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Welcome! Thanks for coming to visit my website. Here I’ve collected information about my work that you may find useful.

I am the Fellow of Faith and Culture for the Word on Fire Institute. My writing, speaking, and teaching at the Institute focus on imaginative and literary apologetics, and on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. You can read an interview about my work at the Institute here.

I am also Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University.

My forthcoming book is a literary-critical study, Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages. It has received the 2018 Kilby Research Grant from the Marion E. Wade Center. It will be published by Word on Fire Academic in 2021.

My previous books are  Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith  (Emmaus Road Publishing) and a memoir,  Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius Press).

I have also written many book chapters, articles, essays, and poems: more details on these can be found on my “Writing” page. You can see my contributions to the Word on Fire blog here.  For selected recordings of lectures, presentations, and interviews that I’ve done, see my Media page.

I travel both in the U.S. and internationally to speak, so if you’re interested in having me give a talk to your organization, take a look at my speaking schedule and be in touch!

Do please take a look around!

All best wishes,

Holly Ordway

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