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Tables in the Wilderness

A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again

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Preston Yancey is a lifelong Texan raised Southern Baptist who fell in love with reading saints, crossing himself, and high church spirituality. He now makes his home within the Anglican tradition. He is a writer, painter, baker, and speaker. His debut book, Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again (Zondervan, 10/01/14), chronicles his faith journey while in college—from the one he was raised to believe, to a faith he could call his own.

Yancey is fascinated by the dialogue between Christian theology and the arts, and coaches others on how to tell their own story more effectively. He is formerly employed by the Anglican Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast as the Administrative Assistant to Bishop Clark Lowenfield and as a writer, editor, and advisor on historical theology for HopePointe Anglican Church’s Pastorate Curriculum, a two-semester course on doctrine and life in the Church.

From the University of St. Andrews, Yancey holds a Masters of Letters from the St. Mary's School of Divinity in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts (2013). He earned his undergraduate degree in Great Texts of the Western Tradition with a focus in medieval monasticism, literature, and theology, as well as a minor in Political Science with a concentration in East Asian regime theory from Baylor University (2012). His undergraduate thesis, a manuscript-length treatment of the patristic and medieval exegetical styles in conversation with six parables of Christ, was directed by Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey.

He has previously published and spoken on reinterpreting twelfth century France and its view of religious and noble women through Marie de France's Lais, the politics and religiosity of medieval chaste marriage, distinguishing canon and monastic spirituality in the twelfth century, Madeleine L'Engle's iconography and contemporary children's literature, and even reading the television program Gossip Girl as medieval allegory.

Yancey is also a contributor to A Deeper Story and a former contributor, now featured guest for Transpositions, and has guest posted several places around the web. He currently lives in Waco, Texas, though he divides his time between there, Scotland and Massachusetts, always with coffee in hand…and is marrying his best friend, Hilary, at the end of June 2014.