Grit and Grace

Experience the grit and grace of seventeen women of the Bible through creative first-person retellings of each person’s story. This book connects preteen girls with the women of the Bible, showing them that they are created in the image of God to do mighty things in this world.

Grit and Grace is for girls who long to know where they fit in God’s kingdom, who want to know they are made for more than the frilly and frivolous, and that they can make a difference in the world around them. Through stories, reflection questions, and action ideas, the book helps readers become the gutsy, grace-filled girls God made them to be.


Caryn Rivadeneira is the acclaimed author of ten books for both children and adults, including her most recent, Generous Kids series, which includes the board book, Mine!, the picture book, It’s Not Fair!, and the early-reader chapter book, The Wrong Shoes (all from Beaming Books).


While Caryn has dreamed of and worked toward being a writer since childhood, Caryn’s career has twisted and turned along the way. After graduating from Calvin College with a degree in English and Journalism, Caryn launched her decades-long tenure as an editor—first at various magazines, including Engineering and Mining Journal (don’t let your subscription lapse!) and then Marriage Partnership and Christian Parenting Today magazines.


After the birth of her oldest son, Caryn left the world of full-time employment and joined the mighty ranks of fearless freelancers. During this time, Caryn edited and managed several professional websites and edited books and articles for select publishers and clients.


Throughout it all, Caryn maintained the mind, spirit and worldview of a writer. Since becoming a professional writer during her college years, Caryn has published thousands of articles, essays, and interviews. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Sojourners, Relevant, Aleteia, and many more.  


Today, in addition to continuing to write and edit, Caryn serves on staff at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church and keeps a fairly regular speaking schedule.


Caryn is a proud member of INK: A Creative Collective and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Caryn lives in the near-west suburbs of Chicago with her husband, her three kids, and her beloved rescue pit bull.  

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