Item description for Cover Girls by T. D. Jakes...
Overview From the best-selling author of Woman, Thou Art Loosed! comes a riveting new novel about four modern-day African American women. As Camille, Tonya, Mrs. Judson, and Ms. Ida search for a God-honoring way to handle children, estranged husbands, boyfriends, and career decisions, they succeed in "finding" themselves, their God, and each other! 256 pages, softcover from Warner Faith.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2005
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446692913 ISBN13 9780446692915
Availability 0 units.
More About T. D. Jakes
Bishop T. D. Jakes is the author of the bestsellers God's Leading Lady; The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord; Maximize the Moment; The Great Investment; His Lady; and Woman, Thou Art Loosed!, which is also the basis for a bestselling video and CD. His daily morning show, The Potter's Touch, and weekly broadcast, The Potter's House, air on Trinity Broadcasting Network and Black Entertainment Television, as well as in Europe and South America.
Bishop Jakes is the founder and pastor of The Potter's House, one of the fastest-growing churches in the nation, where he pastors an interracial congregation of more than twenty-eight thousand members. Also a highly successful entrepreneur, he has pioneered three multi-million-dollar corporations and travels the world as an invited guest of foreign diplomats and presidents to discuss personal and economic empowerment. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Cover Girls?
Bad, bad, bad, bad, badder and worse. Nov 15, 2006
The Cover Girls by TD Jakes was in our lunch room (kind of like a lending library thing) so I picked it up. A girl who usually has similar reading tastes as mine had read the book so I thought it'd be good but dang, this book SUCKED!
The guy who wrote it is some sort of preacher/bishop and I really did appreciate the message he was trying to get across but it was just a BAD book. The writing was mediocre at best but the worst part was the tedious stretching of the parable. Dude, the message is good (great, in fact) but you don't need 256 pages to share it.
Before anyone gets on my case because the main characters were black (and I'm one of the whitest people around), it's not that. While the cultural stuff was a bit odd (some of the words, phrases, uses, etc.) and caused a small amount of confusion, the message was still there and that's cool.
But the real problem, in my mind, was the predictability of it all. And the dragging out of the plot. We don't need a section from each woman, we really don't. And if we did, those chapters could have been written much better to prevent the repetition of the same stuff over and over and over and over again.
Miz Ida's section was just terribly tedious and boringly predictable.
And a final note: Jakes thought he was being cute by naming the sections as seasons of the year. Spring, Fall, etc. But if you really believe this book takes place over the course of a year, yer nutz. Not even Jakes' tedious monotonous poorly written attempt to string out the parable could make it cover a full year. The whole thing takes place over a few weeks - maybe two months tops. He thought he was being cute by assigning each woman her own season. The younger woman was Spring. The middle aged woman was Fall. Old Miz Ida was typed as Winter but crossed out & penned in as Summer - trying to say she's only as old as she feels.
So yeah, the message is great but Jakes just cannot pull it off. The book was atrocious. Just awful. Terrible. Ick! Ptooey. Don't waste your time or your money.
Turn off the lights Oct 26, 2006
This story was putting me to sleep. Mr. Jakes is a great motivator! No one can take that away from him. But a fiction novelist he is not! This is one boring book! I just simply could not get into this book. I've tried, for the sake of the author, but I just could not. Now I'm wondering if he really wrote it (with his busy schedule and all). Let's just say that maybe--perhaps--just perhaps, a ghost writer could have written this story. If Jakes, however, did in fact write it, he's probably embarrassed about it. This book needs to be revised and re-edited with some upbeat to it. I wish I had gotten it from the library instead of buying it. Another thing. The cover was pretty provocative for a Christian fiction, don't you think?
What a great discovery! Apr 23, 2006
This book is about how 3 womens live's intertwine with each others. It is amazing how god brings us together and teaches us different lessons! Great book to read and discover your inner feelings and actions toward other people.
Good almost great Apr 2, 2006
TD Jakes is as awesome preacher and delivers a poignant story with this novel. While not as gritty as Woman Thou Art Loosed it is still very applicable for those already in the church. While very predictable and stereotypical I recommend this book especially to those who prefer to read more conservative fiction and as a gift for those who know someone like the women in the story but don't know how to tell them they are in need of help. The light and easy story line and good moral content warranted Cover Girls a Bronze rating.
An unfortunate disappointment... Oct 5, 2005
T.D. Jakes first foray into Christian fiction was an extreme disappointment for me. I picked up this book with great anticipation based on my love for Jakes' ability to make a story come alive when he is teaching from the pulpit and in his inspirational writings. Unfortunately that ability did not transfer to the art of fiction novel writing.
In this tale, we meet a host of women who are connected primarily by friendship or work. The story attempts to follow the changes in these women's lives as they encounter trials and tribulations. I did not find the characters or the storylines to be well developed. Often when attempting to infuse faith into the characters lives, it felt that sections of sermons had been lifted and abruptly plunked down into the middle of the story.
It is my conclusion that Jakes gift for teaching is best left to face-to-face ministry and the writing of inspirational non-fiction.