Published Works


Translating Your Past: Finding Meaning in Family Ancestry, Genetic Clues, and Generational Trauma

In an era often marked by both fragmentation in family and culture and a hunger to discover our genetic roots, our family stories--including the difficult, complex ones--can carry great spiritual strength. The desire to trace, interpret, and pass on our family's history is embedded in Scripture from beginning to end--there are nine genealogies found in the book of Genesis alone. When we bring together the various threads of our family stories with Scripture's insights, they can provide the key to decoding our identity and helping us discover our place in family, church, and world. Discover how patterns and gaps in family histories, generational trauma, adoption, genetic clues and surprises, spiritual history, and the church help us translate our own pasts and understand why these stories matter. Each chapter includes questions designed for individual reflection or small group discussion, as well as an appendix of helpful tools readers can use to translate their own pasts and create meaning in order to transform their unique family history into living, faith-filled heritage.

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Becoming Sage: Cultivating Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality in Midlife

The book explores what the unique challenges of midlife can teach us about Jesus and how to think about everything from church, friends, and family, to money, bodies, and meaning. Publisher's Weekly says Sage is "a helpful resource for people in midlife and for churches eager to offer help and understanding to this growing demographic." Releases April 7, 2020. Pre-order today!

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Born To Wander: Recovering The Value of our Pilgrim Identity

Born to Wander weaves together personal stories and keen insights on the biblical themes of pilgrimage and exile. Engaging and thoughtful, enhanced with practical suggestions, prayers, and questions, Born to Wander will teach how to trust God even when you don’t understand what’s happening around you and follow Him even when it hurts.


Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith

By introducing (and reintroducing) us to the feasts and festivals of the Bible, as well as the special celebrations of the Christian calendar, Moments and Days restores a sacred sense of time throughout our year, enriching our experience of each “holy day” and enlivening our experience of even the most “ordinary time.”


If Only: Letting Go of Regret

Learn to let go of the "woulda, coulda, shoulda" thoughts in life. Discover how Jesus can redeem our regrets for his glory and our good. He can transform our past into wisdom for today and a flourishing, free future. AWARD OF MERIT: Christianity Today's 2015 Book Awards, Christian Living category


Parable Life: Living the stories Jesus told in real time

This book offers us an insightful, creative and Biblically-faithful exploration of ten stories Jesus told in order to describe what it means to follow him, step by step, choice by choice.

Uprooted: Growing a parable life from the inside out

Jesus' stories starring grocery store ingredients like mustard seeds, yeast, wine and figs show us his power to transform us from the inside out.


The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength

Well-known women of faith from 40 to 85 including Lauren Winner, Joni Erickson Tada, Madeline L'Engle, and Kay Warren tackle themes relating to midlife with humor, sass, and spiritual wisdom.


Holy Bible: Mosaic (NLT)

This Bible is about helping us encounter Christ in a deep and authentic way, through insight from every continent and century of the Christian Church. Historical and contemporary art and writings from across the globe offer a depth of Scriptural wisdom and understanding,


Quiet Reflections of Hope: 120 Devotions To Start Your Day

Each reading includes Scripture, a devotion that highlights God's promises, and a prayer of encouragement for the day ahead.


NIV Hope In The Mourning Bible

Complete text of the NIV and daily devotions written for and by those who have experienced the loss of a loved one or who are helping a loved one through extended terminal illness.


Take My Heart, Oh God: Riches from the Greatest Christian Women Writers of All Time

Each one-page, 150-word devotional exposition references a short, insightful quote from a famous woman writer from history or a woman on today's bestseller lists. Each daily reading includes a Bible verse and brief prayer.


Spark Story Bible Psalm Book: Prayers & Poems For Kids

Fifty of the most well-known psalms are rewritten in child-friendly language. Covering topics ranging from overcoming fears and facing bullies to expressing thankfulness and joy, the prayers in the Spark Story Bible Psalm Book help children (ages 5-8) talk to God when they are not sure what to say.


Angels All Around Us - True Stories of Encounters with God's Heavenly Messengers (Contributor)

These extraordinary stories in this treasury published by Guideposts will open your eyes to the work of angels being carried out every day.



