Category Archives: Authors

Katherine Scott Jones

Katherine Scott Jones is a freelance writer with numerous published articles in Single-Parent Family, Light & Life, Career World, and other magazines. She collaborated on one book, Praying for the World’s 365 Most Influential People (Harvest House), with David and Heather Kopp.

Katherine belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, is former president of the Northwest Christian Writers Association, and owns an editing and life story consulting business.

She also taught memoir writing at Highline Community College for three years. Two of her novels have been semi-finalists in the ACFW Genesis contest. Katherine and her husband, Scott, have two children, Jackson and Madeline.


Most recent project: Still to a Whisper (publisher pending)

Laurie Wallin

Laurie Wallin is a Life Coach and speaker with a passion to help others get unstuck and find joy in the midst of life’s challenges. Her vision–from Isaiah 61–filters through her coaching with clients as well as her workshops and You Tube videos. She writes on themes of overcoming loss, building courage, and living in joy for her own blog, 5 Minutes for Special Needs, and the Moms Together Facebook page. A former science researcher and teacher, she still loves to read and learn, which is why she feels like a fish in water on news feeds like Twitter. Laurie lives in Southern California with her husband, Gary, their four children, two cats, and an 80 pound Labrador retriever who persists in cuddling with her on the couch like a Shih Tzu.


Most recent project: Get Your Joy Back: Replacing Resentment and Stress with Calm and Confidence in Your Special Needs Family (publisher pending)

Kari Patterson

Kari Patterson weaves words together with little ones on her lap and Legos on the floor. She juggles the hats of pastor’s wife, homeschool mom, conference and retreat speaker, women’s Bible study teacher, writer, mentor, counselor, friend, daughter–occasionally dropping them all on her crumb-covered floor. (It’s ok, really.)

In a dust-covered box somewhere, Patterson has a bachelor’s degree in English from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Women’s Ministry from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. She now serves at Willamette Christian Church in West Linn, Oregon (where her husband works as Associate Pastor) and speaks at women’s retreats, luncheons, conferences, Bible studies and special events.

On her blog, Sacred Mundane, Patterson writes the raw and the real–sometimes triumphant, always transparent–the daily venture of living the sacred in the midst of the mundane. Her writing also appears on the popular blogs (in)courage, Simple Homeschool (a division of Simple Mom), Oregon Women’s Report, and Frugal Living NW. She has self-published a book titled The Road to Santa Clara, the true story of a nightmarish ministry experience, and has co-authored three complete Bible studies for her church. Her life’s passion? A quotidian revolution: Embracing this dirty, dusty, sacred life, living every mundane moment for the glory of God.


Most recent project: Sacred Mundane: Because Everything Matters (publisher pending)

Tony Kriz

Tony “The Beat Poet” Kriz has served with a variety of international organizations, including Campus Crusade for Christ for twelve years. The majority of that time was spent in Eastern Europe, living with Muslims in Albania and serving the war-torn former Yugoslavia. He also was a chaplain for several years on the radically liberal campus of Reed College in Portland, some of the exploits of which are described in Donald Miller’s best selling book Blue Like Jazz. He is a frequent speaker at retreats, churches, and college campuses all over the country. Most recently Tony has been featured in the new film, Lord Save Us From Your Followers.

He lives with his wife Aimee and their three sons (Malachi, Hudson, and Tristan) in Portland, Oregon.

Most recent project: Neighbors And Wise Men: Sacred encounters in a Portland pub and other unexpected places (Thomas Nelson 2012)

Janet Kusiak

Janet Kusiak (MSW, LCSW) is a licensed clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Bloomington, Indiana. Janet has a passion for young adults and believes that by teaching them how to change the way they think–despite their circumstances–we give them the power to change their lives, and also our society. She believes the solution for the myriad of social ills affecting young people begins by changing one mind at a time. Inked was born out of Janet’s personal story, featured in Plus: The Magazine of Positive Thinking, which describes her descent into despair and how a “coincidental” stumbling upon the principles of right thinking transformed her circumstances. That life-changing experience led her to earn a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University and the principles of Inked have become her life message. She believes in the principles set forth in Inked because she has had the front-row privilege of seeing them at work.

