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The Passion of Reverend Nashby Rachel Basch
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Reverend Jordanna Nash is the "dangerously tall," bicycle-riding, female minister who commands the pulpit of Hutchinson Congregational Church. She came to this Connecticut town where her sister and four nephews live in an attempt to escape the loss of her own two babies, as well as to distance herself from her faltering marriage. If Jordanna's personal life is cursed, her professional life is, seemingly, blessed--her congregation cherishes her dynamic presence in their community. But when a depressed young mother she's been counseling suddenly disappears and a member of the church youth group gets pregnant, Jordanna's faith in God and in herself is profoundly shaken. A novel about the role of faith in contemporary life, tells the story of a wounded healer who must make sense of her own grief if she is to continue caring for her flock. As Jordanna struggles to render meaning from loss, readers of her story will be taken on an unforgettable spiritual journey.
"The Passion of Reverend Nash is one of those novels that's so wonderful you're afraid to recommend it because if your friends don't like it, you'll just pity them. Rachel Basch's story of a Congregational minister tested beyond her limits inspires that sort of devotion." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)
"A host of recognizable, memorable supporting characters round out the cast of this frank, open and theologically nuanced tale....Through [Jordanna], the reader glimpses the human heart in its pain and triumph." Publishers Weekly
"A compelling, smart, no-holds-barred story committed equally to verisimilitude and compassion." Kirkus Reviews
"[U]plifiting — but never saccharine — tale of faith, doubt, and redemption." Margaret Flanagan, Booklist
"[E]xtremely powerful and well-written....The events may seem like soap opera, but Basch's persuasive prose makes them utterly believable. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"This is a most exquisite book, an intelligent and moral exploration of courage and conviction, love and truth." Beth Kephart
"Rachel Basch writes with great insight and a big heart, imbuing her novel with both." Ann Hood
In the vein of Gail Godwin's Evensong, Basch presents a novel about the role of faith in contemporary life that tells the story of a wounded healer who must make sense of her own grief if she is to continue caring for her flock.
In the vein of Gail Godwin's , a powerful novel that explores faith and sisterhood in small-town New England.
About the Author
Rachel Basch lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She is also the author of Degrees of Love.
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