Persuasion 229 | What We Make of It All, with Karen Swallow Prior

“I can hardly describe to you the effect of these books.” We see you, Frankenstein’s creature—and we agree! Books are powerful things. They bring not only enjoyment and diversion, but also wisdom, insight, and understanding. We got all that and more from Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, which inspired our fall Persuasion series, What We Make of Ourselves.

In our finale episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson have a guest! Longtime friend of Persuasion Karen Swallow Prior joins the conversation to share her wisdom and insight as a professor who teaches Frankenstein—but she’s also an author, the editor of the classic series by B&H Publishing, and a fellow book lover. The conversation covers everything from Mary Shelley’s life to Karen’s favorite genres to Frankenstein’s lessons and quirks. Listen in for a lively discussion to wrap the series. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

This episode of Persuasion is sponsored in part by B&H Publishing Group, publisher of Frankenstein: A Guide to Reading and Reflecting (Karen Swallow Prior, Mary Shelley). B&H Publishing seeks to provide intentional, biblical content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, cultivating lifelong relationships with Jesus Christ. Learn more at

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Erin Straza: Web / Twitter
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Frankenstein: A Guide to Reading and Reflecting, Karen Swallow Prior, Mary Shelley

Karen Swallow Prior
Twitter: @KSPrior
coming soon! Jesus & Jane Podcast

Did you enjoy this episode of Persuasion? Give the entire series a listen!

Persuasion 221 | Imposter Syndrome (but with books)
Persuasion 222 | What We Make of Ourselves: A Read-Along Series
Persuasion 223 | What We Make of Our Time
Persuasion 224 | What We Make of Our Suffering
Persuasion 225 | What We Make of Others
Persuasion 226 | What We Make of Our Stories
Persuasion 227 | What We Make of Our Mistakes
Persuasion 228 | What We Make of Destiny

Theme music by Maiden Name. Produced by Jonathan Clauson.

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