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Intermission for Reverend G Paperback – April 10, 2014
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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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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.
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.
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.
Rev G daily faces the issues of Alzheimer’s, but most of all battles her fear of forgetting her son and losing her connection with God as the tendrils of the disease invade her brain. Her boyfriend Chris, her son and daughter-in-law, and the staff of Cove Creek provide a strong support.
With each page I came to know Rev G and the other Cove Creek residents. From Rev G’s joy of serving God to her little quirks of character that irritated me, to Edith who watches each day for her family to visit, to Bert with his own little garden at Cove Creek, to mean-tempered Charlotte, I was hypnotized.
Perhaps it’s because I’m nearing 60 myself or because my own mother is almost 90, but I identified with this story. I’ve grown to love Rev G and the other residents as though they were real people—that’s how real these characters are and how well RJ Thesman presents the realities of Alzheimer’s and life in assisted living!
Thesman hits a homerun (again) with this second installment of the Cove Creek series. She pulled me into the story so deeply I found myself battling tears of sadness and tears of joy with each turn of the page because these characters became my friends. I got goose bumps as God’s miracles unfolded. And I came out with a much better understanding of the details and difficulties of Alzheimer’s.
Whether you know someone battling this disease or not, this is a bittersweet story you will enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do not usually read follow ups, but this was very good. The subject is so dear as both my parents nave Alzheimer's and are is assisted living now. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Renee Abernathy
It's funny to say that you have fun reading about a character dealing with Alzheimer's. Truly a heartwarming book that touched my heart.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
More of the same great touching work of The Unraveling (book 1). Can't wait for book 3 in August!Published 8 months ago by B. Allen
Intermission for Reverend G is a compelling story that lifts the heart and hopes of the reader, no matter their circumstances. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield
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 morePublished 12 months ago by Jane M. Tucker
Just finished reading "Intermission for Reverend G" and was absolutely delighted. R.J.'s research into this maddening disease is exemplary. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Judith Robl
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 morePublished 13 months ago by Melody Balthaser
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Brenda