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Second Sunday

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  1,019 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
St. Louis, 1975. Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church's pastor has gone on to see the King. Still, many people are wondering why he couldn't have just waited until after the Second Sunday in June-a day that's supposed to commemorate the church's 100th anniversary! It's praying time, but is anyone going to show up at the altar? Gethsemane's wealthy, conniving Deacon Cleavon ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 11th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published May 14th 2004)
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Jul 07, 2009 Ayani_Meli rated it really liked it
The characters were much like the ones I see every Sunday; therefore, I could relate to them all. Some entertained me, some angered me and some...I felt their pain. I wanted to cry along with them. The book ended too soon. The plot was great and I loved the ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it appears I may be one of a few 'white' people who have read it or at least reviewed it. You definitely don't have to be African-American to enjoy this book but it is definitely written with African-American people in mind since all the characters in the novel are African-American. The novel is set in St. Louis but I felt like I was reading about and listening to the African-American people I lived and worked with in South Carolina for many years. In S ...more
Sep 05, 2007 Joel rated it it was amazing
All is not well at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. Their pastor has passed on just months before the big centennial celebration and divisions on the deacon's board promise quite a fight to find a replacement. This discord provides the backdrop for a series of stories delving into the daily struggles of the congregation and how they find redemption by relying on prayer and a little old-fashioned moxie. I particularly loved the portrayal of the marriage of Bert, the head of the board of deac ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Adrienna rated it really liked it
This is the second book of the series; I really laughed and enjoyed this one! I laughed out loud at work too. Someone asked today, what are you reading since I said out loud, "Who eats a 'pig ear sandwich'?" mentioned on page 142. He laughed and said that is "country folks"!

Oddly, one of my favorite scenes in the book that I could vividly visualize was when Sheba was acting out at American Worship Center then Phoebe joined in as if she got the Holy Spirit in her too. Then, Bertha left her forme
Danyelle Scroggins
Feb 16, 2011 Danyelle Scroggins rated it it was amazing
Michele truly knows the art of laughter! Her book Second Sunday, not only helps you get a good cry in, but a bundle of laughs as well. It really reminded me of my grandmother and her old church buddies. You know, there is nothing like a old saved sister who understands that a man is for enjoyment and not for enslavement. I would highly recommend this books to all of my friends.
Marcitia L Zachary

Hilarious read that took me back to my childhood church. But key factor here was the remembrance of what a God is able to do if you just trust in his word and believe.
Amy Taylor
May 26, 2008 Amy Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Sequel the the first book
The follow up to Church Folks, the author will have you laughing your entire read.
Angelia Poole
May 11, 2014 Angelia Poole rated it it was amazing
Suddenly Victories Resound Loud and Clear!!!

Michele has done it again! Hit with a sudden and totally unexpected transition, the congregation at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church is rocked to its very foundation. One strategic shift leads to the uncovering of a plethora of unresolved issues, hidden agendas and predatory schemes that affect both the individuals involved as well as the congregation at large. This story is proportionately seasoned with the humors and the hurts of love as relation
Sep 20, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it
I don't know if I can shout the praises high enough for this book. What a little gem and I am so glad I discovered it on Goodreads! So, I really liked the character development in this story. I felt very intimate with all of the characters and I really felt like I established a bond with almost all of them. I definitely had mixed feelings about the Pastor, but that is just me being me. I love the passion these women feel for their church, and I wish more churches today had women who would fight ...more
Jan 04, 2014 Sophia rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this book after reading Michele Andrea Bowen's first book for this series. It didn't disappoint AT ALL! I cried, laughed and even got the HOLY GHOST a few times. LOL

Now I'm on to the 3rd book of this series, Holy Ghost Corner. It was also nice that a few characters from the first book made select appearances in this book as well.

It was a friendly well-needed reminder to go to GOD even with romance and relationship issues FIRST and ONLY to allow HIM to fix or even send THE ONE a
humorous account of a small black church’s preparations for their 100th anniversary - everything goes haywire when the pastor dies a few months before

Towards the end, a pregnant woman giving birth while getting married had mom laughing to hard she started choking and I had to stop reading long enough for her to catch her breath!
Oct 26, 2010 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was literally a laugh a minute (as with all Michele Andrea Bowen's books). The characters were so well written they jumped off the page for me, and the book was more about them than the story going on around them. At the end I was a bit sad because I had to leave their world. I can't wait for her next book.
Lois Thompson
Aug 16, 2014 Lois Thompson rated it it was amazing
Michele Andrea Bowen did a wonderful job with this book. I picked it up and could not put it down. She had so much insight into the characters and they just came to life and her characters show us what really can go on in churches. Fantastic book.
michele k. edwards
Excellent, kept my attention the whole time. I loved the references to "More Church Folk". I'm ready for her next one

Gave it 5 stars because it held my attention the whole time. Couldn't wait to get back to it when I had to put it down
Aug 16, 2014 Hyacinth rated it really liked it
Great story, great laughter, great drama, good shock value, the characters are comedy, pockets of teachable moments equals a good book. I am looking forward to reading all of her books.
Fanta J
Feb 17, 2011 Fanta J rated it it was amazing
this is the FUNNIEST book ever. I use read it on the bus on my to school and i remember people looking at like i had issues, but i truly enjoyed reading it.I laughed ALOT.
Sep 05, 2011 Alondra rated it really liked it
I usually don't read christian fiction, but this was good. It had a nice pace and storyline and shows actual love and caring between a man and woman.
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