So many parts make up a person, and I’m no different. I’m an author and speaker, but I’m also a deep thinker who loves God fiercely and a wife and mom who counts her blessings daily. I juggle a lot of hats in a week, but they all point to the same goal — growing in my faith.
I count it a privilege to inspire others, whether it’s writing a book or blog post or speaking to an audience about God’s deep love for them.
My photos show a happy face, but I’ve walked through some really tough stuff in my 40 years of life. My happy face is solely the result of God’s grace. I’m so thankful He pulled me out of the dark pit and called me His daughter!
To read my story and learn more about the hats I wear, keep reading below. (If you’re looking for a formal media bio, click here.)
Most authors say they grew up with a pen in their hand, but I was a little slower to embrace my calling.
I had a writer’s gene tucked away somewhere deep inside me, but when I went to college, my practical side won out. After getting my degree in accounting and business management, I worked as a CPA in Corporate America for eight years. I got married in the meantime and started a family, but the arrival of my firstborn caused medical complications that left me questioning my purpose.
I spent a year-and-a-half on long-term disability, going through multiple surgeries and restrictions that kept me from caring for my newborn son. Depression and suicidal thoughts were regular companions. I felt worthless to everyone and saw no way out.
And then…I received a gift. My mother-in-law brought me a bag of books to read, figuring I’d enjoy something to pass the time. As I read these stories and words, I started to see beyond my pain, and a glimmer of hope was planted.
I felt a prompting to dust off my creative side and let the words flow. And so I did. They flowed and flowed until years later, I had articles and manuscripts and stories filling my computer’s hard drive. The experience was cathartic and the more I wrote, the more I fell in love with the process of letting my Savior shape my dreams.
I made it through my medical issues fully healed, gave birth to another child, worked hard to get healthy again, and left the corporate world to focus on being a mom and freelance writer. Along the way, I worked part-time in the health and fitness industry as an instructor. But deep inside, my biggest dream was to see my name on a book cover someday.
After nine years of twists and turns, I finally saw my dream fulfilled.
My favorite thing about these books? God has taken my broken journey and used it for good, providing prayers of hope for those facing chronic pain and illness. That dark path I walked after my son’s birth wasn’t in vain. God has brought me full circle.
I don’t know where He’ll take me next, but I’m learning to let it all go and hold on for the ride.
In case you missed it earlier, I have a husband and two kids. 🙂
I married my college sweetheart, and God blessed us with kiddos who make us laugh and keep us on our toes every single day. My husband is an entrepreneur and toy inventor, so there’s no shortage of creativity in our house! We’re busy just like the typical American family, but we make time to play together, read piles of books, and go on adventures and road trips together.
My family keeps me grounded. Whether I’m hiding away with my laptop or running off to a speaking engagement, I’m thankful God gave me this crew of people to call “home.”
1. I have over 1,000 songs in my iTunes account.
2. My bucket list includes visiting all 50 states and 7 continents. (Still working on that one.)
3. I’m a former barista and have a makeshift cafe in my kitchen. My current favorite drink is peppermint lattes.
4. I’ve survived a volcanic eruption. (It happened in Mexico City while on a mission trip in high school.)
Sarah Forgrave is an author and speaker who loves encouraging others toward a deeper walk of faith. She has authored two prayer devotionals, Prayers for Hope and Healing and Prayers of Hope for Caregivers, both published by Harvest House Publishers. She is also a contributing author to several book collections, including Guideposts’ A Cup of Christmas Cheer and the devotional journal, Where Are You, God? In addition to blogging about prayer, faith, and friendship on her website, Sarah is a monthly contributor to TheChristianMommy.com and a passionate advocate of combining God’s Word with practical application.
Outside of writing and speaking, Sarah is the mom of two preteen children and the wife of an energetic entrepreneur and toy inventor. When she has a moment to herself, she loves to shop the aisles at Trader Joe’s or curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. Visit Sarah at www.sarahforgrave.com.
*header images by Christian Barreno / Imaging by Christian