Blurbs for The LOST GOSPEL of DONALD
“A deliciously bold choice. A laugh out loud political story, and you just might recognize the characters!”
“The Lost Gospel of Donald is an ingenious, irreverent, entertaining, clever and witty book. It’s just what we need! I think it will become a classic.”
“Preston Coleman shows his mastery of satire and parody in this hilarious new book. Intelligent, irreverent, profoundly funny. And at the center of it all, like all satire, there is a serious critique.”
“The Holy Scriptures seen through unholy eyes.”
Author, Editor and Guitar Picker
“Destined to become controversial, The Lost Gospel of Donald is a brilliantly conceived and executed satire – food for belly laughs and refreshed perceptions!!! At once pungent, poignant and hilarious. Very highly recommended.”
“Great stuff. Brilliant to the point of truly inspired.”
Reviews for The LOST GOSPEL of DONALD
A not to be missed irreverent look at the lives and times of Donald Trump.
Preston Coleman, the author of this extremely witty book, is a professor of communication with a doctorate in media studies. Anyone reading this clever story will not be surprised that he has won awards for his teaching, research, and satire.
At a time when many Americans, and indeed the rest of the world, are frustrated and concerned about the words and actions of Donald Trump, through this clever work of historical fiction the author gives his readers a satirical look at the life and times of this egotistical world leader.
The recent discovery of a previously unknown gospel in the basement of a Russian Orthodox church in Weehawken, New Jersey, written by Donald of Gaul has opened the eyes of the world in a revolutionary new way.
In this gospel, Donald Trump is Donald of Gaul, a wealthy entrepreneur with a hospitality empire. Forward-thinking, he is always looking for new talent and acts, and having seen John the Baptist baptize Jesus, he thinks they are magicians of the best caliber and admires their ability to draw crowds--just what he is looking for!
And so the story continues bringing forth from me a stream of giggles as I read this talented author’s work. With Donald of Gaul taking us through the four gospels, the New Testament, and the history of Rome from Julius Caesar to Nero, in his own unique ‘business speak’ he gives his reader his tongue in cheek take on the holy book and the teachings of its prophets.
Whilst the Lost Gospel of Donald is an extremely entertaining, ingenious work of fiction, it also, at the turn of every page, give its readers an interesting wealth of discussion topics, and copious material for debate. With clever comparisons, the author has highlighted some of the terrible career decisions which Donald Trump has made, and which have caused untold frustration to many people both in America and throughout the world.
In Conclusion: This irreverent, clever and witty book is just what we need! It sums up the worrying mind and makeup of this current world leader precisely, and I think it will become a classic, and afford talking points for years to come.
Dr. Preston Coleman shows his mastery of satire and parody in this hilarious new book,“The Lost Gospel of Donald,” which the author claims, with a wink, to be among several “Lost Gospels” that have been unearthed in the past two hundred years. Based on the speaking style and real comments made by President Donald Trump, this profoundly funny book imagines a similar character named Donald of Gaul, and his observations of events depicted in the Bible’s New Testament. Intelligent, irreverent and laugh-out-loud funny. Dr. Coleman will leave you in stitches as “Donald of Gaul” comments on many of the well-known Bible stories that we have come to know and love. This book is a raucous romp of parody and satire featuring Trumpisms of biblical proportions.
A professor of communication with a doctorate in media studies, Dr. Coleman is an award-winning teacher, researcher and satirist. In this, his latest book, the author takes aim at the personality, idiosyncrasies and other outlandish statements of “the Donald,” portrayed here as a wealthy owner and proprietor of a hospitality empire in the Holy Land circa the time of Jesus. The plot puts “Donald of Gaul” front and center at crucial biblical events during Jesus’ ministry, including the Sermon on the Mount, crucifixion, and more.
The book opens with this statement: “In the beginning was the Word. I have the best words, my words are the best. Nobody has better words than me, they’re fantastic.” Sound familiar? And from there, it is off the races, so to speak, with a long series of statements that wouldn’t be so funny if they were not so outlandish and typical. The plot includes, among many other things, Donald trying to get Jesus and John the Baptist, who he thinks are magicians, to become entertainers at his properties. It is, at times, biting satire and pinpoint parody. And at the center of it all, like all satire, there is a serious critique.
“The Lost Gospel of Donald” is comic relief, at a time of political and spiritual divisiveness, where and when we could all use a laugh. Highly recommended!
‘I have the best words, my words are the best, I write it all by myself.’
