Roanoke native, Jennifer Bird, PhD, author of the new release Permission Granted: Take the Bible into Your Own Hands, will offer a number of readings and events on August 29-30, 2015 in Roanoke.

On Saturday, August 29, Dr. Bird will have a reading and signing at the Roanoke County Public Library, 6303 Merriman Rd, Roanoke, at 3:00 pm.  For more information, contact the library at 540-772-7507.

On Sunday, August 30, Dr. Bird will be present for two events at Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge, 806 Jamison Ave SE, Roanoke.  She will present a dialogue sermon with Reverend Joe Cobb at 11:00 am as part of the worship service.  She will also offer an evening presentation, 6-7:30 pm on: “Biblical Marriage: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.” A light dinner will be served, so reservations are recommended by contacting the church office at 540-344-4444 or

Jennifer Bird’s recent book, Permission Granted: Take the Bible into Your Own Hands, has been hailed as, “Wonderful and insightful,” and “One of the best, most freeing, most enlightening books on the Bible I have ever read” (Amazon reviewers).  Bird draws on years of scholarly research and college classroom teaching to invite people to engage their curiosity as they read the Bible. She and her approach to the Bible are compared with the popular style and interests of Bart Ehrman, Marcus Borg, and Elaine Pagels.