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Camp Redemption

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Travel to Sequoyah, Georgia, to meet Early and Ivey Willingham. Early is a lifelong underachiever who occasionally smokes marijuana, drinks malt liquor, and watches the world go by. Ivey is a modern day prophet who sees dead relatives and angels in her sleep. Together they own Camp Redemption, a failing Bible camp in the North Georgia mountains. After they are forced to cl ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published March 11th 2013 by Mercer University Press
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Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every now and then an author comes along who so vividly portrays a place and it's people that you believe you are there with them. Laura Lippman does that with Baltimore, Dennis Lehane does that with Boston, and Raymond Atkins does it with Georgia. All three of his books, The Front Porch Prophet, Sorrow Wood, and now Camp Redemption are set in rural areas of Georgia that reflect the idiosyncrasies of the people who live there.

In this latest book we meet Ivey and Early Willingham who have started
Newt Taylor
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally, a Georgia author who can go head to toe with Ferrol Sams!
It’s a shame that Atkins has only 86 ratings on Goodreads.
The Willingham family has been the caretakers and residents of The Willingham Valley in the mountains of North Georgia for generations. The latest of the clan to reside there is the brother-sister duo, Early and Ivey. Ivey, now in her 70s, is a devout, religious woman who quotes the bible with regularity...Early, on the other hand, has been known to smoke some weed, tip a few malt liquors, and finds working tedious. With that said, Early, 18 years younger than his sister, is a good-hearted man f ...more
Jeffrey Taylor
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable reading, creative characters, ironic writing style. It's a fun story mixed with elements of tragedy. The denouement of the plot raises philosophical question worth the reader's attention. ...more
Misti Garrison
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down. I love his characters and their quirks. ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Atkins is one of my favorite authors....a true story teller. His characters are quirky and lovable...warts and all. I also read The Front Porch Prophet and Shadow Woods which I would highly recommend.
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the plot.
Amanda Wagman
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Like ale characters and a sweet story of community. Big twist at the end.
Jamie Prince
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this because the author is my uncle’s glad I did. The book is a great front porch read, full of tales and characters you will want to meet.
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Though it's a bit slow in parts, I couldn't put it down and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
Thomas Holbrook
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I was devouring this book like a third grader would devour an ice cream cone when it dawned on me that the quicker I read, the quicker I would complete it. I immediately slowed down, wanting to remain at Camp Redemption as long as possible. Raymond Atkins has the gift of telling you early what he is going to spend the next 250+ pages detailing and phrasing that glimpse in such a manner that you want to read every word that follows slowly, savoring every moment. Such is the case for his newest n ...more
Michael Smith
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern-fiction
As the story begins, we are introduced to a brother and sister team (Early and Ivey) who are living in “The Big House,” but don’t be confused, dear reader. It is not “prison,” nor is it the Allman Brothers’ famous house of the same name down in Macon. It is, however, a place where people go to find Jesus. Well, it was.
As our story unfolds, business has gone south. Early, a whiskey drinking, pot smoking, moment to moment kind of guy, and his self-proclaimed psychic sister (she sees dead people,
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that I would never have chosen on my own, but my husband enjoyed it and recommended it to me. Once I started reading it, I was hooked. Atkins' fun, witty, irreverant writing pulled me right in and made me feel at home in this delightful Southern novel.

Early and Ivey Willigham run a Bible camp in the Northern mountains of Sequoyah, Georgia. They are distressed to realize that they are not getting enough campers signed up to keep the camp running for the summer. Ivey is
Sally Kilpatrick
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Camp Redemption combines heart, humor, and an honest irreverence with a touch of mystery as Early and Ivey Willingham's Bible Camp becomes the perfect place for a motley crew of lost souls. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Raymond Atkins writes southern fiction at its finest. His laid back tone, quirky yet believable characters, and themes of right and wrong coalesce into the perfect southern story. You always feel as though you've been listening to the well worn and perfectly honed s ...more
Raye Shilen
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I held off on reading this because I knew I'd just be sad when it was over--and I was right! There's something about Atkins' writing that feels like a cozy warm blanket on a cold winter day. Much like "Sorrow Wood" and "The Front Porch Prophet," the ordinary-yet-extraordinary characters make me as a reader wish I could hop into the novel, just to know them and live for a while in their lazy little southern town. Atkins' third novel left me the same way his first two did--wanting to read it again ...more
Jonnia Smith
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable read! Authentic and colorful characters are this author's hallmark, and this book delivered. He tells a compelling story that is rich with deeper truths without turning preacher on the reader. Though I felt that the marijuana use was unnecessarily romanticized, it was not so much that my overall opinion is affected. I look forward to his next book! ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this . . . first 3/4ths of book would be a 3 but the last part was the best, a 4 rating for sure. I enjoyed the setting, rural northwest Georgia, and the familiar names and places. Look forward to trying other novels by this Georgia author.
Dave Meridith
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story, well-written and soulful. I enjoyed this book tremendously. Raymond Atkins has a style that is easy to read, yet meaningful. This was easily the best book I have read this year!
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book. Always happy to find an authentically Southern book! This one is great!
Janie Watts
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With his usual humor, Atkins creates a landscape rich with history and a cast cast of quirky characters in unusual situations. Funny yet filled with deep thoughts on religion.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
It took a while to get into this book but once you're hooked it was sad to see it end. ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another beautiful story with characters that are so realistically written they will stay in your heart like true friends. And some of the funniest dialogue I have read. Another gem!
Renea Winchester
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the best book yet by Raymond Atkins, one that lures you into the mountains and seats you on a church pew.
Morgan James
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great read with unforgettable characters. Early,Ivey,Hugh Don,and especially Charnell Jackson warmed my Southern heart and made me laugh out loud.
Dee Tighe
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
early was an interesting character.
Marykay Ziegler
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LOVE Raymond Atkins!!!!
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Raymond L. Atkins resides in Rome, Georgia, where he is an instructor of English at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. He lives in a 110-year-old house with a patient wife and a fat dog. His hobbies include people-watching, reading, and watching movies that have no hope of ever achieving credibility.

His first novel, The Front Porch Prophet, was published by Medallion Press in 2008 and was awa

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