Seeing Through Words: A Celebration of Faith and Writing

House of Hope's Celebration of Faith and Writing: Seeing Through Words, offered to the congregation and community access to some of the most notable writers of our time.  This event was a reflection of House of Hope's commitment to literature and the arts as manifestations of God's creative gifts.  In the Reformed tradition, this church strives to enlighten, educate and broaden the understanding of its members, neighbors and the larger community.  We believe that writing, overarching its informative and entertaining facets, can be a form of prayer. Expression often comes to us as inspiration, a communication of the Spirit.  A mystery. 

House of Hope’s second Celebration of Faith and Writing occured on October 2, 2010.  Our featured writers included Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran—which spent over 117 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list; beloved poet and humorist Billy Collins, a former Poet Laureate of the United States; Clyde Edgerton, writer and musician, who  presented a musical reader’s theatre of selections from his rollicking Southern novel The Bible Salesman.  Other presenters were award-winning poets Andrew Hudgins and  Jennifer Maier and noted Christian writer James Calvin Schaap. 

Seeing Through Words was made possible by the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Ministry.         

Seeing Through Words guest authors:

2010: Azar Nafisi, Billy Collins, Clyde Edgerton, Andrew Hudgins, Jennifer Maier, James Calvin Schaap     

2009:  Anne Lamott, Patricia Hampl, Thomas Lynch, Scott Cairns, David McGlynn, James Calvin Schaap, Jeanne Murray Walker