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Articles and curriculum reviews in print magazines including Discipleship Journal, Pray!, Practical Homeschooling, Children’s Ministry, Group, Charisma, Today’s Christian Woman and more.


Reading Hope in Trying Times with Brian Allian

Care Package with Pastor Corey Ashley

Facebook Live 6/27/18: Born To Wander discussion with Moody Publishers

2016 Trinity International University/Trinity Society of Women Theology Conference: Exiles & Pilgrims

Igniting A Nation 4/6/17

Igniting A Nation 7/11/18 

Houghton College Chapel 2/3/21

Passover Seder overview 3/31/21

Good Life TV 7/21/22


Faith Conversations with Anita Lustrea: Episode 42, Episode 51, Episode 78, Episode 95, Episode 115, Episode 116, Episode 124, Episode 128, Episode 140, Episode 147, Episode 162, Episode 172, Episode 174, Episode 187, Episode 196, Episode 207, Episode 213, Episode 215, Episode 222, Episode 257, Episode 258, Episode 309, Episode 331, Episode 332, Episode 342, Episode 346, Episode 354

Podcast discussions with Martha Manikas-Foster of Family Life Radio’s Inside Out program – Looking Your Age, But I Want THAT, The Church Over 40, Regret, Avoiding the Pitfalls of Homeschooling, Becoming a Pilgrim, Slowing it Down in  Advent, Medically Vulnerable During COVID-19, Making the Most of a COVID Christmas, Family Research Can Bring Us Closer to God, The “Nones” and the “Dones”

Moody Radio Network’s Midday Connection – How People 40+ See The Church, Generational Differences, If Only – Part 1, If Only – Part 2, If Only – Part 3, If Only – Part 4

Moody Radio Network | Chris Fabry Live! – The Whisper App & Confession (hour 1 of the program), Born to Wander discussion, Translating Your Past

Moody Radio Network | This Is The Day podcast with Nancy Turner – Calendars and time

Chicago Sunday Evening Club’s Things Not Seen podcast: Healing From Regret

Legacy Out Loud with Carrie Abbott – Sterilization: Fear Or Faith (Parts 1 & 2, 6/25 and 6/26/14), Fear Of Missing Out 

Millrose Podcast with Lori Neff and Mark Breta – Episode 1-003

Post-Consumer Reports podcast with Chris Marchand: Episode 33, Episode 70

Moments & Days conversation on WYLL Chicago

Chained No More Radio 12-20-16 – Stepping Out Of Regret and Remorse

Songtime podcast – August 2018

Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman – 9/15/18, 9/5/20

Spirituality for Ordinary People – 9/18/18

Spark My Muse – 12/5/19

The Way Home (ERLC) – 12/29/19

Women Encouraged – Episode #27

Called Out with Tyler Braun – 7/2/19

Lay Renewal Ministries – 10/22/19

Cultivate Women’s Podcast – 4/8/20 

Leadership Lab Podcast – 5/6/20 

More To Be with Elisa Pulliam  – 6/29/20

The Podluck – Season 2, Episode 18

Empty Nest Guests – Episode 13, Episode 15

Christian Curious – Aging Well

The God Show – Episode 202

ing Podcast – Episode 17

Let Go, Lean In with Lisa Lewis – Episode 95

Heartlift with Janell Rardon – Translating Our Past

REImagine Podcast – Episode 153: Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality in Midlife

The Common Good radio show/podcast: 7/5/23


Contributor: Bible Study Media Hearts Alive Children’s Church and Sunday School curriculum


The Selfish Giant (Pioneer Drama Service)
Fairy Tale Academy and Imagination’s Music (Brooklyn Play Publishers)
Skits for the church market published by Eldridge Play Publishing, National Drama Service and Lillenas.


I Wonder As I Wander (Creative Communications for the Parish)

A Quiet Chamber Kept For Thee (Creative Communications for the Parish)

Together In His Footsteps: A Family Lenten Booklet (Creative Communications for the Parish)

The Blessed Way (Christianity Today)

Making Change – 5 Day devotional study at

Translating Your Past – 5 Day devotional study at Bible.or

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