A thinly veiled autobiographical account of one woman's austere life in the north Georgia mountains, A Circuit Rider's Wife draws on the years Corra Harris accompanied her husband in his work as a Methodist missionary. Set mostly in the fictional Redwine circuit, the novel tells of the challenges, hardships, and--aside from the occasional homemade or homegrown donations--mostly intangible rewards of itinerant country preaching.
Through the eyes of Elizabeth Thompson, the circuit rider's wife and narrator, Harris offers a witty but caring assessment of the sometimes fine differences between spiritual and merely religious folks, town and country society, backsliders and straight-and-narrow plodders, Methodists and Baptists, and heaven and hell.
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Drawn from firsthand experience, A Circuit Rider's Wife is the fictionalized account of how Corra Harris sometimes followed, sometimes guided her husband through his missionary work in the north Georgia mountains. All along the hard-scrabble Redwine circuit the story vividly brings alive the strivings and strayings of an itinerant country preacher's restless flocks with warmth and humor.About the Author:
Corra Harris (1869-1935) was a native Georgian. "A Circuit Rider's Wife" has been included in several anthologies and was the basis for the 1951 film "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain."
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