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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Glory Bishop lives her life in pieces. At work and with her friends, she reads novels, speaks her mind, and enjoys slow dances and stolen kisses with her boyfriend, JT. But at home, Glory follows strict rules and second-guesses every step. Though she dreams of going to college and living like a normal teenage girl, her abusive mother has other ideas.

When JT leaves to join
Paperback, 342 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Red Adept Publishing
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Barbara Conrey
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is nearly flawless. And I say that because, if you believe in God, only He is flawless. but Deborah King's Glory Bishop comes close. There's a lot about God and the Bible in this story, but don't let that scare you. Glory's mother and would-be husband are much, much scarier.

Glory Bishop is timely and timeless. It should be required reading for everyone who thinks she must be obedient to be loved.

Glory is a protagonist who has a lot going against her, but Ms. King made her strong, and
Angie Fehl
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING: This story addresses the topic of domestic abuse / abusive relationships (both emotional and physical abuse).

Glory Bishop, our title character, starts out her story a pretty typical teen for the most part, her life revolving around school, church, her job at the beauty parlor, and getting in as much time with boyfriend J.T. as possible. The one major hardship she downplays is the abuse she suffers at the hands of her mother. Glory's mother excuses her own inex
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pop-fiction
King’s tale of a teenager from a dysfunctional and spiritually damaged family falling in with an equally damaged husband shakes one’s soul.

Downtown Chicago, present day. Demons are alive and well—no, not spec fiction demons, the biblical demons that only Glory’s mother can experience. Glory Bishop’s mother is determined to raise a godly daughter according to standards that only mother can exact. The godliness comes about by regular beatings and a Spartan existence inside the home, and regular at
Jennifer Rupp
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t consider myself a literary expert, but I have a feeling that I just read one of the finest books I’ll read all year. I finished an hour ago and I’m still shaking. Glory Bishop’s mother has placed coverings on all the apartment windows to keep evil out. Author Deborah King peels back the corner of one of those coverings to allow the reader a glimpse into Glory Bishop’s life. From the outside, one sees Glory’s mother, Mary Bishop, as an abuser, a Christian fanatic who has warped the meanin ...more
Cassandra Haywood
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading a book by this author. The main character Glory Bishop, a 17 year old high school student, lived a complicated life. Glory’s mother Mary Bishop, always was demanding that Glory not live a ungodly life and when Mary thought Glory did do something wrong she would purge the liar, deceitful and ungodliness out of Glory. All Glory wanted to do is learn in school, have friends and do what young girls did at her age.
Glory had a job working in Hershel’s Beauty Salon. Hersh
Happy Booker
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Glory Bishop is a contemporary fiction about a girl named Glory. She lives with her mom and is in love with JT. Her life is great, but she has a very controlling mother. When JT leaves to join the navy, things become harder for Glory, and her mother’s abusive nature heightens to a point where it clouds Glory’s judgment. A dashing Malcolm comes into the picture and creates a dynamic situation for this teenage girl. He isn’t as nice as he seems, but it is Glory who has to decide if she should wait ...more
Christina (Christinasdialectic)
In Chicago, 17-year-old Glory Bishop is trying to juggle school, boys and friends. But her God-fearing mother makes life even more difficult. When JT leaves for the Navy the pastors son, Malcolm, takes an interest in Glory and her mother insists she accept his advances.

When a stranger attacks Glory on the street, Malcolm jumps in to rescue her and her interest in him grow. But over time he becomes more controlling. Now more than ever Glory must learn how to be the hero of her own story.

TW Abuse

Kathy Parker
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I wasn’t sure about it when I started reading quotes from the Bible but soon found out how much that would play out in the story. Glory is raised by her mother who is a God fearing woman. She thinks Glory has demons in her & wants her to be with a preacher that is 10 years older than her. She is put through so much by her mother & the 27 year old “man of God” as her mother calls him. This is such a good book. I’m not sure about the ending so I hope there will be a secon ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised at Glory Bishop. I went into the book, thinking that it was going to be a heavy drama full of violence. Instead, what I read blew me away.

