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Can I Get an Amen?

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When the last thing you want is the one thing you need, you've got to have a little faith....
Growing up, Ellen Carlisle was a Christian: She went to Jesus camp, downed stale Nilla Wafers at Sunday school, and never, ever played with Ouija boards. Now, years later, when infertility prevents her from giving her ambitious attorney husband a family, she finds herself on t
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by NAL
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Cousin
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OK. I wasn't sure about the title or the cover - but now that I've read the book I get it. It's pretty smart, pretty funny, definitely quirky, and I liked the characters and the plot enough that it made me stay up WAY too late. My kids were late for school because I overslept, and then even later because I was reading it at every red light!

I actually didn't want to like this book because I have a little bias against reading books that deal with religion. But a friend whose reading tastes I resp
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Matty
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I SO enjoyed Can I Get An Amen. It's wickedly funny, a little dark, and by the end I was unutterably moved. It's very cinematic, and seems destined to be adapted into a movie or TV show. Don't miss this fantastic debut...
Carolyn E
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading Can I Get An Amen? by Sarah Healy. I understand this is Healy's debut novel, and I loved it.

I don't want to say too much about it because I don't want to give away the story. But it is a wonderful story about family relationships and some seriously flawed characters. Kat's story is particularly poignant, and I could certainly sympathize with her. But I could also see her mother's side of the story because of her strong religious beliefs and her (Kat's mother's) previ
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Deanna Sletten
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Deanna by: Won in Givaway
Shelves: first-reads, giveaway
I won this book from a Goodreads Givaway and am so happy that I did.

Ellen Carlisle has had her share of crosses to bear. She is unable to have children, her husband has left her, she has lost her job and she finds herself living at home with her parents. Her mother, the daughter of a preacher, believes prayer is the answer to Ellen's problems, which only makes Ellen roll her eyes and shake her head. She finds herself spending her days shopping and her nights bar-hopping, hoping to find the answe
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Beth
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Unedited book loan from a friend. Not yet published until June. Don't let the title scare you away. Cute, quirky, funny story about this girl who found herself moving back home after a divorce because she could not conceive. It deals with family relationships, love, loss, and forgiveness. It does deal with Christianity but in almost a parody itself by the way certain people respond to religion. Perfect chick lit to read by the pool or on the beach!
Sheryl
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Healy's first novel was difficult to put down. Ellen was endearing and although I didn't grow up in a born-again family, I could relate to some of her ways of coping. She's a mess at times and the novel plays out in unexpected directions. Really funny and at times, quite poignant.
Looking forward to Sarah Healy's next book!
Jacqueline
This was better than I expected. I liked that even though Christianity and religion was woven through this, it wasn't preachy. I did find it predictable and in fact I lost half of my interest as soon as I guessed that the cool new love interest that the heroine ran into was going to turn out to be a preacher. I felt like there were a couple of missing scenes that should have been included at the end to make the whole thing more satisfying. For example such a big big deal had been made out of the ...more
Margie aka The Bumble Girl
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was so funny, witty and candid - I couldn't put it down! While I was laughing out loud and shaking my head, it was also thought provoking and relatable.

You definitely need to have a good heart full of sense of humor to read this book.

Ellen's life falls apart in a matter of what feels like mere minutes - her husband wants a divorce, she loses her job and has to move back home to live with her overbearing Christian parents.
Ellen goes through some entertaining and sometimes scary ups and
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Anna
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
This book was incredibly compelling. I didn't expect to like it, but as it turned out, I couldn't put it down. It's a funny and frank look at family relationships and faith. The main character, Ellen, gets left by her husband and loses her job, so she has to move back home with her parents. She commences behaving in a very un-Christian way, and her mother harps on her mercilessly. It turns out there's a lot more going on in the Carlisle family than meets the eye. Not far into the book, Ellen mee ...more
Dawn
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. This author has a straight-forward voice and writing style and her character development was awesome. The layers of complexity of the family and life issues that were presented kept my interest and the climax brought tears to my eyes.

It has been a long time since I sat engrossed in a book rather than doing the myriad other things I should have been doing. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Sheila
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I'm reading a novel I really want to care about the characters and I want to feel the story is believable. The main character is Ellen who moves home after an unsuccessful marriage. Ellen is a modern woman in with her Christian fundamental parents. The plot thickens..I think the book was cleverly written with twists and turns I didn't predict. I hope this author continues with more novels with characters I want to spend my time with.
Annie
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I didn't know exactly what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. I think we can all relate to Ellen in one way or another. This book was very well written, descriptive and I felt like I was watching it on the big screen as I was reading it. I read it in 4 days and it would have been sooner if I didn't have 3 kids to take care of. Don't miss this one!!
Monika
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book really got my hopes up. All the tension and the crap this woman was going through kept building up and up, and just when it seems like things will turn out, they hastily throw another curve ball and wrap it up in 3 pages. All in all, very disappointing.
Louise Behrendt
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was ok


The literary equivalent of Cheetos.
Annie Frannie
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A refreshingly honest and modern story on faith, love, and family.
Mark
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, not because I'm from New Jersey. The character of Mark, in some sense, is similar to me, except for the hippie/missionary parents.
Laura
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Can I Get an Amen? Is a book that you shouldn’t judge by its cover or title. I’ll admit the cover makes me sing “plastic Jesus” to myself whenever I see it. The title made me a bit wary, but the description pulled me in. I’m glad it did as I really enjoyed this novel and found it to be a great family drama.

