Review and giveaway: Holy Ghost Girl
When Donna Johnson was three years old, her mother signed on as the organist for revivalist David Terrell. For a while, their life revolved around his revivals as they moved from town to town. After a few years, Johnson, her mother, and her brother left the revival and moved away on their own. They were only on their own for a few months before Johnson’s mother returned to Terrell’s ministry, leaving the kids with anyone who would take care of them.
Terrell’s ministry grew immensely and he became known worldwide. Johnson’s mother eventually came home to her children and Terrell was a frequent visitor. Since Johnson sees both sides of Terrell, she struggles to decide if he’s a man of God or a hypocritical sinner.
Holy Ghost Girl is Donna Johnson‘s memoir and it really proves that truth is stranger than fiction! I tried not to give away too much in my description of the book because it’s a story that is best revealed slowly. I think my jaw hung open as I read parts of Johnson’s story.
I wasn’t familiar with David Terrell, but he was an extremely popular revivalist – at one time boasting the largest revival tent. I’ve always found revivals like his fascinating and have often wondered if the preachers who ran them are sincere in their work or just out to swindle their followers. This book opened my eyes and answered a lot of my questions. You need to read it to see what you think.
Johnson’s story is a fascinating one. Her childhood had to be confusing and disturbing and I can’t imagine growing up that way. I found it ironic that a child who was raised by “people of God” was subjected to such neglect and occasional abuse. I felt like the book lacked emotion at times, but can’t help but wonder if Johnson has had to distance herself from her past in order to move on. Even with that small quibble, I thoroughly enjoyed Holy Ghost Girl and recommend it to anyone who enjoys memoirs. Check out the book’s trailer:
Thanks to Penguin Books and TLC Book Tours, I have one copy of Holy Ghost Girl to give away. To enter to win HOLY GHOST GIRL by Donna Johnson, simply fill out the entry form. Contest is open for those in the US or Canada. I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST Tuesday, October 19, 2011. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 20, 2011. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.