435: A Sense of Order with Jack Harrell

asenseoforder-cdAs the 10th feature of our Mormon Stories Book Club series, we feature Jack Harrell and his short story collection, A Sense of Order and Other Stories.

Jack is currently a writing professor at BYU-Idaho. A Sense of Order and Other Stories contains two award-winning stories (“Calling and Election” and “A Prophet’s Story”); the collection won the award for best short fiction from the Association for Mormon Letters in 2010.

Some excerpts of the book are available here.

This podcast includes a discussion with author Jack Harrell, podcast host Heather Olson Beal, and (very enthusiastic and inquisitive) reader Brent Beal. Shout out to Braeden Jones and Katie Farr Harmer for their help!

Please support Mormon Stories by purchasing A Sense of Order and Other stories through this link. A small amount of the proceeds go to help support Mormon Stories.




6 comments for “435: A Sense of Order with Jack Harrell

  1. David Ward
    August 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I enjoyed your podcast very much. It was intriguing to listen to my colleague’s perspective on the genesis of his short stories as prompted by the sensitive questions of Heather and Brent Beal. I agree that Jack’s stories are redemption or invoke one’s quest for redemption. It’s what makes them “sweet,” as Brent observed–moral and edifying.

  2. August 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I haven’t listened to the podcast just yet, but I wanted to tell Jack that I love the book. I read it when it came out in 2010. I had read “Calling and Election” in Dispensation and was so impressed that I bought A Sense of Order on the spot. It is my favorite book of short stories in the Mormon fiction universe.

  3. VaLynne Stoddard
    August 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I had Brother Harrell for a teacher when I returned to BYU-Idaho online to earn my bachelors degree. I have a minor in English. He’s a great teacher and even though we never met face to face, I enjoyed the class and what I learned from him.

  4. Adam
    August 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Loved this. Faith in the absence of the authoritarian ‘Natural Man’ is what we all need to be striving for and this really captures that feeling.

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