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‘Blue Monday’ by M.Thomas Long

Matt looked at the six people huddled around the conference room table and considered telling them all to just go to Hell. He would then calmly walk out, get into his car, and drive away. He didn’t do it for one simple reason; he was their pastor.

These people depended on him, so did the other 4,800-plus souls that attended the state’s fifth largest Baptist church. Matthew McAllister was their spiritual, emotional and, in many cases, psychological leader….

I ask myself, is Matthew simply having a bad day, or is there a deeper more underlying issue here … perhaps a real conscience of faith problem?

Whatever the scenario, I am pretty certain that his day and the days ahead, probably aren’t going to be much better!


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    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      I haven’t started the book yet, but from reading those first lines, together with the synopsis, I would say that Matthew’s thoughts are just the tip of the iceberg and there may be a real crisis looming here!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments.

  • That’s a great beginning! It sure caught my attention! Thanks for sharing the opening on Book Beginnings!

    And thank you for the thoughtful comments you leave. I appreciate them, even if I don’t always have time to respond.

    • Hi Gilion,

      I have always had a ‘First Lines’ page on my blog, so sharing my opening sentences on Book Beginnings is a pleasure, even though I may not contribute every week.

      I don’t look for you, nor do I expect you, to stop by and comment on every post I contribute, however your visits and comments are always appreciated.

      The opening lines of ‘Blue Monday’ are quite powerful and heartfelt, you can almost hear the cry for help!

      I am lookiing forward to starting this book in the next couple of days.

  • That beginning definitely makes me want to know more. What has his congregation done to make him so angry? What will he end up doing? Great choice for a “Book Beginnings” post.
    Like you, I don’t always contribute to “Book Beginnings” but I follow it every week.

    • Hi Sandra,

      My reading is just not as speedy as it should be, or as quick as many other bloggers, so I find that I don’t have the material to post every week, in all the various memes.

      I do try to follow my regular memes each week, even if I don’t contribute, as they are a great source of new authors and books to add to my ever growing reading list.

      I think that Matt definitely has some real issues to deal with, although after reading the synopsis, I don’ think that things are settled in quite the way he anticipated!

      Thanks for taking the time out to stop by and comment.

    • Hi Naida,

      I am only a little way into the book, but it is shaping up well so far.

      Matthew’s days just aren’t getting any better though and I am still not sure whether I feel sorry for him, or not!

      This isn’t really a religious book in the true sense of the word, however it is definitely highlighting some seemingly huge differences between the way religion is treated in the US and the way it is managed here in the UK.

      Perhaps the fact that I am a lapsed ‘Church Of England’ parishioner, makes a difference, as I don’t really know which religion Matt would be following as a ‘Pastor’?

      Great to talk with you again, I hope that all is well with you.

    • Hi Kristen,

      I am a little way into the book now and Matthew’s problems just seem to be multiplying.

      He obviously loves the job that he does when he is helping and counselling his parishioners, however I get the impression that the administrative meetings and committees, are what is getting him down.

      I would not normally read a book with religious connotations, however I have to say that so far this is shaping up to be an engrossing read, which I am enjoying so much more than I thought I would.

      Thanks for visiting, your time and comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Kenzie,

      The storyline, which is just starting to shape up now, is certainly an intriguing one and is really going to test Matt’s morals and ethos about gambling.

      It is definitely an original concept to build a story around and I have every confidence that the author is going to pull this one off quite well, as so far the writing style and characterisations have been very expertly managed.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, your visits and comments will always be appreciated.

      • It does seem like a very simple concept to build on. In the synopsis, it kind of leaves you expecting more than just Matt hiding the lottery ticket from everyone else. Is is more than just a get-rich-quick scheme book?

        • Hi Kenzie,

          Definitely much more than a ‘get rich quick’ scenario, that’s for sure.

          It is difficult to say too much without giving away any spoilers, however the story offers a much more in depth look at the human emotions and the battle of a family torn between supporting Matt in his vocation as a pastor and the possibilty of becoming a ‘normal’ family, with its wants and desires!

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