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Days of Little Texas

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Days of Little Texas

Little Ronald Earl Pettway’s childhood was a harrowing
tale that would bring anyone to tears, but it was all part of
God’s Will to lead him to his fiery anointing as a disciple
and preacher of God’s Word. People have lined up to hear his
blistering preaching and see his miraculous healing since he was
only 10 years old and reborn by the Holy Spirit in Texas --- Little
Texas. Now at 16, Little Texas is facing adolescence and some
nagging doubt about whether or not he’s still cut out to
fight the wicked and injustice of the world.

At a usual tent revival of The Church of the Hand, people are
led forward by Miss Wanda Joy, Little Texas’s aunt and head
of the whole operation, to be healed by Little Texas. After sore
hips and bad back problems are healed, a family pleads with him to
heal their daughter Lucy, a girl in a blue dress who is in
agonizing pain. Little Texas fumbles, however, and while he does
place his hands on her, the whole situation just doesn’t
feel right. He turns to his mentor, 87-year-old Sugar Tom,
for help. Sugar Tom and Certain Certain, a South Carolina slave
descendant, tell Little Texas not to fret and remind him that he
has been chosen by God to spread His Word.

The show must go on. The Church of the Hand continues their tent
revival in the South, and people continue to come to hear the
amazing preaching of Little Texas --- especially a girl in blue. At
first Little Texas is relieved to see Lucy healed from her malady,
but when she starts popping up in his dreams, he questions his
sanity and falters in his preaching. After one particular revival
meeting gone bad, Miss Wanda Joy presents Little Texas with the
ultimate preaching challenge: Devil Hill. Located on an old
Southern plantation, Devil Hill is home to the legendary ill-fated
revival where it is rumored that evil itself swept over the meeting
and gobbled up the last preacher.

To make matters worse, Lucy is now a ghostly form that
continually haunts Little Texas when he is awake. Somehow she is
connected to the evil presence on Devil Hill and will stop at
nothing until he confronts what lies in the dark. As people travel
to hear Little Texas one more time, will he be able to be
God’s chosen instrument, or will he give in to his biggest
fear --- that he’s a fraud?

I’ve never personally been to a revival, but R.A. Nelson
provides numerous excellent examples of the preaching that help you
understand how it can captivate an audience: “The dead in
Christ shall rise, ah! Take His hand, ah! No man
knoweth when his time cometh, ah! I say no man
knoweth, ah! And those who do not repent, ah!
shall be cast into the lake of everlasting fire,
ah!

Some people may also question the motivation behind some
revivals as strictly monetary gain, but you never get that sense
from Little Texas. He is the real deal and truly believes he was
born to preach and bring others to the Word. It is what makes him
such an endearing character. The fire and brimstone preaching and
the thrilling ghostly encounters make DAYS OF LITTLE TEXAS a
gripping page-turner.

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Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on October 18, 2011

Days of Little Texas
by R. A. Nelson

  • Publication Date: July 14, 2009
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0375855939
  • ISBN-13: 9780375855931