MindStir Media author Thomas G. Morgan releases new epistolary novel to high praise

MindStir Media author Thomas G. Morgan’s “Shotgun Preacher” reflects a breathtaking life struggle for a higher ideal in politics and justice; and straighter path in religion and spirituality.

Shotgun Preacher by Thomas G. Morgan has been released to readers worldwide through MindStir Media book publishers. At 452 pages, the tome beautifully captures the author’s fluid writing style and enrapturing storytelling abilities.

From the back cover: A celebrated Lefty from the region of Debs and Dreiser barely escapes Indiana prison for subversives in the sixties to finish graduate school in the seventies – employment denied by all state and corporate entities except the Roman Catholic Church. A zealot’s compromise with Rome in good historic company with Christ’s early followers, he thought until the culture wars began. Expectations that black community militancy would lead the proletariat deferred locum tenens to liberal hysteria and gender politics demeaning fatherhood in so-called sexual liberation. He went country. Back to the land. A family farm to raise his children away from the fragmented dying culture. Spousal affection toward him as dashing revolutionary turned cold seeing him as rigid traditionalist. Compounded polarization in church. Previous social justice issues turn dysphoric in the divorce epidemic. Auto collision; wife children and protagonist, thrown through windshield. Divorce papers and job termination notice served him in traction in hospital. Advised the only way a father in 1980’s Indiana could win custody of his children was to be a Methodist Minister. He became one accordingly. The convergent chaos of characters and culture formations toward his ministry would be radically understated as “a disturbance in Church.” 

“If you enjoyed Pope Francis describe Capitalism as Dung of the Devil, you will love reading Shotgun Preacher,” said author Thomas Morgan. 

Alan W. Wald, Professor of Literature and American Culture, University of Michigan, praised the book: “At one point, we are hurled into the midst of a riveting account of the sensational 1962 protest at Indiana University against the US blockade of Cuba, where Morgan and his Trotskyist comrades faced down an outraged mob of thousands…a calculating narrative with a sweep revealing a protagonist full of contradictions. Although a Marxist in his political opposition to class and racial oppression, he holds classic Puritan ideas about [sex] and gender. Liberated women are a source of disorder in his world. Long stretches of this epistolary novel evoke a broken hearted country song mediated through the mind of an Ayatollah. He is a writer fond of short literary citations and compressed forays, but also one with a dark wit who knows when to shift modes to express the way tragedy and comedy daily intertwine. Most impressive is how threads laid earlier are picked up.” 

Shotgun Preacher is available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and other fine retailers worldwide. Wholesale orders can be placed through Ingram. Thomas Morgan is available for interviews. Please call Rob Rop at 800-767-0531 to arrange an interview or send an email to info@mindstirmedia.com. 

About author Thomas G. Morgan: 

Born (1940) to working class parents who experienced Terre Haute’s General Strike (1935). He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University. In 1960, he hitchhiked across Europe, North Africa and Russia working on farms, writing feature stories for the Terre Haute Tribune. Returning home, he chaired the student-faculty committee that founded the Eugene V. Debs Foundation for Socialist History and Thought. The next year, he was indicted under the Indiana Anti-Subversive Act as an officer of the Young Socialist Alliance and faced two to six years imprisonment. An International Defense Committee was formed; Bertrand Russell Chairman, convened Norman Mailer and Malcolm X on the east coast; film actor Sterling Hayden on west coast. Hayden had been an OSS operative who fought with Resistance fighters against Hitler.  Meeting Tom, his compliment was, “America is becoming an ‘Occupied Country’, but I’ve met a young man from Indiana convincing me there are pockets of resistance.” Tom Morgan’s life and writing continue that resistance. 

About MindStir Media:

MindStir Media LLC offers a wide variety of self-publishing services such as custom cover design; interior layout; ISBN assignment; printing; ebook conversion; distribution; and marketing assistance. MindStir Media also provides one-on-one coaching from bestselling author J.J. Hebert, making its book publishing services completely unique and “Mind-Stirringly Easy,” as the company puts it. To learn more about publishing a book with MindStir Media, visit http://www.mindstirmedia.com or call 800-767-0531. 

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