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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for And You Call Yourself a Christian

  1. 4 out of 5

    Adrienna

    And You Call Yourself a Christian is a novel that showcases Unique and Lorain who attend New Day Temple of Faith Church and the reader is able to see how the title fits these two ladies so well. Unique undergoes so many trials and tests to see if she will uphold her Christian faith and beliefs, also being questioned during the most trying times. Lorain, her biological mother, but Mother Number Two in Korica's eyes since she raised her after the foster mother let her go, is also shaken up with he And You Call Yourself a Christian is a novel that showcases Unique and Lorain who attend New Day Temple of Faith Church and the reader is able to see how the title fits these two ladies so well. Unique undergoes so many trials and tests to see if she will uphold her Christian faith and beliefs, also being questioned during the most trying times. Lorain, her biological mother, but Mother Number Two in Korica's eyes since she raised her after the foster mother let her go, is also shaken up with her relationship with Nicholas then her daughters ordeal that takes her to jail for two separate charges. Korica and Lorain have a verbal battle on who is considered as Unique true mother, and how is Lorain a Christian based on her past. Korica constantly reminds and throws Lorain's past in her face, also wondering if her church knows of her past actions in reference to Unique. Korica's signature line in the book, "A Christian sitting up in church crying out 'Holy, holy,' when you ain't nothing but a ho, ho" (page 220). Another character that is also challenged on his Christian faith is Lorain's fiance, Nicholas, who doesn't really go to church anymore but believes in God. This reminds me of my father, who is tired of people playing church and not realizing they are the church themselves...not the building which is a place of worship and being united with other members of the body of Christ. I loved how Nicholas' sister recognized his calling in him aside from his physician position which he blew her off by saying "stop prophesying" in so many words. Overall, Unique and Lorain are challenged to prove they are Christians based on people's viewpoint of what a Christian should look or act like, circumstances, and incidents.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Unique and her mother Lorain have become mother and daughter again after having a shaky past with each other. Even though neither of these women been in the church all their life, they are now living for the Lord. However, obstacles come into their lives that make others state "And you call yourself a Christian". After Unique is charged with murder and the woman who raised her constantly letting her know what her place is in Unique's life these women began to wonder if they could really be calle Unique and her mother Lorain have become mother and daughter again after having a shaky past with each other. Even though neither of these women been in the church all their life, they are now living for the Lord. However, obstacles come into their lives that make others state "And you call yourself a Christian". After Unique is charged with murder and the woman who raised her constantly letting her know what her place is in Unique's life these women began to wonder if they could really be called Christians. This was my first read by the author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This did not come across preachy, instead it told a story based on how Christians actually react to situations. The one thing I wish there was more of is an actual closure to the Nicholas and Lorain situation. I kind of wish there was more at the end about them. I will be continuing with this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♥☆SℓιM☆♥

    This book was good. I had to shake my head at unique at the end like really? If only you knew. I hope her adopted mother tell her before they do this custody thing, and Nicholas talks to Lorraine because she is shady for to me a Christian but they are some shady ungrateful Christians. Like Unique lost, her boys at least Lorraine could've give Unique chance to see the girls jeez I can't wait to read part 2 well listen to it This book was good. I had to shake my head at unique at the end like really? If only you knew. I hope her adopted mother tell her before they do this custody thing, and Nicholas talks to Lorraine because she is shady for to me a Christian but they are some shady ungrateful Christians. Like Unique lost, her boys at least Lorraine could've give Unique chance to see the girls jeez I can't wait to read part 2 well listen to it

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donna Lewis

    Man if we just have the faith that Lorain had to know that EVERYTHING works out good for those who love the Lord. She faced obstacle after obstacle, sometimes questioning God but never gave up her faith.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Saresa

    I could not put this book down..It can be a witnessing tool on just how great the Lord is no matter how horrible the situation. I loved how the author wrote the story so the reader could not assume what would happen next. I will read more works by this author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    BW Diva

    This was a great read it was a very sad read but I love the outcome towards the end!!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Punkin

    I loved this book.it gives you Faith to always Trust God not Man

  8. 4 out of 5

    Collette

    First time reading from this author and I really enjoy her work. On to the next one....

