Meet Cynthia Heald

Society beckons us to succeed -- to achieve excellence in our appearance, our earning power, our family life. But what exactly is God asking and expecting of us? What is God's perspective on what matters most? "If the goal of the pursuit is not clear," writes Cynthia Heald, "we risk losing sight of what it is we're striving for."

With personal warmth and solid biblical teaching, author and speaker Heald helps equip women for their personal and spiritual journey as she invites them to consider that the goal -- the heart of God and a heart for God -- is well worth the investment of thought and time. Her bestselling "Becoming a Woman of..." Bible study series explores God's idea of Excellence, Freedom, Purpose, Prayer, and Grace. The latest book in the series, Becoming a Woman of Grace continues the journey, looking at what the Scriptures teach about faith and what it means to be real before God and honor Christ in daily life. Cynthia Heald writes out of her own need for such understanding and strikes a satisfying balance between relating her personal spiritual journey and prompting readers to embark on their own.

In A Woman's Journey to the Heart of God, Heald acknowledges that it's easy to get sidetracked from plans to pray or study the Bible. Yet, she says, the choices we make today determine whether we move toward God or toward the world. Scripture passages, insights from the author, and wisdom from classic devotional writers (such as A.W. Tozer, Oswald Chambers, and Charles Spurgeon) help readers develop the actions and attitudes needed to make the right choices and move in the right direction.

Her recent books include In the Secret Place of the Most High, about experiencing forgiveness and freedom in the arms of God; Becoming a Woman Who Loves, which focuses on Christ's command to love one another and how to follow his example of sacrificial, unconditional, and passionate caring.

In addition to her writing which has earned best-selling status, as well as being translated into Spanish, Cynthia is also a guest speaker at Women of Faith conferences and women's retreat leader.

Heald, a native Texan, graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in English. She and her husband, Jack, a veterinarian, have been on the full-time staff of The Navigators since 1974. (Since 1930 the work of the Navigators has been to "reach, disciple, and equip people to know Christ and make Him known.") The Healds are currently involved in Navigators Community Ministry in Tucson, Arizona, providing training to those involved in evangelism and discipleship in the United States. The Healds have four grown children and five grandchildren.

Updated June 2003.

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