Podcast: RENEWING – Feature Conversation: Jessica Hooten Wilson

March 23, 2022

On this episode of the podcast we are joined by professor and author Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, to talk about her new book, The Scandal of Holiness. Together we discuss how reading good books can renew our imagination, allowing us to keep company with “literary saints.” Among the questions we discuss:

  • – What makes a character a literary saint, and why should we spend time in their company?
  • – Why do we have such a hard time trusting holiness, and what do we miss if we lose sight of it?
  • – Should we seek suffering? How do we distinguish between asceticism and masochism?
  • – How do various means of engagement (literature, art, contemplation) shape our imagination?
  • – Who are some lesser known authors that Christians should read?

Books mentioned in our conversation:

Moses, Man of the Mountain by Zora Neale Hurston 

Silence by Shūsaku Endō

On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior

Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

A Lesson Before Dying   A Gathering for Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines

Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos

Other authors mentioned in our conversation:

C.S. Lewis

George MacDonald

Randy Boyagoda

Walker Percy

Flannery O’Connor


Dr. Wilson’s website: https://jessicahootenwilson.com/ 

Follow Jessica Hooten Wilson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HootenWilson 

Kelly Latimore ‘s “literary icons”: https://kellylatimoreicons.com/   

About the Author
  • Justin Ariel Bailey works at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, his research seeks to bridge gaps between church and academy, and the formational spaces where they overlap. He is the author of the book Reimagining Apologetics (IVP Academic, 2020) and the forthcoming volume Interpreting Your World (Baker Academic, 2022). He serves as associate professor of Theology at Dordt University and is the host of the In All Things podcast. 

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