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Heavens to Betsy (Center Point Premier Romance (Largeprint))

By Beth Pattillo (Author)
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Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.76" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.96 lbs.
Binding  Library Binding
Release Date   Dec 1, 2006
Publisher   Center Point Large Print
ISBN  1585478741  
EAN  9781585478743  

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Blessed Are the Fabulous.
Life would be perfect for Reverend Betsy Blessing if it weren't for parishioners who keel over during her sermons, steal money from the collection box, and set her up with ex-cons. Not to mention the very inconvenient feelings she is suddenly having for her long-time friend, fellow seminarian, and verbal sparring partner, David Swenson. It isn't until Betsy is thrust into the position of senior minister for her church, however, that she discovers the real cause of her discontent: her fear of failing has become stronger than her faith in herself.
Is it really possible to keep a good woman down? Can Betsy reclaim her confidence while reconciling her clerical robe with high heels and the right shade of lipstick? A fun-loving look at a single girl's life on the other side of the altar, "Heavens to Betsy "is also a hilarious and joyful celebration of strong, stylish, and faithful womanhood.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Beth Pattillo is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who has served congregations in Missouri and Tennessee. She developed Faith Leader while an associate minister at Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville, and it has guided hundreds of participants to define, design, and implement the ministries to which God has called them.

Beth Pattillo currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee.

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Cute, but could have been better  Mar 25, 2008
As a clergywoman myself, I enjoyed Betsy's story. Patillo does a good job of illuminating the joys and complications of being a woman pastor - especially when it comes to romance. But my expectations were either too high or Patillo's sights were too low; the writing was 'okay' at best, and the frothy story could have had quite a bit more weight and still have been enjoyable. Fun to read, but a slight disappointment.
Cute, a little frothy, but with plenty of realism.   Jul 23, 2007
I'm not a romantic comedy kind of gal, but as a single clergywoman, I was intrigued by the topic of this book. I found the church aspects of it to be spot-on accurate, the characters likeable, and the prose lively.
FINALLY...Christian Fiction Redeeming Itself  Feb 21, 2006
I don't usually have favorable views of Christian fiction to be quite honest but I continously give it a shot. Its probably because I am a woman who will read anything that she gets her hands on but I am a Christian and pray that someday I will find a voice that I am looking for within it. I also just love good chick-lit but chick lit that is just good and not just filling a new found market is kind of hard to find. So finding a GOOD CHRISTIAN chick-lit book is quite refreshing.

When I read Heavens to Betsy, I laughed so hard that i cried. I have recently discerned a call into ordained ministry myself as a woman i find it refreshing to find a book in which a woman is a minister, not just falling in love with one. I also found it hilarious the way Betsy's story did not seem too different from the underlying truths of my own call story as well.

While Betsy does fall in love with another minister, I appreciated the way the issues were presented in the book. I have read too much Christian fiction that had an anti-feminist edge to it, which made me cringe. However this book seemed to embody alot of feminism and alot of humor underneath it all! It also exposed truths about the realities of working in the ministry as well. This book made Christian fiction seem more acessible to someone who grew up with a background that is biblically centered but not at all conservatively centered. Kudos to Beth Pattillo!
Chick-Lit in Clerical Garb - Fun!  Sep 26, 2005
It's not easy for a woman who enters a realm normally occupied by men. Just ask Betsy Blessing and she'll emphatically agree. But Betsy faces a particularly difficult situation-she's an ordained minister. Not only that, she's assistant pastor at Church of the Shepherd, an old church of mostly old folks and governed by a group of crusty and cantankerous board members.

Betsy is also single. And of course she is subjected to the match-making efforts of her friends. On the other hand, after suffering through these impossible "dates" one wonders if her friends aren't enemies in disguise.

The real fun starts when Betsy must step in to fill the pulpit for the ailing senior minister. Now she has all the responsibilities of being senior minister, but none of the respect that goes along with it. A leaking baptistery, money disappearing from the collection box, and disapproval of her association with David Swenson, pastor of a "rival" church, will keep you totally entertained.

When her best friend decides Betsy needs a make-over, televised for the whole world to see, the results are disastrously hysterical. Her congregation does not approve of the `new' Betsy. You'll laugh out loud as you follow Betsy through the struggle not only with her congregation, but with herself. She deals with a past she's not proud of, her awakening feelings for David, who up to now has just been a friend and sparring partner, and her relationship with God.

You'll love Betsy - she's delightfully human, and this is a fun romp through the life of a lady preacher who finally comes to terms with who she really is. And the author, Beth Pattillo, is herself an ordained minister, which lends credibility to this brisk, fast-paced read.

Peggy Phifer ©2005
A Smooth Combination of Inspirational-Chick Lit!!!  Jul 10, 2005
Ms. Pattillo has penned a very entertaining, but moving story with the main character Betsy, an ordained minister who is just like the rest of us, struggling with insecurities, looking for love, and dealing with life's everyday issues.

Betsy doesn't think that preaching the word of God is her true calling. At least she hasn't found "bliss" in doing this. Truth is she's been fired from one church, and is now just a mere fill-in until the retiring minister can be replaced. On top of that her best friend David is now making her feel things best friends just shouldn't feel. It's over popcorn that she comes to the realization that she loves him and wants him for her very own. But, does she have the faith and the courage to go for what she wants, or will she play it safe?

Betsy is a wonderful character and Ms. Patillo has done a wonderful job conveying that Ministers are people too. Ms. Patillo has deftly woven a story that will pull the reader in just too see what Betsy will do. The ensemble cast of secondary characters is great addition to this page turning read. I look forward to the next in this series. Will Betsy get her man and finally walk down the isle, and more importantly will she stay with the ministry or will she try her had at being a lawyer???

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