The Trinity Forum: Austen, Tolkien, and Lewis, oh my!

Literary societies haven’t shut down during Covid. In fact, they’ve grown and are thriving more than ever. This week, The Trinity Forum hosted Trinity Forum Senior Fellow Karen Swallow Prior for a discussion on Jane Austen and her novel approach to virtue. People joined in from around the world. I found this talk delightful and wanted to share it with you all!

Jane Austen and Virtue

Karen mentions my book, Praying with Jane, in her talk when she discusses Jane Austen’s faith. If you’d like to listen in, you can go directly to 45:24 and 53:04, but I hope you’ll listen to the entire program. I “met” Dr. Prior via email right before Praying with Jane was published. She has championed the book and shared it in several podcasts and talks, for which I am most honored and grateful. You can find Dr. Prior’s books HERE.

Dr. Prior has written about Austen in several of her books, but I must mention her Introduction to Sense and Sensibility which includes a “Guide to Reading and Reflecting.” In it, Dr. Prior teaches us how to read classic books in light of the Gospel.

The Inklings

Another Trinity Forum talk I enjoyed is this one about The Inklings, particularly the friendship and continual conversations between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. This interview was with award-winning author and professor Diana Glyer, who has written extensively on the lives and works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and their beloved community known as The Inklings.

As a creative, I enjoyed hearing about the way creativity thrives so well in small groups and in writing communities. Before writers critique groups were a thing, Lewis and Tolkien were already doing it naturally!

The Trinity Forum covers many wonderful topics that may interest you, dear reader. I’ve enjoyed many talks this year online, specifically about literature. If you’ve found a great resource, please share it in the comments!

Grace and peace,

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