Author to discuss best-selling book at Carthage
- Photo courtesy of Rod Dreher
Blogger, journalist, and author Rod Dreher will give a presentation on his best-selling book “The Little Way of Ruthie Leming” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Todd Wehr Center 128. The Provost’s Office is sponsoring the event, which is free to attend and open to the public.
In the book, Mr. Dreher describes the generosity of his Louisiana hometown as its residents rallied around his dying sister. The outpouring prompted the Philadelphia journalist and his wife to move back to the small town.
While climbing to No. 26 on the New York Times bestseller list, the book received praise from a number of fellow authors including Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote the best-selling book “Eat, Pray, Love.” She described “The Little Way of Ruthie Leming” as “a true story of love, surrender, sacrifice, and family.”
Eric Nelson, an adjunct assistant professor of religion at Carthage, assigned Mr. Dreher’s book this semester as one of the required texts for his course, American Dreams and Prophetic Visions. Although the book doesn’t contain a dominant religious element, Prof. Nelson said Mr. Dreher uses vivid, personal storytelling to explore alternate ways of living out the American Dream and asks questions that challenge our culture’s dominant assumptions.
“Rod Dreher spends a significant portion of the book reflecting on his life, the life of his sister, and how the choices they made regards to the geographic location to live drove, even on a subconscious level, the values he lived,” Prof. Nelson said. “His sister’s terminal illness is the spark that caused him to reflect on his values.”
New York Times columnist David Brooks described Mr. Dreher as “one of the country’s most interesting bloggers.” Mr. Dreher has been an editorial writer and columnist for the Dallas Morning News and a film critic for the New York Post, and he currently writes for The American Conservative.