2012’s Bestselling African American Christian Fiction Books

  1. Sinners & Saints by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
    (Touchstone, 2012-01-10, Kindle Edition)
    TEAM JASMINE or TEAM RACHEL? Bestselling and award-winning novelists Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley bring their favorite heroines together in a novel that will delight their legions of fans. Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams are not your typical first ladies. But they’ve overcome their scandalous and drama-filled pasts to stand firmly by their husbands’ sides. When a coveted position opens up—president of the American Baptist Coalition— both women think their husbands are perfect for the job. And winning the position may require both women to get down and dirty and revert to their old tricks. Just when Jasmine and Rachel think they’re going to have to fight to the finish, the current first lady of the coalition steps in . . . a woman bigger, badder, and more devious than either of them. Double the fun with a message of faith, Sinners & Saints will delight readers with two of their favorite characters from two of their favorite authors.


  2. While The Church Says Amen (A Family Affair) by Keyon Polite
    (KingDominion Publishers, LLC, 2012-01-22, Kindle Edition)
    Tessa Taylor and the dysfunctional yet loveable Taylor Family returns….but this time with a major scandal unfolding. Tessa finally thinks her drama filled days are over, now she is focused on her new born baby girl and her husband, Trent. But when New Valley votes to elect Trent the new senior pastor after her father, Bishop Benson Taylor, unknown resignation; Tessa has a few words for the deacon’s board that does not include ‘children of God.’ Now the new First Lady, things seem to be floating comfortably…that is until Jazmine returns with a scandal that will all but destroy her family and the good Reverend Trent Harris. While she is going head-to-head with Jazmine; her best friend turned sister-in-law is debating on whether or not she’ll leave her marriage after her husband’s, Assistant Pastor Benson Taylor II, ex girlfriend returns with her over the top baby mama drama. Two marriages are at stake…are these faithful women strong enough to survive a scandal this hot? Or will the Devil have the last say on this one?


  3. What Kind of Fool by Rhonda McKnight
    (Urban Christian, 2012-02-01, Kindle Edition)
    Angelina Preston tunes out the voice of God when she decides to divorce her husband, Greg. She’s forgiven him for his affair, but she won’t forget, even though her heart is telling her to. Shortly after she files divorce papers, she finds out her non-profit organization is being investigated by the IRS for money laundering. In the midst of the very public scandal, Angelina becomes ill. Through financial and physical trials, she learns that faith and forgiveness may really be the cure for all that ails her, but can she forgive the people who hurt her most?Sexy, successful Dr. Gregory Preston didn’t appreciate his wife when he had her. His affair with a devious man-stealer has him put out of his home and put off with women who continue to throw themselves at him. Greg wants his wife back, but he’ll have to do some fancy operating to get her. When the secrets and lies from his past continue to mess up his future, Greg finds himself looking to the God he abandoned long ago for a miracle only faith can provide.Samaria Jacobs finally has the one thing she’s always wanted: a man with money. The fact that she’s in love with him is a bonus, but even so, life is anything but blissful. She’s paying for her past sins in ways she never imagined and living in fear that the secret she’s keeping will separate them forever.


  4. When Solomon Sings by Kendra Norman-Bellamy
    (Urban Christian, 2012-02-01, Kindle Edition)
    Could Shaylynn Ford be the perfect woman for Neil Taylor? Neil certainly thinks so. The problem is, he’s pretty sure he’s not her perfect man—that was her husband, Emmett, a wealthy politician who was assassinated eight years ago. Neil, the director of a Christian school, is gifted with a singing voice that can heal the sick and bring souls to Christ, but his own soul is burdened by his insecurities and past indiscretions. He feels like he’s in competition with the memory of Emmett—and Neil’s desperation to win Shaylynn’s heart may lead him to do something he may regret. Meanwhile, Shay herself is head over heels for Neil, and she just wishes he would open up to her. It may take a miracle to make Neil’s heart sing again.


  5. An Inconvenient Friend by Rhonda McKnight
    (Urban Christian, 2012-01-01, Kindle Edition)
    Samaria Jacobs is a deceitful, yet captivating diva who will do anything to win the heart of her married lover. Will she get her man or destroy herself and everyone else in the process?Samaria has her sights set on Gregory Preston. A successful surgeon, he has just the bankroll she needs to keep her in the lifestyle that her credit card debt has helped her grow accustomed to. He’s married, but Samaria would never let a little thing like that get in her way.Samaria joins New Mercies Christian Church to get close to Gregory’s wife. If she gets to know Angelina Preston, she can become like her in more than just looks, and really work her way into Greg’s heart.Angelina’s life is filled with a successful career and busy ministry work, but something’s just not right with her marriage. Late nights, early meetings, lipstick- and perfume-stained shirts have her suspicious that Greg is doing a little more operating than she’d like. But does she have the strength to confront the only man she’s ever loved and risk losing him to the other woman?Just when Samaria thinks she’s got it all figured out, she finds herself drawn to Angelina’s kindness. Will she be able to carry out her plan after she finds herself yearning for the one thing she’s never had. . .the friendship of a woman?


