Salvation on Sand Mountain

Salvation on Sand Mountain

Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia

By Dennis Covington

Da Capo Press, Paperback, 9780306818363, 249pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2009

For "New York Times" reporter Dennis Covington, what began as a journalistic assignmentcovering the trial of an Alabama pastor convicted of attempting to murder his wife with poisonous snakeswould evolve into a headlong plunge into a bizarre, mysterious, and ultimately irresistible world of unshakable faith: the world of holiness snake handling.

Set in the heart of Appalachia, "Salvation on Sand Mountain" is Covington's unsurpassed and chillingly captivating exploration of the nature, power, and extremity of faithan exploration that gradually turns inward, until Covington finds himself taking up the snakes.

About the Author
Dennis Covington is a journalist and the author of Salvation on Sand Mountain, a 1995 National Book Award finalist. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Praise For Salvation on Sand Mountain

Option, 8/15/11
“Heartfelt yet sensational…Covington’s memoir is genuinely life-changing.”