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Rod Dreher

Journalist & Conservative Culture Critic who Left City Life to Embark on a Profound Journey Home; Writer for The American Conservative

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Rod Dreher is a veteran journalist and author, most recently, of The Little Way Of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life (April, 2013), a memoir of how the life and death of his younger sister, Ruthie Leming, changed his life, and caused him to return to their south Louisiana hometown of 1,800 people.

In 2010, Leming, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She was forty years old, an avid outdoorswoman, beloved teacher, mother, and the happily married to her high school sweetheart. What is remarkable about this story is not that a young mother was diagnosed with cancer, but the way in which she faced her disease and the incredible amount of support she received from her community as they rallied to her family’s side. The response of St. Francisville, Louisiana to Leming’s illness was so extraordinary that it caused her brother to reevaluate his life and move home for the first time in over twenty years.

Dreher had left his hometown to go to college and never looked back. He was an intellectual kid who was teased growing up for not fitting in, and felt like he couldn’t relate to his family’s love of hunting and satisfaction with the slow pace of a small Southern town. Dreher dreamed of a cosmopolitan lifestyle far away from St. Francisville. Leming, on the other hand, was popular in school, an athlete who prized the outdoors, and met the love of her life in high school. Leming started planning her life in the town she grew up in and couldn’t imagine leaving such a tight-knit community.

Dreher became a journalist and moved to Washington, DC, Dallas, New York, and Philadelphia pursuing his passion. But when his sister got sick, everything changed. Dreher and his wife began to see a different path.

After her diagnosis, the first thing Leming decided was that she didn’t want to know how bad it was. She wasn’t going to look up any statistics on survival rates or the success of various treatments. She put her faith in the fact that her fate was out of her hands, that her prayers and those of her community would be answered, and set her sights on the singular goal of witnessing her oldest daughter’s high school graduation.

Dreher began to wonder whether the ordinary life Leming led in Louisiana was actually a path to hidden grandeur, even spiritual greatness, concealed within the modest life of a mother and teacher. To explore this revelation, he and his wife left city life to move back to his hometown to be there for his sister and raise their own children amid the rituals that had defined his family for five generations—Mardi Gras, LSU football games, and deer hunting. As David Brooks poignantly described it in his New York Times column, Dreher and his wife “decided to accept the limitations of small-town life in exchange for the privilege of being a part of a community.”

Dreher’s previous book, Crunchy Cons , was a critically acclaimed exploration of the desire for countercultural conservatives to live a simpler, more authentic lifestyle. He has worked as a writer and editor at the New York Post, National Review, the Dallas Morning News, and other publications. He is now a senior editor at The American Conservative magazine, where he writes a popular blog about culture, religion, and politics. Dreher’s commentary has been featured on NPR, Fox News, CNN, ABC News, and in the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London , and Real Simple magazine.

He is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, and lives with his wife and three children in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

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The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem

How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life

Crunchy Cons: The New Conservative Counterculture and Its Return to Roots

Crunchy Cons: The New Conservative Counterculture and Its Return to Roots

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Rod Dreher

Journalist & Conservative Culture Critic who Left City Life to Embark on a Profound Journey Home; Writer for The American Conservative

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Rod Dreher Biography

Rod Dreher is a veteran journalist and author, most recently, of The Little Way Of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life (April, 2013), a memoir of how the life and death of his younger sister, Ruthie Leming, changed his life, and caused him to return to their south Louisiana hometown of 1,800 people.

In 2010, Leming, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She was forty years old, an avid outdoorswoman, beloved teacher, mother, and the happily married to her high school sweetheart. What is remarkable about this story is not that a young mother was diagnosed with cancer, but the way in which she faced her disease and the incredible amount of support she received from her community as they rallied to her family’s side. The response of St. Francisville, Louisiana to Leming’s illness was so extraordinary that it caused her brother to reevaluate his life and move home for the first time in over twenty years.

