MORMONISM—CULTURE, THEOLOGY, PRACTICE
What Writing The God Who Weeps Taught Us
DATES: April 12 (Villa Park) and April 13 (La Canada – Flintridge).
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
We are excited to announce that our April 2013 Miller Eccles speakers will be Fiona and Terryl Givens, co-authors of the acclaimed new book titled The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life (a bestseller at Deseret Book). Richard J. Mouw, one of our nations’ most acclaimed evangelical theologians (president of Fuller Theological Seminary) said: “I read this fine book in order better to understand what Mormons believe about divine compassion, and it certainly gave me that. But more important: I received in reading it some deeply personal lessons about the tears of God.” David Campbell, co-author of American Grace (and a Miller Eccles speaker last fall), said: “Reading this book is like experiencing Mormonism in high definition. Whether you know a lot or a little about Latter-day Saint doctrine, this book will both educate and inspire you.”
The writing, production, and responses associated with The God Who Weeps reveal something of the multiplicity of “Mormonisms.” Terryl and Fiona will discuss some of the ways in which we construct our faith identity, and how we might rethink the interconnections of Mormonism as an institution, a community, a belief structure, and a devotional template.
Terryl Givens did graduate work at Cornell University in intellectual history and UNC Chapel Hill where he received his PhD in comparative literature. He holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English, and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond, where he teaches courses in 19th century studies, and the Bible’s influence on western literature. As a commentator on Mormon religion and culture, he has appeared on PBS, NPR, and CNN. Givens’ other recent books include When Souls had Wings, a history of the idea of premortal life in western thought, Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Matt Grow), and a two- volume history of Mormon theology underway for Oxford University Press.
Fiona Givens, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, was educated at a boarding school in England and was introduced to the LDS Church when she was 19 and living in Germany. After she was baptized, she attended BYU, where she met her husband, Terryl, in a comparative literature class. She went on to receive her masters’ degree in European history from the University of Richland and has worked extensively in the field of communications and translation. Fiona has collaborated in many of Terryl’s previous books, but this is the first she has co-authored. She is the Gospel Doctrine teacher in their ward.
Fiona and Terryl are the parents of six children.
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