Woman of God

Woman of God

St. Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. Is it possible that the new Pope...is a woman? The world is watching as historic crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in the Church's history. Some followers are ecstatic, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies....

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Title:Woman of God
Author:James Patterson
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ISBN:031627402X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:362 pages

Woman of God Reviews

  • Matt
    Nov 23, 2016

    The Patterson-Paetro partnership returns with a one-off novel that seeks to explore faith, religion, and the strength in both that one woman possesses in the modern world. Brigid Fitzgerald has been working in South Sudan, serving as a doctor and trauma surgeon in a war-torn corner of the country. After the medical facility is attacked by guerillas, many are slaughtered, including the local priest and Brigid's mentor. As she struggles to come to terms with this, Brigid, too, is attacked and left

    The Patterson-Paetro partnership returns with a one-off novel that seeks to explore faith, religion, and the strength in both that one woman possesses in the modern world. Brigid Fitzgerald has been working in South Sudan, serving as a doctor and trauma surgeon in a war-torn corner of the country. After the medical facility is attacked by guerillas, many are slaughtered, including the local priest and Brigid's mentor. As she struggles to come to terms with this, Brigid, too, is attacked and left for dead. She sees a collection of visions and is left to wonder if she is communicating with God. Brigid wakes in an Amsterdam hospital and learns that she has been brought back from death and from thereon in has an odd and strengthened communication with God, from visions to complete conversations. As Brigid's life progresses, she continues to have a strong connection to God and uses this relationship to shape the lives of those around her. Tragedy offsets triumph and Brigid learns that God's decisions are not always pleasant, though there is surely a larger plan to which she is not always privy. After forging a friendship with Father James Aubrey, they weather a scandalous event and find that the Roman Catholic Church remains rooted in its archaic ways. Platonic ties soon turn romantic and Brigid works with Aubrey to create the Jesus Mary and Joseph (JMJ) Movement; a church seeking to modernise some Roman Catholic views as they relate to worship and those who are welcome in the flock. Of course, traditionalists rage against such blasphemy, though Brigid and Aubrey refuse to stop preaching. After a blessed marriage and birth of a daughter Aubrey and Brigid face yet more tragedy, enough to turn anyone from God. Brigid is now head of a movement, one that seeks compassion and openness, while there are still those out there seeking to rid the world of her proselytising. The rumbles of the JMJ Movement continue, with churches popping up all over the world, and leads to an audience with His Holiness, Pope Gregory XVII. What follows is a powerful narrative that turns the foundations of modern Catholicism on its head. An interesting read for those with open minds and seeking to explore the parameters of individual faith.

    The premise of the novel is surely grounded in something other than most Patterson fans might expect. While crime and legal dramas have filled bookshelves, there is a softer and more wholesome story found within the pages of this novel. What Patterson and Paetro seek to offer the reader is an exploration of one woman's faith and struggles that surround it, while also examining the delight that can come from such a connection. One might also say that the authors are depicting Brigid as a modern-day Job, testing her faith with innumerable hurdles as the chapters progress. While the argument towards strength of faith is key, there is also a strong undertone that remains highly critical of the Roman Catholic Church and its principles. All this develops and digresses throughout, complete with a Conclave that emerges with Brigid on the lips of many cardinals. Putting aside the ignored rules and regulations surrounding this, the soft and dramatic events leading up to this are meant to touch the heart of the reader, while pushing them towards hoping that Brigid can shepherd in change. Using a plethora of strong characters, the authors develop a strong protagonist that sees the story take many twists before its ultimate set of revelations. While the story is strong for its messaging, I found it hokey and even melodramatic in spots, with a narrative that gets gushy and eve smarmy. However, it does what it seeks to do, push women and the Church to the forefront, while also allowing the fairer sex to hold the reins during numerous crises of faith. For that, Patterson and Paetro cannot be faulted. Well-crafted for those who want a break from Patterson's tepid writing, which exemplifies that Paetro is able to save yet another story from ruin.

    Kudos, Mr. Patterson and Madam Paetro for this book that touches the heart and soul of many. While I was not moved to speak out, I enjoyed some of the less than subtle attacks on the Holy See's arcane views.