Most recent project: Inked: Choosing God’s Mark to Transform Your Life (Abingdon 2013)

Michael Wm. Schick

Michael Wm. Schick is a partner at Adfero Group, a strategic communications firm in Washington, DC. His previous jobs include press spokesman for United States Senator Strom Thurmond, registered foreign agent and lobbyist at public affairs firm Civic Service Inc., COO of Justice Fellowship, senior vice president of global public relations firm Porter Novelli, and head of communications for the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform. A former Fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute, he regularly teaches at the University of California, DC campus. Michael’s wife, Diana, is the real author in the family, having written 22 books for Creative Living International, a practical and user-friendly Bible study ministry. They have two daughters and reside in Reston, Virginia.

Most recent project: God’s Job, Our Job. (Credo House Publishers)

Troy Evans

Troy Evans lost his virginity at age 11, fathered a child at age 16, and became a local leader of a nationwide gang. Troy sold drugs, became involved in prostitution rings, spent time in jail, and enforced gang rules. His was a life of violence, intimidation and his most sought-after commodity, respect.

By age 20, Troy had denounced the gang and was forced to flee for his life. He lived in Georgia and North Carolina, never straying far from his path of violence. While in the South he became a personal bodyguard for an “old school hustler.” Yet God’s call on his life remained. He stepped away from the violence, eventually moving back north where he met LaDawn, a woman whose life was far from the Lord but who eventually drew Troy to church.

He came to Christ at age 23 and began serving at inner-city churches. He’s now back in Grand Rapids and married to LaDawn; they have four children. He pastors The Edge, an urban hip-hop church, and works with schools, churches and law enforcement to help reach at-risk, urban youth.

Most Recent Project: The Edge of Redemption: A Story of Hope for Rescuing the Unreachable (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2011)

Matthew Stanford

Matthew S. Stanford’s writings in psychology and neuroscience are inspired by the many questions he has received from people of faith and the real life struggles he has observed as friends and acquaintances have attempted to work through the difficult problems associated with mental illness. Professionally he has worked with a variety of mentally ill and brain-injured individuals, including those with aggression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke, substance dependence and traumatic brain injury. He is the author of the Focus on the Family recommended resource Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness (Paternoster, 2008) and The Biology of Sin: Grace, Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped (Biblica, 2010). A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) his research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith has been featured in such national publications as USA Today and The New York Times, as well as many news websites including Fox, MSNBC, Yahoo and US News & World Report.

Presently he is professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies at Baylor University where he serves as the director of the doctoral program in psychology.

Most Recent Project: At the Feet of Jesus: Viewing Childhood Mental Disorders Through the Eyes of Faith (publisher pending)

Donna Tallman

Donna is the author of Destined for Excellence and has contributed to Battlefields and Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq and Afghanistan (AMG, 2009), What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Say to Your Own Family (AMG, 2003), and What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Say (Bethany House, 2000). She has also written numerous magazine articles, as well as several screenplays.

Donna was born in Rabat, Morocco, and grew up in the Netherlands and Spain. Her father served in the Air Force and helped inspire in Donna a love for America and an affinity for the military. Her unique background has helped form a worldview that speaks to and understands people of other cultures.

Donna has served in the electronic media department at the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association, in addition to serving as a motivational and conference speaker, curriculum developer and consultant, women’s ministry coordinator, and Sunday school teacher for all ages. She is also a mentor for high school and college-age women, and her work was profiled in The Oregonian newspaper.

Donna holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education with a minor in Biblical Studies, an emphasis in youth ministry, and a specialization in discipleship development from Biola University. She lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Bob. They have been married for thirty years and are the parents of three and the grandparents of one.

Most Recent Project: Stained Glass Heart: Beauty from the Fragments of Life (publisher pending)

Peter Lundell

Peter Lundell is the author of Prayer Power: 30 Days to a Stronger Connection with God (Revell, 2009), When God Bursts in: Revival Then and Now (Beacon Hill Press, 2005), and Armed for Battle: A Balanced Approach to Spiritual Warfare (Beacon Hill Press, 2001). He has also written numerous articles for magazines such as Guideposts, Pray! Magazine, Preachers’ Magazine, and Breakthrough Intercessor.Peter’s main theme is connecting with eternal reality, which includes the unseen world around us as well as ultimate reality. In addition to writing, he does this through preaching and teaching, spiritual warfare, and healing damaged emotions. He strives to help people believe and live in the face of eternity, and as they do to be transformed. Peter holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a pastor and conference speaker, while also serving as an adjunct faculty member of Nazarene Bible College. Peter is a frequent guest on Moody radio, as well as syndicates such as United News & Information Radio, and has been reviewed in many magazines and ministry trade publications. He currently lives near Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.Most Recent Project:┬áInked for Eternity, with Roxanne Wermuth (publisher pending)