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Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir
Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir
Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir
Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir

Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir

Product ID : 23115155

Galleon Product ID 23115155
UPC / ISBN 1592407358
Shipping Weight 0.5 lbs
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Binding: Paperback
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Manufacturer Brand: Gotham Books
Shipping Dimension 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
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Author Donna M. Johnson
Brand Brand: Gotham Books
Number Of Pages 288
Package Quantity 1
Publication Date 2012-10-02
Release Date 2012-10-02
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About Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir

A compassionate, humorous memoir of faith, betrayal, and coming of age on the evangelical sawdust trail. Long before the Blues Brothers coined the term, Donna M. Johnson’s 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 preacher’s 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 Girl brings to life miracles, exorcisms, and face-offs with the Ku Klux Klan. And that’s just what went on under the tent.As Terrell became known worldwide during the 1960s and ’70s, he enthralled—and healed—thousands 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 Donna’s mother bore Terrell’s children in one of the secret households he maintained. Terrell’s followers, dubbed “Terrellites” by the press, descended on backwaters across the South to await the apocalypse in cult-like communities.Johnson’s 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 Girl bypasses easy judgment to articulate a rich world in which the mystery of faith and human frailty share a surprising and humorous coexistence.