  9. 5 out of 5

    OOSA

    A Badge of Honor What God has joined together let no man put asunder. Lorraine and Unique had been forced to work together on the singles ministry. Though different, the ladies began to talk, learn more about the other, and the respect for the other came natural. What they would later find out, that Unique is Lorraine's biological daughter, further solidified their bond. When Unique, a mother of three, learns that she's pregnant again, and this time with twins, she and Lorraine decide that Lorrai A Badge of Honor What God has joined together let no man put asunder. Lorraine and Unique had been forced to work together on the singles ministry. Though different, the ladies began to talk, learn more about the other, and the respect for the other came natural. What they would later find out, that Unique is Lorraine's biological daughter, further solidified their bond. When Unique, a mother of three, learns that she's pregnant again, and this time with twins, she and Lorraine decide that Lorraine will raise the girls as hers. This is great news for all involved. Unique is still trying to make things work for her and her three sons and Lorraine finally gets the chance to be a mother, well a new mother. Life is pretty much going well. Nicholas, Lorraine's boyfriend, has proposed. She fears that he may be too good to be true. She keeps praying that he is the one, but her past keeps insisting that she is unworthy of a good man. Not to mention that he is not saved. Unique has decided that she's tired of begging for scraps from her boys' dads. She's going to make sure that they understand that she didn't have children on her own and force them to chip in their fair share. Though her Mary Kay sales are going well, she still needs help. Just as Lorraine has made up her mind for happily ever after, and Unique has decided to take the law in her own hands, life happened. Unique is in jail and Lorraine is trying to figure out how to help. When she meets Korica, the woman that raised Unique, she feels anything but gratitude. Soon the two are involved in all kinds of tit for tat and trying to best the other in the eyes of Unique. God has a way of bringing out testimonies from tests and making a message out of a mess. Despite all that these two have gone through, will they continue to trust God at his word? Or will they both walk in fear? E.N. Joy has held my interest since the very first title in the "Divas" series. I really appreciate how you get to witness Christians trying, despite heartache, pain and fear, to manage everyday life. I look forward to reading the next book in the STILL DIVAS SERIES. Reviewed by: Crystal

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shae

    This book was indeed a test of faith for the characters. I honestly felt I was on a journey with them as they dealt with their struggles (physically, spiritually, and mentally). This book makes you think about how much faith do you have if you faced unforeseeable circumstances. The Christian principles are throughout the book, but it is not "churchy" (I am sure it is not a word). Without giving away the plot, Lorrain and Unique, mother and daughter, are tempted with various obstacles. Lorrain ha This book was indeed a test of faith for the characters. I honestly felt I was on a journey with them as they dealt with their struggles (physically, spiritually, and mentally). This book makes you think about how much faith do you have if you faced unforeseeable circumstances. The Christian principles are throughout the book, but it is not "churchy" (I am sure it is not a word). Without giving away the plot, Lorrain and Unique, mother and daughter, are tempted with various obstacles. Lorrain has several secrets that she hopes does not come to light. Unique faces traumatic life events because she was not living her best life. Korica raised Unique and does not approve of this new relationship between her daughter and Lorrain. You have to read to find out why! Korica continually reminds them about their so-called "Christianity" even if the crudeness leads to isolating someone. There are other characters as well such as Renee, Nicholas, and cannot forget Eleanor who indirectly impacts their decision making. Must read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    This was such an interesting read from start to finish. I was curious to see what happened to Unique. I'm glad she was finally freed, but look what all she had to go thru. Those two mothers of hers were a trip. They were only thinking of themselves. It shocked me when she wanted to sign the girls over to Lorain. I would recommend this book to anyone it is a two thumbs up novel. September 27, 2012 This was such an interesting read from start to finish. I was curious to see what happened to Unique. I'm glad she was finally freed, but look what all she had to go thru. Those two mothers of hers were a trip. They were only thinking of themselves. It shocked me when she wanted to sign the girls over to Lorain. I would recommend this book to anyone it is a two thumbs up novel. September 27, 2012

  12. 4 out of 5

    Double Play

    Quick and easy read. Still thinking about Lorain's actions towards her daughter Unique in regards to the twins. I feel very conflicted about it. Also wondering if Nicholas can really let go of the fact that Lorain somewhat tricked him into marriage. Quick and easy read. Still thinking about Lorain's actions towards her daughter Unique in regards to the twins. I feel very conflicted about it. Also wondering if Nicholas can really let go of the fact that Lorain somewhat tricked him into marriage.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lady K

    I'm glad the ending was a happy one. I'm glad the ending was a happy one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarie

    Totally enjoyed this book. E.N. Joy is a Christian writer indeed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Townes

    Unique is a believable character. This book reminds us that being a Christian does not exempt anyone from adversity.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dionne

    What a great story. Unique's plight was inspirational. What a great story. Unique's plight was inspirational.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor

    Not what I expected.....