Maryland author Preston Coleman earned his doctorate in media studies and is a professor of communication at Chesapeake College. Having been the recipient of awards in teaching and research as well as satire, Coleman now offers his debut publication – THE LOST GOSPEL OF DONALD – in what promises to be an ongoing series of satires of the highest order! Taking his position as a satirist in the line that includes Gogol, Swift, Mark Twain, Orwell, Vonnegut, Heller, Palahniuk among others, Coleman shines as a writer who can combine history, biblical references, and sociopolitical concepts to create one of the more daring and wise and hysterical spoofs on contemporary politics.
In his Foreword he offers background information about other ‘lost gospels’ and shares the 2019 discovery in the basement of a Russian Orthodox church in Weehawken, NJ of this lost gospel of Donald of Gaul – born a few years before Jesus ‘into a prominent family whose wealth allowed him to immigrate to Rome, where he built a series of inns, taverns, bath houses, casinos, and theatres, first in the Roman capital, and later throughout the Mediterranean region.’
He adds that Donald of Gaul was present during the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist and plunged into manipulating that and other important following events to enhance his hospitality empire…The parody is set! Using the scriptural style of verses, Coleman opens the ‘gospel’ with the following: “1. In the beginning was the Word. I have the best words, my words are the best. No one has better words then me, they’re fantastic. 2. Now a lot of people have told me the story of this guy, Jesus. I’ve heard these stories, they’re okay, some of them are okay, some of them, frankly, aren’t so great…10…These Jews, they’re funny people, they’re full of guilt, everybody knows that. So he gets rid of their guilt, just washes it away. That’s what he’s selling.
A marketing genius, I’m telling you. Figure out what the people want, and give to them...20. It’s all about branding. The Great Pyramid of Cheops, The Tower of David, Caesar’s Palace – you get the picture. You have to put your name out there every chance you get.” Echoes? Tweets?...
In this inimitable manner of relating the life of Jesus in the terminology and language of President Donald Trump, Coleman allows Donald’s signature speaking style, tweeting style, and actual quotations to offer a substantially new and different version of Jesus’ baptism, healing the leper, Sermon on the Mount, transfiguration, Last Supper, trial, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. At once pungent, poignant and hilarious, this new ‘lost gospel’ shares a cynical, distorted, narcissistic, and megalomaniacal view of events that mirror the persona intended. Destined to become controversial,
THE LOST GOSPEL OF DONALD is a brilliantly conceived and executed satire – food for belly laughs and refreshed perceptions!!! Very highly recommended.
A laught out loud parody
Wink, wink, The Lost Gospel of Donald won’t be the last of the gospels that the author releases. I couldn’t be happier because it’s the type of witty writing that the world needs right now. The book combines the comments made by President Donald Trump and the Bible’s New Testament to create a book that is comical and intelligent. “Donald of Gaul” sounds a lot like the President and it’s hard to think of one without the other. It is Donald of Gaul that comments on our most beloved Bible stories giving us the laugh we need throughout the parody that Dr. Preston Coleman presents to us. Being an award-winning satirist, this book allows us to see the personality of Donald Trump depicted in the character of a wealthy owner during the time that Jesus walked the earth. If you are looking for a book to distract you from the world that we live in and to give you laugh out loud comedy.
Reviews for THOSE ARKANSAW BUMKINS with The Oinky Boinky Machine and Elmo Frumpkin
"Three rollicking, irreverent tales from Preston Coleman, the King of Satire. Preston Coleman has done it again! For those who loved his witty and extremely irreverent political satire The Lost Gospel of Donald, this talented author has this time written three short satires which will have those of us, exasperated by the American political system, laughing until they split their sides. The first “Those Arkansaw Bumkins” tells of the Bumkins household’s transportation by tornado onto the lawn of the Capital City Mal. Subsequently they have a meteoric rise to power as Co-Presidents of America in their new abode, the White Castle. Well, you can probably imagine the shenanigans which take place, but let me tell you, they are nothing compared to the tales you will read about in this entertaining and totally irreverent story. Let me just say that there’s a clue in the stories subtitle, “A Gremlin in His Goober.” Then follows The Oinky Boinky Machine, which is the tale of Livingstone Ostrich, an Ostrich who bravely, after a great tragedy, decides to puts his head above the parapet. As with the popular classic Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, this is a tale of standing out in the crowd, and the consequences of doing so. Bravely the intrepid Livingston Ostrich decides that something has to be done to stop the horrendous Oinky Boinky Machine. But is he the bird to do it? Will he have the strength to overcome the cavernous machine, and its blood-sucking Vampire Pigs which reside within and keep it alive? Last but not least is the tale of “Elmo Frumpkin. Poor Elmo Frumpkin is a forest hermit, who finds himself snatched from his peaceful life in the Deep South, and thrown into prison by Sher’f Gimby. There he discovers that his innocent behavior has caused him to be placed unwittingly into the criminal justice system. With his life changed forever Elmo and his far from conventional cell mate Hannibal Purdy escape from prison, and begin their rollercoaster of an adventure. Read it and laugh out loud, giggle or whatever takes your fancy, but most of all embrace wholeheartedly this talented author’s clever use of irony and humor. In Summary: Destined to go down in history as the King of Satire, Preston Coleman is a refreshing blast of fresh air, and just what his country and the literary world need! Highly Recommended!"
