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ABIGAIL FAVALE

Writing, Teaching, Speaking

 

ABOUT

Abigail Favale, Ph.D., is a writer, professor, and speaker. She currently directs and teaches in the William Penn Honors Program, a Great Books curriculum at George Fox University.


Abigail's essays and short stories have appeared in print and online for publications such as First ThingsThe Atlantic, Church Life, and Potomac Review. She has written regularly for Dappled Things, a Catholic literary magazine, and was awarded their J.F. Powers Prize for short fiction in 2017.


A cradle evangelical, Abigail was received into the Catholic Church in 2014, and her conversion memoir, Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion, traces her journey from postmodern feminism to Roman Catholicism.

Abigail is available to speak on a range of topics, but her primary focus is articulating the beauty and wisdom of Catholic teaching on sexuality, gender, and the body. 


Abigail is wife to Michael, and mother to Julian, Margot, and Benedict.

Piles of Books
 

INTO THE DEEP

An Unlikely Catholic Conversion

 


NEW FROM CASCADE BOOKS

Into the Deep traces one woman’s spiritual odyssey from birthright evangelicalism through postmodern feminism and, ultimately, into the Roman Catholic Church. As a college student, Abigail Favale experienced a feminist awakening that reshaped her life and faith. A decade later, on the verge of atheism, she found herself entering the oldest male-helmed institution on the planet—the last place she expected to be. 

With humor and insight, the author describes her gradual exodus from Christian orthodoxy and surprising swerve into Catholicism. She writes candidly about grappling with wounds from her past, Catholic sexual morality, the male priesthood, and an interfaith marriage. Her vivid prose brings to life the wrenching tumult of conversion—a conversion that began after she entered the Church and began to pry open its mysteries. There, she discovered the startling beauty of a sacramental cosmos, a vision of reality that upended her notions of gender, sexuality, identity, and authority. Into the Deep is a thoroughly twenty-first-century conversion, a compelling account of recovering an ancient faith after a decade of doubt.

PRAISE FOR INTO THE DEEP

“There are events in life that leave you changed forever, right down to the very roots and heart of your being, because they go ‘into the deep.’ Like this book. Reading it is bound to be an event like that in the lives of two classes of readers if they dare to read it with open minds and hearts: those who call themselves Evangelicals and those who call themselves Christian ‘feminists.’ The theology is profoundly Christ-centered, the psychology trustably honest, and the style winsomely alive.”

PETER KREEFT
Boston College
Best-selling author and apologist

Into the Deep is a beautifully written story of conversion. In this raw and compelling narrative, Favale reminds us that, in the most mysterious of ways, God's grace can reach all of us.”

CARRIE GRESS

Best-selling author, 

The Marian Option

“Religious conversion narratives tend to be unrealistic, focusing on single epiphanies that are rare to most human beings. Not Into the Deep. Abigail Favale has written a conversion memoir that focuses on the slow process of conversion, one that unfolds through a union of practice and intellectual inquiry . . . She is more like a tour guide, bringing even cradle Catholics like myself into a deeper appreciation of the mystery of the Church. Into the Deep is Augustine's Confessions written for our own age.”

TIM O'MALLEY

Notre Dame

Author, Bored-Again Catholic 

"With sympathetic and smart satire that is reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor, Favale finds both sincerity and shallowness in the waves of ideological affiliations that tided her youth. Favale, the unlikely convert, persuades us that by sacramental grace and the communion of saints, the Church can see the meanest sinner hold her breath long enough to work out Her shared salvation in fear and trembling."

JOSHUA HREN

Belmont Abbey College

Author, This Our Exile: Stories

 

SELECTED ESSAYS

"DIGNITY OR VICTIMHOOD?"

CHURCH LIFE

November 2018

"KISSING PURITY CULTURE GOODBYE"

FIRST THINGS

November 2018

"THE SPECTER OF A SWEEPING REWRITE OF CATHOLIC SEXUAL TEACHINGS"

August 2018

"SEX AND SYMBOL"

CHURCH LIFE

June 2018

"EVANGELICAL GNOSTICISM"


FIRST THINGS

May 2018

"THE MARIAN WAY OF WONDER"


DAPPLED THINGS

April 2018

"THE SEX EDUCATION WE NEED"


FIRST THINGS

April 2018

"WHAT IS MARRIAGE TO EVANGELICAL MILLENNIALS?"


FIRST THINGS

May 2015

"THE PROS AND CONS OF ABANDONING THE WORD 'FEMINIST'"

THE ATLANTIC

May 2013

 

LIFE & DIGNITY WRITING FELLOW

Mother Breastfeeding Baby

CHURCH LIFE:

A JOURNAL FOR THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

Abigail Favale is a Life and Dignity Writing Fellow with the Notre Dame Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives. Life and Dignity Writing Fellows are leading experts who contribute regularly to Church Life Journal on pro-life and human dignity issues.  Church Life is a journal published by the McGrath Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

 

SPEAKING

Marriage

"WHAT IS SEX FOR? THREE PARADIGMS"


UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

March 2018

Walking In Gallery

INTERVIEW:


EVANGELICAL GNOSTICISM AND THE BODILY RESURRECTION

ISSUES, ETC.

May 2018

 

TEACHING

 
Old Study

WILLIAM PENN HONORS PROGRAM

Abigail Favale is the director of the William Penn Honors Program, a Great Books curriculum for exceptional students at George Fox University.

CONTACT

Person Writing
 

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