  6. Someday, Too (I’m A Good Woman) by Jae Henderson
    (RiverHouse Publishing, LLC., 2012-02-15, Kindle Edition)
    Tee realizes dreams do come true when she becomes the wife of retired NFL great Michael Stokes. But fairytales are fleeting and they return from the honeymoon to find the devil is still busy. Tee learns the hard way not everyone is happy she found Mr. Righteous. Michael’s reputation is rocked by a scandal that could end his new career as a motivational speaker. As if that weren’t enough, crazy Rebecca DeFoy is back—or is she? Can a love so fragile and new withstand these tumultuous times?There’s more! Meet the girls….Sandy is expecting a new bundle of joy but the baby blues take over when her adulterous past comes back to haunt her. Lenice finally seeks help for her man-hating ways, but learning to love again is hard to do even if there is a good man willing to help. Her twin, Lenora, has a love affair with food that is threatening her health and her marriage. Also, Tiffany finds herself living single after giving her married lover the boot, but she isn’t fond of living without his loot. Can she find the strength to take care of herself and her son on her own, or will her love of money keep her tied to a sinful relationship? “Someday, Too” delves into the complexities of love, friendship and faith. It reminds us that God can provide all your needs but first, you have to be willing to trust Him.


  7. Been So Long by Adrienne Thompson
    (Pink Cashmere Publishing Co., 2012-01-25, Kindle Edition)
    A woman, her married lover, an ex-boyfriend, and the ties that bind them together….Whatever Mona wants, Mona gets…including another woman’s husband. But when a face from the past re-enters her life bringing with him long repressed memories of a painful past, she begins to question the decisions she’s made. Will she make a change or stay the course with her lover? *this is not your ordinary inspirational novel*Excerpt:I could see the coach leaning over, placing red, white, and blue basketballs on a rack. He was tall, maybe 6’2”, and very muscular. He exhibited pure power. He must’ve logged in several hours a week at the gym. He wore black track pants and a tight black t-shirt. His arms were so huge, it looked like they were going to burst out of their sleeves. From that angle, I had a perfect view of his perfect butt. Now, I loved me some Wasif, but this man was fine!We were only a few feet away from him when Morgan said, “Coach, this is our mom.”The coach turned around and faced me with a bright smile. A handsome face to match that body. Mm mm mm.He extended his hand. “Mrs. Dandridge?” he said, but as soon as the words left his mouth, his smile disappeared. His eyes changed. Do I know this man?


  8. Ruthless (Urban Christian) by Shelia M. Goss
    (Urban Christian, 2012-01-01, Kindle Edition)
    Shelia M. Goss brings readers a modern day retelling of David and Bathsheba. Bathsheba Richards has just discovered that she has a half-sister who needs her help. Sheba’s long lost sister isn’t too happy about their reunion, though, since she has a lot of problems of her own. Sheba’s dealing with her husband’s boss, who wants her all to himself. After succumbing to his advances, Sheba gets pregnant, and there’s no question about who the daddy is, since her husband has been overseas for the past three months. David King is the CEO of one of the largest media conglomerates in the country. Few people know that David has a calling on his life, but he’s been running from it. He thought having fame and fortune would fulfill the need. Only after Sheba gets pregnant does he realize the error of his ways. Praying for God’s mercy, David tries to right a wrong. Whether he will succeed or fail remains to be seen. With a long lost half-sister and a husband who will surely feel betrayed, Sheba’s life is filled with turmoil. Will David be her knight in shining armor as he professes to be, or is her nightmare just beginning?


  9. Kayla’s Redemption by Wanda B. Campbell
    (Pulse, 2012-01-29, Kindle Edition)
    Since childhood, Kayla Perez has despised the person responsible for every traumatic experience in her life, from her father’s death to the loss of her innocence. With a heart filled with anger and bitterness, Kayla strives to live far away from her oppressor – until she meets Samuel Jerrod, who serves the person she hates most: God.Pastor Samuel Jerrod’s caring and patience softens Kayla’s heart – but just as she embraces the idea of a loving God, tragedy strikes again. Will Kayla lean on her budding new faith, or will she spiral out of control and lose both salvation and Samuel…?


