Published on October 4, 2018 by Sara Roman  
Eric Mataxas

Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education will host The New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas for the Percy Cook Ratliff Lecture Series March 19 at 7 p.m. in Samford University’s Wright Center.

Metaxas is widely recognized as an ambassador of faith and has been commended for his thought-provoking commentary and narrative. He is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Martin Luther, If You Can Keep It, Bonhoeffer, Amazing Grace and Miracles. He has written more than 30 children’s books, and his books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

In addition to being an author, Metaxas is the host of the radio program The Eric Metaxas Show, the founder and host of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life, and co-host of BreakPoint, a radio commentary with an estimated audience of eight million listeners. In 2012, Metaxas was selected as the keynote speaker for the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

General admission tickets are complimentary for Samford University students, faculty and staff. Reserved seating is available to the public and ranges from $10-$25. VIP tickets are available for $150 and include a VIP book signing and private reception with Metaxas at 5:30 p.m. All ticket levels include a book signing opportunity following the lecture. Tickets will be available Nov. 1 at or by calling 205-726-2853.

Proceeds from the 2019 Percy Cook Ratliff Lecture Series benefit the Orlean Beeson School of Education Legacy Scholarship and the Jewel Littleton-Williams Annual and Endowed Scholarship. The Orlean Beeson School of Education Legacy Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen candidates who feel called to work within education and/or in work that enriches the lives of families, with preference given to those with demonstrated significant financial need. The Jewel-Littleton Williams Annual and Endowed Scholarship is awarded to minority education candidates who demonstrate significant financial need.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.