Pimp in the Pulpit by Thomas McRae

Pimp in the Pulpit

By: Thomas McRae
Pages: 35
Pimp in the Pulpit by Thomas McRae

Pimp in the Pulpit is a short story filled with unique characters. Each has a different outlook on life and how they treat family and friends. What is acceptable to some is nothing more than the devils work to the others. The large family has met on several occasions for gatherings, parties and reunions, some went OK but most didn’t. Nobody was sure what went wrong to cause such chaos when the family gathered. There was speculation that when Minister Tierra Joy become involved in any family event planning it quickly turned into a hot ghetto mess.

Well it’s time for another gathering. Lillian McBride, affectionately know as Lucifer is turning 95. Lillian has four children, a son, Tony McBride. She also has three daughters Viola McBride, Minister Tierra Joy and Cleopatra Jones. Will this special occasion bring the family closer or drive them further apart? How will they finance the gathering? How much money that is raised will be stolen or used for other means? Will the huge clan from Texas show up? What about the food, will they have enough? Will the relatives go nuts eating like they are on death row and this is their last meal, consuming it all in fifteen minutes or less? How much of the buffet will they steal and take home? Who will drink too much and act up? Has Cleopatra and her family learned from their previous gatherings? Will they even attend the bash?

Cleopatra is married to Marcus Jones Senior. They have two kids Marcus Junior and Edward (Eddie) Jones. Eddie is a hardworking man and is perplexed about his family’s actions towards his family, immediate and distant kin. He has trouble understanding even his Dad’s outlook on the birthday party. He begins questioning family loyalties, their love for one another while at the same time remembering the advice his Mom and Aunt Gladys told him several years ago. Will this gathering, compounded with the events of the other ones finally open Eddie’s eyes?



If I didn’t know better, I would swear that Thomas McRae was a fly on the wall around my family. Pimp in the Pulpit is a short tale about a dysfunctional family. They really know how to put the “fun” in dysfunctional!


Pimp in the Pulpit is a short piece of fiction. I’m not exactly sure how to explain this story as it kind of skips around but is still easily followed. It had me cracking up the whole time. I really wish it had been longer.


Being from a dysfunctional family myself, I could absolutely relate to Cleopatra. I had always thought only my family did the ridiculous things in this book, so it’s funny to read about a fictional family that is as messed up as mine is.


I definitely enjoyed every minute of Pimp in the Pulpit. I could easily sympathize with the main character, it was funny, and it was entertaining. I recommend Pimp in the Pulpit to anyone looking for a hilarious and short read that might make you feel better about your own family!



This is a book that we both read.  Thomas sent it to me, and then I mailed it to Melanie with her Christmas gifts.  I felt that this was a book that would be enjoyable to both of us.


I do not have any religious leaders in my family, in fact most of the time I do not have any religious people in my family.  So I can not directly compare regarding that.  I can however, compare just having a family member or family members that you have to play nice with.  Regardless of what I want to do I have to play nice.  Sometimes it is easier than to cause a fight.  This is especially true when the family is not that big and there is more to lose by fighting than by pretending to be nice.


As you can see I highly enjoyed this story, it is short, and it is funny.  In it also sad.  What I mean by that is it is funny to look into another person’s messed up life.  However, it is sad because family is important.



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About Thomas McRae

Active since 2005

Book publishers: Author House and Eber and Wein publishing.

Books Published:

Poetic Salvation my acknowledgement to our Lord 1 & 2
Street Trash 1st short fiction novel
Blue Print
Poetry for the soul
The soul of a poet
Testimonial Truth A Book For The Brothers Political
The Best of Thomas McRae
The Lost Poems
Pimp in the Pulpit

Credentials include online radio interviews with Artist First network radio with Tony Kay and Talk network radio with Jeff Heiser and Steve Coplon right thinking Foundation also affiliated with Talk network radio.

Local news paper articles in The Wave located at Far Rockaway Queens NY

Numerous poetry certificates

Book reviews on Amazon fresh literary magazine owned by Mrs Shirley Gerald Ware, Goodreads.com.

Online interviews with Debdatta Dasgup book blog and Fiona Mcvie at authors interviews.WordPress.com and A.F Stewart owner of are you afraid of the dark blog and Eclectic Moods Blog plus Just Books Blog owner Rainne.

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