The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength

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When you see her, Leslie may be wearing a silk dress and fishnets or wearing XtraTuf boots and carrying fishing nets, depending on whether she's at her fish camp in the Alaska wilderness or on a speaking tour outside. She's happy in both places talking about the books, places, and topics that move her most. Her eleven books include The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty and Strength; Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas, which won Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year in Christian living; The Spirit of Food; Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers; and Surviving the Island of Grace: A Life on the Wild Edge of America. Her essays, appearing in The Atlantic, Christianity Today, Beliefnet, and Orion, take on an uncommon diversity of interests: wilderness, theology of the body, culture-making, motherhood, narrative theology, and points between and beyond. As much as I love words on the page, I'm not fully satisfied until I get to speak them in person with others, Leslie adds. She's honored to travel and share from her passions nationally and internationally at conferences, universities, churches, and retreats. With three master's degrees, she has taught collegiate classes for many years, including six years in Seattle Pacific University's MFA program. If she can't see her audience, radio is a good second. She has appeared on more than 150 radio shows including Family Life Today, Prime Time America, Focus on the Family, and Chris Fabry Live! She conducts writing workshops around the country and is the founder of the Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop, a writing and spiritual retreat center on the Alaskan island where her family lives and fishes commercially. Recent guest writers have included Philip Yancey, Ann Voskamp, Luci Shaw, and Bret Lott. Find out more at Leslie lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska, with her family and her Yorkie, Sophie, who thinks she's a sled dog. She can be reached at [email protected]
Lauren F. Winner (PhD, Columbia University) is the highly acclaimed author of Girl Meets God, Still, Mudhouse Sabbath, and Wearing God. She is associate professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School and vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Louisburg, North Carolina. Winner has written for the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Christianity Today, and Christian Century.
Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and chief executive officer of Joni and Friends International Disability Center. Following a diving accident at age 17 that left her a quadriplegic, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. An award-winning best-selling author, Joni has written nearly fifty books.

Elisa Morgan cohosts the syndicated radio program Discover the Word and writes for Our Daily Bread. A speaker and author who communicates the truth of God's Word in captivating ways, she served twenty years as the CEO of MOPS International and has written over twenty-five books, including The Beauty of Broken, She Did What She Could, and Hello, Beauty Full. Learn more at
Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was an American author of more than sixty books, including novels for children and adults, poetry, and religious meditations. Her best-known work, A Wrinkle in Time, one of the most beloved young adult books of the twentieth century and a Newbery Medal winner, has sold more than fourteen million copies since its publication in 1962. Her other novels include A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and A Ring of Endless Light. Born in New York City, L'Engle graduated from Smith College and worked in theater, where she met her husband, actor Hugh Franklin. L'Engle documented her marriage and family life in the four-book autobiographical series, the Crosswicks Journals. She also served as librarian and writer-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan for more than thirty years.
Kay y su esposo Rick Warren fundaron la congregación Saddleback Church, en Lake Forest, California. Kay es una apasionada maestra de la Biblia y defensora infatigable de los que padecen enfermedades mentales, VIH y SIDA, así como también de los niños huérfanos y vulnerables que son abandonados. Además, creó la fundación Saddleback's HIV & AIDS Initiative. Sus hijos son Amy, Josh y Matthew, que está en el cielo; además tiene cinco nietos: Kaylie, Cassidy, Caleb, Cole y Claire.