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Holy Ghost girl [a memoir]

by Johnson, Donna M.

Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 2011 2011
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Summary
She was only three when her mother became tent revivalist David Terrell's organist. Soon, Donna was part of the hugely popular evangelist's inner circle. At seventeen, she left the ministry for good. Holy Ghost Girl brings to life miracles, exorcisms, and face-offs with the Ku Klux Klan--and that's just what went on under the tent.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Johnson spent her childhood in the 1960s and 1970s traveling the America's South with revivalist preacher Brother David Terrell, a hugely popular Holy Roller who brought thousands to his raucous tent sermons. But life under the tent-and under Terrell's control-was far from easy, and Johnson eloquently recounts this uncommon upbringing shaped by constant upheaval and her increasingly fraught conception of faith. Johnson's mother, Carolyn, the daughter of a pastor, joined Brother Terrell's circuit as an organist after a failed marriage, when Johnson was three. Brother Terrell, a Pentecostal "sawdust-trail preacher" in the tradition of Oral Roberts, struggled to find his footing on the evangelical circuit until an instance of alleged faith healing made him an overnight sensation; his tent crowds soon numbered in the thousands. Yet despite his success among those speaking in tongues during his sermons, day-to-day life for the Terrell family-including his wife, Betty Ann; son Randall; and daughter Pam-and those in the inner circle remained difficult, as bills went unpaid and food was scarce. As she gets older, Johnson realizes that Brother Terrell's life is anything but sinless: he fathers numerous children with other women (including three with Johnson's mother) and is later arrested for tax evasion. Leaving the tent circuit for good at 16 gave Johnson the perspective she needed for this fascinating tale of life with a "con man, a prophet, a performer." (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Johnson, Donna M. Childhood and youth
Terrell, David (David R.)
Children of clergy United States Biography
Evangelists United States Biography
Camp meetings United States
Biography & Autobiography
Nonfiction
Audiobooks.
Publisher Ashland :Blackstone Publishing2011
2011
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors MacDuffie, Carrington, 1958-
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Participants/Performers Read by Carrington MacDuffie.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Format: OverDrive WMA Audiobook
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Description 1 audio file : digital
ISBN 9781455112029
145511202X
9781481589055
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