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  • Jean West
    Jun 14, 2016

    This is an advance read of James Patterson's new book Woman of God. Completely different from any of my previous experiences with his books. I was enthralled with the concept of the book, the front story of the first woman considered for the position of Pope, but it was so much more than that. It follows Brigid Fitzgerald through life altering experiences that mold her into a deep spiritual relationship. The story explores her awareness of her personal relation with God, and makes one consider t

    This is an advance read of James Patterson's new book Woman of God. Completely different from any of my previous experiences with his books. I was enthralled with the concept of the book, the front story of the first woman considered for the position of Pope, but it was so much more than that. It follows Brigid Fitzgerald through life altering experiences that mold her into a deep spiritual relationship. The story explores her awareness of her personal relation with God, and makes one consider their own religious beliefs. I strongly recommend this book.

  • Dianne Bright
    Jun 16, 2016

    In all honesty, this is one of the best books I've ever read. The female protagonist's tenacious pursuit of faith amidst extreme adversities (literally one after the next) moved me to tears, which doesn't usually happen from fictional characters. I've not met a braver female character than Brigid Fitzgerald.

    That said, as a conservative reader, I did not connect with about ten percent of the book that focused on criticizing the Catholic Church's outdated practices; the idea of modernizing the Chu

    In all honesty, this is one of the best books I've ever read. The female protagonist's tenacious pursuit of faith amidst extreme adversities (literally one after the next) moved me to tears, which doesn't usually happen from fictional characters. I've not met a braver female character than Brigid Fitzgerald.

    That said, as a conservative reader, I did not connect with about ten percent of the book that focused on criticizing the Catholic Church's outdated practices; the idea of modernizing the Church, in a way that required watered down ethics, seemed incongruous with 90% of the book that I connected with so fervently.

    Even so, I still give this book 5 stars, because from beginning to end, I was deeply engaged as a reader. The character development was great. The pacing was perfect, and by perfect, I mean fast-- which is to be expected from Patterson. The circular nature which connected the beginning to the ending gave this book a literary feel, which I appreciated. The attention to detail was incredible; in some ways, I felt like I was actually in Sudan, Rome, and Boston.

    Most readers, especially moms, will find deep encouragement and renewed perspective from Brigid's ability to hang on to her faith, even as her world falls apart.

    *Thanks to Mr. Patterson's assistant for my complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Denise
    Jun 25, 2016

    2.0 out of 5 stars -- A test of faith. A HUGE test.

    OK this woman had it so much worse than Job of the Bible. At first it was hard to see her go through the tragedies, but then it got to be WAY TOO MUCH. I often get suckered in to requesting a book based on the synopsis, but sometimes the actual story is nothing like what was written in the publicity materials. As it is here.

    I thought this novel was going to be about a woman Pope. NOT. So ignore the blurb. This is about a woman doctor, a humanita

    2.0 out of 5 stars -- A test of faith. A HUGE test.

    OK this woman had it so much worse than Job of the Bible. At first it was hard to see her go through the tragedies, but then it got to be WAY TOO MUCH. I often get suckered in to requesting a book based on the synopsis, but sometimes the actual story is nothing like what was written in the publicity materials. As it is here.

    I thought this novel was going to be about a woman Pope. NOT. So ignore the blurb. This is about a woman doctor, a humanitarian from KIND HANDS (an NGO), who goes to South Sudan to a hospital outpost to care for the victims injured in a bloody civil war there. The tide of hopelessness overwhelms the workers and all the intentions to do good works is futile in the face of murderous outlaw gangs, marauders, and the Gray Army. This militia has only one objective -- to kill everyone. Dr. Brigid Fitzgerald is dedicated and fiercely protective of her patients and her colleagues. But she is no match for the Gray Army leader, Colonel Dage Zuberi -- the king of atrocities. Death and more deaths...

    In between her stints at the outpost hospital in Sudan, Brigid deals with personal relationships, love and marriage. She has trials and more trials as she questions her faith in God and her religion. She has visions. She and her husband start a church that is an offshoot of Roman Catholicism and they become the targets of some powerful enemies, including those in the hierarchy of the church. She becomes one of the first female "priests" and that causes further problems. Will her adversaries get the best of her as at each point her faith is tested?

