Character is the correct word, because she’s unlike most ministers you might know and love. She’s a bit feisty, but clearly humble and caring. She’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, and she’s okay with being vulnerable. She doesn’t want anyone putting her up on a pedestal, because she wants people to look at the Savior, Jesus Christ.
During a time in history when few women enrolled in seminaries, Reverend G made sure it happened for her. She let the Dean of Admissions know that God Himself had called her into the ministry and she recited John 15:16 to underline her call. She worked hard and graduated summa cum laude, although Hebrew class gave her fits. That’s when she relied on her friend, Chris. In return, she helped him survive New Testament Survey.
For thirty plus years, she served her congregation and trained them to call her Reverend G. The G actually stands for her first name, Gertrude, which she hates. She married, raised a son and thoroughly enjoyed serving the people of Lawton Springs, Kansas.
But then she began to notice a few changes in herself. Names and faces didn’t always pair up during counseling sessions. She grew easily distracted whether playing in the bell choir or preparing her next sermon. Sometimes, she wore mismatched shoes and one day, she drove all the way to church before she realized she still had on her Tweety-Bird nightshirt. She found her iron in the freezer and right in front of God and everybody, she forgot some of the Lord’s Prayer.
That’s when she made the appointment to see Doc Sanders. He ordered several tests and consulted with specialists before telling her the dreaded news, “You have dementia and possibly early-onset Alzheimer’s.”
Reverend G’s work as a pastor ended, but her ministry did not. New people moved into her life –at the assisted living facility where she moved, within her family structure as well as a few surprise characters along the way. She faced the changes with fear knocking at her soul, and she wasn’t afraid to admit it.
So what happens to Reverend G? How does she deal with this horrid disease that threatens to change her personality and take from her the memories of those she loves?
Well, I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out.