Revival Season

Revival Season

A Novel

Book - 2021
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"Fifteen-year-old Miriam Horton is the oldest daughter of a Southern Baptist preacher and faith healer. Every summer, the Hortons pack themselves tight in their old minivan and travel through small southern towns for revival season: the time during which Miriam's father holds massive healing services, drawing thousands of people looking to be cured of ailments and disease. This revival season, though, doesn't go as planned, and after one service in which Reverend Horton's healing powers are tested like never before, Miriam witnesses a shocking act of violence behind the revival tent. From that point on, Miriam's belief in her father-and in her faith-begins to waver. When the Hortons return home from the revival circuit, Miriam's confusion only grows as she discovers that she might have the power to heal-even though her father and the church have always made it clear that this power is denied to women. Over the course of the next year, and as a new revival circuit approaches, Miriam must decide between her faith, her family, and her newfound power that might be able to save others, but, if discovered by her father, could destroy Miriam. A story of spiritual awakening and disillusionment in a southern, black, Evangelical community, REVIVAL SEASON is a haunting novel of complicated familial love, a young girl's coming into herself, and the price of being among the community of the faithful"--
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2021
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Description: 292 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781982133306
Branch Call Number: FIC West


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May 18, 2021

Miriam Horton is the oldest daughter of a celebrated preacher. She is a faithful daughter who is disciplined in her prayer life and Bible study. Over the years she has become the primary caregiver for little sister Hannah. Her tender and loving care for Hannah was one of my favorite parts of the narrative. We view the annual revival tour of the Horton family at its beginning. Thousands of miles are logged that summer, but one event will topple Miriam's father from the throne he had built for himself. That one interaction is like the top of a slippery slope and the Reverend Horton seems to be taking his family and church down with him. I wanted to like this book. The prose is lovely. Miriam will break your heart. What I missed is the redeeming power of the gospel. Every church is full of sinners. That is why we are there. The Horton family is flawed, but not beyond redemption. I had hoped to see that hope as a part of the narrative arc.

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