"Holy Ghost Girl" by Donna M Johnson
Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir (Gotham Books, October 13, 2011, $26.00, Hardcover) recounts the rise and fall of BBrother Terrell from southern folk hero who was beaten by Klansmen for seating blacks and whites together, to womanizing end-time prophet who fathered children with more than one woman outside his marriagen, including Donna's mother. When pressed about his children's future, he brushed the concern aside with, "Jesus will come before then." As Terrell's personal life began to implode, thousands of followers, duibbed Terrellites by the press, descended on backwaters across the south to await the Acopalypse. Stories emerged of guitar-shaped swimming pool, fleets of Mercedes Benz, a privatge jet and real estate payments made with brown bags filled with cash, and the prophet/healer went to jail.
Holy Ghost Girl bypassed easy judgment of Terrell and his followers to articluate a rich and mystical world rendered with the wry observations and details only a kid would notice.