The Anointing by Martha Mabey

The Anointing by Martha Mabey

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And then in 1982 I wrote a novel about snakes, the Holy Spirit and sex. Called THE ANOINTING, it was published by Dell Books as an original paperback. In it a beautiful young girl with special gifts of seeing and hearing (Moiria Taylor) accompanies her preacher father deep into the Kentucky mountains to confront the leader of a snake-handling church who represents perversity and evil. Moiria meets an innocent young man (Scottie) whose mother is a member of the snake-handling church. Together with the preacher (Hiram Taylor), Moiria and Scottie try to stop the evil and are almost destroyed in the process.

When THE ANOINTING  was published, I was certain my career was launched. But something similar to the critical reaction by my fiancé happened. My family and close friends were horrified. “How COULD you write a book like THAT?” they said.

Instead of thinking that maybe I had something interesting to say since people were making such a fuss, (THE ANOINTING is a very scary story--mix sex and spirituality and you've got a really hot topic) I was crushed. My creative juices dried up.

I thought I had only two choices: continue writing from some deep place or loose approval of people I loved.

Forgive me for the decision I made. I was young and scared.

Finally in 1996 I wrote a publishable novel again, and it was mostly for fun.

The The Anointing by Martha Mabey is a sensational customer favorite, and we hope you like it just as much.

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