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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Oconee Spirit Press LLC (February 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984010904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984010905
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,767,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ash Wednesday is a thoughtful, humorous and touching look at some of our society's thorniest questions-- such as sex and the price of ambition-- and the faith community's varied responses to them. Expect some surprises.
--Milwaukee Shepherd Express


With humor and a unique view of faith, Ash Wednesday is a fine read, very much recommended.
--Midwest Book Review

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Vaillancourt on February 24, 2012
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A delicious read. Colorful characters that are so lively and believable. Hilarious, comical and so you will believe it is all about your town and church. I so enjoyed the racous situations that I laughed outloud. Real, downhome, life as it is, and a great trip!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john newton on March 16, 2012
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Laugh out loud funny....A highly entertaining novel with outrageous vividly flawed characters. Small town drama at its best and worst, as a struggling minister walks the slippery slope of moral integrity. A must read!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MNOnline on March 13, 2012
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Disclaimer: I know the author - however, had I not liked the book I would have emailed Harold and said, "great job!" and left it at that. But I *really* liked it. It was well-written and well-plotted, with some wonderful characters. Harold nailed small town America for me, and what's more, he did it honestly (I think) and lovingly. There are many characters whose flaws are pretty apparent, and yet they are also understandable and lovable and never condescended to. Also, I love good dialogue, and the dialogue in "Ash Wednesday" is snappy, believable, and funny, not strained or too-cute. Finally, the book pulled me along by its story, the characters, and the writing. It really was good. If you're looking for comparisons, these authors, while not the same, could sit at the same literary table as Harold: J.F. Powers, Jon Hassler, Anne Tyler, and Richard Russo. That's a pretty big compliment, but I also think it's a fair one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 1, 2012
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Excellent! This is one of the most enjoyable novels I've read. The characters are interesting, humorous, authentically vulnerable, flawed, and people we all know and can relate to (or recognize in ourselves). Though fiction, the author provides a very realistic view into the complexities, challenges, and sometimes painful realities of ministry, churches, and human dysfunction. It's a laugh aloud, can't-put-down read. I've recommended this book to many, many people and am eagerly hoping the author will continue to provide his fans with more similarly amusing and thoughtful books well into the future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BGaede on May 13, 2012
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I know Harold from his nonfiction work and was curious to see how comfortably he would make the move to a new genre. Color me impressed. He had me hooked within pages with his quirky, true-to-life characters; fluid dialogue; dead-on observations about the peculiar agonies of parish ministry; and surprising but uncontrived plot. Harold might just be channeling Lorna Landvik. A splendid story well told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela M Marolla on March 8, 2012
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Ash Wednesday is a great read. Anyone who has ever known a very small town or a very small church will relate to well delivered characters that can be endearing and exasperating all at the same time. The congregation reminds me a little of Garrison Keillor's "Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church" - only perhaps delivered for the cable audience rather than Public Radio.
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More About the Author

Harold Eppley has been writing stories for as long as he can remember. In third grade he sold hand-printed copies of his "books" to classmates for a quarter each until his mother made him stop. A graduate of Saint Olaf College and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Harold has worked as a religious professional in various capacities for 23 years. He is the author of 7 spiritual nonfiction books, co-written with his wife, Rochelle Melander. His first novel, Ash Wednesday, which takes a satirical look at contemporary American religion, represents a radical departure from his earlier work and contains unique insights gleaned from (too) many years as a church insider.

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