Up Pops the Devil by Angela Benson

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Reading this book brought a couple of scriptures to mind that were relevant to the story. One is “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart.” Preacher got his name because he was always carrying around his grandmother’s bible. Before she died, she raised Preacher and his sister in the church and the bible was the one thing of hers that Preacher was able to keep and thus keep his upbringing in his heart. Also, I thought of the scripture that says “when I would do good, evil is on every hand.” Preacher tried to do right; live according to God’s word, but the devil and his agent were there to twist and turn things around so that Preacher and all those close to him would suffer.

I loved how Ms Benson built up the suspense in this novel. I could see all the layers of each individual’s life come apart. I eagerly anticipated the cookout scene when all the characters came together. All the tension at that gathering was just the groundwork for even more suspense. I think Up Pops the Devil will appeal to both Christian fiction and urban fiction readers.

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is a Michigan native and resides in the greater Detroit area. She has been a member of APOOO since its conception. She is also the co-founder of the Motown Review Book club and a member of the APOOO Exchange Team. You can find her reviews on Amazon.com. She loves to read. Reading allows her to escape from the pressures of life, live vicariously through characters and learn about new and exciting places, cultures and experiences. She cannot name her favorite author or books because her list changes constantly--she enjoys a variety of genres and writers. If you were to view her home bookshelves, you will find that her books are diverse and eclectic.
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10 Responses »

  1. Great review! I can’t wait to read this one.

    I’m packing my copy of Up Pops the Devil in my carry-on bag. Planning to read on the plane later this week.



  2. Hey Ty this one is on my to-read list as well…so many books…so little time…sigh.

  3. It’s on my list also. I hope to get to it this month if not next month for sure.

  4. Great review. I plan to read it this weekend while I’m at Faith and Fiction.

  5. Rhonda have fun at the Faith and Fiction conference and take plenty of pictures.

  6. Hi Ladies,
    I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. I will be looking forward to your feedback.

    Rhonda, I wish I was going to the Faith and Fiction conference. Tell Tiffnay I said Hi. If you do take plenty of pictures please post them so we all can see them.

    I just saw Angela, Victoria and Marilyn Griffin this weekend at the Walmart Soul Expression tour.

  7. Hey Jnette how was the Walmart Soul Expression tour…DETAILS PLEASE. ;)

  8. Yasmin,

    I purchased extra batteries for my camera and my memory cards holds 1,000 shots so I should be clicking away!

  9. YIPPEE…CLICK, click, click…hehe…and have much fun sis!

  10. Oh, I meant to add that’s where I’m going this weekend too! I went to the Faith and Fiction retreat last year and had so much fun. This year should be even better. More authors, more days, … I’m getting some beach time this year too. LOL!

    Rhonda, I will snapping pictures back at ya!

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