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Local dentist and friend of the blog, Dr. Joe N. Lester has written a new book about feuds within southern churches.

In his new book, entitled Baptized by Fire, Dr. Lester wrote a poignant story about feuds within churches that has managed to divide families, friends, colleagues, and even communities.

A small town in rural middle Georgia is the setting of Baptized by Fire. The novel tells the story of an old-fashioned church revival at a prominent African American church in Hawkinsville, Georgia.

Joe Fry, the story's protagonist, returns home expecting a week of rest and relaxation. Instead he finds himself caught in a feud between two men of faith so blinded by their own desires, they don't see the enemy that has unleashed an army of demons on the town.

Baptized by Fire is suspense-packed, fast-paced, realistic and unfiltered Christian fiction about love, religion, deceit, and loyalty, all played out through the fields and swamps of the farming region of Pulaski County.

Baptized by Fire is a good read interlaced with suspense and tragedy, love and betrayal in the rural south. The book explores the politics of religion, power, and real-life consequences. Baptized by Fire is available on Amazon and

About the Author

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Joe N. Lester, DDS grew up on a farm in Hawkinsville, and now specializes in restorative dental surgery as head of the Lester Dental Group in Conyers, Georgia. He earned his bachelor's degree from Fort Valley State University and his dental degree from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry.

He was a candidate for US Congress in Georgia's third district in 2002, and is the author of four books.

If you need dental services from Dr. Lester, make sure you mention you are a loyal reader of


No financial compensation was received for this post.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    I feel like every black dentist and black doctor I know over the age of 40 went to Meharry

  • Yoni7

    This oughta be goodt! Because there IS a division. My community has 22 churches (one on damn near EVERY block) and the community itself is blight asf!

  • Roderick2011

    Man, you aren't telling anyone who's ever attended a black church anything they haven't experienced for themselves.
    Soap operas don't have ish on most black churches.

  • Bree

    Christ was killed by religious leaders, that says a lot about who we are. It is religion that kills us, not the church. Until we understand that, we will be bound forever.


    I am definitely going to check this out.

  • KarmaBackAround

    "Friend of the blog" usually means watch ya mouth... so ill just put 1 church finga up n tip toe on up out here!

  • iWasteTime

    I just watched the Harriet Tubman trailer.
    I might have to go see it

  • xxxgracious

    Yo Dr. Lester wrote a book. That's cool. He was my dentist as a teen. Small world. I'm sure he remembers my mom jacking me up for having all those cavities. I'm sure she wrote him a big check ??

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  • The Art

    Sounds like a good and something most of us can relate to.

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  • Trace da Ace

    Congrats!!! That is awesome........ now lemme back outta here before I get struck

  • TheWildChild

    Sounds like a good summer read ? since I left Oprah's book cult.

  • Kimocha

    Yea I just seen it too... Looks like it'll be pretty good.

  • Rayne

    This is dang near every church but I will order and support.

  • Renee26

    Pass on the book

    Lemme see what the dental implants look like

  • Kanyade

    It looks great. I'm beginning to love this actress. Her performance saved Bad Times at the El Royale (the only thing I've seen her in).

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. I think there's some folks who would have been ready to throw some shade, but thought better of it.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    LOL, I may check it out.

  • NewNew

    Sounds like a good story. Congrats on the book!

  • Bree

    Me too. I haven't seen a good movie in awhile.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lol. Why did you leave?

  • CookieMobster

    This sounds like a GREAT read!!

  • KarmaBackAround

    You know it! I seen it comin lol

  • iWasteTime

    That is her!!!!

  • TheWildChild

    Book selection got boring and selective marketing

  • hottlanta

    Is that a Christian buldge in his pants. I just might buy the book now.??

  • hottlanta

    When where.

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  • Li-Wright

    It's on my AMZ wish list.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Friend of the Blog AKA..Don't get snatched up talking shyt about this here book.

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  • Michelle

    Very interesting. I think I'm going to purchase this book.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile I dunT scrolled up twice, I on see a Christian bludge nowhur????I love lookin for buldges?

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Sandra: Act up and yew can get snatched up!

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  • Look@m3

    Watching my child on the video camera wondering why he wont get up from his nap!! YOu the only ones still on your cot...Chile you went to bed at 7pm you aint that darn tired.

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  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    sounds interesting...will support

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  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Sounds about Sandra LMAO!!!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    No financial compensation was received for this post.
    Just dental services?

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    what in dey hells of hells is a christian buldge?!! ya'll going to hell

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Friend of the blog. GOT IT.

  • Dahl

    So this is the “blog business” Madame Blogrunner left us on read for this weekend, apparently...

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  • Ghetto Real Name

    Girl I'm screaming! Remma this was an old blog joke??? Yall going straight to hell

  • SaltineCrackers

    ?? this better not be it.

  • SaltineCrackers

    Can we get a direct link to the book tho? Im interested, but not enough to be going through a whole search engine.

  • Society has changed

    Adding to my summer reads

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for the share.

  • interestingconcept1

    I'll add this for my summer list
    ...I'm reading the souls of black folks again and this time it's really clicking.

  • Vonda K

    I’ll definitely be buying this ? book

  • OvertheMississippi

    I’m sold!! Will give a review afterwards so.....

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  • TheRealTW

    Dr. Lester looks so cute and cuddly! I swear. Black folk don't get older, we get better.

  • TheRealTW

    There is a link to AbeBooks towards the end of the article.

  • TheRealTW

    Is he alive?

  • TheRealTW

    Cult indeed.

  • SaltineCrackers

    The link is to the website not the book's product page.

  • TheRealTW

    Okay. Just copy and paste the title into the search bar or type it in. Takes a few seconds.

  • Guest©

    Sandra, a Georgia woman recently dropped her baby while fighting outside o a beauty supply store. The poor baby died. You may want to run that story if you have not already one so. What is this world coming to??

  • Look@m3

    LMAO I was wondering the same thing for a min and was about to call up to the school after I saw the other babies grabbing and tugging and kicking his mat and he just laid there. Then the teacher came over and he eventually moved.

  • SaltineCrackers

    I know how to search for books, I just don't want to end up down a book rabbit hole, especially on Abebooks. I'm already behind on my summer reading.

  • TheRealTW

    I'm glad the teacher checked. The classmates sound sweet.

  • Look@m3

    Very sweet I guess lol!

  • TheRealTW

    Thank God your baby is alive!
    Have a blessed week!

  • SandraRose

    Joe says "thank you" to those who ordered his book! Support Black businesses. ??

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