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Of God, Rattlesnakes, and Okra: A Preacher's Boy Tells His Growing-Up Story

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A heaping slice of old-fashioned Southern storytelling, this book gives readers a taste of genuine American life that will keep them coming back for more. Join the journey as a preacher's kid survives his father's stern discipline, rattlesnakes, and harvesting okra. The deep-fried characters are unforgettable, and the furry and feathered folks will steal the heart of anima ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by MSI Press
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Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Of God, Rattlesnakes & Okra by J. Bennett Easterly got off to a slow start for me. It is a collection of stories or memories of the author growing up in on a small farm in Prospect, Mississippi. He was a preacher’s kid and he learned a lot from his father about telling the truth, morals and the work ethic.

The reason for the slow start at the beginning is that I had heard many similar tales from my mother about growing up poor on a farm during the Great Depression. The work ethic was the same, r
I laughed and cried my way through Of God, Rattlesnakes, and Okra by J. Bennett Easterling. The youngest son of a southern preacher tells about growing up as part of a poor family in the tiny community of Prospect, Mississippi. I enjoyed reading of his memories of a different time, when people (children included) worked hard and were were ready for bed at night. No one had time to say they were bored, there was to much that needed to be done. If children today could spend a week or even a day in ...more
Courtney Whisenant
I was so excited to be selected for an early review copy on LibraryThing. This book was a collection of stories detailing what it was like growing up in the south as a poor, preacher's kid around the time of the Great Depression. Some of the stories were more entertaining than others but it was a great glimpse into what I imagine life was like for my parents and grandparents. It's amazing to me how poor some people were and how difficult it was to provide basic necessities. I love the work ethic ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a very pleasant read. Some of the stories brought back childhood memories. Others were long before my time, but every tale was written in a way that made you long for the good old days.. In a simpler time and a simpler world a child's memories of that time long past are fun and memorable. The author is a wonderful story teller. ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I live in this location, even though some of the events mentioned were before I moved here... it still holds my attention and is nostalgic for me to read about the community I've called home since 1963. ...more
Virginia Jackson
Very nostalgic.

I enjoyed this book immensely. The author wrote about times long ago when people in the South lived a much simpler life. I always love stories like this. If you are a person who enjoys remembering your childhood, I highly recommend you read this book.
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