I’m a wife to a pastor, mother of 4, and have a PhD in literature.
I ground good storytelling in the best story I know, the gospel of Jesus.
I speak on the soul of the suburbs, emotion, writing + literature, and spiritual practices.
I’m available to speak at colleges, churches, retreats, and conferences.
When I speak to your group, you can expect depth without dryness, good questions, and something to take home to ponder. I’d love to bring my knowledge, heart, and humor to your group.
Here are a sampling of popular topics:
Is the Gospel Good for the Suburbs? (for general audience)
More than half of Americans live in suburbs. Suburbs reflect our good, God-given desire for a place to call home, yet they can also package the “good life” apart from the gospel. Learn how our geography shapes us. You’ll hear the unique challenges to ministry in the suburbs, how to live on mission in suburbia, and what it practically might look like to live a full Christian life right at the end of your cul-de-sac.
Ordinary Evangelism: Cultivating Kingdom Virtues (a talk for college students or general audience)
We often tie the word “missional” to urban spaces or developing nations. The Great Commission says we are to go to the ends of the earth, but we are often not great at even being good neighbors. This talk will walk you through how our hearts can be shaped by the gospel and then discuss practices of generosity that open doors for you to share your faith.
Busy or Beloved? (a talk for moms)
In a world of busyness, how to do we follow what is essential rather than urgent? How do we foster generosity in us and our kids in a culture of entitlement? Learn how to root your identity in Christ and get practical ways to pursue God's kingdom above busyness. This 30-minute talk is best suited for MOPs or women’s church groups.
The Power of Story and How to Tell Yours (a talk for writers)
Why do we learn so powerfully through story? This makes a great writing talk or workshop on how to write with both heart and mind. Great for small groups, one-on-one coaching, or conference talk.