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Heaven Come Down: Serpent Handlers, Sinners, and the Electrifying Spirit (Hardcover)

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    Heaven Come Down is a many-faceted document of ordinary people who go to work, raise families, and every week walk into a church with a box of poisonous snakes under one arm, a jar of strychnine on the altar, and an electric guitar on the d......more

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Heaven Come Down is a many-faceted document of ordinary people who go to work, raise families, and every week walk into a church with a box of poisonous snakes under one arm, a jar of strychnine on the altar, and an electric guitar on the dais. They testify and pray and sing and dance and speak in tongues. They light up a glass bottle filled with kerosene, stick their face in the fire, take the snakes out of the boxes, drink strychnine, and dance and sing and pray some more. Filmmakers Gabriel Wrye and Michael Mees present portraits of four contemporary Appalachian worshipers who find nothing unusual in these practices, including a brother and sister whose father, a preacher, was fatally bitten during Sunday service. Another heart-rending series of events finds two best friends caught between the law and a breed of religion that is nothing if not uniquely American.

Michael Mees is from Louisville, KY. He's been making films for 20 years. He lives with his wife, Paola, in Los Angeles, CA.

Gabriel Wrye (b. 1970, US) is a writer, director, and editor. His directorial debut, Heaven Come Down, aired on the Sundance Channel in 2007. In 2008 he founded the commercial company ZOON. He has written several screenplays and his short stories have been published in ZYZZVA and anthologized in short story compilations. He lives in Los Angeles and Louisville with his wife, two kids, two dogs, and a varying number of fish and fowl.

T. R. Johnson is Director of the Writing Program at Tulane University.

Author:
Mees, Michael
Genre:
RELIGION / Christianity / Pentecostal & Charismatic
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
144
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bazillion Points
Publish Date:
12/03/2015
ISBN:
9781935950011
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