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Christian author hosts ‘Girls’ Night Out’ event

Ashley Tripp

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Marian Jordan, an active speaker, guest lecturer and published author, is coming to The University of Alabama for a “Girls’ Night Out” event Thursday at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.

Mary Katherine Lake, a sophomore majoring in nursing, said the first time she heard Jordan speak was at Greek Summit, a summer project hosted by Campus Crusade for Christ in Destin, Fla.

“I hung on to every word that she said as she spoke,” Lake said. “She just speaks truth about Jesus and it’s awesome. I can’t wait for my fellow peers at The University of Alabama to have the opportunity to hear her speak.”

Based on Jordan’s book, “Sex and the City Uncovered,” GNO is an evangelistic event designed for college women. Using media clips mixed with her personal testimony, Jordan discusses the many things girls use to fill the “God-shaped holes in their souls.”

Jordan has a ministry based in Houston, Texas, known as “Redeemed Girl Ministries” and has written books such as “Sex and the City Uncovered,” “Wilderness Skills for Women” and “Radiant: Living as a Light in a Dark World.”

After hearing Jordan speak, Lake said she read two of her books well as downloaded her app, “Redeemed Girl Ministries.”

“The Redeemed Girl Ministries app has all kinds of tools and resources on it like podcasts, Bible reading plans and tips for doing your quiet time,” Lake said.

Lake said Jordan is relatable to college-aged girls.

“Her message about love is a powerful testimony, and many girls our age can relate to it,” Lake said. “She’s bold, fun and one of the best storytellers I’ve ever heard.”

After previously traveling to other colleges such as Southern Methodist University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Texas, the University of Tennessee and the University of Missouri, Jordan said she is thrilled to host GNO at the University.

“When God called me to write the book ‘Sex and The City Uncovered,’ I knew that I wanted to take this message to college campuses because these four years are so pivotal in the lives of young women,” Jordan said. “I wanted to offer them a message of hope and truth.”

After speaking at her first GNO at Arizona State University, Jordan said a door was opened for her to come and speak at the University of South Carolina.

“Book clubs were then started in sorority houses,” Jordan said. “Girls quickly began telling their friends at other colleges, and soon sorority women across the nation were reading and leading groups with ‘Sex and the City Uncovered.’”

Jordan said this in turn began a GNO movement across the nation, opening doors at other universities that wanted to bring this event to their campuses.

Annie Heggeman, a sophomore majoring in business, said she became inspired to contact Jordan and organize the event after hearing about GNO at Greek Summit.

Heggeman said the process of getting everything together has been very enjoyable and that it takes a lot of planning for an event like this.

“The preparation for this event has been incredibly humbling,” Heggeman said. “The team of girls behind this project is absolutely incredible. Each member has a heart to see the event run smoothly, and all of them have been so giving of their time.”

Heggeman said she hopes this event will spur girls to read Jordan’s books, listen to her podcasts and learn more about what a relationship with Christ looks like.

“For girls who have never heard Marian speak before, I would describe her as passionate, down-to-earth and humorous,” Heggeman said. “Marian takes true joy in speaking and empowering women and longs to see women transformed by revelation.”

Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

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