The spirited Houston congregation featured in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Let the Church Say Amen and Everybody Say Amen has a major scandal unfolding—and, as always, the outspoken Rachel Jackson Adams is at the heart of the drama.
As the First Lady of Zion Hill, Rachel is not only Pastor Lester Adams’ wife—she’s currently his eight-months-pregnant wife, who’s going toe-to-toe with Lester’s onetime mistress, congregant Mary Richardson, who is also pregnant. Her baby may or may not be Lester’s, but Mary’s doing all she can to win sympathy and turn her fellow churchgoers against Rachel—even threatening to blackmail Pastor Adams with a paternity agreement. After all, where can an unmarried mother-to-be go but to the Lord?
Rachel has a few choice answers for exactly where Mary can go, but as these expectant moms do battle, hostilities erupt into a drama unlike anything Zion Hill has ever seen! Something has to give, and while Rachel contemplates everything from transferring her lifelong church membership to packing up and leaving Lester, she knows deep down God is calling her to forgiveness. Will the arrival of the new babies bring a new understanding? Or harden forever the anger that’s dividing them?
Rachel Adams may have committed a few sins in earlier books in the series (Everybody Say Amen), but she never imagined her husband, Pastor Lester Adams, would be the one to land their family and their Houston church in a scandal. How can she forgive him for getting another woman pregnant, and at the same time as Rachel? Worse, his cast-off mistress, Mary, is determined to reclaim him at any cost, even if it means embarrassing Lester and Rachel in front of their congregation. Despite Lester's repentance, hotheaded Rachel risks destroying her marriage as she struggles with whether to forgive her husband, especially after the babies are born. Then Mary's sordid past catches up with her and she desperately needs Rachel's help. With an innocent baby's future hanging in the balance, Rachel must reconcile what she believes about God's will with what her emotions demand. Billingsley writes a fast-paced story filled with vivid characters, interweaving a heartfelt subplot as Rachel's brother struggles with conflicts between his beliefs and his gay identity.