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Let the Church Say Amen (Say Amen #1)

4.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,234 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Reverend Simon Jackson has always felt destined to lead, and he's done a good job of it -- having transformed his small Houston church into one of the most respected and renowned in the region. 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 oldes ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published July 27th 2004)
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Nardsbaby Reader
No one sin is greater than the next

Simon Jackson, pastor of Zion Hill located in Houston, Texas is a regal and revered man. Well that is at church at least. His home life is complicated. He can't seem to understand his oldest son, and only daughter. He's turned them over to God. His concern now is his middle child. The one he refers to as his prodigal child. His wife has been the only woman he's been with. It wasn't like he didn't have opportunities, but he honored God. He just wished that Loret
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MZURAQT
May 21, 2013 MZURAQT rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simon Jackson ha fulfilled his dream of becoming a pastor.Tending to sheep at Zion Hill church has taken over his life that he fails to see his family has gone astray from lack of attention.

19 year old Rachel is the talk of the family,with her careless decisions and attitude she brings alot of drama to the table. With two kids all she cares about is chasing after her first love and will do nothing to stop until she gets him but little do she know that all she need was her fathers.

David the oldes
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Deb
Mar 04, 2011 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: african, american
I thought this was Christian fiction but it's not, it's way too sexually explicit. The theme is not bad though, even though God doesn't solve the problems of this minister and his family, they do learn that work--even for the church--shouldn't come at the cost of neglecting the ones you love. Rev. Simon Jackson has one messed up family--a wife who's afraid to stand up to him, a son who while he looks like he has it all together is secretly gay, another son who he has written off as a drug addict ...more
Deb
Sep 04, 2007 Deb added it
i thought this was christian fiction but it's not, it's way too sexually explicit. the theme is not bad though, even though god doesn't solve the problems of this minister and his family, they do learn that work--even for the church--shouldn't come at the cost of neglecting the ones you love. rev. simon jackson has one messed up family--a wife who's afraid to stand up to him, a son who while he looks like he has it all together is secretly gay, another son who he has written off as a drug addict ...more
Barbara Morgan
Feb 28, 2014 Barbara Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-book-shelf
Let The Church Say Amen was so good.
I can’t believe that I haven’t read this series earlier.

Reverend Samuel Jackson’s family is more dysfunctional than many. His wife is devoted to him. His oldest son David, had a promising career in the NFL but was injured and now steals to support his drug habit. Nineteen-year-old Rachel has had two babies by different fathers. Simon, is expected to become assistant pastor but he has a secret that will disappoint his father.

This was a excellent book.
I loved th
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Amari Hill
Nov 20, 2015 Amari Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paster of Mt. Zion church in a small part of Houston, Simon Jackson had build his church from the bottom to the top and will do anything to keep it up. Simon loves his church so much he forgets to put his family first. He had a nine-teen year old daughter that had two kids, and stays with baby mama drama, now that the father of her children moves on to a different women after they break up. The oldest of Simon children is the problem child and is stung out on drugs and has been since he hurt hi ...more
Valerie
Reverend Simon Jackson has always felt destined to lead and he’s done a good job of it, transforming his small Houston church into one of the most respected and renowned in the region. But while the good Reverend’s been busy tending his flock, his family’s gone astray. His 19-year-old daughter, Rachel, gives new meaning to “baby mama drama.” Crazy in love with her son’s father, she’s wreaking havoc on the man’s life, even though he’s about to marry another. David, Simon’s oldest at 27, has been ...more
Shaunte
Apr 22, 2014 Shaunte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My biggest issue with this book is that it is shelved as Christian Fiction. Having main characters who are Christians, does not by any means make this a Christian Novel. There is one scene in particular which is too explicit for a book promoted to Christian readers. I almost abandoned the book, but decided to read a few reviews first. Once I realized the worst was over, I decided to continue reading. The writing style and story line are actually good, the characters are believable although some ...more
Melodie M
Those of you who go to church often knows that there is always some kind of scandal going on. Gossip, affairs, sticky fingered preachers. It also shines light on honest good "down home" people that keep the black church going strong.
Trailhoundz
May 05, 2014 Trailhoundz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book at the library on a whim. Most Christian fiction I've [attempted to] read has been awful- really poorly written, bad plot, flat characters. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It follows the pastor of an African -American church, the struggles within his family and its inevitably effect on his parish. So much Christian fiction is fluff, but this covered the realities of life including drugs, infidelity, kids having kids, etc. As some readers have mentioned, there is o ...more
Vi Louise
Sep 29, 2015 Vi Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, aa-fiction
So proud of ReShonda - this book was made into a movie so of course I had to read it before I can watch the movie. I can't believe this was just her 2nd published book. It is well written and drama filled. The first family of most churches is problem filled while often presenting "good face". However, this starts with David, the oldest, being a drug addict, Rachel, the daughter, has 2 "baby daddies" and low and behold we soon learn Jonathan, the promised child's secret.

While it ends on an upbea
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Carmen Blalock
Jan 23, 2012 Carmen Blalock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let the Church Say Amen is the beginning of an wonderfully fantastic series by ReShonda Tate Billingsley.

Reverend Simon Jackson is the Pastor of Zion Hill Church in Houston, TX and he couldn't be more proud of the success of his church. In his time there he has increased the membership from 50 to over 900 and he has been profiled in the newspaper 26 times for accomplishments and programs at the church. Zion Hill is the perfect family for him since his own family is far from that!

