This was by far one of my favorite interviews that we were able to conduct this year at The Wild Goose Festival. Jana Riess is the author of "Flunking Sainthood", a popular blogger and columnist, and a progressive adult convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon). I have long had a facination with Mormonism and have been engaging Mormons about their faith privately for a number of years so I was so excited to meet and chat with Jana!
Now, because we did this interview outiside at the Wild Goose Festival, the audio is not great. You'll hear a lawnmower and a man talking about his tent faintly in the background, but I have done my best to edit this audio for your listening pleasure. Please, do yourself a favor and listen to this 20 min interview with one of the most facinating women in Progressive Christianity today!
Jana's Official Bio:
Since 2008, Jana Riess has been an acquisitions editor in the publishing industry, primarily acquiring in the areas of religion, history, popular culture, ethics, and biblical studies. From 1999 to 2008, she was the Religion Book Review Editor for Publishers Weekly, and continues to write freelance articles and reviews for PW as well as other publications.
She holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in American religious history from Columbia University. She speaks often to media about issues pertaining to religion in America, and has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Time, Newsweek,People, the Boston Globe, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsday, among other print publications, as well as “Voice of America,” the “Today” show, MSNBC, and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Tell Me More,” and “Talk of the Nation.”
She is the author, co-author, or editor of nine books, includingFlunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor; What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as a Spiritual Guide; Mormonism for Dummies; and The Writer’s Market Guide to Getting Published. She blogs for Religion News Service.