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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 book. It 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.
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