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Powerhouse for God: Speech, Chant, and Song in an Appalachian Baptist Church by Jeff Todd Titon

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The Fellowship Independent Baptist Church located in Page County, Virginia, in the valley just west of Shenandoah National Park, is given a very thorough treatment in this extraordinary book. The author, Jeff Titon, worked with this community for more than ten years to complete the impressive first edition of this book, a record album of its music, and a film about it. Then he kept in touch for three more decades to create this second edition of the book! Don’t tell me you want to understand “fundamentalist” religion – or regional religion - without reading this book. It is that essential. Be sure to check out the bibliographic note above – 549 pages, 76 photos, tables, figures, 5 Appendices! The new 25-page afterword has its own new two-page bibliography.  Jeff Titon is Professor Emeritus at Brown University.

Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, a 2018 second edition of a 1988 release. 549 pages with an Index, References Cited, 5 Appendices, Tables, Figures, a new Foreword by Ted Olson, a new Afterword by the author, and 76 photos. Trade paperback