MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile was the place that Amanda Bible Williams, co-founder and chief content editor of She Reads Truth, began to engage God, theology and scripture with her heart and her mind.
“UM is the place that I started seeing faith not as a category in my life, but a catalyst in my life. Mingling my study of scripture with my other studies was incredibly empowering,” Williams said.
Williams graduated from UM in 2000 and came back to speak to students, faculty and staff and friends on UM at the Torchlight Scholarship Celebration on April 9.
After graduation, Williams help found She Reads Truth in 2012. She Reads Truth creates beautiful, accessible Bible reading plans and resources, using old and new technology, for women and men worldwide to grow in biblical literacy and affection for God and His Word. She Reads Truth is rapidly growing with over 800,000 followers on Instagram. They have also expanded to reach men through He Reads Truth and children through Kids Read Truth.
Williams said that her time at UM is crucial to her story because it marks the beginning of her studying scripture for herself; learning and being taught to think, read and write critically.
“It’s the place where I learned to not be afraid of hard topics,” said Williams. During her time, she was encouraged by a class taught by Dr. Ted Mashburn, professor of humanities, called God and Suffering. Though this, she began to engage God, theology and scripture with her heart and her mind, and with literature alongside of that.
UM was the place that Williams began to experiment with the power of words. She went on to co-author two books: “She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away” and “Open Your Bible: God’s Word Is for You and for Now.” Williams also writes content for the Bible studies that She Reads Truth creates.
Every part of her experiences at UM prepared her for the day that She Reads Truth would begin with a small group of internet friends, a hashtag and a desire to just read the Word.
Not only is she now impacted by reading the Word of God every day, but Williams is able to impact the lives of hundreds and thousands of people as they encounter God’s word every single day, whether through the app or printed materials of She Reads Truth.
“When I look back on my time here, at University of Mobile, I can see God’s pursuit of my heart and my mind,” Williams said.
Throughout the year, University of Mobile Torch Society members raise funds for scholarships while building bonds of friendship and community through monthly meetings and activities. “An Evening with Amanda Bible Williams” is the culmination of those efforts as the philanthropic organization fulfills its mission of “Lighting the Way through Scholarships” by awarding scholarships to UM students.
The recipients of the Torch Society scholarships were:
- Tessa Crane from Fairhope, AL, majoring in accounting/MBA
- Kathryn Gray from Equality, AL majoring in marine science
- Merissa Harris from Summerdale, AL majoring in early childhood/elementary education
- Maya Lewellyn from Destin, FL majoring in communication and intercultural studies
- Jennifer Meredith from Wetumpka, AL majoring in early childhood education
- Leuxs Peppers from Ellisville, MS majoring in early childhood education
For more information about University of Mobile Torch Society, visit umobile.edu/torchsociety or call 251.442.2201.
About University of Mobile
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.
For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.