Donna is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a memoir about growing up in the tent revival circuit. When Donna is just 3, her mother becomes the organist for Brother David Terrell, an enormously popular tent preacher traveling the country and offering visions of the apocalypse and hands-on healing. Donna’s own life is tumultuous, both inside the tent and also outside, where she and her brother are left for long periods of time with virtual strangers so they can attend school while their mother continues on tour. At age 17, Donna is disillusioned and wants more in life – she leaves the ministry and begins the long and difficult process of acclimating to her new “outside” life.
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September 28, 2011: Donna Johnson