Little Church in the Valley

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Follow the lives, loves and customs of an isolated community in the north Georgia mountains. Former football star, now senior church Elder, Buster Cheatle attempts to thread the needle between legal and ethical as he tries to keep the church viable for its devoted followers.


  • This novel introduced me to the world of snake handling while making me laugh, which is an impressive feat.
  • Keenum is a master wordsmith who has constructed a narrative that keeps the reader turning the page.
  • Keenum uses an appealing mixture of both subtle and laugh out loud humor to tell this story of a faltering church and its board of Elders facing tough decisions for their old church in a new world. Besides the writing— which is just plain entertaining— the story arc kept me engaged from start to finish.