Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir

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3 units
Avery (October 2, 2012)
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8 ounces
Product Dimensions:
5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
Donna M. Johnson

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A compassionate, humorousmemoir of faith, betrayal, and coming of age on the evangelical sawdust trail.Long before the Blues Brothers coined the term, Donna M. Johnsons family was on a mission from God. She was just three years old when her mother signed on as the organist for tent revivalist David Terrell. Before long, Donna and her family were part of the hugely popular evangelical preachers inner circle. At seventeen, she left the ministry for good, with a trove of stranger-than-fiction memories. A homecoming like no other,Holy Ghost Girlbrings to life miracles, exorcisms, and face-offs with the Ku Klux Klan. And thats just what went on under the tent.As Terrell became known worldwide during the 1960s and 70s, he enthralledandhealedthousands a night, andthe caravan of broken-down cars and trucks that made up his ministry evolved into fleets of Mercedes and private jets. The glories of the Word mixed with betrayals of the flesh, and Donnas mother bore Terrells children in one of the secret households he maintained. Terrells followers, dubbed Terrellites by the press, descended on backwaters across the South to await the apocalypse in cult-like communities.Johnsons personal story takes us into the heart of a mystical and deeply flawed family where the norms are anything but normal and where love covers a multitude of sin. Recounted with the deadpan observations and surreal detail only a kid would notice,Holy Ghost Girlbypasses easy judgment to articulate a rich world in which the mystery of faith and human frailty share a surprising and humorous coexistence.


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