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Boyce

    Another good book by her! Ready to move on to the next one!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is the story of a newly saved single mother,  Unique.  She's trying to provide a good life for her sons. It's hard raising three boys alone. The book highlights the ups and downs in Unique's life. When the unimaginable happens, her faith is tested. This book had took me  through a lot of emotions. I'm not a crybaby but ummmm you get the point. I would recommend this book. It is Christian fiction but it was very realistic and not preachy. EyeCU Reading Approved and Recommended This is the story of a newly saved single mother,  Unique.  She's trying to provide a good life for her sons. It's hard raising three boys alone. The book highlights the ups and downs in Unique's life. When the unimaginable happens, her faith is tested. This book had took me  through a lot of emotions. I'm not a crybaby but ummmm you get the point. I would recommend this book. It is Christian fiction but it was very realistic and not preachy. EyeCU Reading Approved and Recommended

  20. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Jones

    Still Divas Book One was a great follow-up on the New Day Diva Series. Starting off with Unique was definitely worth the time to read, unfortunate events happened but it still turned around for her :-) Can't wait to see what other events will occur as I'm sure there's more to come with her life..... Still Divas Book One was a great follow-up on the New Day Diva Series. Starting off with Unique was definitely worth the time to read, unfortunate events happened but it still turned around for her :-) Can't wait to see what other events will occur as I'm sure there's more to come with her life.....

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kell

    Hard To Get Through I chose this rating because this was one of the most boring books I've read. I accidently read it twice because I forgot that I read it the first time. Once I start reading it I didn't want to start something and not finish it and I thought maybe it's better the second time around. WRONG! Sorry E.N.Joy but I'm keeping it honest Hard To Get Through I chose this rating because this was one of the most boring books I've read. I accidently read it twice because I forgot that I read it the first time. Once I start reading it I didn't want to start something and not finish it and I thought maybe it's better the second time around. WRONG! Sorry E.N.Joy but I'm keeping it honest

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarita Napoleon-Mills

    Take a look. To God be the Glory. What a wonderful thought provoking novel. There was no area of life, left unturned. Most of all, you could see God’s presence throughout the entire book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    God is an on time God! We just have to wait! His time is not our time, but He's always on time! God is an on time God! We just have to wait! His time is not our time, but He's always on time!

  24. 4 out of 5

    SharDay

    Looooooveeeed it I Looooooveeeed it and I all E.N Joy books. One of the best collection I have of books so far.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    I loved loved this book and this author I love the story line and her style of writing. I love how she keeps it real life and relatable with every character and situations in life.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deb Mecks

    Finished. An emotional roller coaster that kept my attention

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Belle

    I love these stories they are so beliveable Great reads and they are so enjoyable.I would recommend any reader to read them great last times,makes you feel. Great

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela S

    The Lord surely works in mysterious ways. What He takes, He eventually replaces. We know we much trust God not with our own understanding. We also know the devil is always busy! Faith must be our saving Grace. Just when you think you have lost everything on Earth, it's not always the case. Each one of us should be able to call ourselves a Christian. EN Joy shows us how things can go totally wrong but turn out right! The Lord surely works in mysterious ways. What He takes, He eventually replaces. We know we much trust God not with our own understanding. We also know the devil is always busy! Faith must be our saving Grace. Just when you think you have lost everything on Earth, it's not always the case. Each one of us should be able to call ourselves a Christian. EN Joy shows us how things can go totally wrong but turn out right!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Monique Sneed

    It's a wonderful book and a great eye opener! It's a wonderful book and a great eye opener!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Smith

    Really enjoyed this one, ready to start the next... Unique's story is one that is happening today in many African-American homes. A young mother that is trying to raise children without the aid that she needs. Before she knows it everything is going wrong and she feels like it will never be a end. But with God every day is new and he has control of it even when you feel alone. I celebrated her highs and cried through her lows, but I never stopped reading because it was too good to stop... Really enjoyed this one, ready to start the next... Unique's story is one that is happening today in many African-American homes. A young mother that is trying to raise children without the aid that she needs. Before she knows it everything is going wrong and she feels like it will never be a end. But with God every day is new and he has control of it even when you feel alone. I celebrated her highs and cried through her lows, but I never stopped reading because it was too good to stop...

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