Library JournalMelding oral history with scholarly research, this remarkable book explores the controversial practice among some Christians of handling poisonous serpents as an act of faithful obedience. Dramatic photographs and interviews introduce readers to some of the devoted practitioners. Burton's respectful approach does not prevent him from asking hard questions, however, as he analyzes the history of the practice and accompanying ethical and legal issues. Having produced three documents on serpent handling, Burton (English, East Tennessee State Univ.) here, too, distills the salient issues while giving readers a glimpse of the serpent-handlers' culture, as they understand it. Highly recommended.-- Cynthia Widmer, Downingtown, Pa.
BooknewsA sympathetic account of a small number of fundamental churches in east Tennessee. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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I know from personal experience that this is the best book on the history of snake handling and the church that supports this kind of believe. I am the nephew of Charles Prince who this book is about. This is a great book to use for research. It is complete