The Devil Is a Lie

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A woman discovers the downside of good luck—and the false promise of one little lottery ticket—in this stunning novel from #1 national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley.

When Nina Lawson wins $16 million in the Texas Lotto, the Houston real estate executive and her fiancé, sexy personal trainer Rick Henderson, ecstatically begin planning their future—from paying off their credit cards, to setting their wedding date, to a spontaneous, spare-no-expense island getaway.

But Nina didn’t count on a second astounding twist of fate to befall her: her ex-husband, Todd Lawson, apparently isn’t her ex anything due to a paperwork mix-up. Now Todd claims he’s entitled to half her cash . . . and a string of Nina’s long-lost relatives are turning up for handouts, too. “Living the dream” is fast becoming a nightmare, and before it’s too late, Nina must take stock of her many blessings, not her bank account—or risk losing everything she values.
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  • Pocket Books | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416578079 | 
  • May 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Say Amen, Again includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author ReShonda Tate Billingsley. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Rachel Adams is trying to find a way to forgive her husband, Pastor Lester Adams, for having an affair. Her task is made all the more difficult by the reappearance of his former mistress, Mary Richardson, in their family’s church. Now pregnant, Mary claims that Lester is the child’s father and is intent on seducing him away from Rachel. Meanwhile, a tragedy rocks the foundation of the Adams family and everyone involved is confronted with an ultimate decision of forgiveness.

Questions and Topics for Discussion

1. What does Rachel’s dream in the novel’s opening chapter reveal about her fears? How is she able to overcome these fears by the end of the book?

2. Despite Lester’s continual refusal of her affections, Mary protests that the love she feels for him is real. Do you think this is true?

3. Rachel fears that her anger is interfering with her growth as a Christian. Do you agree with her decision to leave the church until Mary is removed? Likewise, do y see more

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Author Revealed

ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Q. how did you come to write The Devil Is a Lie?

A. I was talking with a friend who thought she was divorced and years later found out she wasn't. I'm a 'what if' person, so I immediately started, "what if someone was in that position, after they won the lottery?"

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