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“Reading Genesis” by Marilynne Robinson

July 23 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CDT


In this summer reading group, we will discuss Marilynne Robinson’s best-selling book, Reading Genesis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2024).

Robinson is regarded as one of the greatest novelists and thinkers of our time. In her newest book, she reflects on the biblical book of Genesis as literature and illuminates themes that run through the whole of Scripture, including God’s enduring covenant with humanity. The publisher states, “This magisterial book radiates gratitude for the constancy and benevolence of God’s abiding faith in creation.” Kirkus Reviews declared Robinson’s work a “luminous exegesis.” Accompanying Robinson’s writing is the full text of the King James Version of the book of Genesis.

We will read and discuss the book during our first three meetings, and on August 13th we will be joined by the Rev. Travis J. Bott, PhD, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and Chair of the Faculty at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Professor Bott will help us further unpack Robinson’s exegesis and questions we might have regarding the Genesis account. Please join us for a fascinating reading experience.

Dates and Time

Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 PM — July 23 & 30, August 6 & 13


Attendees will purchase their own copy of Reading Genesis from their preferred vendor.


Cameron Anderson

Cameron Anderson is the Associate Director of Upper House. He is a visual artist and writer. Recent publications include God in the Modern Wing: Viewing Art With Eyes of Faith (IVP Academic, 2022) and The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts (IVP Academic, 2016).

Susan Smetzer-Anderson

Susan Smetzer-Anderson is the Senior Writer of Upper House. In addition to her work for the foundation, she is writing a memoir titled One Rare Girl. 



July 23
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CDT
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