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.

Religion and Politics

Christian Century Features 

Literary Essays

  • "Fasting Toward Home." The Spirit of Food. Ed. Leslie Leyland Fields. Eugene, OR: Wipf 'n Stock, 2010.
  • "The Flesh of Strangers." In Relief 4:1
  • “Naked and Hungry Part II.” Pilgrimage 32:1 (2007)
  • “Naked and Hungry Part I.” Pilgrimage 31:3 (2006) Collected into Telling it Real: The Best of Pilgrimage Magazine 2003-2008.
  • “Enough.”IDT(2006) Collected into How to Write Anything. Bedford/St. Martins, 2008.

Academic Essays

  •  “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.