    I was totally disappointed in this novel and don't recommend it. Sure it's interesting for me as a Catholic to imagine a female priest and possible Pope, but despite the religious overtones, the novel never fulfilled my expectations. I felt let down by the continual drama and bad luck for Brigid. I never really connected with her character. Her "visions" left me in a state of disbelief. I had to struggle through to the end and deal with my disappointment of let down expectations. I rarely read Patterson anymore, and now, again, I know why.

    Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and Edelweiss for the e-book ARC to review.

  • Rachel Wagner
    Jun 30, 2016

    *5/5 STARS* (If I could rate this even higher, I would)

    Woman of God by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is nothing short of amazing. I began this book with high expectations and ready to read an unexpected story because it seemed like nothing James Patterson has ever released before. I'm happy to report that my expectations were exceeded by a long shot. Brigid Fitzgerald has left a lasting impression on me and is now one of my top favorite female characters in a novel of ALL TIME. I am a reg

    *5/5 STARS* (If I could rate this even higher, I would)

    Woman of God by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is nothing short of amazing. I began this book with high expectations and ready to read an unexpected story because it seemed like nothing James Patterson has ever released before. I'm happy to report that my expectations were exceeded by a long shot. Brigid Fitzgerald has left a lasting impression on me and is now one of my top favorite female characters in a novel of ALL TIME. I am a registered nurse and working at a clinic or hospital is nothing compared to the way she sacrificed herself and put her life in danger in South Sudan to care for people that were so unfortunate to be in that land of war and surrounded by so much strife. I related to Brigid on so many levels because she had such deep care and love for the people she cared for and no matter the situation, she was always trying to save a life. I also relate to her because of her faith. She lost SO many people in this story that along the way I was even asking, "How is Brigid going to make it through this?"

    I lost my uncle, papa and great grandma in 2008, all three months apart. My uncle was 35, my papa was 57 and my great grandma was 79. They were what I consider to be my "very close," family members. When I lost them I lost a part of me. I still search for those pieces that are missing deep within my soul. I've only made it through with the help of God. Without Him, His peace and strength He gave me and my family, I wouldn't be here today. The day I watched my papa take his last breath as we were all gathered around his bed and holding on to him was the day I decided I had to do something. I didn't want his life to be a life that didn't inspire something, I didn't want his legacy to die in vain. I decided I would become a nurse that day. I held on to that and at the age of 21 I graduated nursing school with honors.

    I've lost so many people that I've grown close to. My best friend and partner through nursing school was killed in a head-on collision three weeks after our nursing school graduation. I know what it's like to feel the world collapsing in around you. Brigid Fitzgerald's character made me feel that maybe I'm not so alone in the questions and the struggles I faced in losing my loved ones. Every time I take care of a patient, I image them being my papa, grandma, uncle or my best friend. And every time a family member needs comforting after the death of a loved one, I want to be there to hold them and let them know that I've been there and I know what it's like to lose someone so dear and close to you.

    Brigid Fitzgerald's story of life, love, loss, faith, forgiveness, and destiny touched my life in ways that I never thought a book could. This will forever be one of my favorite books of all time. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have forever touched my life through this novel. Thank you for the amazing story that you've written and thank you for sharing it with the world. I am so thankful to have been chosen as one of the lucky recipients of an ARC of this book before it's release in September 2016. This book has touched my heart, my life, and my faith. Thank you, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro for this.

    Sincerely,

    Rachel

  • Diane Saul
    Jul 07, 2016

    The first chapter opens 20 years from now with the possibility of a woman being named the next Pope. Brigid Fitzgerald is that woman. From the second chapter on we go back to current time and follow Brigids journey to see how she arrived at this point in her life. We follow her to the Sudan as a medical missionary where she sees horrendous acts committed by ruthless rebels against the local population. She begins to doubt her faith. In an effort to find her faith again she goes from place to pla

    The first chapter opens 20 years from now with the possibility of a woman being named the next Pope. Brigid Fitzgerald is that woman. From the second chapter on we go back to current time and follow Brigids journey to see how she arrived at this point in her life. We follow her to the Sudan as a medical missionary where she sees horrendous acts committed by ruthless rebels against the local population. She begins to doubt her faith. In an effort to find her faith again she goes from place to place, including back to the Sudan trying to find God. She encounters tragedy around her and in her personal life but comes to realize that her life is hers to live and her responsibility.

