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He sat in a Federal Prison for five and half years. Paying the price for past sins. But that time was spent spreading the love of Jesus to others â anyone who would listen. Those who did left gangs and started following a true leader. But in prison you pay for those types of âcrimesâ as well. In his testimony, Merle Temple states, âPaying the price for past sins and for a quixotic desire to slay dragons and rescue damsels in distress, forgetting that the world already had a Savior and his name wasn’t Merle.â
In his cell, he knew that living for his savior might be the last thing he did â at any given moment.
âThere were nights that I went to sleep clutching the cross around my neck, not knowing if I would live to see morning,â author Merle Temple said. âGangs did not like the fact that I was leading men away from them and to…Christ. Some of the staff didn’t like it. Some were on the payroll of the gangs. They made life even harder for me – transferring me to jobs they knew I couldn’t physically do, shaking down my room because I had Bibles visible.â
But he survived it all.
âIt changed my life and we began the most successful inmate-led ministry in the history of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. But it was hard, very hard,â Temple explained.
That story is detailed in his Michael Parker Trilogy â A Ghostly Shade of Pale, A Rented World and The Redeemed. But now he âgoes back in timeâ to when it all began. Looking back at his days fresh out of Ole Miss and into law enforcement as a Lee County Deputy. Working with men who would shape his career and life. Dealing with the truth and reality of racism with a black deputy partner and even being around The King when he got deputized.
His newest Southern Gothic Fiction, the 300-page â Deputy â Once Upon a Time in Mississippi â relives his moments of first putting on the badge and upholding the law. A time more pure and simple but would soon would open doors to the criminal element he would spend decades matching wits, brawn and bullets with. Deputy is the first chapter in a what now is a four act play with the trilogy.
The fictional account was a bit easier to write than reliving the pain of Parkerâs trudge through high levels of law enforcement and the beyond. But after he had finished the trilogy, he was done with writing â Â or so he thought.
âI had no intentions of writing this book. I had promised God I would write three books and I was done,â he said. âOne night in my sleep, God just poured this prequel through me. It was in 3D and vivid like a movie. It woke me up and drove me to the computer to get down all the points and notes. Itâs turned out to be a joy to write. I think itâs a powerful book. It will witness to a lot of people. People who feel they are beyond redemption.â
The book is available online at www.merletemple.com or at Amazon.com and the first of many book signings will be at Reedâs Gumtree Book Store in Tupelo on Tuesday February 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In the fictional story, Michael Parker is working with a sheriff who stayed true to his own calling and wouldnât take bribes and chased the bad guys. In the story, Buford Pusser comes down and The King â Elvis Presley â stops by his hometown to get his badge from the sheriff he once had played in his band as a kid. Plenty of high speed chases, gun battles, run ins with the Klan and lots more action and story flow through Deputy.
âA lot of the characters that Michael later meets and are so important in Ghostly, Michael brushes up against them in Deputy,â Temple said. âAll these folks showed up in these clubs we patrolled.â
If you havenât begun the story that is Michael Parker, then thereâs no better way to get on board than pick up a copy of Deputy. If youâre in the midst of the trilogy, add this one in to make your storyline complete.
âI have great affection for this book because it was like a gift from God. I got to relive thigs from long ago when things werenât as complicated in life as it was for me and Michael. This was back when life was fresh and new and all things were possible. He got some lessons about corruption in this book but still he believed he could overcome it all and change the world forgetting that the world already had a savior and His name wasnât Michael or Merle.â
The books are still on the minds of those in Hollywood as material for a TV series.
âI think this may enhance our chances,â Temple said. âThis one is more in line with Ghostly.â
So, get your hands on the what could be the next big Hollywood hit â Deputy â Once Upon a Time in Mississippi.
Iâd always âpreciate your comments here or over at Facebook or you can tweet me @markhstowersâ¦.see yah next week!
A Rebel, a Statesmen â or Fightinâ Okra â and even a Trojan, Iâm the Sunflower County farm boy with no green thumb who longed to live in the big city and got his wish and now is working his way back to the farm.
A freelance writer, middle-of-the-road-conservative and wanna-be fry cook, I look to bring native Mississippi folks and businesses to your attention through my looking glass.
There are those of us that packed up Mississippi and took it with us to new destinations and neighbors. My area code may be 248 but my heart is all about 662 with plenty of room for the 601. Heck, weâll even saunter into the 228 from time to time.
Thereâs more about me at markhstowers.com.
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