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Intermission for Reverend G [Kindle Edition]

RJ Thesman
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Book Description

Three months after a fire ripped through Cove Creek Assisted Living Facility, repairs are complete, but even as Reverend G and her cat, Gabriel move back into their apartment, the retired pastor realizes life just isn’t the same. She continues to minister to her fellow residents — the widower who reads the same book over and over and the woman who waits by the front door for the family who never arrives. Even Gabriel is back at work, making his rounds and forecasting death. But while Reverend G is able to find the words to conduct a funeral service, anticipates the birth of her first grandchild and plans her future with her beloved, Chris, she battles her worsening Alzheimer’s symptoms — memory loss, paranoia, anger and fear. Now, her worst nightmare seems to be coming true. God hasn’t spoken to her in weeks. Has Reverend G lost her connection with God?

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About the Author

R.J. Thesman has been a writer since she flipped open her Red Chief tablet and scribbled her first story. Eventually, she had to stop writing and go to school where she earned an education degree and taught at various levels. Thesman is a Biblical counselor and a Stephen Minister. She has worked in a variety of nonprofits and has served as campus minister to international students. With a variety of communications skills, Thesman is always writing and building more publishing credits. She teaches writing workshops and enjoys helping beginning writers birth their words. Thesman is the mother of an adult son and enjoys reading, gardening and cooking – especially anything with blueberries.

Product Details

  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CrossRiver Media (April 21, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Story with Insight and Compassion April 17, 2014
Intermission for Reverend G continues the story of a woman pastor with the diagnosis of Alzheimer's. The characters of the first book in the Cove Creek series, The Unraveling of Reverend G, become stronger as their lives continue to intertwine in the assisted living facility. Reverend G finds purpose in reaching out to them, all the while wondering if she will remember their individual personalities. She fears forgetting those closest to her--her dear son, his wife who is expecting her first grandchild, and her boyfriend. Most of all, she fears losing her connection with God, whom she has faithfully loved and served all her life.

This story gives insight into the impact of the Alzheimer's disease process. RJ Thesman writes from personal experience of dealing with a family member with the disease.

I was drawn into the story and got to love the characters. I felt the tension of Rev G's fears and the reality in which she lives, while also seeing her continued compassion for those around her.

Intermission for Reverend G is a gripping story with insight, compassion and faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story full of life! April 23, 2014
Some of our best examples of how to live can be found between the pages of a book. And so it is with Reverend G. With a failing memory and a longing to hear her Father’s voice, Reverend G faces the onslaught of Alzheimer’s with grace and determination to not let this disease steal the enjoyment she can still have in life.

Whatever this disease is taking from her, she is still the Reverend and you see that in everything she does and says. In the middle of her own questions, doubts and fears, Reverend G still loves and serves all those around her. A shining example of facing the later years of life with courage.

RJ Thesman has done a fantastic job in Intermission for Reverend G of painting a picture of hope and courage for anyone looking toward the later years of one’s own life or that of a loved one. Well worth the time to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartfelt story of love and compassion April 29, 2014
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Intermission for Reverend G continues where The Unraveling of Reverend G left off. It truly brings the reader into the heart and mind of a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I love how Reverend G gives a name to Alzheimer's and talks to it telling it how much she dislikes it. Working in a retirement community for several years I was able to identify with many of the characters in this story. The wedding at the end was simply beautiful. I would certainly recommend the Reverend G books to anyone who wants to understand their loved one better who suffers with Alzheimer's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with Dementia, a bittersweet story May 2, 2014
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Rebecca Thesman has shown the reader what living the reality of a fading memory is like with her character Reverend G. A story both scary and amusing, Reverend G lives knowing her memory issues will only get worse and someday she will not remember God or the Holy Scriptures.

She bravely trudges through life and it’s challenges and as I read, Reverend G became my friend. I cried when she faced difficult life situations, I laughed when she explains gracefully: “Oh Well, my memory is not what it used to be.”

If anyone is looking for a book on age-related dementia, or specifically Alzheimer’s disease this is a novel worth a read. It reminded me of my mother’s dementia during the last five years of her life.

