Eugene, OR (PressExposure) May 14, 2014 -- Outskirts Press, Inc. has published The American Queen: A Burning Candle in Darkness by Dr. John Irungu Kirika. The author's most recent book to date is a 6 x 9 paperback in the Christian fiction category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at [http://www.outskirtspress.com/TheAmericanQueen] was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.
Reverend Joseph Walker defied monumental adversities of life while growing up in rural New Hampshire to become the senior pastor of a mega church he founded and, as well, the national face of Christian movement uniquely renowned for strict adherence to Scriptures. As the raging fires of secular humanism swept across America, he found himself waging a war which was reminiscent of David against Goliath.
His detractors got the fuel and fire they needed when Patricia, his teenage daughter, was involved in a forced romance and they went into overdrive to orchestrate his downfall. The subsequent tectonic upheavals were earthshaking. The national circus in the theatre of the absurd had begun in earnest.
Reverend Walker, a flamboyant minister who epitomized the persona of fortitude and celebrity, found himself locked in a federal penitentiary for preaching the counter-culture gospel, but it was his "rejected" granddaughter, Mary McKenna, who stole the show and became the symbol of his validation and triumph.
An avid seeker of adventure and an icon of gregarious personality, she found herself serving as an American missionary among the Kikuyu people in central Kenya at the peak of bloody political uprising waged against British colonialists by the dreaded Mau Mau, a deadly military wing of the tribe. Like her grandfather she defied the prevailing norms of colonial excesses and wanton corruption perpetuated by a clique of elite native leaders. She identified with the scum of the earth: the oppressed, the hopeless, the poor, the sick, and the dying. Her soul fused with the besieged tribe and the two became one in tragedy and triumph. She was the lone oasis of hope and a burning candle in darkness. Her meteoric ascension to "stardom" was informed by a heart of authentic service, courage, entrepreneurial prowess, and rock solid faith. She embodied the spirit of Mumbi, the legendary mother of the tribe and to the entire House of Mumbi she was The American Queen, their beloved servant queen.
In The American Queen Dr. John Irungu Kirika provides an enchanting depiction of fortitude, courage, and steadfast faith in the face of diametrical cultures and consequent oppositional forces to the creed of the Gospel. The invigorating story is centered on lives that showcase the worst and the best of humanity as well as courageous profession of faith. The international settings coupled with diverse representation of characters bring an intriguing dichotomy of human greed and goodwill. It is a testament to the connectedness and interdependence of humanity.
361 pages in length, The American Queen: A Burning Candle in Darkness is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the Christian fiction category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, The American Queen meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $21.95.
Additionally, The American Queen can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at http://www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore. ISBN: 9781478733027 Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream SRP: $21.95
For more information or to contact the author, visit [http://www.outskirtspress.com/TheAmericanQueen].
About the Author:
Dr. Kirika was born and raised in Kenya. He attended Washburn University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Liberty University in the United States. He is married to Dr. Jane N. Irungu and they have three children: Beth, Polly, and Matthew.