October 2009 Members’ Selection
Discussion: December 5, 2009
Book: The Devil Is A Lie
Author: ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Review: December 5, 2009
The Devil is a Lie, written by ReShonda Tate Billingsley is an eye to how money can change people. ReShonda really makes her characters come alive as she allows the reader to enter into the highs and the lows of Mrs. Nina Lawson as she wins the Lotto.
Have you ever thought about what you would do if you won the lotto? Would you leave your job? Would you start your own business? Would you go away to gather your thoughts? Who would you tell? There are so many questions that come to my mind when I think about a possibility of coming into a large amount of money.
This novel makes you realize that the Lord really does have a sense of humor when it comes to family, relationships and the love of money. Sometimes we feel like we have our lives under control; not including the Lord in a single decision that we make. Sometimes, HE will find a way to make you listen long enough so that you realize who needs to be removed from your life and who may need to re-enter for a second chance.
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s.
As Luck Would Have It…
4-7-14-17-21-25. Those numbers, printed on a slim paper ticket, are about to change the lives of two couples, lovers past and present, in Houston. When Nina Lawson wins $16 million in the Texas Lotto, the real estate executive and her fiancé, personal trainer Rick Henderson, ecstatically begin planning their future — from paying off their credit card debt, to setting their wedding date, to a spontaneous, spare-no-expense island getaway.
But while counting her millions, Nina didn’t count on one other astounding twist of fate: her ex-husband, Todd Lawson, isn’t her ex anything — since the paperwork for their divorce was never officially filed. Now he’s shown up with his money-hungry girlfriend, Pam, to claim half of Nina’s winnings. Add to this the relatives coming out of the woodwork to seek a payday for themselves, and Nina must ask herself if scoring a fortune in cash comes with too high a price tag. With a little bit of luck, Nina will discern the real wealth in her heart, not just her bank account — or risk losing everything — to find out what matters the most.
ReShonda Tate Billingsley Bio:
ReShonda Tate Billingsley always did have an active imagination. From making up stories to crafting award-winning poems, the national bestselling author has always maintained a love for telling stories. After numerous rejections from publishers, ReShonda stepped out on faith, established her own publishing company, and released her debut novel, My Brother’s Keeper. The book caught the attention of one of the country’s top literary agents, who secured a deal for ReShonda with megahouse publisher, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.
A former television and radio news reporter, ReShonda has been in the journalism business for more than two decades. Currently, the co-host of From Cover to Cover literary talk radio show and an editor for the Houston Defender Newspaper, ReShonda has worked as an anchor and reporter for NBC, ABC and FOX television stations in Beaumont, TX, Oklahoma City, OK and Houston, TX. She left her job at FOX News in Houston in 2007 to write full-time.
And write she does…