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More Church Folk

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  219 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
It is now 1986, and the preachers of the Gospel United Church are preparing for their much-anticipated Triennial General Conference. The last time readers encountered the good Rev. Theophilus Simmons, he was a newlywed and the pastor of a modest-sized congregation in Memphis. Now he's the father of three and running a congregation in St. Louis. His best friend, Rev. Eddie ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 28th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2010)
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Aug 11, 2010 Urs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read Church Folk years ago, but I do not remember anything from it. The events from that book, though are mentioned repeatedly in this one to the point that they are probably mentioned more than necessary. Those events also do not seem to be very important to this story. Thus, anyone new to these books should be fine starting with this one.

While this is labeled as Christian fiction, most of the focus of this book is on some extremely corrupt members of the church selling an illegal drug that e
Sep 26, 2010 OOSA rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hard Read

“More Church Folk” picks up 20+ years late. This time around the bishops and pastors are looking for new ways to secure votes. The last stunt did not go over well with the members of the Triennial General Conference Community and it appears that no one has learned from past mistakes.

This book was difficult to get through. I struggled with the history of the church and the members. I understand what the author was attempting but the story line was too outrageous to be believable. I lov
Sep 28, 2010 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I last read Church Folk. I don't remember much from it but I do remember liking it better than this book. I found More Church Folk to be far too descriptive and repetitive. This book could have been a lot shorter and easier to read if Bowen had cut out all of the detailed descriptions of what everyone was wearing as well as the reminders of the plot in every other chapter. I really had a problem with these so-called good ministers who were promiscuous. Don't waste your mo ...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review was initially published on my blog:

This book is the follow up to Ms. Bowen's "Church Folk" (which I have not read).

I kept going back and forth from this book .. not because it didn't have an interesting story (it IS interesting and imaginative), but because I had a struggle with reading the vernacular that much of the dialogue is written in. We're talking about highly-educated people in many cases, and I, for one, don't know any educated black
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Who knew that a holy place, a place of gathering and worship can also be the perfect setting for Politics, Crime and Corruption. More Church Folks takes a stab at the issue with a comical and at times incredulous twist. The idea behind the story was relevant and gripping and it really had me thinking about all those church organizations here at home. Like Andrea Bowen, we question their true allegiance too and there are a lot of Babatundes, Caruthers and Hemphills amongst our church folks. But s ...more
This was interesting. I read some of the other reviews beforehand and while I don't think that made me biased, I noticed the flaws that were pointed out and I ended up agreeing with them. The story is good, even though I was hoping it would be more about Theophilius, Essie and their family. I liked the plot and the characters were great. I enjoyed reading this because it's really cool to be taken back to the black church and be reminded of an experience completely unique to black people. I loved ...more
Tanya Matthews
This book has a good storyline. I enjoyed the fact that it did not focus on the corrupt clergy only. It reminds you there are some truly holy pastors and Christians.

The thing I did not like about this book was its redundancy. There was constant referral to the first book Church Folk. Having just read it two weeks ago it was really annoying. I guess it's a good thing for those who will choose to read a sequel without reading the first book. The constant use of people's full names was also quite
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Let the games begin!...MORE CHURCH FOLK by Michele Andrea Bowen continues the antics and "soap opera" drama similar to what the now senior pastor, Rev. Theophilus Simmons found himself entangled with back in Mississippi during the 1960s. You may think that this is a sequel to CHURCH FOLK but that isn't entirely true.

Just as hilarious and insanely funny as the first book, MORE CHURCH FOLK is a great choice for an end-of-summer entertaining read. Just encase you didn't get an opportunity to read o
Nov 17, 2013 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It saddens me that I have to rate this book so low. I read Church folks a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. The characters were refreshing, authentic and their transparency shined through. Needless to say, I was anxious to read this book but this book disappointed me greatly. In the beginning of the novel, nothing grabbed or pulled me in. Although the book provided humor, the characters never made an impact on me,unlike the previous book. It was almost like the writer was trying too har ...more
Mary Beth
Thanks to Goodreads for sending this book to me. When I received the book I thought it was of the christian genre, which I enjoy. Except for the last chapter there was very little going on that I would say was remotely "christian". I found the story-line based around bootlegging a "Viagra-like" product at a church convention off-putting.

That being said I felt the author was funny and had some hilarious phraseology, but I grew weary of the descriptions of the outlandish outfits the preachers wor
This was an okay book, but I can say that I'm glad it was a book I won instead of one I paid for. It was fairly preachy at times, but what else should one expect when reading christian fiction. The shenanigans by some of the characters in this book were pretty funny. The ending was a slight surprise, but by the time I got there, I almost didn't care. I would suggest that if you want to try this book out for yourself, either by the paperback version or see if it's at your local library.
Kay  Williams
Just okay

I was excited about reading the second part of more church folks . The second part is just okay . I read part two right after part one but if I had waited I would not of known the characters. I was glad about the ending because I was tired of reading about messed up Bishops the book was just okay
michele k. edwards
You've done it again Michele.......

I gave it 5 stars because it's such an easy down to earth read and reflects a lot of what's going on in our churches today. Raised in the bapti-costal church I related to all of the characters. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a taste of ol school church, and a good laugh
Apr 06, 2011 Lynne added it
absolutely accurate history of black church life. if you want to laugh out loud reminiscing about past times this and other books by the author is the ticket. excellent!!!!!!!!!!
Once the magical youth powder was introduced around pg40, I stopped reading. I was totally enjoying the book until it want into the unreal stage.
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