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Overview Dawn Amen-Ray:
I stuck by my sister because it was the right thing to do. I have to admit, though, she couldn't have come home at a worse time. I had just found out that my husband (who just happens to be my sister's ex-boyfriend) had cheated on me-I was not in a forgiving mood. I didn't believe that Francine could turn things around for herself anyway. So many people were hurting and most of them blamed her for it. But she surprised me, and helped the most unlikely people come to grips with their own mistakes. The biggest surprise was the secrets she uncovered about us, secrets that would force me to grow up (finally!) and discover what I was truly made of.
Insightful, unforgettably real and compassionate, THE AMEN SISTERS is about confronting the difficult truth, facing our painful mistakes, and reclaiming God's abundant hope and promise.
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Studio: Walk Worthy Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.245 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2005
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446531537 ISBN13 9780446531535
Availability 0 units.
More About Angela Benson
Angela Benson is an award-winning writer and a graduate of Spelman College. She has a PhD in Instructional Technology and is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Illinois. She is the author of numerous romance novels as well as the Christian novels AWAKENING MERCY, a finalist for a Christy Award, and ABIDING HOPE. She lives outside Chicago.
Angela Benson currently resides in Athens, in the state of Georgia.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Amen Sisters: A Novel?
One of the brightest voices in Christian fiction! Nov 3, 2005
Angela Benson, one of the brightest voices in Christian fiction brings us her third and most daring novel to date.
The Amen Sisters opens with Francine Amen who finds herself confined to a mental institution after suffering a nervous breakdown brought on by the suicide of her best friend, Toni. Francine Amen was a ministry leader with an up-and-coming church who believed she had found her true calling. She publicly renounced her family, friends and church because she felt they didn't believe "enough" and left her hometown leaving behind a lot of hurt and spiritually wounded friends and family members. Guilt ridden and ashamed, Francine turns to the one person who should always be there - her sister.
Dawn Amen-Ray sticks by her sister, Francine, because she feels it is the right thing to do. Still, Dawn has problems of her own. She recently found out that her husband (Francine's ex-boyfriend) Sly cheated on her. Although Dawn still loves her husband, she is not sure if she can forgive and continue in her marriage.
With Biblical insight and compassion, Angela Benson brings us more than just another novel about a minister going astray. This is a novel with real people who confront real issues. It's about forgiving others and ourselves.
Say Amen Somebody Nov 3, 2005
Francine Amen thought she found her true calling when she became a ministry leader with an up-and-coming church. She publicly denounced everyone who she thought didn't believe in God enough, including her former church, family and friends. Francine even left her hometown and boyfriend to join this traveling ministry. When Francine's close friend Toni told her that the pastor is sexually abusing her, she turns her back on her. When Toni commits suicide, Francine feels responsible. Francine comes back home to live with her sister Dawn Amen-Ray. She now has to face the same people she shunned before, including Toni's family. Dawn is glad her sister is returning home but the timing couldn't be more wrong. Dawn just found out her husband Sly had an affair. Will she be able to forgive him? Sly is dealing with his past mistake and trying to keep the family funeral home business from being bought out. The Amen Sisters is a remarkable novel by Angela Benson. Benson masterfully tackles an often taboo subject: Pastors preying upon women parishioners. This novel not only shows what happens when these women try to come forward with their stories, but also shows the lack of support the church gives these women. The pastors are forgiven and the women are not. Francine and Dawn are the central characters of this story but there are also excellent supporting characters. Angela Benson showed great creativity when including the funeral home business into the novel. The Amen Sisters is an engaging, powerful Christian novel that will leave you saying amen.
Nothing New Under The Sun Oct 25, 2005
I don't understand the other reviews but in all honesty, this story was written very boringly. The message on jackleg preachers is clear and has been told by several other authors, but in a more upbeat and realistic fashion. I would suggest the Reverend Curtis Black trilogy series by Kimberly Lawson Roby instead. Also, I've come to find out that even though members of a church know about their pastor's downfall or thorn in his flesh (sexual abuse, sexual perversion, etc.), they accept it and turn their heads. Now this is what needs to be exposed. Someone needs to write a novel about this because this has yet to be written.
LET THE CHURCH SAY "AMEN" & MORE . . . Oct 20, 2005
THE AMEN SISTERS by Angela Benson is a story about an abuse that apparently has been kept secret for too long -- pastors who misuse their power and sexually abuse women in their congregation. Benson's novel offers insight into this hush-hush world and the lengths that women and pastors go through to keep these secrets. By offering several points of view on this issue from the betrayed women, THE AMEN SISTERS brings to life the fact that pastors are men, fallible and vulnerable, and not the gods that worshippers sometimes mistake them to be. The only points of view missing are those of the pastors, which would have made this a more in-depth read. However, the relationship between the two sisters, Francine and Dawn, and their relationships with the two men in their lives, Stuart and Sylvester, takes the story to a slightly higher level. THE AMEN SISTERS is an engaging, refreshing story of reaffirming love and faith packed with the drama that comes with church-life and the mortals who sometimes confuse the difference between God and man. Like the sexual abuse of children by priests, the sexual abuse of women by pastors must be confronted. So let the church say AMEN and more!
Awesome Oct 18, 2005
This book held my attention all the way to the end. It was very well written and spiritually enlightening. Great book.