The second installment in Billingsley's Amen series is packed with colorful characters, drama and scandal, and it's sure to please her loyal fans. Despite red herrings and too many characters, this is a fun, redemptive book. Readers should be advised that it includes adult language and situations.

Rachel Jackson Adams can't shake her old demons. She shamed her father's church when she was young and is afraid she'll do the same to her preacher husband, Lester, and Zion Hill. The congregation thinks so as well. They don't like her ideas for the youth ministry, especially the youth step team.

Also, her son's violent outbursts in church and school have become too much even for her. But when she asks her son's father, Bobby, to help, she no longer sees him as the devil but as the great love of her life. Is her unhappiness a sign from God that she should have married Bobby? (Pocket, Jul., 288 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Dee Y. Stewart