Blog Tour for "Holy Roller: Finding Redemption and the Holy Ghost in a Forgotten Texas Church12:07 AM
by Julie Lyons
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (June 2, 2009)
Julie Lyons was working as a crime reporter when she followed a hunch into the South Dallas ghetto. She wasn’t hunting drug dealers, but drug addicts who had been supernaturally healed of their addictions. Was there a church in the most violent part of the city that prayed for addicts and got results?
At The Body of Christ Assembly, a rundown church on an out-of-the-way street, Lyons found the story she was looking for. The minister welcomed criminals, prostitutes, and street people–anyone who needed God. He prayed for the sick, the addicted, and the demon-possessed, and people were supernaturally healed.
Lyons’s story landed on the front page of the Dallas Times Herald. But she got much more than just a great story, she found an unlikely spiritual home. Though the parishioners at The Body of Christ Assembly are black and Pentecostal, and Lyons is white and from a traditional church background, she embraced their spirituality–that of “the Holy Ghost and fire.”
It’s all here in Holy Roller–the stories of people desperate for God’s help. And the actions of a God who doesn’t forget the people who need His power.
Julie Lyons is an award-winning writer, editor and investigative reporter who for more than 11 years served as editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer, an alternative weekly newspaper owned by Village Voice Media. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a B.A. in English from Seattle Pacific University. She and her husband, Larry Lyons Jr., live in Dallas with their son.
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This book was gritty and real and a wonderful insight into the Pentecostal church. As someone who was raised in a very traditional, midwest protestant church where we didn't show any emotion. My first visit to a Pentecostal church was an eye opener and very intimidating.
Lyons captured that feeling back for me with this book. It also reminded me of the miracles that I saw happening in those churches. I think mainstream religion tends to blow off the Pentecostal churches as the 'Holy Rollers' and is very dismissive. I think that what Lyons shows in this book is that we need to look at these churches and what is going on and realize that maybe there is something there.
I loved this book and honestly think that even if you are from a more traditional background that you will find something in this book. Don't be scared off by the fact that it's urban and pentecostal...this book will change how you look at things and change you personally.
Lyons has done a wonderful job of bringing this story to light for everyone. I think this book will de-mystify the Pentecostal faith for many!
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