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Ordained Irreverence (Elmo Jenkins Book One - Special Edition) by [Moody, McMillian]
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The Elmo Jenkins Books
Book One - Ordained Irreverence (laugh out-loud funny!)
Book Two - Some Things Never Change (the laughs continue)
Book Three - The Old Man and the Tea (even more surprises)
Book Four - A Tale of Two Elmos (Elmo becomes a father)
Book Five - A Time 4 Friends (Get to know Elmo's friends)

The EJ Novelettes
Book One - Evicting Erlene
Book Two - Hangin' with Father Ted
Book Three - Tempting Harry
Book Four - Guarding Eddie

Do you prefer paperbacks? The first three Elmo Jenkins novels are now available in one paperback volume - see The Elmo Jenkins Trilogy. Also now available in paperback all four Elmo Jenkins novelettes together in one volume. See The Elmo Jenkins Novelettes.

What readers are saying about Ordained Irreverence:

"During first several pages I laughed so much that I had to wipe my wet eyes. I was smiling from first page to the last."

"I couldn't get through it fast enough, and I was actually saddened when I turned the last page!"

"I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book, my kids wanted to know what was going on."

"Seriously funny at times, painful and sad at others, this book is not one to miss."

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For more info on McMillian and his books go to mcmillianmoody.com

(Author McMillian Moody was interviewed by Pete Wilson for his blog Withoutwax. Here's an excerpt):

Pete: What made you want to write this book?

McMillian: Having spent a large portion of my adult life as a church staff member I wanted to canonize some of the more humorous episodes from my "days of the cloth." I chose to make it a novel so I could, using artistic license, vamp off the real stories making them a bit more colorful. I also reasoned that by taking the fiction route I could greatly decrease the chance of a disgruntled church member waiting for me at my car with hatchet in hand.

Pete: I know you've spent a lot of time on church staff. Is the book in any way based on real life characters or experiences from your past?

McMillian: I like saying that my book was "inspired" by my own personal experiences, those of my friends in ministry, and all of the wonderful and oft-time quirky people we ministered to. Real life is always funnier than anything we can contrive, and life is funniest when it catches us off guard, surprises us, or breaks us out of our ordinary routines. This seems to happen a lot in church work.

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  • File Size: 2280 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
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  • Publisher: OBT Bookz (August 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FIN9YG
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By Steve Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 7, 2012
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Not my normal reading genre.

No murder.
No thrills.
No adventure.
No elves.
No weapons.
No car chases.
No mystery.
No spaceships.
No enemies.
No cowboys & indians.
No horror.
No court scenes.
No trips to Heaven.
No trips to Hell.
No spiritual battles.
No angels.
No demons.

But what we do have is a very well-written and engaging story about a young man's experiences as he becomes an intern at a large well-to-do church. In the hands of most writers I would have probably been bored to tears but Mr. Moody creates a fun and entertaining look into the quirks and idiosyncrasies of your standard Baptist style evangelical church. As one who has spent many years in ministry I can say he hit the nail on the head. No matter where you are or what you are doing people are a trip.

If you're the type that likes easy going stories with no stress or books that won't keep you up too late at night I suggest getting yourself a copy.

If you're concerned about the book being preachy because of the topic you have nothing to fear. There is very little Biblical reference at all. It's more about the people and the inner workings of ministry in general. You'll laugh and be entertained. Even non-believers will enjoy this book. It was a nice stressless experience for me and I enjoyed it much more then expected. It'll make a nice seashore read for a lazy vacation.

1 Star = Pathetic
2 Stars = Fair
3 Stars = Good
4 Stars = Excellent
5 Stars = Life changing

For those who give me a negative vote on my review please comment and let me know why. I'd like to improve my reviews so they can be helpful to those who read them. Please understand I choose not to give a synopsis of the book because it's already given at the top of the home page. I find in doing so too many reviewers give away too much of the plot. Thank you.
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What do you get when you combine a young pastoral intern named Elmo with a mega church, and a mystery regarding a black toe? A rollicking good read. And yet, this debut novel surprised me with its tenderness and depth.

As important as beginnings are to this reader, endings matter as much. I'm often disappointed as authors do all they can to quickly tie everything up too quickly. McMillian Moody closed this novel out with ease often missed in other books.

I laughed out loud, tried to figure out the mystery and failed, smiled at the romance, and I'm told by my husband, nodded when I read something I agreed with. The author drew me in, kept me reading, and ended with the kind of quiet grace that left me hoping for more of Elmo. I'm hoping in this case the end is not good-bye, but instead a, "see you later" kind of thing.
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This novel was so much fun to read -- I won't repeat what has already been written about the details of the story. It was written so true to life that I learned much about what it would take to run a large church. With all the foibles of a large staff, it was obvious that their hearts were in the right place even through their mistakes. This is not an "evangelism" story at all, for those of you that don't like reading "Christian" materials. Any person of any denomination, or none at all would enjoy this I am quite sure.

The story had me sitting right in the pew. The writing of it was great!
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What a fun, lighthearted read when you need a break from heavier material. This book finds the humor in working in full-time ministry. Let's face it! "Church people" can be funny even though they are taking themselves way too seriously most times. The unique personalities of these characters and their interactions with one another make the story all the more enjoyable.
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this is a simple and straighforward, yet thoughtful book. No giant laugh out loud moments, but none that make your skin crawl or your eyes water. Simply one young man's journey to a position of responsibility within a church, and the machinations of the management of the church that show us all business is not the only place where political maneuvering is practiced.

Since I have cousins and uncles who are all ordained, and part of alternately smaller and larger parish seats, much of the 'jockeying' for position, and the shock with which Elmo comes to realize it's ingrained nature was new to me. What was refreshing and enjoyable about this story was the simple fact that he was drawn to do the best he could, never the expedient, which seemed to reinforce the decision to serve as a minister.
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Having served on staff at FBC Naples with Ken & his wife Diane, my husband Doug & I know that every day with a Moody is a wonderful & new adventure.
Many of the hilarious antics in this book are "based on true stories" & those stories have circled the globe in Doug's sermon illustrations for the past 20+ years.
Thank you Ken for sharing our introduction to & ordination in the SBC, for validating that burmuda shorts, polo shirts, & flip-flops are definitely Casual Friday's office attire, & that true friendships never end, no matter the years & miles in between us.
God bless you Ken & Diane! May the words in your books always be a reminder how God loves laughter & a cheerful heart.
Love you both!
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