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Beauty for Ashes: How Artisans Made the Ink Used in The Saint John’s Bible 200 Years Ago

June 19, 2024 Blog Article

The methods of crafting the ink used in The Saint John’s Bible, the first manuscript commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in more than 500 years, prove the phrase true: Everything old is, in fact, new again.  The question of what material would be best to… Read More

Education of the Whole Person: How The Saint John’s Bible Empowers Catholic Marianist Tradition at the University of Dayton, Ohio

June 19, 2024 Blog Article

Dayton, Ohio — Universities are places with buzz. Campuses are homes to sports games, festivals, and young minds from all kinds of backgrounds with their eyes open, noses in books, discussing all types of theories, issues and concepts, learning some of the lessons that will allow… Read More

Actively Creating an Impact for Good: The Culvers’ Journey to Sharing The Saint John’s Bible

March 15, 2024 Blog Article

Eventually, we all face this question: What was the impact of my life? Did I leave the world a better place than I found it?  Some take their last breath not knowing the answer to that question.   And there are others who actively push themselves… Read More

How-To Care for Your Heritage Edition with Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John’s Bible at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

March 15, 2024 Blog Article

Heritage Edition sets of The Saint John’s Bible were made to be touched, held, paged-through, interacted with, and loved. Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John’s Bible program at Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University can’t emphasize that enough. The Heritage Edition… Read More


February 26, 2024 Blog Article

Wondering what the Heritage Program is up to? Reference the list below to see where The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program is off to ignite spiritual imaginations next. Events with Heritage Program August 14-18, 2023: Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago, IL September 20, 2023:… Read More

Sacro Speco as pictured in January 2024. Photo by The Rev. Dr. John F. Ross.

Connecting the Benedictine Preservation of Ancient Texts and The Saint John’s Bible

February 16, 2024 Blog Article

Permanently embedded along the rock face of Monte Taleo near Subiaco, Italy, the Sanctuary of Sacro Speco has remained a holy place of worship since the… Read More

Tripp Gulledge (left) poses with other representatives from Southern Methodist University on the Saint John’s University campus.

What Meaning We Hold Together: Sacred Art in the Absence of Sight

January 26, 2024 Blog Article

The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition was never meant to be held by one person. Each volume stands at two feet tall and three feet wide when open, making it nearly as tall, or taller than, half of most human bodies. This makes holding all seven volumes by oneself extremely… Read More

Meghan Stretar, Assistant Director of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program, presents The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition to the Sisters of Saint Benedict at St. Scholastica Convent.

From Student to Teacher: Celebrating Meghan Stretar, Assistant Director of the Heritage Program

January 24, 2024 Blog Article

Collegeville, Minnesota – One’s first encounter with The Saint John’s Bible is truly a defining experience. Whether it happens by plan or by chance, there is no denying the impact that The Saint John’s Bible can leave on those who open up their hearts and minds to experiencing it. For… Read More

Photo by Peter Langdown: Seekers experience The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition at Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England.

What to Expect for the Heritage Program in 2024

January 21, 2024 Blog Article

The Heritage Program had much to celebrate in 2023. In just the past 12 months… Eight institutions or individuals welcomed a Heritage Edition and two new institutions welcomed an Apostles Edition into their faith communities or homes;   Thousands participated in various stops on the Dedication Tour to England… Read More

Photo: The entire Dedication Tour group poses for a photo at Salisbury Cathedral in front of a Heritage Edition. Dan Whalen is pictured to the left of the Bishop of Salisbury, the Most Reverend Stephen Lake.

