Diane Jones series: “Fingerprints”

Diane Jones

Fourth member since 2012, Diane recently completed her Master’s degree in Humanities at Hood College concentrating on English Literature. Her Master’s paper on Jane Austen looked at the Christian virtue of charity in several Austen novels.

Diane has taught high school English classes since 1981, at the Field School and Covenant Life School and teaches literature classes for homeschool students. Her family benefited by traveling to homes of authors, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Willa Cather, Mark Twain, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Two of her daughters were English majors in college; one of them, our own Erin Jones, teaches high school English.

Middle school and high school students were the benefactors of her enthusiasm in a Covenant Life Summer Camp focusing on biblical criticism of Shakespeare. Head of the English Department at Covenant Life for the last eight years, she taught American Literature and Classics of Literature introducing biblical themes found therein.

At Hood, Diane explored Christian elements in her studies of authors such as Austen, Chaucer, Dante and Shakespeare. After graduation, she joined the writing lab as a “Writing Professional Tutor.” In this capacity she helps students hone writing skills, working with English majors, those from technical fields and ESOL students.

For the past three summers, Fourth Church women were privileged to attend Diane’s book groups, looking at biblical aspects in Jane Austen novels, Les Miserables and To Kill a Mockingbird. Fourth members will benefit from her insights into the Christian dimensions of twelve literary works in a monthly web series entitled “The Fingerprints of God.” As she shares her knowledge and love of literature, she will introduce readers to the classics in a new way of thinking.

Article written by Fourth member Joe Ann Stenstrom.

January 2017               Introduction

February 2017             Shakespeare

March 2017                  Odysseus

April 2017                     Ibsen

May 2017                      Hawthorne

June 2017                   Sonnets and Psalm

July 2017                     Rediscovering Edward Taylor and Reading Poetry in Morning Devotions

August 2017               Humility in Pride and Prejudice

September 2017      Moral Education in Pride and Prejudice

October 2017            To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch

November 2017      The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer: No Shitten Shepherdes

December 2017       This Little Babe