Jacob Flint sneaks out in the middle of the night so that on midnight of his 10th birthday, he'll be at his tree -- the tree where his pregnant mother, seeking shelter during a storm, gave birth to him.
That strange start to life convinces his father, a Pentecostal minister, that the boy is filled with the Holy Spirit. But his birth, plus the physical deformities with which he was born, mark the boy as an outcast in the community.
Then again, his father, who handles snakes and drinks poisons during revival services to prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, isn't in the mainstream of society, either.
And the family's closest friends include a black and a Native American, crossing a racial divide frowned on in post-World War II Tennessee.
Don't let the bizarre nature of the serpent-handling revivals keep you from picking up "Serpent Box."
This book is well worth reading -- and rereading -- for its deep themes and beautiful prose.
You'll ponder the book's themes -- the nature of God, the father-son relationship, societal outcasts -- long after you've finished the last page.
Despite the heavy themes, the book's plot never gets weighed down....And the almost poetic prose will have you rereading many sections more than once....
...The Flints' journey of faith, and their journey together as a family, is a story worth reading, and one you'll remember long after you finish this beautifully written novel.
Causes Vincent Carrella Supports