Book Review of Blue Monday
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Blue Monday by M Thomas Long
Virtual Book Tour October 1 - October 26, 2012
Matt McAllister is the pastor of the fifth largest church in his state. He was a very public opponent of the lottery. When he accidentally purchases a ticket, he is stunned but his children are elated.His plan: throw the ticket away, protect his position as a minister and avoid wrestling with the very real temptation to take the money and run...even if the odds are millions to one. His children's plan: rescue the ticket from the trash, wait for the drawing and start deciding on cars, vacation homes, and travel destinations.
Long before the drawing takes place, Matt struggles to deal with the responsibilities and challenges of being a pastor, a father, and a husband as he deals with a long list of people and circumstances ranging from eclectic and funny, to frustrating and sad.
Matt begins each day determined to put the situation with the ticket behind him. The harder he works to deal with it, the bigger it gets. Every effort to avoid the potential damage the situation could cause makes it spin out of control even faster as new circumstances unfold.
Then the drawing takes place.
Suddenly, there's at least 186 million reasons, some hilarious, some tragic, that Matt's life, family, friends, and church will never be the same.
About the Author:
m thomas long has been a writer, speaker, trainer, husband, and father for over 25 years. He and his wife live just outside Nashville, TN. He has one daughter, and as of last spring, a new son-in-law.
A genuine love and excitement for life drives him. As an avid reader, he loves a great story. Blue Monday marks his entry into the world of fiction writing, something he will tell you has been on his life list for many years, but he just never took the time to make it happen. During a near fatal incident a few years back, one of the main regrets he felt was that he had never written the books that were inside him wanting to be written.
In Blue Monday, his first fiction novel, he draws from a rich and varied background that includes designing and performing as a concert stage lighting designer with Grammy award winning artists, working alongside many pastors and celebrities, and traveling the country working as a Microsoft technical trainer.
His hobbies include reading, writing, golf, motorcycles, drawing, running, guitar (ok, a little guitar), songwriting with his daughter, and traveling with his wife.
This was a sweet story. I enjoyed the wholesome family-valued storyline. It was nice to read a story that I am comfortable giving my children or foreign exchange student to read. I loved seeing the side of the pastor that most people don’t see where they are frustrated, stressed out, and generally annoyed. I have several pastoral friends and I know that this is a side that they generally don’t let people see because of the whole “Pastor” mentality that some people seems to have. After all pastors are people too.
I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds.
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