Greetings from Seattle, where I live with my husband, Tom, and my dog, Bonnie. I am a passionate organic gardener; in the spring my front porch sprouts an assortment of tomatoes, peppers, squash, and other vegetables awaiting the warmer weather.
I am also passionate about helping Christians to connect their faith and spiritual disciplines to their everyday life. I believe that Christianity is is not meant to be a Sunday only faith. It is meant to impact everything we do and are.
I see myself as a contemplative activist and believe that our spiritual formation should interweave through all of life and should equip us to engage in the challenges and struggles of our broken and needy world.
My husband Tom and I work together to assist churches and Christian organizations around the world to look at the challenges facing them in the 21st century. We also founded Mustard Seed Associates, a network of followers of Jesus that seeks to unleash the creative potential of individuals who want to put God’s purposes first in their lives. I conduct seminars and workshops on sustainability, simplicity and spirituality, Celtic Christian spirituality and Gardening and Spirituality, encouraging participants to recognize the encounters with God and the gospel story that occur in every aspect of life. I also facilitate contemplative retreats on reimagining how we pray.
While I’m not currently practicing medicine, my background includes working as a physician in Australia, New Zealand, and for a number of years around the world on one of YWAM’s “mercy ships.” I loved shipboard life in spite of the fact that I am one of those lucky people who can get seasick sitting on the wharf looking at the sea.
In the past I taught a course for Fuller Theological Seminary on mission to the urban poor–based in part on life-changing experiences I had some years ago in refugee camps in Thailand. My latest book is Return to Our Senses: Reimagining How We Pray (MSA 2012). Other writing includes:
- Tales of a Seasick Doctor (Zondervan, 1996)
- Travel Well: Keeping Healthy in Overseas Travel and Service (MARC, 1995)
- Sacred Rhythms: Finding a Peaceful Pace in a Hectic World (Baker Books, 2003). An updated version of Sacred Rhythms—now titled GodSpace: Time for Peace in the Rhythms of Life was published in 2006 by Barclay Press.
- To Garden with God, (2010)
- Light for the Journey: Morning and Evening Prayers for Living Into God’s World (2010) and
- Waiting for the Light: An Advent Devotional (2011)
Tom and I have written another book together entitled Living on Purpose: Finding God’s Best for Your Life (Baker Books, 2002) and we are still friends!
Also over the last couple of years I have produced a number of other resources aimed at encouraging followers of Jesus to connect their faith to their everyday life. These include