JourneyNote: A “Red Letter” Year

December 9, 2023 Blog Article

Hand-written, illuminated manuscripts from medieval times are the precursors of The Saint John’s Bible.  Most of them were never finished and many of the medieval Bible manuscripts we enjoy today are missing pages or entire sections—such as the Winchester Bible, upon which Donald Jackson based the design… Read More

College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University Celebrate The Saint John’s Bible

October 10, 2023 Blog Article

Collegeville, Minnesota – At 7 p.m. on October 5th, 2023, students, professors, and staff from Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict gathered in community to celebrate the Word of God in The Saint John’s Bible.   The principal organizer for the event,… Read More

To The Ends of The Earth

The Human Body’s Place Among Celestial Bodies: Wisdom from Astronaut Mark Vande Hei’s Trip to the International Space Station with The Saint John’s Bible Illumination

September 19, 2023 Blog Article

International Space Station, 248 miles above Earth’s surface – Far away from the familiar green, gold and brown hues of Mother Earth’s palm, astronaut Mark Vande Hei lays in a near-fetal position with his knees pressed to his chest. He is a co-pilot on a small, Russian spacecraft… Read More

Illumination from The Saint John’s Bible, titled “To the Ends of the Earth”

Maureen Briare Composes a Cosmic Hymn for the University of Portland

September 18, 2023 Blog Article

Portland, Oregon – People often experience art and faith in similar ways. Both ignite a sense of spiritual awareness and creativity within oneself. The Saint John’s Bible is no exception, inviting seekers to explore faith from a new perspective.   One illumination from… Read More

Brad Neary at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

Celebrating 10 Years with Brad Neary, Director of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program

September 15, 2023 Blog Article

Seattle, Washington – Though it’s not something we consider often, there are many different kinds of understanding in this world. Some ways of understanding live in the mind, as logic and reason do. And then there’s that other kind – that kind of wisdom that lives… Read More

JourneyNote: Don’t Forget the “One”

September 14, 2023 Blog Article

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to ONE of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.  (Matthew 25:40) An often-forgotten word in scripture is the word “one” from the passage above.  Frequently I hear people quote this passage saying,… Read More

The Codex Sassoon

A Matrimony of the Old and New

June 5, 2023 Blog Article

University Park, Texas – There is a power in witnessing two of the most sacred historical texts side by side in one single glance. The vibrant pages of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition’s illumination titled “Vision of New Jerusalem,” resting open beside the fragile, sepia-toned pages of… Read More

Congregation members page through The Saint John's Bible

JourneyNote: Welcome to Sharing the Word

May 9, 2023 Blog Article

Dear friends and stewards of the Heritage Program, Welcome to our new monthly e-newsletter, Sharing the Word! We’re excited to bring you this compilation of the ways The Saint John’s Bible continues to ignite the spiritual imagination of people around the world. Here’s what you can expect to find… Read More

From left to right - Mabel Jackson, Donald Jackson, and Reverend John Ross stand before the Canterbury Cathedral.

The Saint John’s Bible Goes Home: Introducing the 25th Anniversary Dedication Tour

May 7, 2023 Blog Article

England, United Kingdom – In honor of the 25th anniversary of the commissioning of The Saint John’s Bible, the Heritage Program is announcing a pilgrimage through some of the most renowned Anglican institutions across England. It is only appropriate that the tour takes… Read More

An illumination featured in The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition.

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Commissioning of The Saint John’s Bible

May 5, 2023 Blog Article

Collegeville, Minnesota – Since it was commissioned 25 years ago, The Saint John’s Bible has touched millions of people around the world. Completed in 2011, it inspires. It heals. And, to its original intent, it brings people together. It’s this spirit – the spirit of bringing people together – that… Read More

Worshipers observe a Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible

Pepperdine University Illuminates the Word on Good Friday

May 1, 2023 Blog Article

Malibu, California – Quietly walking into Stauffer Chapel with the gentle morning sun to their backs, Good Friday worshipers at Pepperdine University held an array of feelings in their hearts. Good Friday is a day of tension for modern worshippers, balancing the deep feelings of grief that come… Read More

The Saint John’s Bible at Home in Galveston

March 15, 2023 Blog Article

Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston, Texas, is home to many artistic treasures. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its Tiffany stained-glass windows are a testament to its renown. Among the treasures are the seven volumes of the Heritage Edition of  The Saint John’s Bible, which the congregation received… Read More

