Trespassers Will Be Baptized: The Unordained Memoir of a Preacher's Daughter - eBook
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Elizabeth Emerson Hancock shares her coming of age story, growing up in Kentucky, the daughter of a Southern Baptist preacher. In turns funny and poignant, she reflects on growing up Christian, in things like going to church, attending Sunday school and trying to stay out of trouble.
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Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2008
Growing up Southern and Baptist in
Eastern Kentucky, Elizabeth Hancock's world revolved around Sunday School, foreign missions projects, revival meetings and of course, the Kentucky Wildcats, who "glorified God through their goal-shattering, soul-shattering play." Hancock chronicles her childhood misadventures with sardonic wit, detailing her and her sister Meg's mischievous - if harmless - abuses of power (stealing Guess jeans from the Africa donation box, or hawking backyard swimming pool baptisms during her neighborhood's annual yard sale) and lovingly recalling the wisdom imparted by her long-suffering parents as they ministered to their unruly flock. TRESPASSERS WILL BE BAPTIZED marks the arrival of a talented new voice in a coming of age story that is by turns comical and affecting.
Daddy had a sermon voice and an at-home voice; his church smiles and his at-home grins; his damnation-from-above tone, and his damnation-on-whoever-flooded-the-bathroom-floor-trying-to-play-Olympics tone, writes first-time author Hancock in this beautifully crafted and downright funny memoir about growing up a Southern Baptist pastors daughter in Kentucky. Hancocks voice is a real find, managing both spirituality and irreverence in her account of family and flock. Parishioners jostling for her fathers attention are particularly skewered; on the competition among church ladies to prove themselves the most charitable: Yes, Jesus was dirt poor But this does not take away from the fact that if you really want to show that you love someone, you have to give them things. While her father is the focus, Hancock gives much time to nuanced, loving observation of her mother, sister and other family members, achieving unexpected depth in the ongoing narrative of her grandmothers long illness. A true gem of a memoir, this will resonate with anyone who grew up in a religious and/or Southern family. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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