Best-selling author to give free lectures at Iowa Wesleyan College

Written by on March 8, 2013 in News

Sponsored by the Clifford and Maxine Manning Annual Speaker Series

A.J. Jacobs has been chosen as Iowa Wesleyan’s 2013 Manning Speaker. He will present a lecture titled, Fake it Till You Make It: The Power of Pretending to be a Better Person on Thursday, March 14, at 11 a.m. and a lecture at 7 p.m., titled, The Year of Living Biblically. Both programs will be held in the Chapel Auditorium on the Iowa Wesleyan College campus in Mount Pleasant.

They are free and open to the public.

Jacobs’ book, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, is a New York Times bestseller and has garnered rave reviews around the country. For this book, he attempted to abide by the hundreds of rules in the Bible, from the famous (the Ten Commandments; be fruitful and multiply) to the often neglected (stone adulterers and avoid wearing clothes of mixed fibers). Jacobs manages to find humor in his attempts to comply with the more arcane strictures, but also, somewhat unexpectedly, finds comfort and meaning in both the rituals and the meaning of the Old Testament.

Jacobs has also written for The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly, and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, and CSPAN. For two years, he was an occasional correspondent for NPR’s “Weekend Edition.”

These free lectures are made possible by funding from the Clifford and Maxine Manning Annual Speaker Series at Iowa Wesleyan College.

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