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The Ex Files: A Novel About Four Women and Faith

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  821 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
There are four ways a woman can handle heartbreak. She can fall apart, seek revenge, turn cold, or move on. The Ex Files is the story of these four women:

When Kendall Stewart finds her husband and her sister in bed together, she vows to never let anyone get that close again. But when she is faced with saving the life of the woman who destroyed hers, will she be able to f
Paperback, 388 pages
Published June 19th 2007 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 2007)
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Brooklyn Darkchild
Nov 10, 2008 Brooklyn Darkchild rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Chick Lit and Relationship Drama Lovers
Recommended to Brooklyn by: I bought it from an online friend
This is what I've always wished Christian fiction was like, so I guess it really didn't surprise me to find that Ms Murray never really thought of herself as a "Christian Fiction" author.
"My work is too edgy," she said in an interview at the back of the book.
Life is "edgy," and the things we, even as Christians, go through are not always pretty. As much as we long to follow God's edicts, and to please Him in all our ways, it is extremely difficult to live a Godly life in an UnGodly world. These
India Jones-Tanner
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Dec 05, 2013 Metris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EXHALING… The Ex Files had me holding my breath…I wanted to strangle some folks, slap a daddy, hug some people & tell them it will be okay…. OMG.. I wanted tell somebody to back back cause u missed your opportunity & I wanted to shake a couple of ladies & tell them to wake up & open your eyes. Ex Files is a story of 4 ladies with some type of EX-Men issues coming together and creating a bond through a prayer group.
You never know why God bring people into your life, but I have to
Sep 18, 2009 Nochu rated it it was amazing
Do you find forgiveness the hardest thing to do in life? Are you afraid to make the necessary decisions because you are afraid of the outcome? How does your faith measure up when it comes to friends, relationships, family, and life itself?

Victoria Christopher Murray bought together 4 women from different walks of life to help each other on their journey of life. It was not an easy task because keep in mind, when it comes to women and personalities, you have a mixture of all types. Some women are
Literary Jewels
Sep 14, 2016 Literary Jewels rated it it was amazing
The Ex Files is a story of four women who meet in a support group and initially thinking they have nothing in common but after talking they realize they have more in common.

Sheridan is divorced from her ex-husband who preferred to be with a man. She’s still dealing with the hurt of losing her husband to man. She has moved on in the present but is her heart still in the past.

Kendall ex-husband had an affair with her half-sister Sabrina. And now her sister is engaged to her ex-husband. Kendall w
Desiree Watson
Aug 24, 2014 Desiree Watson rated it it was amazing
Sheridan, Kendall, Vanessa and Asia have all gone through issues with losing their men. Sheridan's husband Quentin, left her for a man. Vanessa's husband, Reed, killed himself, Kendall caught her husband in bed with her sister and Asia's man Bobby, well, he's not really her man. He's married. He never really left his wife, he was just "messing" with Asia for the last ten years.

Pastor Ford chooses Sheridan to lead a women's group consisting of all four women. She believes they will be good for o
Apr 28, 2014 Faith rated it it was amazing
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Jul 13, 2014 Lyn rated it it was amazing
Emotional. Love love loved it. Awesome as always.
Dec 14, 2015 Sammy rated it liked it
2.5 really:

A few months ago, I was walking through Half-Priced Books, and I came across The Ex Files. After reading the back, I decided to buy it for $4. Was it worth that $4? Hard to say…
Here’s what I gathered from the back: Kendall’s husband left her for her sister, Sheridan’s husband left her for another man, Asia’s baby daddy left her for his wife, and Vanessa’s husband committed suicide. Each woman deals with heartbreak in a different way--from depression to revenge. Interesting plot, ri
Nardsbaby Reader
Sep 24, 2011 Nardsbaby Reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2k11-3rd-quarter

Kendall Stewart, Asia Ingrum, Vanessa Martin and Sheridan Hart are four women who all attend the same church and find themselves in the same boat, recently single, broken-hearted, and trying to figure out how to recover. Pastor Ford decides that connecting these women in a prayer group could perhaps benefit them all.

Though Sheridan is divorced and dating, she's still dealing with the loss of her father and trying to get her life together for the next level. Brock, her boyfriend, is r
Dec 31, 2008 OOSA rated it it was amazing

Sheridan Hart has had her share of problems, the most recent being the death of her dad. She's still trying to find a way to cope. With the help of her boyfriend, Brock, she is sure she will be able to get through this situation. Sheridan finds herself having second thoughts about her ex husband, Quentin. Although it's been three years, she continues to have thoughts of the two of them together as a family. Should she?

Asia Ingrum, whose birth name is Chiquita, has for the last ten
The uniqueness of this story really pulled me in. Each woman had their own drama and were mismatched as friends, but after some seriously hard times came upon each of them, they learned to reach out to each other and seek God for strength. The Ex Files is like a soap opera with four stories going at the same time, yet they intersect on occasion. The cool thing about the plots in this book were that they were all equally compelling. Usually I want to take one character's plot and dive ahead to th ...more
Tyora Moody
The Ex-Files
by Victoria Christopher Murray

About two to three years ago, Victoria Christopher Murray released a book titled Grown Folks Business. This novel was perfectly time around the controversy of “down-low” men in the African-American community. The protagonist from Grown Folks Business, Sheridan Hart, returns in this book. Sheridan is still having difficulty committing to the younger man she’s been dating for the past three years. The breakup of her 17-year-old marriage is still painful an
Jun 22, 2015 Devon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 15, 2007 Leslie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: folk figuring where & how pop fiction fits in religion/lit studies
Shelves: novels
I've read all of this pop fiction author's books, even if I shouldn't say it :o). Of course, they're not high literature by any means, but I like how super quickly they read and the reminders of Los Angeles (they're all set there). They don't turn me off as much as they may (and do) turn off some of my friends (LOL). This particular one, which I'll finish tonight, has a part that made me raise an eyebrow for a long time, however, and think more about the super conservative form of Christianity t ...more
Caroline Haithcoath
Depression/Grief is a SERIOUS "disease"...

I've experienced it, but until I read this book and saw how it can look in someone else, couldn't imagine how to put it in words. Until you've been down this road, I'm not sure you could totally understand. It can be debilitating and does not feel good! Kudos to Victoria once again on the awesome job she did on writing this book!
Norma E. Scarborough
Building friendships

I was drawn into the story behind each woman. They were so different yes so much alike. I could identify with their pain. Vanessa was gone when she joined the group. Unfortunately she was too weak to carry on. Each survivor learned the power of Prayer. I like the fact that consequences that were real affected each woman.
Aug 07, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Interesting story of 4 women who are working through varied relationship problems: Sheridan - Husband left her for a man; Vanessa - Husband recently and unexpectedly committed suicide; Kendall - Husband was discovered in bed with her younger sister; Asia - Long-Term NBA star boyfriend left her to refocus on his marriage. These ladies are brought together by Pastor Ford, who suggests that they form a prayer group. With some twists and turns in the plot, Ms. Murray is able to string together a sto ...more
Shannan Harper
Jul 10, 2014 Shannan Harper rated it it was amazing
This book is the beginning of the Ex series where we meet 4 women, Kendall, Asia, Sheridan and Vanessa. One of the ex's is married, one committed suicide, one came out of the closet and the other slept with his sister in law. Pastor Ford get's these 4 women together in a kind of support group after church one sunday. It was an excellent book.
Deliah Lawrence
Feb 28, 2014 Deliah Lawrence rated it really liked it
Talk about tangled webs of deceit! This book had it all especially the drama that Kendall, Asia, Vanessa and Sheridan experienced because of their exes and the different ways in which they handled their heartbreaks. But through it all they found common ground and bonded together in their faith. Kudos to Victoria Christopher Murray - this book is a must read!
Michael Bell
Sep 13, 2015 Michael Bell rated it liked it
I thought that this was a so so novel. The women going through emotional trauma and meeting in a prayer group was not really gripping. One young lady experiemented with her sexuality and it shouldn't have been a big issue. Asia lost out on her baby daddy and a child abuse case somehow arose. Maybe I need another one of her books.
Latricia Wilson
May 15, 2015 Latricia Wilson rated it it was amazing
Great book!!! A book about four women, each facing the end of their relationships. Each relationship ended for different reasons---sometimes their fault, some the fault of others. I hated Asia's use of her daughter for revenge. I was genuinely surprised with Sheridan's final choice. While I understood the deep hurt of the betrayal of Kindell's husband and sister, I wanted a firm conclusion in her relationship with her sister!!! Vanessa's saga was simply heartbreaking!!! I Loved this book!
Nicole Sharon
Nov 08, 2015 Nicole Sharon rated it it was amazing
This book was all that! I was not expecting this. Asia got on my nerves to a degree, I wanted to slap her silly. With Kendall I kept thinking dang her family not gone give here time and space to heal? I can't say more on that without giving storyline away.
This book made me laugh and cry.
Awesome sauce!
Janet Hicks
Dec 20, 2015 Janet Hicks rated it really liked it
Interesting read I like the way the women came together to support each other. But it also shows that you never know what one is going through. and how they handle pain. I think if they were really paying attention to Vanessa they would have seen the signs of her telling them GOOD BY. instead they viewed her as one of the strongest of the group. THE person she tried to reach out to (her best friend) was too occupied with a man to see what was really going on with her. I really dislike Asia a ver ...more
Janice T Enoch
Jun 06, 2015 Janice T Enoch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent reading selection!

I really enjoyed this book. It was a page turner from the very beginning! It was uplifting to read about women bonding in a prayer group while relying on each other for support with relationship issues.
Jenise Shumaker
Oct 28, 2014 Jenise Shumaker rated it it was amazing
Jul 04, 2015 Dy-Anne rated it liked it
As a white atheist the only thing I had in common with these women is being a woman but their stories are intriguing and well written.
Jul 03, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
I usually don't care for the formatting of a story when each character is introduced and talked about in their individual chapters. However, this time I was able to follow the characters and experience their varying emotions. At one point I had tears running down my face after reading of a loss the group experienced. That was a very powerful moment. I liked how they were all encouraged to pray and believe in God throughout the story. I couldn't put this book down until I found out what paths the ...more
Iona Sawyer
Jun 25, 2016 Iona Sawyer added it
Shelves: ex-files
Ex Files truly is a story for all. Gives you 4 very different experiences that truly give show how prayer can combine you.
Michelle M
Aug 16, 2014 Michelle M rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel ..... I shake that there is a sequel ... I wouLd recommend it.
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Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of nine Essence bestselling novels, including The Ex Files; Too Little, Too Late; and Lady Jasmine. Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction and Author of the Year (Female).

She has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being a pioneer in African
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