    This book is not what you expect from a typical James Patterson book. The book is very well written with a compelling story line with heavy religious over tones. I liked the format, the short chapters which kept the story moving. It held my interest all the way thru the book. I did wish the author would have gone a bit easier on Brigid. You know the old saying, if it weren't for bad luck she'd have no luck at all? Well Brigid had a few too many tragedies in her life for me, it was almost, not quite, over the top. This was the one main reason I couldn't give it a 5* rating. I did feel the ending was a bit abrupt. I would have liked it fleshed out just a bit more. Thank you to Sean with Little Brown and Company for an advanced readers copy. I would definitively recommend this book to readers.

    Sent from my iPad

  • Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud
    Oct 20, 2016

    (some spoilers!!)

    WOW!!

    Woman of God, is an extraodinary read, testing a person's faith through thick and thin, there were times when reading this and thinking, 'how can all this happen to one person', being a doctor in south Sudan at 'kind hearts' and seeing all of the death and destruction, to being shot, and technically declared dead, only, to come through it all and go back, to having to live through your husband and newborn child dying, (that literally broke me to pieces reading that, as I

    (some spoilers!!)

    WOW!!

    Woman of God, is an extraodinary read, testing a person's faith through thick and thin, there were times when reading this and thinking, 'how can all this happen to one person', being a doctor in south Sudan at 'kind hearts' and seeing all of the death and destruction, to being shot, and technically declared dead, only, to come through it all and go back, to having to live through your husband and newborn child dying, (that literally broke me to pieces reading that, as I have kids), to questioning faith and then to survive a bomb, only to have another husband dying, and being shot at again.

    Bridgit Fitzgerald is a Woman of God, through all that, and even her doubts about faith she still has it, and her belief of God visiting her and saying that she has a bigger purpose.

    This was a interesting read as I am an atheist, and reading about things that happen and happening for a reason and that there is a plan for them, really opens your perspective towards religion.

    I have read the Bible (couldn't marked 'read' on good reads lol).

    I hoped that some people are not upset or angry about this book or review as it is based on opinions and everyone has there own, including beliefs.

    if you have gotten this far in reading this I applaud you lol, thanks for reading it too x

  • Tammy Adams
    Sep 27, 2016

    This poor woman has more tragedies in her life than Job! Just totally over the top and unbelievable. Reading the blurb made me think this was going to be a book about a woman pope - NOT. Another odd religious book by Patterson.

  • David
    Oct 19, 2016

    Completely different to the usual James Patterson offerings. No mystery/thriller here. Just a wonderful story about a remarkable woman who has her faith in God (and life) tested repeatedly by the most diabolical and tragic events. And yet, despite the adversity that is thrown at her, she has a strength and determination to not only survive, but a hope and a determination to make the world a better place. Inspirational.

  • Greg Z
    Dec 04, 2016

    "They had captured a hundred and twenty-nine children. They castrated the boys and left them to bleed to death. They had gang-raped the little girls before killing them. Little boys who had been unable to run were roped together, and their throats had been slit," so writes Patterson/Paetro on page 119 of this, a torture porn book sold under the pretense of a woman finding faith. And even worse, far more torturous, scenes have appeared in earlier pages. Okay, now, about the writing itself, get th

    "They had captured a hundred and twenty-nine children. They castrated the boys and left them to bleed to death. They had gang-raped the little girls before killing them. Little boys who had been unable to run were roped together, and their throats had been slit," so writes Patterson/Paetro on page 119 of this, a torture porn book sold under the pretense of a woman finding faith. And even worse, far more torturous, scenes have appeared in earlier pages. Okay, now, about the writing itself, get this: "I don't work for you, Dr. Whitehead. I go where I'm needed. And if you don't like it, you can go to hell." Okay, hilariously bad writing: without the torture porn elements, this book could have been at best a satire on....say...Twilight. Book closed for good at page 119.