Min Jin Lee Still Feels Like a Child of God

“I don't like to be binary. But if you said 'you have to divide believers into two categories: fear-based or love-based...' I’m with team love.” Min Jin Lee grew up in the church with a grandfather who was a Presbyterian minister. Her novel Pachinko (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. Min is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018) and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019). She is a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College (2019-2022). In 2018, Min had the unique honor of being a Double Jeopardy clue in the “Literary Types” category.  And yet, even with all of her accolades, she feels “it’s nothing compared to feeling that you’re a loved and accepted child of God.” It's a feeling she's known much of her life: "Even when I was very little and awkward and bullied, I really felt like I was a child of God. I still do."

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For season three, sociologist and pop-culture expert Nancy Wang Yuen invites a diverse group of culture movers and history makers who live out their faith in unexpected ways to discuss faith, identity, and their creative work. Yuen is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism and coeditor with Deshonna Collier-Goubil of Power Women: Stories of Motherhood, Faith, and the Academy. She serves as an associate professor of sociology at Biola University. She has appeared on PBS, NPR, MSNBC, CBS News, NBC News, BBC World, and Dr. Phil. She is a guest writer at CNN, Elle, Los Angeles Times, NBC, and Newsweek.