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What’s on your list?

I’m just back from two weeks on the road, so my apologies for this week’s abbreviated blog. 

For one of the weeks I was away, I attended the inaugural Buechnerfest, hosted by the Buechner Institute at King College. It was a lovely time of good books and good conversation. And as always when one is around book-loving folks, I came away with appreciation for old favorites as well as recommendations for books to add to my to-read list.

The New York Times has, of late, been having its own little mini-fest surrounding faith and fiction, encouraging its writers and readers to contribute suggestions of “favorite religious fiction.” The responses include a good many usual suspects, but it is worth checking out nevertheless.

So…what are you reading this summer? What are you recommending that we read or re-read again? What, in your opinion, are the best texts that address faith in fiction? Share your responses in the comments, if you’d like.  

Jennifer L. Holberg

I am professor and chair of the Calvin University English department, where I have taught a range of courses in literature and composition since 1998. An Army brat, I have come to love my adopted hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Along with my wonderful colleague, Jane Zwart, I am the co-director of the Calvin Center for Faith and Writing, which is the home of the Festival of Faith and Writing as well as a number of other exciting endeavors. Given my interest in teaching, I’m also the founding co-editor of the Duke University Press journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture. My book, Nourishing Narratives: The Power of Story to Shape Our Faith, was published in July 2023 by Intervarsity Press.

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