Faith and Doubt

Vivian Mabuni

Vivian Mabuni is national speaker and writer with a passion to see women and men influence the college campus, families, churches, communities and the world with hope and life found through intimacy with God. Her first book, “Warrior In Pink: A Story of Cancer, Community and the God Who Comforts” (Discovery House Publishers) released in April 2014. Her next book for WaterBrook Multinomah, (the Christian imprint for Penguin Random House) will release summer of 2019. With 29 years of ministry experience on staff with Cru, Vivian loves teaching about the bible and practical application to ministry and life. Vivian has
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Lesa Engelthaler

Lesa Engelthaler is a Senior Associate for Victory Search Group, assisting nonprofits to recruit executive leaders. Lesa is also a writer for such publications as The Dallas Morning News, Christianity Today, Relevant, and Prism. Lesa is a founding member of Ink and proud to be a part of the Redbud Writers Guild. Her friends would say that Lesa is passionate about empowering women. Lesa serves on the board of Missio Alliance, the Circle of Friends board of New Friends New Life and the Economic Security Grants Review Committee for the Dallas Women’s Foundation.  For the past several years, she has
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Rachel Marie Stone

Rachel Marie Stone teaches English at The Stony Brook School in New York. Her latest book, a memoir about motherhood and anxiety, is forthcoming from IVP in April 2017. She is also an author of the More for Less Cookbook.
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Jessica Mesman Griffith

Jessica Mesman Griffith is the author of four books, including Strange Journey (2017) and Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship in Letters, winner of the 2014 Christopher Award for “literature that affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”  Jessica runs a blog and an online community, Sick Pilgrim, and is a regular contributor to US Catholic, America, and other magazines.  Jessica is also a founder of the Trying to Say God: Re-enchanting the Catholic Imagination, a literary festival at the University of Notre Dame. She has appeared as a guest on NPR’s Interfaith Voices, CBC’s Tapestry, and on various shows for Relevant Radio and Sirius/XM The Catholic Channel. Learn
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Susy Flory

Susy Flory is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of thirteen books. A graduate of UCLA, she has a background in journalism, education, and communications. She loves reading and writing stories about unforgettable people who are living lives of adventure, courage, hope, redemption, and transformation. Susy’s runaway bestseller, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero (Thomas Nelson, 2011), co-written with Michael Hingson, hit the New York Times bestsellers list in both hardcover nonfiction and e-book nonfiction the first week of release. Thunder Dog has been translated
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Keri Wyatt Kent

Writer, speaker, content creator. Author of GodSpace: Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God, and ten other books; collaborator or contributor to a dozen more. I work full-time as a freelance writer, collaborative writer, and editor. My books, retreats, and articles guide people as they connect their faith with their daily life. I’m passionate about spiritual formation, living the story that Jesus invites me to live, and helping others to tell their powerful story. Learn more at www.keriwyattkent.com orwww.apowerfulstory.com  
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Michelle Van Loon

Since coming to faith in Christ at the tail end of the Jesus Movement, Michelle Van Loon’s heritage, spiritual hunger and storyteller’s sensibilities have shaped her faith journey and informed her writing. She is the author of 5 books, including her most recent works, Born To Wander: Recovering the Value of our Pilgrim Identity (Moody Publishers, 2018) and Moments and Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith (NavPress, 2016). She’s been a church communications director, served on staff at Trinity International University, and earned a graduate certificate from Northern Seminary. She’s married to Bill, and is mother to three and grandmother to two. Her writing
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Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi serves as the Worship & Teaching Pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook where she leads creative teams, preaches regularly, and helps facilitate the weekend worship experience. Her ministry profile includes a variety of leadership positions from Student Ministry to Women’s Ministry. She is also a freelance writer and speaker with four books and participation in a variety of leadership events and conferences. She and her family make their home in the Chicago suburbs. http://traceybianchi.com/
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Gillian Marchenko

Gillian Marchenko is the author of the memoirs Still Life, A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression, and Sun Shine Down, a book about her third child’s birth and diagnosis of Down syndrome while living in Kyiv, Ukraine. Gillian is a national speaker and advocate for individuals with mental illness and special needs. She has written for many publications including Literary Mama, Chicago Parent, Thriving Family, and Today’s Christian Woman. Gillian and her husband Sergei live with their four daughters near St. Louis, Missouri. Catch up with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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Jennifer Grant

Jennifer Grant is a writer, editor, and speaker. She is the author of five works of nonfiction: Love You More, MOMumental, Wholehearted Living, Disquiet Time, and When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? Her first book for children, Maybe God Is Like That Too, won the 2017 gold medal in spirituality from the Moonbeam Spirit Awards for exemplary children’s literature. A former newspaper columnist (Chicago Tribune and Sun Times Media papers), Jennifer is a lifelong Episcopalian and lives with her husband, four children, and two rescue dogs in Chicagoland. Find her online at jennifergrant.com or on Twitter @jennifercgrant.
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