Marriage and Family

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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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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Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker is working on a book tentatively titled White Picket Fences: Confessions of Privilege (NavPress, 2018). She is also the author of Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most (Zondervan, 2014), A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny(Bethany House), named one of the Top Books of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly, and Penelope Ayers: A Memoir. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, her essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared on the Motherlode blog of The New York Times, USA Today, ABCNews.com, Theatlantic.com, The Washington Post Online, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, and The
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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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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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Anita Lustrea

Anita is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences. She loves to communicate a message of freedom to women whether it's on the air on her talk show, Midday Connection, one on one in a coffee shop, or talking in front of a large audience. Anita is passionate about helping women develop deeper friendships, and often speaks on the theme of relationships and how to develop community. Another theme that is dear to Anita's heart is justice. She has been a voice for the voiceless for years through her radio program. Whether she is talking about women in domestic violence
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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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Helen Lee

Helen is a frequent speaker at conferences and churches, specializing in topics such as challenging moms and parents to live counter-culturally, encouraging churches to more fully leverage their moms and kids for missional purposes, and helping all believers develop cultural and racial intelligence. Her experience includes speaking at the IF:Gathering, Rooted:Chicago, the Verge national conference, the Urbana Missions Conference, and at the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing. What others say about Helen’s speaking: “As I listened to Helen present in her workshop for the MOPS International Convention, I was struck by how she made the whole audience feel like it
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