmyn Kennedy
Sep 11, 2015 Jazzmyn Kennedy rated it really liked it
I just love carl weber and the wonderful tales he creates!!!!
Tramika  Chatfield
Apr 01, 2014 Tramika Chatfield rated it really liked it
Soo This book was really good. It shed a lot of light on the church or love in the church. Awesome book.
Kaje Jay
Jul 14, 2015 Kaje Jay rated it it was amazing
I love the church series, hands down, his best series yet.
Jan 17, 2015 Marsha rated it it was amazing
The best laid plans are not without drama.
Feb 05, 2014 Cathy added it
First Lady of the church was NOTHING to mess with.
Teya Thomas
Jan 10, 2016 Teya Thomas rated it it was amazing
love carl weber books
Mar 21, 2008 Diane rated it liked it
A saucy little story about an respected African American church leader who loses his wife to cancer, but before the first lady of the church died, she wrote a bunch of letters to send out to his potential "new wives" when she is gone. He goes on to reluctantly try to fall in love again...mainly because his late wife told him to from beyond the grave. Really interesting if you don't mind all the sex, crack-whores, sinners and skanks. Really, it was a pretty entertaining beach read for me.
Beth Miller
Jan 06, 2013 Beth Miller rated it really liked it
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I've really grown fond of Carl Weber and his writing style. I'll admit...the first 25 pages or so were a little slow...but things picked up and by page 150. It got more difficult to put the book down and go to bed. I was wondering what was going to happen next. He writes in a way that keeps you intrigued and engaged. He also throws in a few twists and turns to spice things up. Yep...I like Mr. Weber, indeed.
Fabulous! I am very much enjoying reading the works of Carl Weber! This book keeps you turning the pages.....the storyline is well thought out and I truly love how all of the different characters points of views are all intertwined! The series of events kept me wanting to read more! I am definitely looking forward to reading "The Choir Director".....Let the drama of First Jamaica Ministries Continue!
Oct 14, 2009 Aone rated it it was amazing
This is one that I was up until about 3am reading! Sleepy as I don't know what, talkin about "Just one more page!" I'm ready to see what happends now, that the Preacher has found him a new lady.....hmmm I'm glad he chose her because she is not who people thought he would chose. I like the unexpected and usually I'm rooting for the person that most people don't like.
Apr 17, 2014 Stashia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this! ...more
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Carl Weber is a New York Times and #1 Essence bestselling novelist.

In addition to his writing, Weber is the founder and publisher of Urban Books and in 2005, he was named Blackboard's Publisher of the Year. He is the owner of the Urban Knowledge chain of book stores and a past recipient of Blackboard's Bookseller of the Year award.

Weber graduated from Virginia State University and holds an MBA in
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