Glory Bishop does start slowly. While I was aggravated by it at first, I came to appreciate it. The author uses those slow first chapters to build up the main characters and the world they resided. That world and character building continued throughout the book. By the end, each of the main characters were multi-layered characters.

I liked that
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to BookSirens and Red Adept Publishing for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

I’ve been having a hard time coming to terms with this novel and figuring out what to say about this one because I was very, very upset with it. This isn’t to say that this was a bad novel or anything, nor saying tha
Miranda Bell
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jane Bean
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Glory Bishop is a teenage girl from Chicago, her life revolving around the church. Her mother is a survivor of abuse from a former husband, a preacher who believed that women should be subservient and respectful. Glory’s mother, fearful that her daughter will suffer the same fate at men’s hands, regularly beats the Devil out of Glory, trying to rid her of her demons when she tries to live a normal teenage life. And then Glory is ‘taken in hand’ by Malcolm, a preacher ten years older than her who ...more
Sandra Hutchison
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
GLORY BISHOP is a well-written, compelling novel about a 17-year-old girl who is growing up into a smart and good-natured young woman despite a vicious upbringing by her nutty, pathologically religious mother. Glory captures the interest of the suave son and apparent heir of her church's powerful head minister. Glory's just trying her best to survive a challenging situation. She's faced with some truly intriguing choices, especially given that this older guy has money, charm, looks, and status, ...more
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
This is an emotional rollercoaster with several twist that will have you in awe. Glory is a young woman that comes from a dysfunctional home with a mother that not only controls her life, she is abusive and a religious extremist as well. When her mother pushes her in the direction of Malcolm who is a young minister, Glory sees this as another controlling situation. I found that the ending didn't quite give me closure. I would have loved to know exactly where Glory saw herself going after confron ...more
Rex Libris
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For purposes of full disclosure I work at the same organization as Deborah the author. I do not think this association has swayed my judgment on the merits of the book; but I do not I would have read the book if not for knowing her. That is not a criticism of Deborah and her book. I tend to read more toward the adventure and science fiction side of the world, not urban romance.

That said, I am glad that I did read this book, it was an interesting experience for me and showed me a side of the worl
Mark taylor
I got Glory Bishop by Deborah L King, from Booksirens for free for a fair and honest review.

Glory Bishop lives her life in pieces. At work and with her friends, she reads novels, speaks her mind, and enjoys slow dances and stolen kisses with her boyfriend, J. T. But at home, Glory follows strict rules and second-guesses every step.

Though she dreams of going to college and living like a normal teenage girl, her abusive mother has other ideas. When J. T. leaves to join the navy, Glory is left alo
Tony Parsons
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
6/1983, Mr. Nick (old man, church custodian) would always s holler at the teen girl’s bible study group that it was 7:30 pm & time to go.
They were typical teen girls they never stayed late, & talked about boys, school & other things.
Chicago, IL. Herschel’s Salon (75th St.). Glory Bishop (teen) said goodbye to the girls at the bus stop & walked to work.
Josiah “JT” Jackson (devil’s son) had come in to see Gloria & told her he had joined the US Navy.
Last night wishes for him, Gloria was no longer
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
We all know that fiction has a way of messing with exposition. Like "let me take a moment to tell you all about this area's history" or "let's try a chapter from this other character's view and see how it goes." You know, the stuff that makes the fantasy and science fiction genres gain their legions of fans.

Glory Bishop is so spartan with its focus that it's refreshing. It never diverts from whatever Glory sees, hears, or thinks. Almost to the letter, it's all about Glory's world.

That approach
Mrs. Varela
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deborah L. King does an extraordinary job bringing Glory Bishop to life. The title’s namesake is a teen-aged girl living two separate lives during the early 1980’s. One where she lives to please her deeply religious mother and the other is the regular teenager she wishes to be. Outside of home she has friends at school, a childhood boyfriend named JT and works at a beauty salon. When she returns home, she is under her mother’s strict spiritual misguidance bringing Glory both emotional and physic ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book caught me off guard. Although it seemed interesting in the synopsis, I wasn't sure how it would go until I started reading.

I was pleasantly surprised to enter the world of Glory Bishop. Set in the 1980's, high schooler Glory is considered a church going good girl. Her mother is sure that if she literally beats the "demons" out of her daughter she will become a godly woman and a good wife to some godly man.

