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St. Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. Is it possible that the new Pope...is a woman?

The world is watching as historic crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in the Church's history. Some followers are ecstatic, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies.

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Hardcover, 362 pages
Published September 26th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company
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Kathy I second the mention of Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross. Excellent book and I'm sure there's more truth than fiction in it!
Elizabeth Evans Couldn't agree more, Greg Z. It was an awful, horrible slog of a book. I want those hours of my life back. I guess I was thinking it would get better…moreCouldn't agree more, Greg Z. It was an awful, horrible slog of a book. I want those hours of my life back. I guess I was thinking it would get better ... but, sadly, it didn't. (less)

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Rachel Nicole Wagner
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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*5/5 STARS* (If I could rate this even higher, I would)

Woman of God by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is nothing short of amazing. I began this book with high expectations and ready to read an unexpected story because it seemed like nothing James Patterson has ever released before. I'm happy to report that my expectations were exceeded by a long shot. Brigid Fitzgerald has left a lasting impression on me and is now one of my top favorite female characters in a novel of ALL TIME. I a
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Denise
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.0 out of 5 stars -- A test of faith. A HUGE test.

OK this woman had it so much worse than Job of the Bible. At first it was hard to see her go through the tragedies, but then it got to be WAY TOO MUCH. I often get suckered in to requesting a book based on the synopsis, but sometimes the actual story is nothing like what was written in the publicity materials. As it is here.

I thought this novel was going to be about a woman Pope. NOT. So ignore the blurb. This is about a
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Jill McGill
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have given us another solid hit with Woman of God! This is definitely not the typical James Patterson novel with all the mystery and crime. This is an inspiring story about one woman whose faith has been tested over and over again. It's about tragedy, love, hope and learning how to overcome it all through faith. Often through our darkest times is when our faith is being tested, you can either hold on to it or lose faith altogether.

A well-written and inspiring s
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Dianne Bright
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In all honesty, this is one of the best books I've ever read. The female protagonist's tenacious pursuit of faith amidst extreme adversities (literally one after the next) moved me to tears, which doesn't usually happen from fictional characters. I've not met a braver female character than Brigid Fitzgerald.
That said, as a conservative reader, I did not connect with about ten percent of the book that focused on criticizing the Catholic Church's outdated practices; the idea of modernizing t
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Matt
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The Patterson-Paetro partnership returns with a one-off novel that seeks to explore faith, religion, and the strength in both that one woman possesses in the modern world. Brigid Fitzgerald has been working in South Sudan, serving as a doctor and trauma surgeon in a war-torn corner of the country. After the medical facility is attacked by guerillas, many are slaughtered, including the local priest and Brigid's mentor. As she struggles to come to terms with this, Brigid, too, is attacked and left ...more
Tammy Adams
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
This poor woman has more tragedies in her life than Job! Just totally over the top and unbelievable. Reading the blurb made me think this was going to be a book about a woman pope - NOT. Another odd religious book by Patterson.
Greg
Dec 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Torture porn/bad writing fans
"They had captured a hundred and twenty-nine children. They castrated the boys and left them to bleed to death. They had gang-raped the little girls before killing them. Little boys who had been unable to run were roped together, and their throats had been slit," so writes Patterson/Paetro on page 119 of this, a torture porn book sold under the pretense of a woman finding faith. And even worse, far more torturous, scenes have appeared in earlier pages. Okay, now, about the writing itself, get th ...more
Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud
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WOW!!
Woman of God, is an extraodinary read, testing a person's faith through thick and thin, there were times when reading this and thinking, 'how can all this happen to one person', being a doctor in south Sudan at 'kind hearts' and seeing all of the death and destruction, to being shot, and technically declared dead, only, to come through it all and go back, to having to live through your husband and newborn child dying, (that literally broke me to pieces reading that, as I
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Suzanne
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I just do not know how to rate or review this book. Hell, I do even know how I felt about this book. I did not get engrossed in the story but it was not a bad story. I think I just did not connect with it or the characters as much as I would have liked to. It is still a James Patterson book so it is far from bad, just did not feel this one. This is about vast changes within the Catholic church with the main character becoming a priest and even having her name in the hat for pope.

My quick and si
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Jean West
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an advance read of James Patterson's new book Woman of God. Completely different from any of my previous experiences with his books. I was enthralled with the concept of the book, the front story of the first woman considered for the position of Pope, but it was so much more than that. It follows Brigid Fitzgerald through life altering experiences that mold her into a deep spiritual relationship. The story explores her awareness of her personal relation with God, and makes one consider t ...more
Tiffany PSquared
This was unlike the usual Patterson books I've read. It was suspense and mystery with a message. However, at the end of it, I was wondering if that overall message was really strong enough.

Brigid Fitzgerald seems to encounter difficult situations (to put it mildly) at almost every single juncture in her life: in her jobs, her relationships, and her faith. We watch as she struggles to maintain her faith in God throughout all her hardships and also as she finds new reasons to believe a
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David
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Completely different to the usual James Patterson offerings. No mystery/thriller here. Just a wonderful story about a remarkable woman who has her faith in God (and life) tested repeatedly by the most diabolical and tragic events. And yet, despite the adversity that is thrown at her, she has a strength and determination to not only survive, but a hope and a determination to make the world a better place. Inspirational.
Wendy
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woman of God

This was an amazing book and certainly not what I was expecting. I have never read anything like this from James Patterson before and it was a breath of fresh air. I've always enjoyed the books that Maxine Paetro was the co author with James Patterson and I'm sure that she deserves most of the credit for this book. I'm going to look her up and give her books a read.
thewanderingjew
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
A Woman of God, James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, authors; Therese Plummer, narrator
While I found the book interesting because of the content, which was partly about volunteering one’s time and working in the South Sudan to help those less fortunate, I found Brigid Fitzgerald to be a totally implausible character. The authors overplayed their hands by portraying her innocence and potential godliness without giving her real substance in that regard. I found her experiences of falling in and o
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Mahoghani 23
This is a side of James Patterson that demonstrates his ability to traverse in many genres. This time the author explores faith from the Catholic church. Even as I'm writing this review, I'm getting goosebumps as I prepare to give you a synopsis from my point of view.