Illuminations Plant the Seed

January 25, 2023 Blog Article

The Right Reverend John Klassen, OSB, PhD, has many roles as abbot of Saint John’s Abbey. One such role, aided by the help of The Saint John’s Bible illuminations: inspiring epiphanies. Leading retreats on the Saint John’s campus for any interested parties has allowed him to watch participants suddenly view… Read More

It’s Not a Book Until It’s Bound

November 17, 2022 Blog Article

Whoever said, “Don’t judge a book by its cover…” never met the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, or the amazing people who bind this rare and wonderful work of sacred art. The binding, case, and box of the Heritage Edition are nothing short of a masterpiece—handmade with love… Read More

Jazz & The Saint John’s Bible

October 25, 2022 Blog Article

On a Monday night in October during midterms, the University of Portland came alive with the sound of jazz. Over 100 students, faculty, and staff gathered to and hear musicians perform their original compositions inspired by The Saint John’s Bible illuminations. “I think a few people were kind of surprised… Read More

Continuing our Mission to Ignite the Spiritual Imagination

September 13, 2022 Blog Article

During August 2022, we took steps to more fully understand your engagement with The Saint John’s Bible to help us continue our mission to ignite the spiritual imagination of people around the world. We asked friends and Stewards to share thoughts and ideas about the Heritage Program through a short… Read More

Annual Update

July 21, 2022 Blog Article

Dear Friends, It is with deep gratitude and joy that I offer this mid-year update on the Heritage Program of The Saint John’s Bible. I’m pleased to report good news in virtually every area of our mission: to ignite the spiritual imagination of people around the world of all faith… Read More

Baylor University’s Heritage Edition

June 8, 2022 Blog Article

The parallels between a college graduation ceremony and a church service are unmistakable: the ritualized order of events, the regalia, and the use of music and spoken word to convey the importance of the proceedings all speak to the power and reverence of these important events. The connection between the… Read More

Bringing the Word of God to Life through Illuminations

May 18, 2022 Blog Article

Wheaton College seized a special opportunity for collaboration, discovery, and celebration when the grand opening of their Armerding Center for Music and the Arts aligned with the joyful return of students, faculty, and the community to campus in the fall of 2021. And it was grand. A full year of… Read More

Chapman University Celebrates Art and Diversity with The Heritage Edition

August 17, 2021 Blog Article

At the Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University, one can participate in a Catholic Mass, enjoy a luncheon with Latter-day Saints, or use the wudu station for ablution before Islamic prayer. The Interfaith Center is just one element of the diversity and inclusion that has been celebrated… Read More

Reflections on a Decade of The Saint John’s Bible

July 22, 2021 Blog Article

Father Eric Hollas, OSB, recalls his first conversation with Donald Jackson about what would become The Saint John’s Bible. The year was 1995, and the two had just given a joint presentation on calligraphy at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Over lunch, Jackson raised “his life’s ambition, which was to… Read More

Celebrating Ten Years of The Saint John’s Bible

June 18, 2021 Blog Article

June 18, 2011, was a historic day for The Saint John’s Bible—the date that the final crosses were embossed on the page and the work of the Bible’s creators was complete. Now, on the tenth anniversary of that day, members of the Saint John’s community are looking back in reflection… Read More

Christ’s Body in The Saint John’s Bible

March 10, 2021 Blog Article

How do contemporary Christians understand Jesus’ resurrection? What is the nature of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples after the crucifixion and resurrection, and what do these appearances mean? Also, is Jesus coming back? If so, will he come back in a historical body? In her book Jesus Risen in our… Read More

Gospel of John Frontispiece

Notre Dame’s Journey With The Saint John’s Bible: 2021

February 23, 2021 Blog Article

Developed by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, this six-unit series allows you to explore the beauty and tradition of illuminated manuscripts, and unpack several illuminations from The Saint John’s Bible along with the Scripture passages they depict. You’ll also learn how to pray with Scripture and art… Read More