Glory just wants to be a normal teenager and be with the boy, JT, who she has lov
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

Glory Bishop


I was thoroughly engaged throughout King’s story about Glory Bishop, a young woman from contemporary Chicago, who is caught in the middle of her controlling mother, abusive boyfriend and her desire to just be a teenager. King crafted quickly moving narrative and interesting, multi-dimensional characters that kept me invested in their stories.

Glory’s mom, Mary, is a religious fanatic who is clearly mentally ill. A visit to her family down south helped to bring color and dept
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing. Deborah L. King crafted a wonderful story with well-developed characters.

We meet 17-year-old Glory Bishop who is being raised in an extremely sheltered life where she is only allowed to attend church. Her mother, Mary Bishop is a religious zealot and it is so sad how small she makes Glory's life. At 17, Glory should be experiencing dances, her senior year of high school, friends and plans for college. Anything Mary sees as ungodly is beaten out of Glory and the poor girl
Allyson Preble
Glory Bishop is delusional. This is due to the fact that her mother is even more delusional. And her soon-to-be-husband is also delusional. This whole book is madnesss and craziness on top of absurdness. There wasn't much to connect to plot-wise and I didn't relate to the characters at all. Not just because they are god-fearing people, but their choices didn't seem realistic. Everyone seemed concerned and worried for Glory, but they were easily persuaded that she was fine, even though all the pr ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow... just wow.

How is this book not a best seller? How has there not been millions of copies sold? Why hasn’t this been made into a movie?

So this book comes with trigger warnings: sexual abuse, profanity, and violence.

Seriously, this is the most underrated material I have ever had the liberty of gracing my eyes with. I am just blown away with not only the story itself but the author’s ability to deliver it flawlessly. Without a doubt, this book deserves ten stars!

This book was written so well
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was definitely a first of its kind for me in regards to its subject matter. I really liked how the author was able to capture the unseen or dark side of the religious and those in high places in religion. I really enjoyed the book. I just felt that too much time was spent showing us the dynamic between Malcolm and Glory. It became redundant. Also the character development of Malcolm was kind of murky. I think the history of Malcolm's past was summed up too quickly. The book definitely ...more
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-sirens
Glory Bishop is a beautifully written novel. I loved King's writing style and the subject matter of this novel. This coming of age story is a reminder of the freedom of individualism all of us women possess. Initially, I was not pulled in. I was put off by, what I felt like, was an over done story line in regards to the oppressiveness of their religion/church. The story jumped right into some serious encounters and introduces you to relationships that are never resolved. Also, I was disappointed ...more
Alexa  Ramirez
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Carrie Hayes
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is impossible not to fall in love with Glory Bishop as she navigates growing up in Chicago, circa 1983. Glory is pulled in a dozen different directions, struggling to discern between those who love her and those who do her harm, while claiming they only want what's best (or even worse, do so in the name of the Lord). Deborah L. King skillfully spins that rare energy all writers strive to convey, and each character leaps off the page, fully realized, completely human. The story's energy and li ...more
Niki Kropf
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Deborah L. King has crafted an incredibly well-written and engaging story. Her character development was what carried the story and even secondary and background characters came to life. The story was challenging to read at times given its examination of the church, domestic violence, and sexual assault, however, readers will surely find themselves invested in Glory’s story and will be eager, as I was, to keep reading. This would have absolutely been a 5 star read if it weren’t for the ending wh ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was great! The character of Glory was so well written as well as the character of Herschel.
Many of the scenes between Glory and Malcolm made me cringe because I felt it was only a matter of time before it escalated and I love how the author played that out bit by bit. That was done so well!
The dynamic between Glory, her mother, her church, the two men in her life, Herschel, the times she was growing up in is fantastic. I learned even more about that time in our history and th
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Deborah King has been a writer and storyteller her whole life. She published her first short story when she was seven years old. When she’s not writing, Deborah enjoys cartoons, cooking, photography, and Star Trek. Born and raised in Chicago, Deborah has managed to achieve all of her childhood dreams and still lives in the area with her husband and two youngest children. According to her daughter, ...more

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