Loretta Jackson
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Amanda
Aug 26, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first RTB novel. I wanted to read this prior to the debut of the movie on August 29th. I'm glad that I did! I loved the characters - Pastor Simon Jackson and First Lady Loretta and their three adult children, David, Jonathan, and Rachel. The drug-addicted outcast, the promiscuous daughter and the seemingly prodigal son all favor their mother over a father who would rather be taking care of church business than the business of raising a family. Loretta tries to hold it all together unt ...more
Adrienna
May 28, 2012 Adrienna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the very first book I've read by this author and definitely will not be the last. Ready for the next book in the series. The main point I took from this book is that a pastor could lead his church blindly, you have to take care of home as well as the church body (flock). This was a valuable lesson learned by Rev. Simon Jackson, and lost the person special to him to realize it. There is a passage in the Bible that speaks it is foolish not to take care of home and say you are doing the wil ...more
Dacia
Feb 27, 2016 Dacia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because I wanted to see the background of Rachel Jackson. I have read other books by Ms. Billingsley focusing on Rachel including the ones written with Victoria Christopher Murray, but I realized I skipped the book that first introduced Rachel. I agree with some of the readers that this may be mis-categorized as Christian fiction, but this was a good book.
LaTonya Rice
Apr 13, 2015 LaTonya Rice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. There were so many things this family had to deal with, it really spoke to me about the things people can go thru. We're all sinners and it doesn't matter if you go to church are into the church or whatever. We have demons that have to be dealt with. The love of God, family and friends and lots of prayer and faith can get you thru.
Natasha
Sep 05, 2015 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, now I can watch the movie and compare. This book had just the right amount of drama. It wasn't over the top or so outlandish that it was unbelievable. Each child had their flaws that so many deal with but as a preacher's kid you get frowned upon even more for making bad decisions that are commonly made in this world. No one was perfect, not even the preacher and the First Lady. But I did respect the First Lady more when she caught me by surprise..can't say what or I'd g ...more
Pearl
Feb 02, 2012 Pearl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I giving this 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it. It a story with a lot of church drama. Rev. Simon Jackson was a loving an dedicated pastor, he loved the church first which is why he had many, many problems with his three children. One son on drugs (David), a son confused about his identity (Jonathan) and a crazy and deranged daughter (Rachel). Just a lot of up and down unnecessary drama with Rachel. Some of the things she did was so childish and immature all in hopes to get her man back that she cheated ...more
Tonya Bradley
It has been a long time since I've finished a novel in one day. I wanted to read it before seeing the movie. It's a very good and relatable page turner.
Barbara Young
Jan 31, 2014 Barbara Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All families have problems but some families are not willing to accept the fact that they do. The bible says to judged not and the only thing we can do is pray for one another and let God handle the rest.
Melanie
Mar 07, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read!!! I passed this book on to my mom and she loved it as well.
La Sheera
Mar 14, 2016 La Sheera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of enough drama to keep you reading to the end.
Kimberla Gamble
Jun 04, 2014 Kimberla Gamble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Lots of twists and turns. Fluid plot!
Tonya
Jan 24, 2014 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this author's books, always well delivered! This one shows the diversity of lifestyles you can have in a single family. Now, let me go wipe my tears and find a new book to read!
Shavonna Futrell
Apr 16, 2014 Shavonna Futrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let the Church Say Amen started off slow at first, refusing to put it down it got better. The scene with the mother made me cry as I thought of my own mother. It is true what they say about Preachers kids, I wish I would have read this series before I read the collaboration of Rachel and Jasmine. I look forward to the rest of this series.
Robin
Aug 02, 2008 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's about a family with it's own set of problems that the father of this family just wants to turn his back to these problems instead of facing them. The weight of the family falls onto the wife who noone knows is severly ill. It brings you through their problems and then into the light.
This is a series and i can't wait to read what else this family could possibly get into or out of. They are just your average american family and they have problems like anyone else.
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Jennifer
Quick, easy read. Would be a great beach read.
Dawn
Jul 14, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a great read. This family is truly a hot baked mess!
But I laughed, cried and got pretty pissed off during the reading of this book and to me if a book can bring out all these emotions then that is a good read! The characters all reminded me of someone and some situations I know all to well. Looking forward to more of her books.
Robbin
Feb 24, 2013 Robbin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I missed reading this by one of my fave authors, but I'm glad I read it! As usual, it's a super-fast paced story about the drama surrounding a pastor and his docile wife, promiscuous daughter,in-the-closet son and another son who happens to be a crackhead. Very entertaining and filled with high drama. I strongly recommend.
Yolanda King Stephen
Reshonda Tate Billingsley always delivers. Let the Church Say Amen was no different. I enjoyed the church scenes and the plot of pastor's children gone wild. I never expected some of the plot twists and turns. I am not going to tell you what they are - you have to read them for yourself!

Great book and a quick read.
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ReShonda Tate Billingsley is a general assignment reporter for KRIV-TV, the Fox affiliate in Houston, Texas. She is the author of the nonfiction book Help! I've Turned Into My Mother! and three previous adult novels: My Brother's Keeper, for which she received the prestigious Gold Pen Award for Best New Author from the Black Writer's Alliance and the Nova Lee Nation Award from the Greater Dallas W ...more
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