Holy Ghost Girl

Holy Ghost Girl

Large Print - 2011
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She was just three years old when her mother signed on as the organist of tent revivalist David Terrell, and before long, Donna Johnson was part of the popular preacher's inner circle. When, as a teenager, she left the ministry for good, she took with her a trove of stranger-than-fiction memories about what went on under the tent.

As Terrell became known worldwide, the caravan of broken-down cars and trucks that made up his ministry in the 1960s evolved into fleets of Mercedes and airplanes. The glories of the Word mixed with betrayals of the flesh and Donna's mother bore Terrell's children in one of the several secret households he maintained. Thousands of followers, dubbed "Terrellites" by the press, left their homes to await the end of the world in cult-like communities. Though Jesus didn't show, the IRS did, and the self-proclaimed prophet and healer went to prison.

Recounted with deadpan observations and surreal detail, Holy Ghost Girl articulates a rich world in which the mystery of faith and human frailty share a surprising and humorous coexistence.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2011
Edition: Center Point Large Print ed. --
ISBN: 9781611732238
Branch Call Number: LP 269.2092 Johns
Characteristics: 382 p


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Jan 15, 2015

Although interspersed with times of tremendous humor and the good that can come from evangelism this biography looks at the forgotten victims in this crazy market--the children. Life from the depth of poverty to fleets of cars and airplanes. Don't let the title scare you away! If you do you will miss a thought provoking book that will make you laugh, make you angry, make you laugh, make you cry, and make you wonder if things like this still go on in my own "backyard"?

May 22, 2013

A fascinating, yet disturbing, look at the inside workings of Brother David Terrell, the last of the old-time tent revival evangelists. The author spent her earliest years on the circuit with her mother, Brother David's organist and mistress. Faith and betrayal are huge themes in this memoir.

Apr 05, 2012

Extremely well written...

Feb 22, 2012

When I started to read this book I thought it was fiction and I was mesmerized by how the author drew nuances between the characters through subtle description. Then I read the book jacket and realized this was a memoir, not fiction. Thus, I was even more hooked. A moving but not sappy story of how a child manages growing up in a dysfunctional evangelical family.

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