Dr. Lea Povozhaev is eager to speak on topics through which she would discuss the relationship between body and spirit in the context of Orthodox Christianity. Lea is an Orthodox Christian and a mother of four precious children. She desires Truth and the light of God’s saving love to reveal better ways to live well. Her recent book, Becoming Whole, is her investigation into vaccination, and it is a sort of spiritual journey with a personal tone and inviting style. She says, “Exploring the ways the body and soul interact is integral to my faith in the Giver of Life.” She looks forward to speaking on the research and personal narrative in her book, forthcoming in 2016.
Dr. Lea Povozhaev is an author, adjunct instructor of composition and creative writing, and scholar in contemporary medical rhetoric. Her memoir When Russia Came to Stay was published in 2012 (Orthodox Research Institute), and her dissertation Addiction Rhetoric: Conceptual Metaphors in Illness Narratives was published by Sarrbrucken: Scholars’ Press, 2014. She has over 20 spiritual and creative essays and personal narratives in print. She earned her PhD, Rhetoric and Composition, Kent State University, 2014; MFA, Nonfiction (Creative Writing), Northeast Ohio Universities Master of Fine Arts, University of Akron, 2007; MA, Composition, University of Akron, 2005; BA, English, Malone University, 2001; and spent a semester abroad with The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Nizhni Novgorod State University, RU, 1999. Lea has taught in higher education (while pursuing graduate degrees) since 2003.
Dr. Povozhaev’s academic work with language and its influence on our understanding of illness and wellness, as well as her personal life as a woman and mother, led her to research vaccines and current health care. As shown in the introduction to her recent book, Becoming Whole (forthcoming in 2016) is not merely an argument against vaccination. Rather, in the book, she provides current research that shows the risks of vaccination. Lea argues, the root cause of continuing to vaccinate, despite serious risks to society, is a result of misguided ways of thinking about wellness. Throughout Becoming Whole, she argues for holistic approaches to wellness that carefully consider the relationship between the entire body and soul of human beings made in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. She makes a compelling case for considering wellness according to how the Orthodox Church understands personhood as body and spirit. Her considerations are in light of current issues in health care and society. Lea’s main topics are vaccination and life becoming prayer. Her book is a faith journey in which she navigates living faithfully in body and soul in today’s broken world. Becoming Whole is more than an account of one woman’s personal faith, and it is more than a researched report against vaccines, though she writes on both. Her current writing shares her personal faith journey and her research on vaccines. Throughout Becoming Whole Dr. Povozhaev illustrates that what is done in the body has implications for the soul.
Prayer; Prayer vs. Secular Meditation; Ancient Faith and Contemporary Christianity; Vaccines; Holistic health
Topics for Speaking, tailored to particular sponsors’ interests:
- Individualizing Wellness and Saving the Holistic Self
- Preserving Life and Nurturing Natural Immunity
- The Right to Life: Diseases Today and False Herd Immunity
- Being Well in the Ancient Faith
- Life as Prayer: The Warring Dogs
- Ancient Christian Prayer Beyond “Christian Yoga”
- Unavoidable Illness and Death, Our Saving Road
- Holiness and Wholeness in Orthodox Christianity