Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia

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Addison-Wesley, 1995 - Religion - 240 pages
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The people of Southern Appalachia are hill people of Scottish-Irish descent--religious mystics who cast out demons, drink strychnine, and handle rattlesnakes. When the author, himself Scottish-Irish, uncovers records of snake-handling Covingtons, he decides to take up serpents himself. The result is Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers and Garrison Keillor all rolled into one quirky, unforgettable read.

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A while back, a story hit the national news about a preacher at a snake handing church who had died after being bitten by a snake he was handling at a service. The reactions to this story were ... Read full review

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I couldn't put this sucker down. The religious aspect of exploring the Holy Spirit, which still scares the hell out of me to this day, along with speaking in tongues, prophesying and healing with ... Read full review

Contents

Following Signs i
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The Trial
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Sheep without a Shepherd
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Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Dennis Covington's Lizard won the Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel, in 1993. Lizard is the name of a 13-year-old boy sent to the Leesville Louisiana State School for Retarded Boys because of his unusual appearance. He escapes when a shoe salesman claims to be his father. Covington's second young adult novel is Lasso the Moon, "a right of passage" story about a young girl. Covington later wrote Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia, and has written many articles on Central America for the New York Times and Vogue. His short stories have appeared in the Mississippi Review, Southern Exposure, The Greensboro Review, and other periodicals. Covington graduated from the University of Virginia and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he teaches fiction writing. He and his wife, novelist Vicki Covington, have two daughters.

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