Dreher had left his hometown to go to college and never looked back. He was an intellectual kid who was teased growing up for not fitting in, and felt like he couldn’t relate to his family’s love of hunting and satisfaction with the slow pace of a small Southern town. Dreher dreamed of a cosmopolitan lifestyle far away from St. Francisville. Leming, on the other hand, was popular in school, an athlete who prized the outdoors, and met the love of her life in high school. Leming started planning her life in the town she grew up in and couldn’t imagine leaving such a tight-knit community.

Dreher became a journalist and moved to Washington, DC, Dallas, New York, and Philadelphia pursuing his passion. But when his sister got sick, everything changed. Dreher and his wife began to see a different path.

After her diagnosis, the first thing Leming decided was that she didn’t want to know how bad it was. She wasn’t going to look up any statistics on survival rates or the success of various treatments. She put her faith in the fact that her fate was out of her hands, that her prayers and those of her community would be answered, and set her sights on the singular goal of witnessing her oldest daughter’s high school graduation.

Dreher began to wonder whether the ordinary life Leming led in Louisiana was actually a path to hidden grandeur, even spiritual greatness, concealed within the modest life of a mother and teacher. To explore this revelation, he and his wife left city life to move back to his hometown to be there for his sister and raise their own children amid the rituals that had defined his family for five generations—Mardi Gras, LSU football games, and deer hunting. As David Brooks poignantly described it in his New York Times column, Dreher and his wife “decided to accept the limitations of small-town life in exchange for the privilege of being a part of a community.”

Dreher’s previous book, Crunchy Cons , was a critically acclaimed exploration of the desire for countercultural conservatives to live a simpler, more authentic lifestyle. He has worked as a writer and editor at the New York Post, National Review, the Dallas Morning News, and other publications. He is now a senior editor at The American Conservative magazine, where he writes a popular blog about culture, religion, and politics. Dreher’s commentary has been featured on NPR, Fox News, CNN, ABC News, and in the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London , and Real Simple magazine.

He is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, and lives with his wife and three children in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

Rod Dreher Videos

  • Highlights of Evening Conversation with Rod Dreher, Russell Moore ...
    Mar 15, 2018 ... In the first Trinity Forum conversation with new partner, St. Cecilia Academy ( Nashville, TN), Dreher, Moore, and Sister Mary...
  • Evening Conversation with Rod Dreher in Nashville, TN - YouTube
    Sep 11, 2017 ... The Trinity Forum joins Montgomery Bell Academy and St. Paul Christian Academy to host an Evening Conversation with Rod Dreher on...
  • Rod Dreher "How Dante Can Save Your Life" 4.20.15 - YouTube
    Jun 30, 2015 ... Lecture by Rod Dreher on his recent book "How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem"....

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  • How much does it cost to book Rod Dreher?

    Booking fees for Rod Dreher, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rod Dreher, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Rod Dreher?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rod Dreher for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rod Dreher for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rod Dreher or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rod Dreher or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Rod Dreher is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rod Dreher for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Rod Dreher generally travels from Baton Rouge, LA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Michael Pantalon, Ph.D., Rupert Isaacson, Peter Godwin, Brad Meltzer and Dr. Joseph Renzulli & Dr. Sally Reis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rod Dreher for an upcoming event.

Rod Dreher Speaker Videos

  • Highlights of Evening Conversation with Rod Dreher, Russell Moore ...
    Mar 15, 2018 ... In the first Trinity Forum conversation with new partner, St. Cecilia Academy ( Nashville, TN), Dreher, Moore, and Sister Mary Madeline discuss ...
    Evening Conversation with Rod Dreher in Nashville, TN - YouTube
    Sep 11, 2017 ... The Trinity Forum joins Montgomery Bell Academy and St. Paul Christian Academy to host an Evening Conversation with Rod Dreher on "How ...
  • Rod Dreher "How Dante Can Save Your Life" 4.20.15 - YouTube
    Jun 30, 2015 ... Lecture by Rod Dreher on his recent book "How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem". Dreher ...
    Eric Metaxas Interviews Rod Dreher on "The Little Way of Ruthie ...
    Jan 7, 2014 ... In this poignant and at times heart-rending conversation, Eric Metaxas talks with Rod Dreher about his book, "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: ...
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