About the Book
Christian. Fiction. Romance
A Psalms 37 Novel
Pastor-Elect, Carson Eugene Montgomery IV has just issued a blistering decree upon his wife’s life. In order for him to ascend to the throne and take over his family’s church, Carson believes his wife, Scarlett no longer fits the role to stand by his side. In a tyrannical rant, he pressures Scarlett into leaving her beloved Christian church, Wondrous Works Tabernacle Fellowship where she has served with Carson faithfully in ministry for five years so he can marry his latest conquest, Rebekkah Hudson.
Trust the Lord and Do Good
Scarlett’s parents, bible quoting Minta and funny man, George Watson are preparing to live out their retirement dreams when she shows up for a visit at their new home in Jordan, Mississippi to regroup.
Determined to chart a new path in life, Scarlett begins to experience what it means to trust in the Lord with all of her heart and lean not to her own understanding. She learns early on that purpose has to be born and sometimes the greatest triumphs are birthed out of severe adversity.
Faith Without Works Is Dead
In an attempt to process her new way of life, Scarlett discovers she has a knack for merging faith and fitness together.
In teaming up with cardiologist, Dr. James Hartgrove to improve the health conditions of the citizens of Jordan, Scarlett finds herself wondering if Dr. Hartgrove’s ability to heal people’s hearts goes beyond his successful medical practice.
Will Justice Be Served?
When the pews of Wondrous Works calls Scarlett back home, will it go down like a showdown at high noon?
“You were supposed to love me. Cherish me. Protect me. You promised….”
“I do….I did, or at least, I thought I did.”
“What on earth does that mean – at least, you thought you did.”
“If you didn’t, you never should have married me!”
The shouts, the slams, the crashing from treasured ornaments against the walls filled the Montgomery home for hours.
Carson Montgomery was finding his stride in ducking from trying to miss the projectile objects being thrown at him by his wife, Scarlett.
Unable to understand what was happening to her in that moment, the internal sensations she felt, the mental responses she thought of, a wide range of emotions engulfed her, “How dare you? How could you do this to me, you selfish, ungrateful, son of a -?”
Putting up one hand and interrupting his wife, “Now you hold on a minute Scarlett…”
“Hold on? Hold on, you want me to hold on when you just informed me you’re filing for a divorce? If I didn’t know it before, I certainly know it now, you are one self-centered individual. Everything I’ve done for you and this family, and you’re telling me, it’s over? Oh, and let’s not forget, you’re supposed to be a man of God, right?” The sneering from Scarlett cut deep, “What part of Ephesians 5:25 do you not understand? Somehow, this doesn’t feel very Godly, Pastor Mont-gom-ery? ”
Scarlett looked at Carson through eyes that seemed to be glowing, the tears and the snot flowed from her face onto the floor. This was the first time in hours, Scarlett was showing signs of slowing down and the appearance of a small break gave way for Carson to take control of the situation.
Carson folded back his starched long sleeves as he paced the floor, searching for the right way to deliver such wrong news.
“You see Scarlett, I did love you, or so I thought. At the time I met you, I was getting pressure from my parents and other mentors that it was time to find a wife. The thing is, I wasn’t really ready. But you know my story, my legacy, and family history; if I was to begin taking over the leadership at the church, I needed to have a wife and start a family. Either I had to choose a wife or they were going to do it for me. So I chose you. I was hoping to get all of my needs met by you – sexually, emotionally, physically, I was looking for you to make me be ready for marriage. I needed you to fix me, make me a better man and you didn’t.”
Scarlett’s heart seemed to freeze, then pound as she sat and listened to the disgraceful display of her husband’s revelations. A slow, disbelieving shake of the head was the only thing moving on her stiffened petite frame.
Carson E. Montgomery IV, the epitome of a child born to that of a preacher man, walked both sides of the fence in life. From the moment of his birth he was groomed for ministry and leadership, he would represent the fourth generation of Montgomery men to lead Wondrous Works Tabernacle Fellowship, a 25,000 member multi-cultural church. Extremely charming, yet conniving, he was known to have a reputation with the female congregants.
His religious heritage subconsciously granted him levels of superiority.
There were reports and sightings of him in VIP areas of places like cigar lounges, sex shows, and strip clubs. Whenever these reports would surface the ministry would reduce them to mere rumors, attacks from people wanting to harm the good name of the family and the ministry. With long-standing traditions, influence as well as affluence within the community, people tended to believe whatever the church said. His pedigree also seemed to protect him.
Carson’s dramatic monologue continued, “It’s been five years and you still haven’t produced me a baby to present to my family and the congregation. If you were unable to help me be better and then also not give me children then what good are you to me?”
The room began to spin and close in on Scarlett, adrenaline spiking through her body caused her skin to tingle and her breath to be short. Not before letting out, “Did it ever occur to you that because you’ve sucked out all of the life from me, I didn’t have any left to bring forth a life?”
Carson flapped his hand in dismissal towards Scarlett. “I knew it had to be you because we both know I put it down, you just haven’t been picking up what I’ve been putting down.”
“I’m your wife and I’m not going anywhere, we are going to work this out.”
About the Author
Shakira R. Thompson, a natural born storyteller has submitted to her God-given talents and have allowed them to transform her into an author, publisher, and entrepreneur.
She is the founder of Believer’s Choice Media, an inspirational content company dedicated to encouraging believers to live the life they were created to live on earth and beyond.
She has recently launched her debut novel, “High Noon Justice,” a series based upon Psalms 37 to a loving and accepting audience. These days, Shakira now believes she is living her life according to Ephesians 2:10:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (KJV)
With a renewed sense of purpose, Shakira is ready and prepared to not only find the plan of God for her life but also fulfill it. Shakira is a proud Alumni of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida where she holds a B.S in Business Administration as well as an M.B.A. with a concentration in Supply Chain Management.
Born and raised in Fernandina Beach, Florida, she now resides in Orlando, Florida with her family.
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