These are the women who write regularly for (in)courage. Every day they take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their every day, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives. Meet these wonderful women — and check out their spotlight posts!
Alia Joy is an author who believes the darkness is illuminated when we grasp each other's hand and walk into the night together. She writes poignantly about her life with bipolar disorder as well as grief, faith, marriage, poverty, race, embodiment, and keeping fluent in the language of hope in her book Glorious Weakness: Discovering God In All We Lack. She lives in Central Oregon with her husband, her tiny Asian mother, her three kids, a dog, a bunny, and a bunch of chickens. For her blog, visit www.aliajoy.com.
Aliza Latta is a Canadian writer, journalist, and artist, who is a huge fan of telling stories. She writes about faith and young adulthood on her blog alizalatta.com, and is the author of the novel Come Find Me, Sage Parker. Find her on Instagram as @alizalatta.
I grew up encircled by an orange grove in San Diego. After graduating from PLNU, I earned my MA in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot Seminary. I live in SoCal with my husband, Sam, and we have five lovely little children. I write daily on IG and I’m the founder of The Moms We Love Club. My favorite color is orange.
Anna is the (in)courage Digital Content Manager, lives in Minnesota with her husband and three kids, and writes in the cracks of her day. She loves a good book and a great latte. Anna is the author of several devotionals for women, and writes at AnnaRendell.com.
Becky loves serving as the Community Manager for (in)courage. She is a writer, speaker, editor, and blessed mama of three spirited boys. Fresh air, shady trails, and encouraging the hearts of women make her come alive. She’d love to connect with you on Instagram.
Bonnie Gray is the author of Whispers of Rest and Finding Spiritual Whitespace, wife, and mom to two boys. An inspirational speaker featured by Relevant Magazine and Christianity Today, she’s guided thousands to detox stress and experience God’s love through soul care, encouragement, and prayer. She loves refreshing your soul at TheBonnieGray.com and @thebonniegray on Facebook/Instagram/YouTube.
Dawn Camp is an Atlanta-based photographer, wife, essential oil enthusiast, homeschooling mom to 8, and mimi to 4. She enjoys walks with her kids and her camera, movie date nights with her husband, and has edited four book compilations, including With Love, Mom. Download her monthly desktop calendars at dawncamp.com and connect on Instagram @dawncamp.
Dorina Lazo Gilmore
Dorina is a blogger, speaker, and author of Glory Chasers and Flourishing Together. She specializes in helping people navigate grief and flourish in community. An award-winning children’s author, Dorina has also served as a journalist, missionary, and social entrepreneur. She and her new husband are raising three brave girls.
Grace P. Cho
Grace P. Cho is the (in)courage Editorial Manager. In the middle of her years in church ministry, she sensed God moving her toward writing, to use her words to lead others in a broader context. She coaches writers, mentors leaders, and believes that telling our stories can change the world. She'd love to connect with you on Instagram!
Holley Gerth is a bestselling author who loves encouraging the hearts of women through words. She does so through books like You're Already Amazing and Fiercehearted. Holley is a beloved daughter of God, wife to Mark, Mama to Lovelle, and Nana to Ellie. She'd love to have coffee with you one day.
Jennifer Dukes Lee
Author Jennifer Dukes Lee and her husband live on the family farm, raising crops, pigs, and two humans. She’s a fan of dark chocolate, emojis, eighties music, bright lipstick, and Netflix binges. She wants to live life in such a way that you can’t help but want more of Jesus.
Jennifer is a mixed media artist living in rural Nebraska - gravel roads, fresh air, peace and quiet. She is married to her best friend, her patient and supportive husband, Heydon. Art has been a lifelong passion of hers. She has been blessed to know since she was young that art was the gift GOD granted her for this journey. She wants her work to reflect the beauty of God and she hopes it brings joy and inspiration to those who see it. You can read her words and see more of her art on Studio JRU.
Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone who needs it.
Karina Allen is devoted to helping women live out their unique calling and building authentic community through practical application of Scripture in an approachable, winsome manner.
Kaitlyn is a writer who is learning to see God's goodness and faithfulness in the beautiful ordinary of right now. She believes in the power of story, is the author of Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between, and she'll never turn down an iced latte.
Kristen Strong, author of Girl Meets Change, writes as a friend offering meaningful encouragement for each season of life so you can see it with hope instead of worry. She and her US Air Force veteran husband, David, have three children and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Lucretia is the creator of Brownicity.com. She is a wife, mom of three, and a former college professor, whose passion for racial healing led her to author What LIES Between Us: Fostering First Steps Towards Racial Healing, and speak at TEDx Charlotte and Q Ideas Charlotte (2017).
Mary is a writer and speaker who lives for good books, spicy queso, and television marathons – but lives because of God’s grace. She writes about giving up on perfect and finding truth in unexpected places at MaryCarver.com. Mary and her husband live in Kansas City with their two daughters.
A three-time tongue cancer survivor and mama of children from “hard places," Michele Cushatt is a (reluctant) expert on pain, trauma and the deep human need for connection. Her most recent book, Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves, wrestles with the dogged presence and affection of God in places of suffering. Michele lives in Colorado with her husband and their six children, ages 12 to 27. Find out more about Michele and Relentless at www.MicheleCushatt.com/Relentless.
Michelle Reyes, Ph.D., is pastor’s wife, German professor, and mom to a toddler. She and her husband planted an urban, multicultural church in Austin in 2014. Michelle is passionate about faith, family, and diversity. Read more from her at The Art of Taleh or follow her on Twitter @dr_reyes2.
Patricia Raybon, an award-winning author and journalist, grew up in a time of hate, but found God's love in a time of need. Serving from Colorado, she writes on faith, race and grace -- seeking to inspire healing in Christ. Join her on the journey at patriciaraybon.com.
Renee Swope is a Word-lover, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She’s also best-selling author of "A Confident Heart" and "A Confident Heart Devotional," and former radio co-host of "Everyday Life With Lysa & Renee" at Proverbs 31 Ministries, where she served in leadership for twenty years. Married to J.J., they live in North Carolina and enjoy making memories with their three kiddos: Joshua (22), Andrew (19) and Aster (8) who their family adopted from Ethiopia in 2009. Renee loves pouring into, praying for and loving on women, in real life and online at www.ReneeSwope.com.
Married to her college sweetheart, Robin is as Southern as sugar-shocked tea. Though she loves writing, her most important work has been raising her children to be people she’d choose as friends. An empty nester with a full life, she’s determined to age with grace and laugh at the days to come.
Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or SarahMae.com.
Stephanie Bryant is the co-founder of @incourage and a podcaster at the #JesusLedAdventurePodcast. She formerly owned a Social Marketing & Business Coaching company, and is now passionate about guiding you to your promised land. She enjoys spending her days with her husband and their miracle daughter, Gabrielle, on #BryantFamilyFarm. Follow Stephanie on instagram at @StephanieSBryant and www.stephaniebryant.me.
Tasha is dreamer, a Hapa girl, wife to Matt, and mama to 3 little tender warriors: 2 wild boys and 1 little lady. A coffee-drinker, storyteller, and kimchi-eater; she was made to walk where cultures collide, on dirt roads and carefully placed cobblestone streets. Jesus is her heartbeat.
Jessica Turner is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive, and blogs on The Mom Creative. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be crafty. She also enjoys connecting with online friends via Facebook, Twitter and her latest addiction, Instagram. Jessica and her husband, Matthew, live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their three children, Elias, Adeline, and Ezra.