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Fools' Heaven - Love, Lust and Death beyond the Pulpit [Kindle Edition]

D. T. Pollard
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Book Description

What happens when lust, depravity, and ego make themselves known in a setting of utmost venerability?

Born to two poor rural high school dropouts, Mike Robertson is a young white man called to preach at an early age. Janice Johnson, a young black woman four years older than Mike, is drawn to this teenage tent preacher. As husband and wife, they leave their modest origins behind and rise to lead a megachurch empire in Dallas, Texas.

The journey from obscurity to religious superstardom is fraught with many challenges, including racial discrimination, drugs, deception, moral depravity, sexual assault, and a murder attempt—all in the name of religion.

Spanning more than fifty years, this engaging novel focuses on this determined interracial couple who learn that life can take them from the humblest beginnings to the highest of heights, even as they struggle to maintain their perspectives.

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About the Author

D. T. Pollard is the author of The Trophy Wife Network and Rooftop Diva, an ESSENCE® Bestseller and ForeWord magazine Bookof the Year finalist. He lives with his wife and son in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.

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  • File Size: 298 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Book Express (December 13, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NPDN1E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars (RAW Rating: 4.5) - Through thick and thin... March 29, 2008
Mike Robertson amused his parents when at the age of twelve he inquired about the Bible and told them he wanted to preach. They indulged his request thinking it was just a passing fancy. When at fifteen he started preaching at the church of his minister friend, they were astounded at his abilities and equally shocked when approached for permission to allow Mike to travel and preach at tent revivals. It was on this circuit Mike met Janice and their romance ensued. He was fifteen; she was nineteen. He was white; she was black. Despite the racial climate of 1970s Texas, their parents gave permission for them to marry.

Mike's true calling was the ministry and he had accepted positions at several churches as he grew as a minister. Some churches were accepting of the young energetic preacher with a black wife; others were not. His pastor suggests he move to Dallas where the people will be more receptive of his interracial marriage. The move to Dallas was good for them as their ministry, family and love grew. With that growth, it did not take long for Mike to become the pastor of a mega-church. With this increased responsibility, the presence of lust, greed and threats from haters arose.

FOOL'S HEAVEN is a true and gritty depiction of the reality of life behind the pulpit. Pollard does an excellent job developing Mike and Janice's characters. They are likeable, yet real individuals trying to live and love right. Despite the opposition of being an interracial couple in the south, their industrious attitude, love for each other and for God carries them through. A great read.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent yet entertaining January 15, 2012
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An enertaining look into the life of a megachurch pastor specifically tied to Dallas and East Texas. This book followed the life of a child led to be a pastor by the lure of the toys of wealth. It actually stepped back a generation or two then followed him all the way to retiremement. With many twist and turns this book may have actually made a nice trilogy (the lawsuit against "religion" could have been a book in itself). The writing style was a bit amateurish and inconsisent as some details were surprisingly glossed over when elaboration would have been nice and at other times some subplots were expolited beyond necessity. The author did seem knowledgeable about the daily life of a wealthy, megachurch pastor which will help outsiders feel comfortable getting to know the main characters. Understanding this book was a work of fiction, I did find the evangelical idea of redemption and forgiveness (without true repentance) un-christian. But that may have been the authors intent. Happy reading!
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ESSENCE(R) bestselling author D.T. Pollard lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. He is married and has one son.

He earned an academic scholarship to the School of Business and Industry at Florida A & M University and stopped writing during his second year in college.

D T was at the top of his class in Marketing and graduated Summa Cum Laude and won the Most-Outstanding-Performance-in-Marketing award for the graduating class of 1981.

While working in sales for giants of the high-technology world for over 28 years, his desire to write returned after losing several siblings from various causes. D T Pollard is the author of many works including Rooftop Diva, Fools' Heaven, Vulture Capitalism and Ratchet Woman. Rooftop Diva, a fictional account about a Hurricane Katrina survivor became an Essence Magazine bestseller and is featured in libraries nationwide and abroad in hardcopy and audio formats.

D T Pollard's Elder Erotica series offers something different for adults. The sizzling Things You Can't Tell Mama, Microwave Fiction - Quick Hot Done series are setting the urban fiction category on fire.

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