Op-ed Celebrates National Handwriting Day

January 23, 2021 Blog Article

Today is National Handwriting Day. To help celebrate the day, the Star Tribune was very gracious in publishing an op-ed written by Jim Triggs, executive director of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program.  We hope you enjoy it.  (Please click the link below.) Human Touch Endures in… Read More

Illuminate Series: Sharing The Saint John’s Bible

September 24, 2020 Blog Article

The Illuminate Series was launched in two parts on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Part one is a presentation Tim Ternes, director of The Saint John’s Bible, gave at Wayzata Community Church on Friday, September 18, 2020, in Wayzata, Minnesota. Working with a small group from five Twin Cities churches, Tim… Read More

Illuminate Series Begins

September 16, 2020 Blog Article

The Heritage Program is excited to announce its new Illuminate Series.  This online lecture and webinar program allows Saint John’s and other institutions to share the best practices of using The Saint John’s Bible in academics, worship, healthcare, fine arts, and community outreach. Our first featured speaker is Tim Ternes.  Tim is the director… Read More

Illuminate Series Launches in September 2020

August 26, 2020 Blog Article

Because the Illuminate 2020 conference was canceled due to the pandemic, Saint John’s will offer a yearlong webinar and online presentation series for The Saint John’s Bible community.  Jim Triggs, executive director of the Heritage Program at Saint John’s University, provides an overview of the series.   In… Read More

First Person: George Fox University’s 125th Anniversary Illuminated

June 9, 2020 Blog Article

George Fox University celebrates its 125th anniversary with on-campus events, presentations around the country, and the publication of over a dozen essays on Saint John’s Bible-related themes. Honoring its Christian Mission With The Saint John’s Bible George Fox University opened its doors in 1891, following the establishment of Pacific Friends… Read More

First Person: In Search of Rituals

May 7, 2020 Blog Article

Beyond the formal rituals that play an important role in our spiritual lives, the simple ones that are part of daily life help us through the day. For many of us, COVID-19 has derailed these rituals.  Our experience with students preparing to turn the pages of The Saint John’s Bible… Read More

There’s Still Time to Join Online Journey with The Saint John’s Bible

March 26, 2020 Blog Article

As readers of this blog learned two weeks ago, this Lenten season, the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame is delving deep into The Saint John’s Bible. The Institute has launched a complimentary online course designed to “deepen your knowledge of and relationship with Scripture.”… Read More

University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute Launches Online Journey with The Saint John’s Bible for Lent

March 12, 2020 Blog Article

At first glance, the physical scale of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition may lead one to think that its impact is limited to the geographic areas where it has found a home. But this Lenten season, the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame is… Read More

The Saint John's Bible at Marian University Indianapolis

How Marian University Uses the Heritage Edition to “Make Discoveries” About Art, Faith and the Core of Spiritual Being

February 20, 2020 Blog Article

Like all teaching staff, Marian University faculty ‘struggled with silence’ – before the Heritage Edition. Read More

The Saint John’s Bible Forwards the Christian Mission and Research Initiatives of Baylor University

January 23, 2020 Blog Article

At some institutions, decision-makers think long and hard about where The Saint John’s Bible fits. What audiences want to see it? How do they want to use it? How do you even tell them where it is? Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has been letting the community decide. “Our goal… Read More

Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, presenting to St. Edward's University in October 2019. (Photo credit: Chelsea Purgahn/St. Edward’s University)

Fr. Michael Patella’s Lecture to St. Edward’s University Underscores The Saint John’s Bible’s “Cultural Context”

October 23, 2019 Blog Article

St. Edward’s University in Texas hosted Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, of Saint John’s University as part of The Most Reverend John McCarthy Lecture Series. “It shows it’s a book for all time,” Fr. Patella said. “It’s not historical. It’s written in history, but it’s a living history" [...] Read More

Judith Wolfe and Malcolm Guite at DITA10

With The Saint John’s Bible, Faith and Art are “Inseparable” at Duke University’s DITA10

September 19, 2019 Blog Article

The Saint John’s Bible is at home anywhere that spirituality and the arts intersect. Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA), a research and academic program within the Divinity School at Duke University, “promotes and encourages rigorous scholarly work and effective, imaginative teaching,” making it a natural venue… Read More

