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Jana Riess

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Occupation  Writer
Genre  Religion
Language  English
Spouse  Phil Smith

Nationality  American
Name  Jana Riess
Period  1990s-present
Role  Writer
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Born  Jana Kathryn RiessDecember 13, 1969US (1969-12-13)
Education  Columbia University, Wellesley College
Books  Flunking Sainthood: A Year of, What Would Buffy Do?, Mormonism For Dummies, Flunking Sainthood Every Da, American Pilgrimage: Sacred J

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Jana Kathryn Riess (born December 13, 1969) is an American writer and editor.


Riess' writings have focused on American religions, usually on organized movements such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and The Church of Christ, Scientist.

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Riess was born in the US Midwest, one of two children. Her father abandoned the family (mother Phyllis and Jana; by that time the brother was on his own) without warning in 1984.

Riess has a Bachelor's degree from Wellesley College. She received a Master's degree in theology from the Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in American Religious studies from Columbia University. Riess is a Religion and American Studies professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She and husband Phil Smith reside in Cincinnati. A convert to the LDS Church, Riess has spoken at Brigham Young University Women’s Conference and other Mormon gatherings, as well as professional conferences. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and daughter.


Among the books by Riess are What Would Buffy Do? and an abridgment of the Book of Mormon with commentary. Riess is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having converted as an adult. Riess is an expert on religion in literature. In 2001 she moderated a debate over whether the Harry Potter books were a tract for witchcraft. She has been the religion book editor for Publishers Weekly.

Tweeting the Bible

On October 4, 2009, Riess began a project to tweet the bible. Her "Twible" quest will conclude in January 2013. Each tweet summarizes a chapter of the bible. Riess tweets the bible in order and plans to hit all 1,189 chapters in 140 characters.


  • @janariess #Twible Genesis 12: Hello, Abram. G promises land & descendants. Father Ab responds by lying to Pharaoh & pimping out wife Sarai.
  • @janariess #Twible Genesis 20: Ab pulls the "she's my sister" thing again; successfully pimps out Sarah for more sheep, oxen & slaves. Yay Father Ab!
  • @janariess #Twible Genesis 26: Like father, like son. Isaac mimics "she's my sister" trick to pimp out wife Reb. Again results in riches. We never learn.
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