I always knew I wanted to be a writer. In third grade, my mom tied my hair back in bun, placed a pair of fake glasses on my nose, and sent me out the door with a legal pad under my arm so I could dress up as an author for “career day” at school, just like I wanted.
Now I make my living writing books, blog posts, and articles. (Had I known the true author’s dress code, I would have worn my pajamas and a pair of slippers to school that day instead.) I write from Dayton, Tennessee—a small town made famous by the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 and the best place in the world to find fresh strawberries in the spring.
My first book, Evolving in Monkey Town (Zondervan, 2010), explores the relationship between faith and doubt and recounts the challenges of asking tough questions about Christianity in the context of the Bible Belt. My second book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson Oct, 2012), documents a year-long experiment in which I attempted to follow all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible.
Most people know me for the blog, which just keeps growing and growing, thanks to a smart, funny, faithful, and engaged readership—the best of the blogosphere, in my opinion. To get an idea of what the blog is about, check out 10 Cool Things We've Done in 1,000 Posts.
In addition to my writing, I keep a busy speaking schedule across the country for retreats, conferences, universities and churches. Some of my most recent events have included Mars Hill Church (Grand Rapids), Fuller Seminary, Baylor University, Abilene Christian University, The Wild Goose Festival, and STORY Chicago. (Check here to see my schedule.)
I’ve been featured on NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The Times London, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com, and was recently named one of Christianity Today's "50 Women to Watch. "
The best part of my life is my husband, Dan. The second best is Alabama football. I’m a skeptic, a creative, and a follower of Jesus, figuring out this journey of faith one shaky step at a time.
Maybe you are too.
If so, grab a cup of coffee and join the conversation.