Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake, a part-time professor at Belmont and wife of Vice President of Spiritual Development Todd Lake, is releasing her first novel next week. Inspired by a true story, Blue Hole Back Home is a beautiful and poetic story that exposes that just how deep ignorance—and hatred—can burn. Author and lecturer Phyllis Tickle noted, “Reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, Blue Hole Back Home is a haunting story, lyrically told, about the death of innocence under a southern sun.”
Jordan-Lake earned a masters degree from a theological seminary before completing a masters and Ph.D. at Tufts University, where she specialized in race, gender and theology as seen in 19th-century American novels. This summer, she will be teaching a course at Belmont based on one of her previous books, Working Families: Navigating the Demands and Delights of Marriage, Parenting and Career. She is also the author of Grit & Grace: Portraits of a Woman’s Life, Whitewashing Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Alarming Words of Faith.