Mrs. Ogg Played the Harp; Memories of Church and Love in the High Desert by Elaine Greensmith Jordan

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Can a well-educated woman, a California English teacher no less, go from a high-school classroom into a rural church pulpit in a place where there are no other ministers of her gender, no signs of educated life and what looks to her like a desolate landscape? Mrs. Ogg Played the Harp, a charming memoir, answers those questions.

This highly personal story tells how a woman minister faces community bias against women in church leadership as she tries to be a person of God. Her marriage needs repair and her heart has been broken, but she is comforted by the good will and beauty she finds in Arizona people and in the land itself.

About Elaine Greensmith Jordan

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Elaine Jordan, retired now from ministry, lives in Northern Arizona with her husband where she writes, teaches, and sings in a chorus. Her awards include Nonfiction Prizes from the Preservation Foundation, the Florida State Writing Competition, Inland Empire Writers Contest, and the Arizona Authors Contest. Her essays have appeared in South Loop Review, Passages, AARP Bulletin, New Works Review, The Georgetown Review and other journals. More at
Published November 15, 2012 by Two Harbors Press. 239 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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