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Published Work


  • See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity. Boston: Beacon Press, 2011.
  • Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2010.
  • Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.



  • "Future Sky." Quiddity 7:2.Fall/Winter 2014.
  • "Meditation on Dusting." Soundings. 2014.

Religion and Politics

Some of my Favorite Christian Century Features, Reviews and Interviews

Academic Essays

  •  "Apocalypticism in Contemporary Christianity." The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature. Ed. John Collins. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • “From Tom Hammond to Rayford Steele: Rapture Fiction and the Predicament of Christian Male Leadership.” In Left Behind and the Evangelical Imagination. Ed. Crawford Gribbon and Mark Sweetnam. London: Sheffield Phoenix, 2011.
  • “Catholicism WOW!: Dogma (1999)” for Catholics in the Movies. Ed. Colleen McDannell.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • “Living Fiction: American Spirituality and Bestselling Novels” in Faith in America Vol. 3.  Ed. Charles Lippy.  Praeger Press, 2006. 
  • “The Gender Dynamics of the Left Behind Series” in Religion and Popular Culture 2nd Edition. Ed. Bruce Forbes and Jeffery Mahan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.
  • “The Idea of Religious Studies” in The Idea of the University. Ed. Martha Chomiak. Kyiv: Fulbright, 2005.
  • “The Puritan Apocalyptic—Then and Now” in Puritan Tradition in American Literature.  Ed. Tamara Denisova.  Kyiv: Institute of Literature at the National Academy of Sciences Ukraine, 2004.
  • “The Social and Political Messages of the Left Behind Series” in Rapture, Revelation and the End Times. Eds. Bruce Forbes and Jeanne Kilde. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
  •  “Nowhere, Somehow: A Meditation on Feminist Utopias.”  The Wittenberg Review 2:2 (1991): 5-24.