IN PRISM'S BOOK BAG: PRISM arts columnist Jo Kadlecek's debut novel, THE SOUND OF MY VOICE (Waterbrook Press)

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Over the past 15 years, author and journalist Jo Kadlecek has reported on trends and issues related to religion, higher education, race relations and the arts for a variety of national and regional publications, including a regular column in PRISM Magazine. The more she covered, however, the more she began to see a growing tension between traditional evangelical Christians and the next generation of postmodern artists.

"The disconnection between those in religious circles who have embraced the arts and those who have been busy building sincere ministries was obvious," Kadlecek says. "I wanted to see if there was a way to bring these two groups together, so that they might begin to understand just how connected they really are through the gifts of creativity and a common purpose."

So Kadlecek turned her storytelling abilities to fiction, and the result is her debut novel, THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, just released by WaterBrook, a division of Random House.

THE SOUND OF MY VOICE tells the story of an aspiring playwright who leaves her Southern home to pursue her art in New York City, without the blessing of her preacher father. As daughter and father struggle to find their unique voices, a shared grief emerges from the past, and neither is prepared for what it will cost to heal the pain that separates them. It is a compelling tale that explores the conflicts often found between art and faith, parents and children, and the changes that affect both in our contemporary culture.

The novel is available now at your local bookstore or online retailer.


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