Holy Ghost Girl

Holy Ghost Girl

[a Memoir]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2011]
Edition: Library edition, unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2011
ISBN: 9781455112029
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 audio file (9 hr., 4 min., 15 sec.) : digital


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Feb 04, 2012

Fascinating and textured. This memoir reveals the multi-layered complexities of following a charismatic old-time tent revivalist preacher. A couple of good things about this preacher: he did heal some of the sick (who sometimes could not afford medical care), and brought hope to others. He also integrated services in the deep south and stood up to the Ku Klux Klan. A bad thing: he took money, lots of it, from the desperately poor. A dumb thing: he didn't pay taxes on all he took in at the end, and he went to jail for 10 years as a result.

But none of this captures the fascination of watching all of this through the eyes of a young child, including watching her mother develop a relationship with the preacher as a secret second wife.

It's very well-written and quite gripping. It's also very funny in spots. I recommend you try it.


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