On Reading Well, with Dr. Karen Swallow Prior (S3E97)

Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, PhD is a reader, writer, and professor.

But she does all those things in the context of great faith in God, and a love for Jesus. She is a thought leader and sought-after speaker, and she shows people how to put culture in its proper context in relation to our faith. 

I invited Dr. Prior onto the show because her social media presence constantly challenges my thinking on important issues, and I’ve been impressed with how she weathers attacks from left and right for never wavering from what she believes.  

We had a great conversation about good books, reading, faith, and the cost of telling the truth. 

She puts her faith on the line in an inspiring way– she’s been arrested for protesting in front of abortion clinics, and she’s written and spoken out extensively about the sanctity of life at all stages. 

Read her recent New York Times pro-life op/ed here.

Dr. Prior on Twitter (her account is great to follow!)

Dr. Prior on Instagram!


Official Biography:

Karen Swallow Prior, Ph. D., is Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press, 2012), Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014), and On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books (Brazos, 2018). She is co-editor of Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Zondervan 2019) and has contributed to numerous other books. Her writing has appeared at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Relevant, Think Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Religion News Service, Books and Culture and other places.


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