on Oct. 26, 2018 :
Elmo Jenkins is almost a full-fledged minister except he has to fulfill a six-month long internship. Under the guidance of Tom Applebee, the Associate Pastor at First Church, Elmo learns the ropes of ministry. Sometimes stumbling, sometimes questioning, and even playing it by ear, he works with everyone at First Church from the Pastor, Dr. Horace Jorgensen, to old Dunston, the janitor who knows everything about anything at the Church and fishing. Elmo discovers what is required; hard work, keeping a sense of humor, dealing with serious concerns of fellow staff and some of the flock, and how to be confident but humble through it all.
This is very enjoyable, non-preachy, and based on the author’s experiences during his own ministry. I have to wonder if Elmo’s Bonnie is based on the author’s own experience with his real-life love, Diane. I look forward to the next books in this series; what a wonderful break from the woes of the world and an encouragement to all.
(review of free book)