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Can I Get an Amen? {Book Review}

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Can I Get An Amen?

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I must confess: Can I Get an Amen? sat in my “to-read” pile of books for a good couple of months.

My friends Sarah and Dana raved about it, saying I had to read it. I often read books based on the recommendations of friends, so I was confident that this book would be just my cup of tea.

I even gave it out to family and friends as holiday gifts before I read it myself!

Unfortunately, my pile of books kept growing…there were book club selections I needed to finish before our meeting and library books about to be overdue. It seemed that the time was never right to start this cute little book with the Jesus bobblehead on the cover.

And then suddenly, it was. I had just finished my book club bookIt was a Friday night and my husband was watching his beloved hockey.

I looked over to my bookshelf and saw Can I Get an Amen? and its Jesus-face staring back at me. I grabbed the book and finished it that very weekend.

The debut novel of Sarah Healy, Can I Get an Amen? tells the story of Ellen Carlisle, a 31-year-old forced to move back home to New Jersey after the collapse of her marriage.

Ellen must deal with the scary realization that her future as she had envisioned it- husband, kids, nice house, and job- is no more. She is now single, jobless, and living with (gasp) her parents in a town where many of her high school friends (and frenemies) still live. Adding to Ellen’s stress is her bible-thumping mother, who pressures Ellen to turn to Jesus and the church. There and only there, will all her problems be solved.

This is a novel about starting over and having faith…faith in yourself, faith in others, and faith in the universe (eventually) setting us on the right path. Can I Get an Amen? is funny, heartwarming, and fun.

It is a quick-read that manages to be light while still dealing with some dark family issues. Others have compared this book to Emily Giffin’s novels (of which I am a huge fan), but I found it be superior.

Healy’s characters come to life, making the plight of Ellen much more realistic than any of Giffin’s characters.

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads, and I anxiously await the next novel from the talented Sarah Healy!

Would you like to win your very own autographed copy of Can I Get an Amen? Three lucky winners will win a copy of the novel, autographed by Sarah Healy!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below, telling us what book you’re reading right now. Or trying to find time to read. Or planning to read…eventually! The three winners will be chosen randomly from among those who commented and announced on Friday morning. Good luck 🙂



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    February 18, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    I’m reading (well haven’t started but have renewed my checkout from the library twice so I WILL soon be reading) The Puzzle King.

  • Jenn
    February 18, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    I am downloading now! just finished ‘me before you’ by JoJo moyes and can’t stop raving about it. also highly recommend ‘the unfinished work of Elizabeth d’ by Nichole bernier. looking forward to hearing your next book review.

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    February 18, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    I’m reading The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. I loved another book I read by him years ago (And Then We Came To The End) but I’m not really loving this one. We shall see though. I hope I win this book. It sounds great!

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    February 18, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    I just got Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn from the eLibrary. I’ve been so anxious to read it based on everyone’s reviews!

  • Marissa
    February 18, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    The last book I read was “Mockingjay.” (The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. I’ve been looking for a book that was a quick read and would hold my interest since, but haven’t had any luck. “Can I Get An Amen?” seems like it could be that book.

  • Krista
    February 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Sounds like a great read! I’m finishing Zeitoun now, but will add this to my list.

  • Nicole
    February 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I’m reading “where the heart is” by Billie letts and planning to read “safe haven” 🙂

  • Allison
    February 18, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I am reading a biography of Coco Chanel and I would love to read this book that someone local wrote.

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    I am reading Heirloom by Tim Stark right now! Super interesting and a fun, non-fiction read.

  • jennifer james
    February 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Loved this book! Looking forward to Sarah’s next book (please say there is one coming!). HOPING to read Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, SOON!!!!

  • Amber Lassig
    February 19, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Currently I am reading “If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance” by Paige Shelton. I have so many books in my stack of ones waiting to be read. I read “Can I Get An Amen” last year and I loved it! Hilarous!! I would love to win an autographed copy!

  • Anonymous
    February 19, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Loved this book. Read it as I was roommates with Sarah’s sister, Jennifer, in college. I cannot wait for Sarah’s next book! Right now I’m reading the second book in the Hunger Games series.

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      February 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

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  • MCL
    February 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I should be reading more. Right now I’m reading work emails and wishing I could be reading this book. 🙂

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    February 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I’m reading this book now!

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    I’m reading Matched… I heard it was like The Hunger Games, but it is definitely not as good. I need something new to read!!

  • Beth Portnoy
    February 21, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Hm might like to read this. I wouldn’t know anything about growing up in a town like that! 😉

  • Melanie
    February 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    ooh! I think I will move this up on my “to read” list … thanks for the review

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    February 21, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    right now I’m reading Safe Haven by Nichols Sparks I would like to read this book Next!!!

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    February 21, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    The last book I read was Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

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