Blew my mind
Hidden Biscuits is not just a memorial, nor it is just a book about preaching. Audrey Ward's masterpiece is a time machine bringing the reader back to post-WW2 America, in the incredibly interesting and little known world of Revivals.
The author's father was an "evangelist" (preacher) who took his family around as he preached at revivals (big church meetings with music and people dramatically coming to faith). Young Audrey was his secret weapon, a little girl with an amazing voice whose singing moved people almost as much as the evangelist's sermons.
As I followed Audrey growing up all around the US I've had a chance of seeing through her eyes the segregated South, the long forgotten lives of poor people who worked all day to feed their families, and always had something extra to spare for the visiting preacher and his family, and the sometimes over-the-top way these people experienced their Christian faith.
This is not a memoir, it is not a Christian book, it is anthropology, sociology, history and so much more written in a captivating style with great attention to capturing the long lost accents.
Definitely worth reading.
Audrey Ward is a United Methodist minister, and she writes as a columnist for the Napa Valley Register.