‘Celebrities for Jesus’ author and journalist Katelyn Beaty comes to Whitworth on Nov. 10
News story by Cassy Benefield
Katelyn Beaty, award-winning journalist and author of the newly released “Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits are Hurting the Church,“ will be coming to Whitworth University on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre.
The evening is sponsored by the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning and the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement.
“Beaty’s book is an incisive and theologically rich page-turner,” says Weyerhaeuser Center Director David Henreckson. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to hear her perspective on the problem of celebrity culture in the church.”
Beaty’s discussion that evening, titled “Rediscovering Ordinary Faithfulness in a Celebrity-Obsessed Age,” will focus on why Americans put celebrities on pedestals and the role we each must play in pursuing ordinary faithfulness away from the stage and screen.
Publishers Weekly calls her recent book “a must-read for anyone invested in the fate of evangelicalism” and states, “Katelyn Beaty offers a renewed vision of ordinary faithfulness, helping us all keep fame in its proper place.”
Beaty has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Religion News Service, Religion & Politics, and The Atlantic and has commented on faith and culture for CNN, ABC, National Public Radio, the Associated Press, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. She is co-host of the Saved by the City podcast (Religion News Service) and previously served as print managing editor at Christianity Today.
This event is free and open to the public. To learn more about Katelyn Beaty, click here.
Cassy (pronounced like Cassie but spelled with a ‘y’) Benefield is a wife and mother, a writer and photographer and a huge fan of non-fiction. She has traveled all her life, first as an Army brat. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (2004-2006) to Romania where she mainly taught Conversational English. She received her bachelor’s in journalism from Cal Poly Technical University in San Luis Obispo, California. She finds much comfort in her Savior, Jesus Christ, and considers herself a religion nerd who is prone to buy more books, on nearly any topic, than she is ever able to read. She is the managing editor of SpokaneFāVS.com.