Fr. Hilary Thimmesh Memorial – The Saint John's Bible

“Joy in Making, Joy in Being”: Remembering Fr. Hilary Thimmesh, OSB, 10th President of SJU

August 30, 2019 Blog Article

The Saint John’s community expresses its sympathy for the passing of Fr. Hilary Thimmesh, OSB, the 10th president of Saint John’s University, whose career highlighted a spirit of service that spanned more than seven decades. Originally an SJU student in 1946, Fr. Hilary served as professor, Dean and President over 73 years [...] Read More

Save the Date for Illuminate 2020, the First-Ever International Conference for The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition

August 1, 2019 Blog Article

More than 100 locations around the world use the Heritage Edition to ignite the spiritual imagination of their communities in creative and engaging ways. Illuminate 2020—the first-ever conference focused on those who own or host The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition—is the ideal forum to learn how others have shared… Read More

A Year with The Saint John's Bible Workshops at Saint John's University

Our 2-Day Workshop Explores How to Make the Most of the Heritage Edition

July 19, 2019 Blog Article

The possibilities for enhancing faith outreach with The Saint John’s Bible are nearly infinite. We believe that the more communities are informed about the creation of this Bible, the better they can use it to complement their mission. Our Workshops, one of our most engaging educational offerings, bring together hosts and owners of the Heritage Edition for a firsthand look at how The Saint John’s Bible was made, carefully replicated and used to reach communities across the world. Read More

The Saint John's Bible at St. Mary's University

St. Mary’s University Uses The Saint John’s Bible as Shorthand for Its Mission

June 20, 2019 Blog Article

In its sixth year as an owner of the Heritage Edition, St. Mary’s University has found plenty of mileage in its pages – and it shows no signs of slowing down. Dr. Bob O’Connor, St. Mary’s Director of The Saint John’s Bible and University Ombudsman, characterizes the Bible’s appearances across… Read More

UIW_The Saint John's Bible

For the University of the Incarnate Word, A Year With The Saint John’s Bible Was About More than Just the Bible

May 16, 2019 Blog Article

Illumination licensing rights provided to A Year With The Saint John’s Bible participants allowed UIW to use art like the Gospel of John Frontispiece for university events. “The first chapter of the Gospel of Saint John was so beautiful, my heart was captivated,” said Sister Walter Maher, CCVI, Vice… Read More

Siena College students view the Ezekiel illumination in The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition

Franciscan Tradition is “Alive” with the Heritage Edition at Siena College

April 18, 2019 Blog Article

Every faith tradition has its tangible representations of an intangible belief: symbols, texts, and even elements of nature can center one’s faith and serve as a reminder of traditional values and figures. But to Siena College in Albany, New York, the important part of owning The Saint John’s Bible isn’t… Read More

Dr. Gintaras DUda and The Saint John's Bible

The God Question and a Theory of Everything: Two Scientific Perspectives on The Saint John’s Bible

April 4, 2019 Blog Article

Exploring the question of existence – the nature of being, “where” we come from and why – is a recurring sticking point between the worlds of faith and science. Ironically, it’s also the uniting ideological thread between the two: the idea that, with enough dedication and the right perspective, humans… Read More

To The Ends of The Earth

An Astrophysicist Sees “Science & Faith in Harmony” within The Saint John’s Bible

March 7, 2019 Blog Article

The Saint John’s Bible has inspired people from all walks of life, but among those who lecture on the Bible or are involved with it professionally, there tend to be a few common themes—religious leaders, calligraphers, and academics, primarily in the liberal arts. But as a growing number of audience… Read More

A Year with The Saint John’s Bible at Illinois Wesleyan University

“An Intellectually, Aesthetically and Spiritually Renewing Experience”: How the Heritage Edition Impacted Illinois Wesleyan University

