Author and Journalist
Wendy Murray (previously published under the name Wendy Murray Zoba) is a seasoned, well-traveled and award-winning journalist. She grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio (1980), majoring in religion and graduating magna cum laude. She also received membership in Hiram’s Phi Beta Kappa society. She completed a master’s degree in theological studies (New Testament) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, S. Hamilton, Massachusetts, graduating magna cum laude in 1985.
She lived in Honduras, Central America for four years where she served as regional correspondent for Time magazine. She worked as writer and editor at Christianity Today magazine from 1995 to 2000 and served as senior writer there through 2005. Her work has taken her all over the world and her feature essays have won awards consistently. She has published extensively in other journals, including Books & Culture, The Christian Century, and Beliefnet.com. Twice her essays have been included in The Best Christian Writing, edited by John Wilson. She was cited in Brill’s Content as being numbered among the nation’s leading religion reporters. She has appeared on “Chris Matthew’s Hard Ball,” “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly” and was invited to speak before a select group of thought leaders by the Carnegie Council in New York.
She has served as Writer-in-Residence at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, and has taught in their international studies program in Orvieto, Italy.
She has published ten books, including: The Beliefnet Guide to Evangelical Christianity (Doubleday 2005), Meet Me in Managua (Kregel, 2005); On Broken Legs (NavPress 2004); Lessons from Lucy (NavPress 2004); Facing Forward (Tyndale, 2003); Sacred Journeys (Tyndale, 2001) and Day of Reckoning, Columbine and the Search for America’s Soul (Brazos, 2001); J.I. Packer Answers Questions for Today (Tyndale, 2000); and Generation 2K (InterVaristy Press, 1999).
Her most recent book, A Mended and Broken Heart, the Life and Love of Francis of Assisi, written in Assisi, