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BookTALK: Guest Speaker Series

This guide contains resources that complement the Guest Speaker Series sponsored by the Center for Writing and Learning Support and Barbour Library

Library & Online Resources

In an epigraph at the beginning of his new book, How Not To Be Afraid: Seven Ways to Live When Everything Seems Terrifying (Broadleaf Books, 2021), Higgins quotes Rosa Parks, who said, "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." Given the overlapping crises of our current context, when fear and anxiety are at a high water mark, Parks's wisdom provides a helpful launching point for Higgins's project to transform his own fear and to help others transform theirs as well. 


Gareth Higgins was born in Belfast during the Troubles in northern Ireland. He holds a PhD in sociology and lectures widely about storytelling, violence reduction, the power of dreams, and connection with the earth. A frequent collaborator with Kathleen Norris and Brian McLaren, Higgins led a peacebuilding community in northern Ireland and is a co-founder of the Wild Goose Festival, the New Story Festival, and the Movies & Meaning Festival. He is the editor of The Porch Magazine and is currently teaching in the Doctor of Ministry program in Creative Writing and Public Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Learn more about Gareth Higgins at

Learn more about How Not To Be Afraid: Seven Ways to Live When Everything Seems Terrifying  at

Select Bibliography

Most of the following books are not currently in the Barbour Library collection. The links below will take you to either (which supports local bookstores), the author's online store, or, where you can purchase the book.

Higgins, Gareth. How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films. Sutton-Alpine, AK, 2013. 

Higgins, Gareth. The Seventh Story: Us, Them, & the End of Violence, 2019. Self-published, Porch, 2019.

Books and Media in Barbour Library

Print books below may be checked out by PTS students, faculty, and staff, as well as local area patrons who have library accounts (requires an annual fee). Media items are indicated in parentheses. Ebooks are indicated by asterisks, and are available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff only. 

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Fear - Religious Aspects - Christianity

Self-Help Techniques

Articles in Barbour Library

Articles that are available online have links, and are only available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff. Articles without links are in the print journal collection.

Duncan, Mick. 2019. “Jesus Is NOT All You Need in Overcoming Fear.” The Bonhoeffer Legacy 7 (1–2): 13–23.

Johnson, S Kyle. 2021. “Love Amidst Fear: Julian of Norwich, Affect, and Orthopathy. Spiritus 21 (2): 282–301.

Martin, James. 2014. “From Fear to Calm: Spiritual Direction on Stormy Waters.” The Christian Century 131 (8): 30–34.

Pershey, Katherine Willis. 2012. “High Anxiety.” Christian Century 129 (5): 26–29.

Rishmawy Derek. 2020. “God Works Within Us and Beyond Us.” Christianity Today 64 (1): 40.

Snook, Lee E. 1983. “Interpreting Luke’s Theodicy for Fearful Christians.” Word & World 3 (3): 303–11.


Love, Children, Planet: Frank Schaeffer In Conversation with Irish writer Gareth Higgins


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