Ellen Carlisle grew up in a born again Christian family, but as an adult she threw off her Christianity. Her mother, a pastor’s daughter, believes very strongly in her faith. She is troubled t
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Cassandra
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I first saw this book in Barnes & Noble and was reluctant to purchase it. Then I ran across the book again on Amazon's website and decided to give it a try. I was hooked from the first couple of pages. This book has got to be one of the few best reads I've had in a long time. Every time I picked up this book it felt like I was being taken on a refreshing journey; a quick escape into Ellen's life as she constantly searched for her identity of self and spirituality. I love the way Sarah Healy ...more
Romancing the Book
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Faith? This is something that has been missing from Ellen Carlisle’s life ever since she got divorced. She knows it is not her fault yet her husband reminds her it is because of her infertility. Going home to her parents was also not part of her plan but when God puts obstacles in your way you have a home to go too. Even though she is close to her parents there are still secrets in the family and trouble she never expected. Her life has always been to keep faith and hope in God yet lately she is ...more
Anne
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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Susan Bazzett-Griffith
This novel was not what I expected at all when I put it on my "To Read" list and ordered it from Better World Books; that said, I did enjoy it, and I didn't struggle to finish it (other than with time constraints. Going back to work full time has dramatically cut down on my pleasure reading, as any hours I'm awake tend to be consumed with mundane grading and reading poorly written student essays as opposed to books of my own choosing), as the plot and characters developed at a decent pace. The b ...more
Georgia Herod
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
The plastic dashboard bobblehead Jesus on the cover put me off before I ever started reading. Then after reading the GoodReads readers' reviews, I thought perhaps I should reread this book because I didn't like it at all. I'm still trying to understand other readers' comments. The conflicts were real, painful, sad; however, the characters were not well-developed; the plot somewhat predictable; the story ending without resolution for what I thought was a huge issue: Ellen Carlisle's (main charact ...more
Heather
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Don't avoid this book because it seems religious: This isn't your everyday, run-of-the-mill Jesus story. The only religious book I've ever really enjoyed prior to this was Christopher Moore's "Lamb: The Gospels According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal". I am not drawing any comparisons between the two, simply illustrating for you that I am not usually into "religious" novels.

Our protagonist, Ellen, is going through a lot in her life: infertility, divorce, moving back home with her parents. Her
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Lindsay
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book, but it was a bit depressing. Seems like nothing but bad things happen to Ellen and her family. And through it all they pray and pray some more, which didnt seem to help their situation any. Which is why I have a hard time beliving in God. I'm not saying that he doesnt exist, and I know this is just a book, but I assume such things really do happen to people.
Its the story about Ellen who's husband leaves her because she can't get pregnant, soon after she loses her job and h
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Christina
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Can I Get an Amen, for this book? AMEN! Authour Sarah Healy’s début ‘Can I Get an Amen?” is a delightful read that will make you say AMEN! Ellen went to Jesus Camp growing up, endure her mother’s Holy Roller ways, and yet right now when she needs faith the most she cannot find it. Her husband left her, her job laid her off, and she finds herself back home in her 30’s living with her very staunch rightwing Christian parents and dealing with her arch nemesis from high school. Until a mysterious ma ...more
Carla
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ellen Carlisle wakes one morning to find not only have her prayers for a child have gone unanswered but her husband has left her and by month's end she is out of work and living back at home with her parents. Her born-again parents don't necessarily provide the right sounding board she needs, her gay brother hides in the city making the obligatory visit and has the compassionate ear, and her foul mouthed independent sister is pained by her own past. Coming home to the haves and bigger haves of t ...more
Brianna
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I can't tell you how excited I was for this one, but then I was left with disappointment. Although I give major kudos to Healy for attacking religion, homosexuality, AND abortion all in one debut novel, I wanted more. I was eager for this read because I felt I could relate. I went through a divorce and lived (am currently living) with my parents afterwards and felt all the awkward and difficult feelings too. However, I felt that there was wayyy too much "middle" in this one. It felt like the sto ...more
Adonica
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
OK, I liked this book, didn't love it, but enjoyed it enough to give it three stars. I really liked the idea of what this book was about. The author did a good job of infusing Christianity in the book without trying to convert anyone or making it out to be a cult. I thought most of the characters were well developed, I especially liked the leading man. If what or who he was was supposed to be a mystery, I figured it out very early on....it only made sense. He was very realistic to me, because I ...more
Rebecca
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Woman struggles with her religious beliefs after husband leaves her due to infertility issues.

I enjoyed the humor and often poignant comments and beliefs of the main character as well as the overall theme. Fun, quick and touching read.

"The enemy is really attacking this family," she [her mom} said, her blue eyes looking sad and empty.
I gave a humorless, mocking laugh. It was archaic, blaming the devil. She was like a starving, ignorant medieval peasant, believing the failing crops were the wor
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Paul
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hard to put down this down-to-earth story of love and acceptance.
It is laugh out loud in parts, yet thoughtful and endearing in others.
For me, there were recognizable characters I cared about. The storyline is not given to any
religious persuasion though there's a Christianity themed backdrop.

Starts out when Ellen's husband leaves her. He has quickly taken up with someone else.
Ellen tries barhopping; Gets caught in an unfortunate situation, is rescued by someone who
markedly lifts her and gives h
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