About the Book:
About the Author:
Donna M. Johnson has written about religion for The Dallas Morning News and other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, the poet and author Kirk Wilson.
This is a very open, honest tale of a woman’s childhood as she lived it with tent revivalist Brother David Terrell. Donna Johnson’s mother felt she was special; called by God. She joined Brother Terrell’s traveling church as an organist and soon became his “wife” despite Brother Terrell already being married. Brother Terrell must have taken some instruction from the Bigamist’s School on how to get a woman. Or two.
All snark aside this is an engrossing tale of what to me, was a frightfully neglected and sometimes abusive childhood. Ms. Johnson’s mother, in her thrall of Brother Terrell, would just leave her children with random strangers and go off with him to “do the Lord’s work.” The children would not know where she was, when she was coming back or even IF she was coming back. Praise God.
Brother Terrell himself is quite the character; any showman such as he would be but he does not come off in this telling as all good or all bad. He just is what he is and the memoir unfolds with a pretty unbiased eye all things considered. Ms. Johnson shares the ups and downs as her mother stayed with Brother Terrell through his poor days and his rich days until a final betrayal and his moving on to yet another “wife.”
The book is utterly fascinating and very hard to put down. In fact I read it in one sitting. The book is a revealing and honest look at a period of time in this country’s religious history that has died out and moved on to television evangelism. It’s one woman’s story of growing up and away from a very difficult childhood, rebelling and yet reconciling with the people that hurt her.
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