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Tertiary Epic in C.S. Lewis
Presented as a paper at the annual conference of the C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society: Extending Lewis’ thoughts about the development of epic form (in Preface to Paradise Lost) into his own Space Trilogy – the form of epic in the shadow of the Cross.
A Mind In Love
A public lecture for Signs of Life bookstore in Lawrence, KS: An introduction to the life and works of Dorothy Sayers.
An Under-Appreciated Gem
For the Midwest Regional C.S. Lewis Association Conference: Life Lessons from Lewis’ Preface to Paradise Lost.
Exploring C. S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces
Given as pre- and post-reading workshops for several different book study groups: the original Cupid & Psyche myth, recurring themes , difficulties, the Incarnation as the end of myth, the context of the book within C. S. Lewis’ own life and spiritual growth.
Flannery O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners
I have discussed different aspects of this work with parent educators, spiritual seekers, the Catholic Creatives Salon, and as a book study overview. It is a rich source of insight into the life of the artist, of the human person, and into literature’s capacity to be a vessel for truth.
The Poetic Reader
Poetic Reading is not just reading poetry! Poetic Reading cultivates the wholeness of the reader, because it engages her whole being. It is, first of all, ordered to leisure, to freedom, to the context rather than the content of reading. Poetry, intellect, delight, sensory experience – I help readers develop an integrated approach to all different kinds of reading material.
Sertillanges’ The Intellectual Life
An overview of the book, and its implications for those who would love God with whole minds.
Dorothy Sayers’ The Mind of the Maker
Presented to the Catholic Creatives Salon: An overview of the work, with key excerpts for reflection and discussion.
Souls at Rest: An Exploration of the Idea of Sabbath
I love it when book groups adopt my own book for discussion! I thoroughly enjoy presenting it in various formats, tailoring it to the needs and ages and interests of each group. Some study group participants are following as I give my own answers to all the SAR Study Guide Questions at soulsatleisure.com. That site should be helpful to group leaders preparing for chapter-by-chapter discussions of Souls at Rest.
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