Department of Religion Welcomes 'Holy Ghost Girl' Author Donna Johnson

Oct. 21, 2013
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2013) - Baylor's department of religion has invited Donna M. Johnson, author of "Holy Ghost Girl," to speak about her autobiographical book at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Bennett Auditorium.

Johnson's book is a memoir of her experiences as a child who experienced many years under a tent used for religious revivals. She frequently witnessed miracles, exorcisms and Ku Klux Klan faceoffs during the revivals, which she recalls in vivid detail in the book.

Doug Weaver, Ph.D., a professor of religion and director of undergraduate studies in the religion department, said her experiences directly relate to the studies of Baylor students.

"One of the areas we study in the religion department is Pentecostalism and faith healing," he said. "Her experiences directly relate to that."

The lecture is not just for those interested in religion and faith, Weaver said.

"This is really for anybody. When you read her book, you don't have to have a background in religion to benefit from it. And the book is set in Texas, so people can relate to that aspect too."

Johnson describes her process of writing the book "a way to connect the disparate parts of herself."

"Holy Ghost Girl" has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Texas Monthly, O Magazine and many other publications.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Bennett Auditorium is located in Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh St.

For more information, call Joyce Swoveland at (254) 710-3758.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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