The Word in the Wilderness: Popular Piety and the Manuscript Arts in Early Pennsylvania is a wonderful selection for your book club or discussion circle—especially for groups interested in the history and material culture of southeastern Pennsylvania.
You will find many resources on this website to facilitate your conversations, including hi-res, color images of artworks discussed in The Word in the Wilderness and episodes of Cloister Talk: The Pennsylvania German Material Texts Podcast that offer further insights into topics covered in the book. Click the “Contact the Author” tab to inquire as to the possibility of inviting the author to present to your group.
Copies of The Word in the Wilderness may be purchased directly from the Pennsylvania State University Press at a 30% discount off of the list price. Learn more here.
Below is a list of discussion questions to guide your group’s reading of The Word in the Wilderness.