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  • Writer's picturePatti Callahan Henry

Event: MOBILE, AL | Thursday Oct 3, 2019 6-7pm at The Steeple with Patti Callahan

MOBILE, AL | Thursday Oct 3, 2016 6-7pm

Patti Callahan "Becoming Mrs. Lewis"

@ The Steeple

251 St Francis St Mobile, AL 36602.

Thursday evening,

October 3, 2019 6:00-7:00 PM

Registration info coming soon!

About the Author & Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Patti Callahan (The Bookshop at Water’s End) vividly enters the life of a woman searching for both God and romantic love in this pleasing historical novel about writer and poet Joy Davidman. In 1946, Joy lives in Ossining, N.Y., with her alcoholic husband, Bill Gresham, and her two small sons. In a moment of desperation, she prays to a God she doesn’t believe in and experiences feeling “fully known and loved.” Three years later, now deeply considering Christianity, she writes to Christian apologist C.S. Lewis with her questions about God. He responds, beginning a long-term correspondence in which Joy finds “peace, connection, and intellectual intimacy.” By 1952, she wants to leave her unfaithful, abusive husband, but sees no way out. She does manage to take a much-needed physical and mental respite, heading to England for six months and falling in love with both England and Lewis; her only regret is leaving behind her sons. But, even after Bill and Joy divorce, Lewis at first keeps their relationship platonic, and Joy must search for true love and fulfillment through her relationship with God. Making full use of historical documentation, Callahan has created an incredible portrait of a complex woman. Read More

Look for the upcoming new Podcast Series "Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis" Host Patti Callahan Sept 12, 2019.


About the Steeple

The Steeple joins a national trend of re-purposed churches as developers adapt the abandoned buildings to restaurants, theaters and concert venues.

And as with every other project from New Orleans to Pittsburgh and Columbus, the year-long renovation on St. Francis Street demanded a dedicated team of historic architects and detail-sensitive builders.

The Queen Anne style building offers 10,000 square feet of venue space from the central upstairs sanctuary to a variety of rooms downstairs. Faithfully restored doors open to a foyer and entryway under carefully restored 1935 fixtures. Antique pine floors and mahogany beams glow in the filtered light of Tiffany-inspired sanctuary windows. Cathedral ceilings offer the soulful acoustics you can only hear in a 120-year old church. Read More



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