Biography

To portray what happens when Jane steps in front of a microphone is to illustrate electricity. To call it “speaking” is one-dimensional! Audiences describe her speaking as mesmerizing, deeply spiritual, funny, vulnerable, dramatic, and personal.

“Disarmingly real,” as one reviewer put it, Jane's passion is to see people's hearts restored by the knowledge of the truth: that God absolutely delights in them, that God is crazy about them, that God would give everything on earth to make sure they know they are loved. The problem is, she says, “that we have lost our hearts. We are so busy stamping out fires and tending to a thousand urgencies every day, that we don't remember, don't notice, that our hearts have gotten trampled somewhere in all the stamping.”

“I believe that every issue we face - whether busyness, failure, shame, transitions - every issue is intended to lead us to God," she says. "Our tendency is to let our problems separate us from God and one another - but instead, they can become tools to allow us to deepen our spiritual lives, and to in turn change the world!"

Jane speaks internationally and ecumenically, inviting her audiences to tumble into Jesus’ arms and find the love they’ve been looking for.

Don’t miss her newest release, Come Along: The Journey into a More Intimate Faith. Other books include Come Closer: A Call to Life, Love, and Breakfast on the Beach, Resting Place: A Personal Guide to Spiritual Retreat, the award-winning Grace Points: Growth and Guidance in Times of Change (InterVarsity Press, 2004), How to Keep the Pastor You Love (IVP, 2002), the award-winning Quiet Places, Still Waters (a Gold Medallion Nominee), Between Two Gardens (Bethany House, 2001). With Shirley Mitchell, Jane co-authored Fabulous after 50 (New Leaf Press, 2000) and Sensational After 60 (New Leaf Press, 2005). She co-authored with Lois Evans Stones of Remembrance: A Rock-Hard Faith in Rock-Hard Places.

Jane writes on assignment for Focus on the Family, Indeed, and Fullfill, and is a regular contributing author for Today's Christian Woman. Hundreds of her articles have appeared in magazines such as HomeLife, Physician, Significant Living, MomSense, Fullfill, LifeWise, Moody, Plus, Christianity Today, Christian Reader, The Lookout, Decision, and others.

Her books have been featured in Crossings Book Club, as “Top Picks” in Today’s Christian Woman, and Book of the Week on Midday Connection. Denominations have selected her books for their recommended reading programs. Jane is also a contributor to the “Gifted for Leadership” website.

After obtaining a B.S. in Business from Indiana University, Jane completed postgraduate studies in Germany while also forming and directing an international drama team, taking the Gospel throughout Europe. She attended seminary at Trinity Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Jane is assistant coordinator and faculty member of Write-To-Publish Writer's Conference, where she finds enormous joy in helping others follow their God-given dreams. She belongs to Advanced Writers and Speakers' Association (AWSA) and SpeakUp! Speaker Services

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