Bridget Fitzgerald is a woman whose running from something, trying to save others. She's just compleyed her residency and shes in South Sundan, in Northern Africa, working in a makeshift hospital called Kind Hands, trying to help t
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Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Brigid Fitzgerald is a doctor in South Sudan. She sees devastation every day, but her faith in God keeps her going. When tragedy falls on Brigid over and over again, her faith will be tested. Will she be able to find the purpose God has for her, or will she lose faith before that?

The story starts 20 years in the future on an Easter Sunday. I was reading the book around the same time, so it all seemed to fit in well together. Brigid is getting reading for Sunday morning mass at church
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Rissa
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This is about a girl that just wanted to help people and do good work in Gods name. It was cute and had some nice messages throughout.
Marcia
Oct 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm looking at the other ratings and wondering if I read the same book.
I didn't like Woman of God. I would not like it on a boat I would not like it with a goat.
It was a very silly story with absolutely no character development or descriptive language. I was unable to identify with any of the characters. The plot was melodramatic and soppy.
A female doctor, working in a war torn part of Sudan finds love. Loses love. Becomes part of an egalitarian pseudo Catholic Church and ultimately is a cont
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Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Very (& surprisingly IMO) good story!
Diane Saul
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first chapter opens 20 years from now with the possibility of a woman being named the next Pope. Brigid Fitzgerald is that woman. From the second chapter on we go back to current time and follow Brigids journey to see how she arrived at this point in her life. We follow her to the Sudan as a medical missionary where she sees horrendous acts committed by ruthless rebels against the local population. She begins to doubt her faith. In an effort to find her faith again she goes from place to pla ...more
Laura Rash
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My only regret with this book is that I waited so long to read it. I usually zip thru books very quickly, being a true speed reader, and tho this one moved quickly with short chapters, I absorbed every single word. Many times I set it down & just thought about what I had read & listened to my heart. A very different style for JP that I truly enjoyed on so many levels.
Sandra
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was ok

Brigid Fitzgerald is a remarkable woman. She graduated from college at 19 years of age. Determined to make something of her life and leave her addicted parents behind, she volunteered as a doctor in a clinic called Kind Hands in South Sudan, a very dangerous and poor part of the world. This begins her story. Wherever her fantastic life took her, and no matter the overwhelming losses she suffered, she tried to find and trust in God. This was her constant struggle.

As I read this book,
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Monique
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I do not even have the energy to write a review of this book, My first James Patterson book, and boy was it a doozy. I mean I like a little edge to my books, but, I do not want to be in agony through every step of the book. I'm a highly, highly sensitive person so things always affect me way more than the masses so to speak, if you like being in agony at everything the protagonist goes through, by all means you will hungrily devour this book, but, if you are a sensitive soul, this book will ring ...more
Karen Filipowicz
Dec 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really did not like it in fact I pretty much hated it. If it wouldn't have been such an easy read-remember Patterson's books have chapters all of 1 1/2 pages long-I doubt I would have finished it. I finished it thinking will get better, the ending will have some some huge exciting surprise. Nope. For those who haven't read it I'll save you time, Brigid is a religious woman falls in love; the guy dies. Meets a pries whom she likes; he dies. She gets shot; almost dies. Meets a guy, marries him, ...more
Ann
Nov 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This will be a DNF for me. I feel like the blurb is completely misleading. The "Prologue" takes place 20 years in the future -- a reporter at the Vatican muses on the possibility of a female Pope, and then the scene shifts to a mother getting her daughter ready for Easter Sunday services and the sudden realization that this mother is the female Priest the reporter was thinking of. So . . . really, a very good start!

The book proper then starts in "present day". She's 27/28, a doctor w
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Gerry Bartlett
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not sure how to categorize this one. Anyway, Patterson and Paetro take on the Catholic church and its stand on women. I'm not a Catholic but I have friends who are. They moan about the fact that women can't be priests and other issues. Patterson uses the story of Brigid to show how a woman of faith makes the Church take notice and change. Fantasy? I guess I could have put the book in that category. But it's a fast read and full of action. Brigid goes to Africa to work with the horribly oppressed ...more
Kara Neal
Nov 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
It seems like everyone is reading Patterson, and I like faith-based boos, so I added this to my library wishlist based on title and author alone. Honestly, if I had read the blurb, I'd likely have passed. Indeed, I wish I had. Admittedly, I am not Roman Catholic. As a Christian, I found this offensive at multiple points, particularly when so-called men and women of God who claim to serve him were sitting around the table mocking and laughing at Bible verses from the pens of Paul and Timothy. To ...more
Christy
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can I just say how much I absolutely loved this book and needed to read it at the exact moment I did? No matter what religion you are...we all have faith. Sometimes in the hardest times of our lives that faith is tested. When the bad times come we either cling to out faith or lose it all together. Finding it again is a journey.
Lucas Carlson
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A terrific read. Woman of God grabs you and takes you on a journey. It deals with faith, but in a way that is totally true to James Patterson with plot twists and page turning chapters. In the end you feel satisfied, entertained, and thought provoked. What more could you want from a book?
Suzze Tiernan
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Completely different from any other Patterson I have read. Somewhat over the top, but an interesting plot, with ideals I could totally get behind.
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