Salvation on Sand Mountain

Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia

Trade Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780306818363

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ON SALE: August 11th 2009

Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Customs & Traditions

PAGE COUNT: 288

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A haunting exploration of faith, from a preacher convicted of attempted murder to a first-hand account of holiness serpent handling–“One of the best books on American religion from the last 25 years” (Chicago Tribune)

For New York Times reporter Dennis Covington, what began as a journalistic assignment-covering the trial of an Alabama pastor convicted of attempting to murder his wife with poisonous snakes-would evolve into a headlong plunge into a bizarre, mysterious, and ultimately irresistible world of unshakable faith: the world of holiness snake handling.Set in the heart of Appalachia, Salvation on Sand Mountain is Covington’s unsurpassed and chillingly captivating exploration of the nature, power, and extremity of faith-an exploration that gradually turns inward, until Covington finds himself taking up the snakes.

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"One of the best books on American religion from the last 25 years...Neither a straightforward account of conversion nor a detached observer's report, the book is wildly personal, compassionate but unsentimental, at times outrageously funny, and ambivalent at its core."—Chicago Tribune
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