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Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington
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Mar 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: appalachian-ana, spirituality-and-religion, non-fiction
Read in March, 2010 — I own a copy

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington (Anderson Wesley Publishing Company 1995)(289.9). This story began when writer Dennis Covington went to cover a trial in Alabama where a Holiness preacher had attempted to murder his wife by having the snakes his congregation regularly handled bite her. Along the way, the author became enamored with the cult and became a convert. Is this "Stockholm Syndrome" or simply madness? My rating: 7.5/10, finished 3/4/10.

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