Morning Glory's Long Lost Order of Worship

Morning Glory's Long Lost Order of Worship

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Reverend Steer McAlilly accepts the pastorate of Morning Glory Presbyterian, a sizeable country church, in hopes that he and his wife, Tanya, might escape the bondage of their old selves. He is a recovering alcoholic and benny popper who fantasizes about driving a racecar. She is a stripper whom Steer rescues from the nightlife with promises of middle-class contentment and Christian bliss. Their new start, born out of their love of Christ and each other, is a true miracle-until Steer falls into the first great sin he's committed in a long while: a sexual indiscretion with a beautiful nineteen-year-old member of his congregation. The boundaries of love, forgiveness, and spiritual certainty are tested, torn, and put back together in unexpected ways as Steer rediscovers the holy revelations of Morning Glory's Long Lost Order of Worship. It has been said that Brian Agincourt Massey is a literary artist who qhas gifts other writers do not.q His prose has been called qversatile, q qhard-bitten, yet fluid and poetic, q and qsuperb, q with dialogue that is qtop-notch energetic.q That the purveyors of these accolades range from New York editors and agents to fellow novelists to L.A. screenwriters attests to Massey's broad appeal.THE INVOCATION As I stood at the top of the wooden steps leading to the pulpit that morning, I understood fully the horrible implications ... to hear Goda#39;s word spoken in the manner of their Presbyterian ancestorsa€”but spoken with the conviction of a strong, young voice. ... who had all moved into a tight circle behind me for the whispered pre-service prayer, a custom I had begun two years ago when I wasanbsp;...

Title:Morning Glory's Long Lost Order of Worship
Author: Brian Massey
Publisher:iUniverse - 2005-07

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