Although it is the second book in the Reverend G series, it can be read alone. Thesman brings out the ugliness of Alzheimer’s by giving the disease a name, thus making it a personality the reader can hate as it ravages the memory of Reverend G's brain.

I fell in love with her quirky family, a son, daughter-in-love, and fiancé Chris. And as for the residents of Cove Creek Care Center, who live and work around Reverend G, they bring an understanding to what it might look like to move to such a place. When they all attend a wedding for Reverend G and Chris the results are magical.

If anyone can say what aging gracefully with a horrific disease is like, it would be Reverend G as portrayed by Thesman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God never stops loving you May 24, 2014
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This book picked right up where we last left Reverend G, in the middle of her struggle with Alzheimer's. This book was another easy read with deep, thoughtful themes running through it. In this book we get a deeper look at the struggle Alzheimer's causes for loved ones, and the strategy of speaking truth into your emotion. There is also points of how the medical profession treats patients with memory issues, and the development of the stages of living with Alzheimer's. The main theme that I took away from this book is that God never stops loving us, and that's a theme I think we can't hear too often!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I just finished Intermission for Reverend G by RJ Thesman last week and was so glad to again spend time with the characters. While reading the book and since I have been much more aware of praying for my mother-in-law as she lives with memory issues. An enjoyable book despite the serious subject, just as the characters enjoy life and live with God during serious times as well as joyful times. Also, the book gives much to think about as I age and those around me age. Thank You, Rebecca. I am eagerly awaiting the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intermission for Reverend G is a heartwarming story! January 22, 2015
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Intermission for Reverend G is a compelling story that lifts the heart and hopes of the reader, no matter their circumstances. Intermission for Reverend G had me turning the next page, wondering how this praying and caring lady could possibly stay upbeat in her confusing Alzheimer world. Humor, faith, and realism mingled compatibly with Reverend G’s down-home flavor of common sense. Her God-given gift ministering to others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ makes Intermission for Reverend G a must read for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars on the good days and bad
Reverend G. is an original, highly readable character who happens to have Alzheimer's disease. She speaks her mind, on the good days and bad, as she wages fierce battle against the... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jane M. Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entirely Different World
Just finished reading "Intermission for Reverend G" and was absolutely delighted. R.J.'s research into this maddening disease is exemplary. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Judith Robl
5.0 out of 5 stars Take an intermission with Rev. G!
Reverend G's story continues as Intermission for Reverend G warms the heart! RJ Thesman has kept me thoroughly entertained with this compelling story of a retired pastor who is... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Melody Balthaser
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Christian fiction
If you like Christian fiction, you will enjoy “Intermission for Reverend G.” But I’m going to take this one step further and say, if you have a loved one – or anyone you know that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the series!
Intermission For Reverend G

Book 2 in this series by author RJ Thesman is just as captivating as Book 1 (“The Unraveling of Reverend G”). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elaine Marie Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Read for a Glimpse of Alzheimers
After reading Rev. G book #1 (The Unraveling of Reverend G), I had to get to this next one in the series. I fell in love with Rev. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karen Morerod, author MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I found myself chuckling, talking to the characters (esp. Charlotte), delighting in the story, yearning for the wedding to happen, wanting to read more about C. & Rev. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Debbie Martini
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly inspiring book
'Intermission for Reverend G' will be enormously helpful and insightful to anyone caught up in the world of Alzheimer's. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shelly Hartman Griffitt
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More About the Author

RJ Thesman has been a writer since she flipped open her Red Chief tablet and scribbled her first story. After writing 4 non-fiction books and almost 500 articles, she woke up one day with a novel in her head. That novel became "The Unraveling of Reverend G."

Thesman enjoys teaching writing workshops and helping writers birth their words. She is a certified life coach, works as a writing coach and as a coach for women who are Starting Over Single.

Thesman is the mother of an adult son, and she enjoys reading, gardening and cooking - especially anything with blueberries. Thesman lives in the heart of Kansas with her son and an elderly cat.


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