  10. The Choir Director (Church) by Carl Weber
    (Dafina, 2012-01-01, Paperback)
    New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber takes readers back to church, where preaching isn’t always enough, nothing goes better with the Word than a song–and it’s time for some hard-earned lessons in love, brotherhood, and betrayal. Bishop T.K. Wilson has done all he can to make First Jamaica Ministries a success. But with his last choir director getting caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow are down. To fill the pews and collection plates, the Bishop is counting on a new choir director, the charismatic Anthony Mackie, to revive the church. Anthony Mackie has been waiting his entire life for the opportunity to prove he has what it takes to be a big-time choir director like Kirk Franklin. But while Anthony is more than up to the challenge, his ways around women, both past and present, could cost him more than his job. Savannah Dickens is just one of the women who’s caught Anthony’s attention. The choir needs a soloist, and Savannah, a beautiful singer who once topped the charts, also needs the church. She has a voice that could break any man’s heart, but now she just wants to be left alone to reclaim her faith. First Lady Monique Wilson is far from being the typical first lady. She does and says what she wants, and doesn’t subscribe to church politics. Despite her shortcomings and a past rumored to include a long list of men, she’s willing to do just about anything to protect the Bishop. The members of First Jamaica Ministries are also keeping the Bishop busy with choir in-fighting, romantic jealousies, and personal vendettas. You’d think the Bishop was being tested enough, but a final piece of the puzzle has yet to be revealed: Someone has been robbing the church blind. Someone whose connection to the Bishop is far too close for comfort. . . .


  11. And You Call Yourself a Christ (Still Divas) by E.N. Joy
    (Urban Christian, 2012-03-01, Paperback)
    Out of all the divas at New Day Temple of Faith, Unique has to be the most colorful one–she and her mother Lorain, that is. Never one to hold her tongue in the name of keepin’ it real, it’s no surprise that Unique has not been saved all her life. It’s safe to say that Lorain wasn’t born on the church pew either. Let the church folk tell it, the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree when it comes to Unique. Lorain–once known as the tight skirt, V-neck blouse, too much makeup-wearing leader of the New Day Singles Ministry–claims she’s there to look out for her daughter and try to keep her in check. But how in the world does Lorain think she can even begin to keep her daughter on the straight and narrow with her own crooked life?Some might say Lorain has failed miserably as a mother when Unique ends up in jail for three counts of murder. One who would agree is the woman who raised Unique while Lorain was out living her life freely. As an all-out war takes place between Unique’s birth mother and the woman who raised her, will Unique have any support while she fights for her life behind bars? Will all forsake her while they are too busy with their own agendas? Only God holds the answer to this one.


  12. Be Still & Know, A Novel by Cassietta Jefferson
    (2012-01-24, Kindle Edition)
    Kai Bennett never believed that she was worthy of love. Years of being mistreated left her bitter and convinced that she would never know the type of love she’d seen other’s have. Throwing herself into her work, she developed a love of money unmatched by anything she had ever received from any other person in her life. Will Kai be able to bury years of bitterness to enjoy the love she’s always wanted?Alvin Reigns found out long ago that as far as his love life was concerned, there would be no happy endings. He had fallen in love once and vowed to never again allow any woman that much control over his heart. Kai Bennett was an unexpected surprise who showed him that happily ever after could be possible after all. After many years of self preservation, Alvin only hopes he’s able to trust Kai with his heart.


  13. The Disappearance of Cyrum T. Washington (Baby Boomer Mysteries) by Mick Zimmerle
    (2012-01-23, Kindle Edition)
    Twelve year old Tait, his younger sister Katie and his best friend Marcus go on a school field trip to see the Hope Diamond. It gets stolen while they are there.The kids figure out who stole the Diamond and get in over their heads. Cyrum T. Washington helps the children like a guardian angel. The children don’t often know he is near but his constant help saves the day.Cyrum is a former Tuskeegee airman and a righteous Christian man.The story takes place in 1957 and “Tin Can Man”, a black man named Dennis Tucker makes a living recycling junk and is courageous, kind, and God loving. He also protects the kids. Cyrum and Dennis are friends. Cyrum is educated, a war hero, and economically well off. Dennis is at the bottom of economic society. The story shows that it’s not economics that make the man but good character.


  14. Princess by Staci Stallings
    (Spirit Light Publishing, 2012-02-11, Kindle Edition)
    From the outside looking in, Anthony Russell has it all. As the star basketball player on a winning college team, everybody knows him and loves him. His face is plastered on publicity poster after publicity poster. He’s even gotten offers from the pros to forego his senior year for the glitz and glamour of the Big Show. But Anthony has a secret that’s threatening to swallow his life whole… Heather Nolan would be the perfect poster-girl for academic overachievers. She’s got straight A’s and every professor in her cheering corner. But the life Heather thought she was studying so hard for is in danger of coming to a neck-snapping halt if she can’t come up with a way to pay the bills. Bitter and angry that the basketball team seems to get the royal treatment while “real students” are forced to scrape by, Heather spitefully takes the only job available-tutoring. However, the lessons she teaches about English and what she learns about basketball soon pale in comparison with what she learns about herself.


