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Serpent on the Cross
     

Serpent on the Cross

by Ken Mink
 
About This Book . . .
Virgil Hawkins gave up a 17-year Army career in 1976 to return to his East Tennessee homestead to run the family farm, a promise he made to his dying father. Hawkins becomes involved with a rural church which practices snake handling as part of its belief system. Hawkins eventually becomes the church pastor and continues the snake handling

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About This Book . . .
Virgil Hawkins gave up a 17-year Army career in 1976 to return to his East Tennessee homestead to run the family farm, a promise he made to his dying father. Hawkins becomes involved with a rural church which practices snake handling as part of its belief system. Hawkins eventually becomes the church pastor and continues the snake handling practices, much to the chagrin of his teenage son, Jimbo, who finds himself in total disagreement with his father’s religious beliefs. This creates a major emotional conflict as Jimbo’s friends ridicule his father and family (his mom and sister support the snake handling rituals). After several snakebite deaths in the church, the governor becomes upset over the growing national bad publicity brought about by the church. The governor puts pressure on the Hancock County sheriff to shut down the church, but the sheriff has been a Hawkins friend since childhood and is reluctant to enforce the law. The governor persists and the sheriff is forced to act. The issue becomes wider as various church groups around the country, including the ACLU, join the fight, creating a philosophical, legalistic and emotional battle of Biblical beliefs.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012163615
Publisher:
Mink Media
Publication date:
05/09/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,285,843
File size:
83 KB

Meet the Author

About the Author


Ken Mink has spent more than 50 years as journalist/author.

A Kentucky native, he retired from active newspaper work in 1998 but continued to serve as a journalist, editing an onlineKen Mink lives in Knoxville, Tn., semi-retired after a 48-year career as a newspaper and travel magazine, The Travelling Adventurer (www.travellingadventurer.com), and writing freelance articles for newspapers and magazines. Other daily newspapers he worked for included the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader, the Dayton, Ohio, Daily News, the Bristol, Va., Herald-Courier, Kingsport, Tn., Times-News, Harrisonburg, Va., Daily News-Record and the Hopkinsville, Ky., New Era.

He is the author of several books, including So, You Want Your Kid to be a Sports Superstar, Teen Gunslinger, A Bloody Trail, Nightmare on Black Mountain, Serpent on the Cross and Hoops Dreamer: The Ken Mink Story (March 2011).


But he is perhaps best known as the World’s Oldest College Basketball Player.
He became an international celebrity in 2008-2009 when he returned to college basketball at age 73, playing on a college team, Roane State of Harriman, Tn. He appeared on several national TV shows and was featured in hundreds of newspapers and magazines as the result of his setting numerous world records. He has signed with a Hollywood producer to do a movie based on his life.

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