Gerald Weiss is a pastor in crisis. His wife abandoned him for a lesbian relationship, his parishioners are defecting to a megachurch where the sacrament of Holy Communion has been replaced by an All-U-Can-Eat Communion Brunch Buffet, and his job is about to be handed over to a graduate of Armageddon Bible College. As the members of Abiding Truth battle over everything from the time for Sunday services to the color of the sign out front, Gerald struggles to hold on to his sanity and his faith.
Filled with flawed yet endearing characters, Ash Wednesday presents an unsentimental comedic look at small town life, sexual mores, and the decline of mainline religion in contemporary America.
|Publisher:||Oconee Spirit Press LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)|
About the Author
Harold Eppley has worked as a religious professional in various capacities for twenty-three years, including four years in the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania, where his first novel, Ash Wednesday, is set. With his wife, Rochelle Melander, he is the author of seven non-fiction books including Our Lives Are Not Our Own. He currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife and children, Samuel and Eliana.
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Ash Wednesday based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A tongue-in-check look at organized religion at Abiding Truth Lutheran Church, located in Pottersfield in Pennsylvania's Allegheny mountain range. Pastor Gerald Schwartz, whose wife left him for another woman, gets involved with television pastor Allan Weiss, who can't keep his pants on around young Sunday school teachers . Follow along as congregations split their opinions on everything from sexual positions, gay rights, adultery, abortion, alcohol consumption, church signage, and the color of potential parishioners. The reader with be amazed at how many secrets are kept outside of the confessional box. Too many dashes used throughout the book. Typical small town tale with much tongue wagging. Lacks humor.