Strong Voices, Inspiring Websites, and Meaningful Resources
With so many blogs, books, videos, and websites available, it can be a bit overwhelming and daunting to find Christian voices that inspire you, challenge you, motivate you, or even ones you want to read. We are here to help. These blogs, websites, and resources are ones that speak to us. The ones we’ve bookmarked, our “go-to” community on the Internet. They are filled with authors, bloggers, speakers, theologians, humorists and activists. Clear, strong Christian voices. We hope among them you’ll find a voice or two that inspires your heart. We will continue to add to these and we encourage you to list your favorites, in the comments below, that help equip, encourage, and elevate your relationship with God.
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BLOGGERS & AUTHORS
Jennie is the founder of the IF:Gathering, a uniquely practical Christian conference which gathers, equips and unleashes women to live out their purpose. The first IF:Gathering was attended by more than 1200 women in Austin, Texas, with more than 40,000 live links viewing the video stream in more than 120 countries during the two-day event.
Jennie’s latest book, Restless: Because You Were Made for More, helps women discover their unique life callings through the study of Joseph (from the book of Genesis) and the tapestry of their personal passions, gifts, people, places and suffering.
Ann Voskamp is a farmer’s wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60-week bestseller. Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today, she’s a writer for DaySpring, and, with her family, partners with Compassion International as a global advocate for needy children. She has been featured on the TODAY Show, in WORLD Magazine, and Focus on the Family magazine.
Gretchen’s passion is to teach women the beauty and purpose of dress. “Your body is a canvas to be created on. God intricately created us and He beautifully redeemed dress for His glory. We can dress to glorify the Lord and magnify the gospel of Jesus Christ!” In August 2014, Gretchen launched a book called A God-Sized Love Story for girls who are waiting on a future husband. “My prayer is that God will use our love story to point others to the greater love story we have with Jesus Christ!”
Jamie Ivey | Blogger
“I started blogging in 2005 when we were in our first adoption process. It was a great way to keep family updated as to what was going on since we were a few states away. Over the years it’s evolved into a place for me to be more personal and share life with you. It sometimes is weird that I put so much of myself out there, but I feel as though my raw and intimate writing is a breath of fresh air for so many of you. I trust that God will use my word to encourage you and show you that you are not alone. We’re all on this journey of life together and we need each other to get to the end! I write about my faith, parenting, and marriage a lot. Since three of our children joined our family via adoption that topic is discussed a lot on my blog.”
Lauren is a singer, author, and speaker. The soulful, aching timbre reminiscent of artists like Patty Griffin and Christy Nockels—as she walked through her husband’s brain cancer with a grace and joy that seemed incongruent to the tragedy. She trusted the Lord when life appeared to be all Mexican food and blonde hair and blue eyes, but that trust hadn’t faded when life turned to surgery and seizures and chemotherapy. Hers was a story worth telling, a joy worth singing about, simply because it was His. “Lord… And I’ll know every tear was worth it all,” on Though You Slay Me, a song of surrender.
Lara Casey | Make It Happen
Lara Casey is the founder of the Making Things Happen movement, a nationally-acclaimed workshop that has been sold out for the last seven years and has toured over 40 cities. Mrs. Casey frequently speaks on goal-setting, faith, mission-centered business, and how to make what matters happen. Her first book, Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose, recently released nationwide through Thomas Nelson publishers.
She is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Southern Weddings magazine, where they encourage couples to plan a meaningful beginning to married life. Lara has worked as a personal trainer in Manhattan and served as a contributor to Shape magazine. Lara is a believer in the “impossible,” helping women to live on purpose through the many hats she wears in her parent company, Lara Casey Media.
Whitney Putnam is a Christian author, speaker and her passion for Jesus is contagious. She is the author of the book, Imperfectly Brave, which is soon to be released. “I am enthusiastic to live an imperfectly brave life because my perfectly brave Savior affects women of all ages. I believe that all women have an imperfectly brave life to live under Christ; they simply need God to redefine bravery in their lives.” Whitney and her husband Michael live in Liberty, MO, where Michael is pastor of their local church.
Christine is a lover of Jesus, wife to Nick, and mum to Catie and Sophie. She travels the globe preaching, teaching, and advocating for justice. Powered by hot, extra-dry, skinny cappuccinos, Christine is a lover of words who speaks too fast, talks too much, and also writes them down. Christine has authored five books, including Undaunted and her most recent release, UNSTOPPABLE: Running the Race You Were Born to Win. She and her husband, Nick, have also founded The A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization that fights slavery around the globe. Christine has a heart for freeing captives, both physically and spiritually, but ultimately it comes back to her primary focus: building the Church. Her most recent venture is starting the Propel Women ministry.
Jen Hatmaker is a blogger, author, pastor’s wife, and mom of 5. Last year she and her family showcased their re-do skills on HGTV’s My Big Family Renovation and this year they’re helping others on Your Big Family Renovation. Jen loves Jesus; the way He loved outcasts and His genius teachings that are still relevant today. She wants to be a champion of grace and goodness. And her pimento cheese recipe is supposedly out-of-this-world! Jen and her family live in their refurbished home in Austin, TX.