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The Old Man and the Tea

(Elmo Jenkins #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  708 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Elmo Jenkins is back for another fun-filled adventure at First Church. Tag along as his cadre of quirky friends continue to amaze, stupefy, and entertain Reverend Elmo. Be there when Erlene gets thrown in the slammer for conking a policeman with her dentures. Discover how Eddie Hughes breaks both his nose and his big toe. And suffer with Elmo as Bonnie puts him on a health ...more
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published August 22nd 2013 by OBT Bookz
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Jerry Blackerby
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this third book in the Elmo series. Several places in the book inspired me in my own spiritual life. I am looking forward to reading Book 4 shortly.

I write a weekly community news column in our local county newspaper. Two weeks ago, I urged readers to join me in 40 days of prayer to thank God for blessings and ask that He bless our churches and community by touching people to increase our attendance. Each week I put a paragraph or so about the continuation of our united prayer (based on
T.J. Allen
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An great read

When I first started the book, I wasn't sure if I would like it, but quickly warmed up Elmo and his day to day musings. Realistic in every way, and probably all too true. Definitely recommend this read.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
In this, the third installment of the Elmo Jenkins series, Jenkins is an amiable goofball and newlywed whose presence at First Church is certainly secured in this book as he relays his epiphany from Elijah: knees on the ground.

Was it just me or was Eli obviously a figment of his imagination from the get-go? He just happened to not be in the coffee shop whenever Jenkins wanted to introduce hi to someone...why didn't the rhyming clerk ask Jenkins why he was talking to himself over in the back boo
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another good book, the last in this series, I think?! I really enjoyed these books, I am hoping the author (husband of Christian author Dianne Moody) has written more. Elmo is a great character and the little stories woven in are just very funny and heartwarming to read. I thoroughly enjoyed these :)
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The last of a good three-book series. It's an avowedly Christian work of fiction. An interesting look at the inner workings of a big urban church through the eyes of pastoral intern Elmo Jenkins. Lots of hilarity and humor with serious life lessons (not all spiritual) inner woven. ...more
Katie Mason
Sep 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
There was so much that I disliked about this book. The book espoused traditional gender roles, which while I disagree, wouldn't have caused me to dislike the book as much as it did. The problem was the booked went into toxic beliefs about men and women, especially women. The women in this book fill one of three roles the loving wife, the abusive victim, and the temptress. None of the women were characters, but plot devices. The most damning thing in the entire book was the line about how one man ...more
Douglas G. Dikun
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The title caught my attention because one of my favorite short stories of all time: "Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway. It is much easier and inspiring then "The Great Gatsby" which it should replace for High School students in English Lit. However this book #3 about Elmo Jenkins, an assistant church minister as he is now out of protected school and out in the world is a very fun book to read; and very realistic about life, interaction, romance from a male perspective, wasps, squirrels, p ...more
Lynn Smith
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying the Elmo Jenkins series and this was book 3 of 6. It is the continuing adventures of young minister Elmo Jenkins. In this volume, he's now the assistant to the pastor of First Church. There's another mystery which runs throughout this volume as the preceding two. The title tells you what the mystery is about and the mystery is sort of solved at the very end. This book seemed to end more abruptly than the first two and I sort of had questions remaining, but maybe that was the ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The "life and times " of Ellington "Elmo" Jenkins associate pastor at First Church. Thinges are a bit strange at First Church; a new administrative assistant is causing waves, and what is happening with the Senior Pastor assistance? Add to the mix a proposed 12 million renovation capital funds campaign and we have another look at the workings at First Church. For those of us either in full time ministry or married to someone who is, do yourself a favor and read these entertaining books about lif ...more
Kathleen L. Stauffer
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beyond excellent read!

Unfortunately, this is Book 3 of a 6 book series, and I didn't read the first 2! However # 1, the book is perfectly fine without reading the first 2. However #2, I will be purchasing the Elmo Jenkins series and others by McMillian Moody! Additionally, the author responded to my email!
Patricia J West
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Tea, my Brother??

My first book by M Moody. It was interesting and held my attention, but I kept waiting for the "Punch Line." It arrived at the end of the book. I liked the humor, life challenges and down to earth presentation. A quiet mild mannered read. Enjoy with hot tea!!! 😇
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Reverend Elmo went for coffee every morning and seen this same man sitting in the back by his self always reading so he decided one day to approach him and say hi. The man was reading the bible.So they started sitting together and talking. Reverend Elmo goes thru some humorous times in the story. Lightly religious story. Not really interesting to me and not because it speaks of religion.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book just as I've loved the previous in the series. It is theologically sound with enough humor to keep it real. Wish Elmo were on staff @ my church! Looking forward to more in this series ...more
Linda Gildner
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So Funny & So Enjoyable

Once again McMillian Moody has outdone himself. What an enjoyable book to read. The characters and situations depicted are so contemporary and relatable. Yet, Moody is still able to convey truth and inspiration into his work. Well done.
Barbara Gore
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting book

When I started this story, I wasn't sure whether I would finish or not. As I got further along into the characters, felt and enjoyed the story. Having worked in a church, the story was very good.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had my suspicions about Eli, and they were proved right at the end of the book. But it was still a real goose-bump moment. Enjoyed reading the trilogy of the first three books. Now I'm on the trail of finding the rest of the series. I need to know what happens in Elmo's life! ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun Read!

Having been in church ministry as a musician for most of my adult life, I found Elmo Jenkins and company familiar and precious!! Loved the book!
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mcmillan-moody
Great book. I am really enjoying this series. The characters are becoming old friends to me and I love hanging out with them.
Patricia Fuller
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
wish I had read them in order. Great book, humorous, and faith filled.
Helen J Johnson
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Well I nearly gave up reading this book early on. It got better but I definitely felt I’d missed something by not reading the earlier 2 books. A few funny bits.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tea for two?

I'm hooked on Elmo Jenkins! I really enjoyed this installment, just as I have the previous books. Eli was an interesting addition!
Don Paske
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was another very good book staring Pastor Elmo. This one seemed to have more theology in it.
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy these well written folksy novels.
Carol Mowbray
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

So enjoyable. All can relate to church problems and the very
Necessary aspect of prayer. I love the humorous stories.
Fred Thompson
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Knees in the ground

Hard to put down. Most insightful book I have read lately. You won't be disappointed when you read it all the way through. Surprise ending.
Anna Caison
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A down to earth peek into the personal life of a young minister seeking to serve the Lord while wading through the water of church politics, marriage, and life in general.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny and inspiring

I'm enjoying this series and will continue through the rest of the series . Makes me appreciate our church and pastor's !
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first two. Those were excellent. This one was rambling and lacked focus.
Rose Marie Ray
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good book to read. It is the next one in the series and follows the story line very good. Keeps you guessing till the end. It has humor, mystery, and intrigue also. Reading the next book now to find out more about what happens.
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McMillian Moody lives quietly in the rolling hills of central Tennessee with his wife, celebrated author Diane Moody.

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