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- Publication Date: October 30, 2013
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The book looks at two neighboring East Texas communities through the eyes of a licensed, local supply pastor (that is a pastor who is not yet ordained). In this case, Methodist pastor Matt Reynolds and his young, pregnant wife, Beth, have been sent to minister to the good, kind folks of Pruett and Green Forest.
Of course, as those of us who grew up in small towns know, not all folks in rural America are good or kind. In fact, what I found absorbing was that in Funk’s novel, both towns are filled with the same people I knew in Northeast Kansas. Only the names are different.
There is Lloyd, the town drunk, Sam the bootlegger, Emma, the town spinster and gossip, Isabelle, the town Jezebel, and a family of suspicious moonshiners. Each of these characters could have been people I grew up with in Kansas.
However, don’t think this is another quaint Mayberry RFD. It is not. There is a lot going on in Pruett and Green Forest. Moreover, it is not all good. As you might imagine, moonshine and Bibles are not compatible.
Matt and Beth’s year-long experiences, Funk tells us, are based loosely on real events—a fact which makes this book an easy read. If there is one complaint, it is that the story needs more showing and less telling. In other words, allow dialogue and action to propel the story forward, rather than slowing it down with prolonged narrative.
In any case, I recommend taking a seat in Pastor Matt Reynold’s pew.
On the other hand, people say, "The more things change, the more they stay the same," which might apply to this novel, as well. For example, while "bootleggers" of the 1950's and 1960's might have brought moonshine or "white-lightning" into your law-abiding, God-fearing dry-county community way back then; in more recent times, out-of-town drug dealers would distribute meth-amphetamines or designer-drugs into your neighborhood if you let them. But, then law enforcement got tougher today. Only, that's a different story, I suppose, speaking of the devil.
The young couple meet new friends, gossips, moonshiners, adulterers and even a convicted murderer. They discover many hidden secrets in this small East Texas community through the lives of its people. There is even an element of “ghostly” happenings. You will want to read this story, but before you put it down for the last time, have another one of Fred’s books waiting next to you at your favorite reading spot.
“Matt and Elizabeth came to the end of a long, exasperating day. They had started their journey that morning with excitement and enthusiasm about the upcoming new chapter in their lives. As they both drifted off into a troubled sleep in the old parsonage they wondered if they had made a terrible mistake.”
Fred Funk has written this book from personal experiences. He started out as a Methodist minister in East Texas and later switched careers to accounting and finance. He is an active member and former president of the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club. Now retired, he lives in Aubrey, Texas with his wife, Dana, of fifty plus years. They have two daughters and a son, seven- grandchildren, and one great-grandson.