  15. The Spirit of Dangley Manor by Erika Hamilton
    (2012-01-15, Kindle Edition)
    During a visit to a preserved plantation in Roswell, Georgia, 13-year old Sammie is confronted by a ghost and discovers a mysterious passage, which takes her back to pre-Civil War Georgia. She meets and befriends Phoenix, a slave about her age working on the old plantation. While planning to help Phoenix escape, Sammie and her older brother Charlie, learn about the resilience, faith and ingenuity, which helped slaves survive and overcome even the greatest difficulties.This fast-moving adventure leads from Roswell south to Savannah by way of Macon and exposes the reader to period history, as well as providing a glimpse into surrounding nature. The group finds shelter at the historical First African Baptist Church in Savannah, which still stands today.


  16. Love at Work (Making Love Work Series) by Pat Simmons
    (Pat Simmons, 2012-02-07, Kindle Edition)
    Love at Work is Book I of the Love Series:How do two people go undercover to hide an office romance in a busy television newsroom? In plain sight, of course. Desiree King is an assignment editor at KDPX-TV in St. Louis, MO. She dispatches a team to wherever breaking news happens. Her focus is to stay ahead of the competition. Overall, she’s easy-going, respectable, and compassionate. But when it comes to dating a fellow coworker, she refuses to cross that professional line.Award-winning investigative reporter Bryan Mitchell makes life challenging for Desiree with his thoughtful gestures, sweet notes, and support. He tries to convince Desiree that as Christians, they could show coworkers how to blend their personal and private lives without compromising their morals. But Desiree has more on the line than protecting her job or reputation.She’s safeguarding her heart. However, Bryan will prove to her that love doesn’t just happen, it takes work!


  17. Forever Soul Ties by Vanessa Davis Griggs
    (Dafina, 2012-01-01, Paperback)
    When one woman is caught in the act of her greatest transgression, it’s the beginning of her greatest transformation. . . It started innocently: a coincidental meeting between old high school friends–first loves–at Butterfly’s business, The Painted Lady Flower Shop. Then came lunch, then confessions of unhappy marriages, loneliness. It went on that way for years between Butterfly and Ethan. That’s how they built the soul tie–the bond that, despite their devotion to God, has now led to adultery. And as with all things done in secret, they’ve been found out. Well, Butterfly has. As a leader in her church, Butterfly is suddenly cast into the spotlight. But she soon realizes she’s being used as a pawn to bring down a new pastor–a young man who is upsetting tradition by preaching about real-life issues real people deal with. People like Butterfly. And as she faces a challenging search for truth, forgiveness, and the real meaning of love, she may finally break out of her cocoon. . .


  18. The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 2: The Testimony by Sharon E Foster
    (Howard Books, 2012-02-07, Kindle Edition)
    They were all heroes . . . Sparked by an indigo sun, Nat Turner stormed into history with a sword in one hand and a Bible in the other. Thirty years before the advent of the Civil War—in the predawn hours of August 22, 1831, commanding a small army of slaves, Nat Turner led a bloody fight for freedom that shined a national spotlight on slavery and left more than fifty whites dead. In The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 2: The Testimony, as Harriet Beecher Stowe seeks to learn the truth of the man his people called Prophet, Nat Turner shares the faith, triumph, tragedy, and hope of his fight for liberty, brotherhood, and self-determination. For 180 years, the truth of Nat’s story has been tainted. Award-winning author Sharon Ewell Foster reinterprets history to offer a new American story of one man’s struggle for freedom and the redemption of his people. Based on actual trial records, interviews with descendants, official documents, and five years of research, The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 2: The Testimony is a story of the quest for truth and the true meaning of liberty.


  19. Coming Home: A Novel (Winds of Change) by Stacy Hawkins Adams
    (Zondervan, 2012-03-06, Kindle Edition)
    If forgiving your ex-husband was easy, everybody would do it. Brent had cheated on Dayna and coldly said goodbye to her seven long years ago—dashing her hopes of having children or growing old with the love of her life. Working hard to make herself successful as a hospital executive, Dayna has moved on, finding comfort in a new dating relationship with a faith-filled colleague, Warren. But when Brent resurfaces on her doorstep at just the wrong time, Dayna’s heart threatens to come unglued. Why is Brent asking for forgiveness now? And why are he and his new wife, Tamara, interested in reconciliation with Dayna? The unbelievable answers begin to surface in the ebook download of Coming Home as Brent boldly asks Dayna to support him at the most crucial time of his life. While Tamara’s heart brims with guilt, both women will discover what it means to reach beyond pain and baggage to love unconditionally, leaving the consequences to God.


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