Beverly  Willett-Disassembly Required: A Memoir of Midlife Resurrection

Beverly Willett


Beverly Willett is the author of Disassembly Required: A Memoir of Midlife Resurrection (July 2019). She has written for The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Post, Salon, The Daily Beast, and many more. A former entertainment lawyer in New York City, she now lives in Savannah, Georgia, where she serves on the boards of the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless and the ATC. She is also President of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home. To learn more, watch her Tedx Talk “How to Begin Again.”


Treasures in Earthen Vessels: Three Memoirs

In How to Be Loved, Eva Hagberg Fisher explores how an isolated person's life can be ripped apart only to be gently stitched back together through friendship, and the recovery-of many stripes-that came along the way. In All the Silent Spaces, Christine Ristaino takes an unflinching look at violence and the journey of reclaiming a life after a tragic event unveils a horrific family secret. And in her memoir, Disassembly Required, Beverly Willet chronicles what happens after a small-town southern girl turned New Yorker watches her American Dream implode, and she has to muster the courage to begin again—resurrecting the powerful woman her daughters had glimpsed during their family’s darkest times. Join these three authors as they talk about finding metaphorical treasures in earthen vessels.

Moderator: Pastor James Brewer-Calvert

James Brewer-Calvert is the senior pastor of First Christian Church of Decatur. He is married to Rev. Betty Brewer-Calvert. They have two adult children. In February 2019, James and his Decatur congregation celebrated 21 years of shared leadership as pastor and parish. He previously served churches in East Harlem, NY; Dallas, TX; and Jackson, Tenn. He has published many articles, liturgical resources, op-ed pieces, narrative essays, and sermons in journals, newspapers, and magazines. He received a BA at Hampshire College, Mass.; Master in Divinity at Union Theological Seminary, NY; and Doctor of Ministry at Lexington Theological Seminary, KY.

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Disassembly Required: A Memoir of Midlife Resurrection

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