Thanks to the covid 19 lockdown, I was finally able to have the needed free time to rummage through my bookshelf for some books I had always wanted to read but never had the sufficient time to do so.
One of such books was The Church Girl. I was delighted to still have the autographed copies, which I had erroneously assumed had been ‘borrowed’ off the shelf.
The texts in the following paragraphs are my humble attempt at reviewing the book.
About The Book
The Church Girl 1 is about Mary, an orphaned teenager who was saddled with the enormous task of fending for herself and her three siblings.
She soon felt that life had given her more responsibilities than she could shoulder alone. But who would help her out?
In her quest for some financial help, she approached her pastor, a very popular man of God in town.
But this unscrupulous pastor took advantage of Mary’s vulnerability by extracting an agreement from her that she would meet the pastor’s ‘needs’ in exchange for whatever financial support he would provide for her.
That marked the beginning of a covert intimate relationship between the 16-year old girl and the pastor, which lasted for the next six years…
Unfortunately, this type of situation often plays out in real life in some our churches’ leaderships, where some so-called men of God do immorrally take advantage of their innocent members.
But sexual sin should not be condoned amongst the clergy. Wherever such exists, I think there should not be cover-ups any more.
Let the truth be made known and let justice prevail, where necessary.
What happened to Mary?
All hell was let loose after Mary met Ifeanyi whom she thought could be the man of her dreams and more. But just when she was being introduced to the would-be suitor’s family, she was discovered to be pregnant for the randy pastor Bolaji.
About the same period, although now newly born again, Ifeanyi’s past began to hunt him; to his dismay, he found out that his ex girlfriend was expecting his baby.
And this other girl was poised to spoil the show for him by all means…
How did Mary and Ifeanyi navigate through these awkward situations?
Did they get to fulfill their burning desires to be joined as man and wife?
Or did they painfully go their separate ways?
What happened to pastor Bolaji? Was he exposed?
What about Ifeanyi’s ex, Ijeoma? Was she able to scheme her way back to Ifeanyi’s life? Or was she destined to be with another man?
The answers to these questions formed the intrigues that vividly played out on the pages of the book.
My favourite character in the book
Unlike in other books by the same author that I previously reviewed, I could not choose a favourite character from The Church Girl 1.
There were things to learn from each of the characters but quite honestly I couldn’t make up my mind on whom to confer the award of the favourite character.
You can let me know in the comment section if you have read the book and you were able to pick out a favourite character.
About the Author
The Church Girl 1 is another Christian genre classic contribution from beautiful Ufuomaee.
You will remember her if you have been a long time reader of this blog because I have also reviewed some of her books in the past.
The Church Girl 1 was written in a simple, easy to read and understand narrative. It has plenty of life’s lessons that could be learned from it, especially from a Christian worldview.
Therefore, I will not hesitate to recommend it to everyone, especially to young adults and parents.
Thank you for reading!
You can share your own thoughts in the comment section.