Jessica hosts fellow Flannery O’Connor fan, Karen Swallow Prior to discuss the author’s final Novel, The Violent Bear It Away. The pair discuss O’Connor’s use of her characters as God’s friends, or the ones who suffer. They are not treated as a “Pollyana” but as characters that suffer which in turns prepares them to receive the grace of God.

Read: The Violent Bear It Away

The Scandal of Reading is sponsored by Brazos Press.

Information on the Host: Jessica Hooten Wilson is a Senior Fellow at Trinity Forum, the inaugural Visiting Scholar of Liberal Arts at Pepperdine University, and the author of several books, including The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary SaintsLearning the Good Life: From the Great Hearts and Minds that Came Before, and Giving the Devil his Due: Flannery O’Connor and The Brothers Karamazov

Learn more about Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson.

Information on Karen Swallow Prior: Karen Swallow Prior, Ph. D., is Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books (Brazos, 2018) and has contributed to numerous other books. She is host of the popular podcast Jane and Jesus. She has a monthly column for Religion News Service. Her writing has appeared at Christianity TodayThe AtlanticThe Washington PostFirst ThingsVoxRelevantThink Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Books and Culture and other places.