Even though Rebecca’s prime reading as a child consisted of Nancy Drew and books by Grace Livingston Hill, her mother continued to thrust biographies into her hands. For this she has been immensely grateful, because biographies of great Christians have helped shape her life.
Rebecca always loved to write, even though she left many stories—(almost all?)—unfinished. This terrible fate nearly befell her first book, With Daring Faith: A Biography of Amy Carmichael. If it hadn’t been for a persistent friend and co-worker, With Daring Faith, which eventually won the C.S. Lewis gold medal for Outstanding Christian Juvenile Literature, might have sat unfinished in a drawer. Instead, it was the first of what Rebecca hopes will be many books that will bring glory to God through the lives of ordinary Christians who serve an extraordinary God.
Her first three biographies (With Daring Faith, George Mueller, and Fanny Crosby) were published by JourneyForth books, an imprint of BJU Press. Now Rebecca is working with Christian Focus Publications in the development of Hidden Heroes, a series of books designed for family read-alouds, telling true stories about God’s work in different countries around the world. You can view all her books by clicking on the “Missionary Stories and Biographies” tab of this website, http://www.heresthejoy.com.
Along with her love of writing, Rebecca loves to teach, and knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. This desire, however, conflicted with the desire to stay home with her children—that is, until she heard about homeschooling. Now, more than a quarter century after obtaining her master’s degree in education, Rebecca has almost completed the amazing homeschooling journey.
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