Renowned pastor Bishop T. D. Jakes knows the struggles of real women, the disappointments that rob us of confidence and hope, and the losses that make us wonder whether it is worth going on. Now the bestselling author of Woman, Thou Art Loosed brings that compassionate insight and deeply felt wisdom to a powerful first novel about four very different women confronting the biggest challenges of their lives....
COVER GIRLS Michelle, Tonya, Mrs. Judson, and Miz Ida. African-American, white, rich, poor-they seemingly have nothing in common. Yet every day they face the complex realities of twenty-first-century urban life as they try to balance their needs with their belief in God.
Michelle, a driven career woman and survivor of abuse, swears she'll never again be used by people close to her. She's determined to take control and call all the shots-no matter what the cost...
Tonya knows what it's like to have a happy marriage shattered by unimaginable tragedy. She feels her faith is the only thing she can count on-until a hard choice forces her to gamble on someone she never thought she could trust...
Mrs. Judson believes her wealth, influence, and successful business can protect her against all harm. Then a family scandal threatens both her hard-earned reputation and the values she's made the center of her world...
Miz Ida has dedicated her life to God and giving others a shoulder to cry on. Soon she'll need all her faith to help herself and these women at last find themselves-and each other.
A novel about coming to terms with the past, discovering who we truly are, and recognizing the unexpected joys, friendships, and small miracles that reveal God's all-encompassing love, this book shows us the many paths that stretch before us at every season of life. Honest, inspiring, and unforgettable, COVER GIRLS proves that T. D. Jakes is not only a gifted preacher, but a born storyteller.
When a well-known preacher and bestselling nonfiction author (Woman, Thou Art Loosed!) tries his hand at fiction, the result is unfortunately predictable-a heavy dose of sermonizing. Jakes frames his contemporary novel around the seasons of life, telling the story from the perspectives of three African-American women who work together in an office, and a fourth, older woman who acts as a mentor to the youngest. The hip, well-manicured Michelle swears she will "never be under any man's thumb," yet her abusive past is revisited upon her by the men she finds attractive. Tonya loves the Lord, but the death of one son and the trials of single parenting have taken their toll. Delores is in control at the office, but her 13-year-old granddaughter's heartbreaking troubles are about to wreck her own carefully constructed facade. Meanwhile, the aged Miz Ida has her hands full as a sounding board for Michelle and helping any "strays" who cross her path. The novel is marred by overwriting, heavy dialogue, long sermons, an annoying use of footnotes (including a citation of Jakes's own nonfiction work) and the author's self-promoting product endorsements (one character gives another a Woman, Thou Art Loosed! Bible). Also, it's ironic that a novel that's supposed to be about strong women shows those women almost always being rescued or straightened out by men. However, the book offers sound moral lessons for Christians and encouragement for single mothers. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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1 . THIS BOOK IS VERY GOOD ,
Posted March 29, 2010 by CHELSA WILLIAMS , ORLANDOThis book is an eyeopener,i suggest it for all women,thanks T D Jakes
July 14, 2003
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