Renee Splichal Larson to speak at Luther

Seven years ago, Renee Splichal Larson's life was changed forever when she and her husband, Ben Spichal Larson, Luther College class of 2006, were buried in the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Splichal Larson survived, but her husband was killed, leaving her a widow at the age of 27.

Now an author and pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Splichal Larson's book, "A Witness," discusses love, grief, faith, survival and new life in light of the aftermath of tragedy. She will share readings and reflections on her book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus. As part of the event, she will answer questions from the audience and be available for conversation and book signing at the reception to follow.

The reception will be held in Qualley Lounge, adjacent to the Recital Hall in the Center for Faith and Life. "A Witness" is available for purchase in Luther's Book Shop and will be available at the reception. The reading and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Born and raised in North Dakota, Splichal Larson is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. She lives with her husband, Jonathan Splichal Larson, who is also a pastor in the ELCA, and their son Gabriel. "A Witness" is her first book.

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