February 21, 2019 Blog Article

The Saint John's Bible sparked religious conversation "in a way that nothing else can” at the diverse campus of Illinois Wesleyan. Here's how A Year with The Saint John's Bible played out at the historic university. Read More

The Saint John's Bible at Mount Saint Mary College

How the Heritage Edition Joined the Fabric of Mount Saint Mary College

February 7, 2019 Blog Article

Experiencing The Saint John’s Bible alone can be powerful. After all, it was created as a work of self-reflection, inviting viewers to discover the divine in their own spiritual imaginations. But as an object of community, it has the power to inspire beyond its pages. At Mount Saint Mary College… Read More

The Saint John's Bible - The Genealogy of Jesus

How Does A Year With The Saint John’s Bible Work?

November 29, 2018 Blog Article

Many stories on this blog have featured communities participating in the Year with The Saint John’s Bible program. But how does this program actually work, and what do host communities gain from it? Saint John’s University has recently published new details about this unique program and the opportunities it offers… Read More

Heritage Edition Locations, Industries, Markets – The Saint John's Bible

The Heritage Edition’s Expanding Reach

September 27, 2018 Blog Article

The Saint John’s Bible continues to ignite spiritual imaginations around the world thanks to the Heritage Edition and the Year With The Saint John’s Bible program. Here is an update on the communities sharing The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Editions.* *The following information represents a partial list that does not… Read More

Donald Jackson at the 2018 International Calligraphy Conference – The Saint John's Bible

The 2018 International Calligraphy Conference Connects Classical Art to a New Generation

August 9, 2018 Blog Article

The power of the written word has ebbed and flowed between cultures and generations. The passing of time, the rise of new media and waning trust in the spoken word have cemented its place in the Western world as one of the most genuine, heartfelt forms of communication – particularly… Read More

“Illuminating Justice” Interprets the Art of The Saint John’s Bible Through a Modern Lens of Social Justice

July 26, 2018 Blog Article

For many, The Saint John’s Bible is a kaleidoscope through which to see our world – religion, society, war, politics and technology are just a few of the themes that scholars and students alike have been able to extrapolate from its pages and provenance. Liturgical Press… Read More

The Saint John's Bible at the University of Notre Dame Australia – The Scribe

The Heritage Edition Enriches “Authentic Catholicity” and Intellectual Tradition at Notre Dame Australia

July 12, 2018 Blog Article

The utility of the The Saint John’s Bible is to become part of an organization’s mission – whether that mission is healing, education, spiritual introspection, cultural enrichment or artistic appreciation. Dr. Angela McCarthy, Senior Lecturer of Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia, said that it’s become more… Read More

George Fox University – The Saint John's Bible

George Fox University Uses The Saint John’s Bible to “Pique Our Social Conscience”

May 3, 2018 Blog Article

George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, is heavily influenced by its Quaker roots. A layman’s understanding of Quaker values might be summed up in the words of Dr. Paul Anderson, professor of biblical and Quaker studies: “With a deep spiritual interest, Quakers are very plain and concerned with simplicity in… Read More

The Heritage Edition at Creighton University – The Saint John's Bible

At Creighton University, Academic and Spiritual Perspectives Converge Under the Heritage Edition

April 19, 2018 Blog Article

Nowhere is the multifaceted nature of The Saint John’s Bible more apparent than in an educational context. Experts in fields that encompass the depth of human knowledge – from theology and biology to sociology, the humanities and more – pore over the art, structure, language and human effort of the… Read More

Stack of The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition

Videos: The Heritage Edition comes to Creighton University

April 9, 2018 Video

Catch up on the story and meaning of The Saint John’s Bible with a video series from Creighton University, currently hosting the Heritage Edition in Omaha, NE. Click here to follow the entire eight-part series. Read More

Baptism of Jesus

Saint John’s Bible on CBC’s Tapestry Radio Program

June 11, 2017 Link

St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Canada, was home to The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition in 2017. As part of its outreach to the Canadian community, CBC Radio’s Mary Hynes hosted an inspiring hour-long special on The Saint John’s Bible on her program, Tapestry.