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

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


By (author) Dennis Covington, Introduction by Dennis Covington

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  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 7 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0306818361
  • ISBN 13: 9780306818363
  • Edition: 15
  • Edition statement: 15th anniversary ed
  • Illustrations note: 8 pages of photos
  • Sales rank: 185,571

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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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Author information

Dennis Covington is the award-winning author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Lizard and Lasso the Moon. He teaches creative writing at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

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Option, 8/15/11 "Heartfelt yet sensational...Covington's memoir is genuinely life-changing."