"Pulling out all the stops – fine political satire! Maryland author Preston Coleman is writing in what promises to be an ongoing series of satires of the highest order! In this collection of three stories, Preston again demonstrates his acerbic skills in tackling Bill and Hillary Clinton in THOSE ARKANSAW BUMKINS, Richard Bach’s always popular Jonathan Livingston Seagull story in THE OINKY BOINKY MACHINE, and an intensive survey of social dichotomy in civilian, judicial, racial, and political realms based on Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in ELMO FRUMPKIN. His prose is at once eloquent and incisive, allowing fine stories to unfold as sharply detailed satire. Preston Coleman is proving his status as one of the kings of satire writing today. And there has never been a better time for a court jester to reign. Very highly recommended."
Fresh off the success of his satire, “The Lost Gospels of Donald,” humorist Preston Coleman is out with three new short stories that are sure to satiate any hunger you might have for fun and fantasy. Wickedly funny, righteously risqué and certain to tickle your funny bone, these three stories demonstrate Coleman’s mastery of the absurd with a wild wit that knows no bounds. Outrageous, entertaining and in keeping with all the traditional elements of satire and parody, these three stories are instant classics in their genre. They demonstrate that Preston Coleman is a force to be reckoned with and a welcome breath of fresh air during these difficult days. After taking aim at the current commander in chief in his first book, Coleman has written, “The Arkansaw Bumpkins,” a spoof of the Clinton administration and the good, bad and “bent” reality of that place and time. It is an alternate reality of the Bill and Hillary D.C. road show that feels often like “The Beverly Hillbillies” meets “Primary Colors.” Totally unafraid of controversy, Coleman pokes fun at the redneck flavor in the “United State” during those eight tumultuous years when the Clintons ruled the roost inside the “White Castle.” With the subtitle, “A Gremlin in His Goober,” this story shines the spotlight on co-presidents Billy Bumpkin and his wife, Hilda Hamrod, along with many of the other players inside the Clinton White House, all neatly disguised or exposed, including a certain “bent” appendage below the waist. It is all in the name of good fun, and if you are not rolling on the floor at some of the author’s flights of imagination, you might want to check yourself for a pulse. Speaking of flights of fancy, “The Oinky Boinky Machine” is a sendup of the popular 1970s novel, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” In this version, we meet Jonathan Livingston Ostrich as he seeks revenge over a murderous and out of control machine that has “gooped” up at the good ostrich holes. After the monstrous machine murders his mother, Jonathan seeks revenge and finds unexpected help from a zany cast of characters he encounters along his journey. Ultra-imaginative, deliciously descriptive and delightful, “The Oinky Boinky Machine” rolls on and on with the author’s distinctive flavor of fantasy and satire. In the third short story of this collection, the Mark Twain-like parable titled, “Elmo Frumpkin,” tells the saga of a hermit who is taken out of his home in the forest and forced to navigate down the Passahoochee River on a log raft into a totally unjust world. Elmo, along with a cross-dressing black cell mate, endures an eye-opening series of misadventures that will leave you howling with laughter. It’s a wild and woolly spin on “The Adventures of Huck Finn” that includes encounters with alligators, golfers, revivalists, not to mention a military intervention and presidential campaign, all tied up neatly in the end with an unlikely but satisfying denouement. Taken together or one at a time, these three works of satire prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Preston Coleman is a force to be reckoned with as a fresh, irreverent voice in American satire, with the ability to lampoon anything and everything in his path.
An Awesome Poliltical Satire What a great book! That’s where I’m going to start. If you are a fan of political satire, then you are going to love this book. Not only did it have me shaking my head at what goes on in our society but the witty nature of Preston Coleman’s writing makes me laugh out loud. Those Arkansaw Bumkins has three short satires in it that will have you completely flustered with the American political system if you aren’t already. In the first book, we have a tornado that relocates some of the characters, co-presidents living in the White Castle, and enough shenanigans going on throughout the book to keep your head spinning. That’s just in the first story in the book, after that we have a brave ostrich who decided to put his head above the parapet. It ends up being a story about standing out in a crowd and rising above. The last story in the book is about Elmo Frumpkin, a forest hermit who ends up in prison but who is also able to break out of prison amidst a ton of adventure. These are the types of stories that the country needs and can appreciate. Well done.