By Caroline Triscik and Amy Peterson

Amy Peterson: Reclaiming Virtue in an Age of Hypocrisy

“I think hope is acting towards the belief that all things will be made new, towards the belief that God’s kingdom will come here on earth even when we can’t see evidence of it.” — Amy Peterson

Listen in on our interview with writer, teacher, and postulant Amy Peterson as we discuss Christian virtue, our current American political climate, and her most recent book.

As I was scrolling through social media in early spring, I landed on a tweet about Amy Peterson’s latest book Where Goodness Still Grows: Reclaiming Virtue in an Age of Hypocrisy. The title alone caught my attention. When I read the sample intro online, I knew this book would be one of value to me, especially entering this current political season. Her book did not disappoint — and our conversation for this latest podcast episode was equally rich. Having grown up in conservative evangelical Christianity, Amy unpacks over half a dozen virtues she recalls learning about in her upbringing and reimagines them, viewing them through the lens of Scripture and its cultural context. With intellect, humor, and compassion, Amy invites us to reimagine these virtues in our lives as well, sharing practices that cultivate these virtues and strengthen her connection with Jesus and the love of neighbor. We hope you’ll find this conversation to be a seed of goodness in this season.

— Caroline Triscik

You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Caroline served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is a clinical mental health counselor and a former associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

Amy Peterson is a writer, teacher, and postulant for ordination in the Episcopal church. Her work has appeared in Image, Christianity Today, The Millions, Washington Post, The Cresset, Christian Century, and elsewhere. She is the author of Where Goodness Still Grows: Reclaiming Virtue in an Age of Hypocrisy (Thomas Nelson, 2020) and Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World. Follow her on twitter @amylpeterson, and find more at

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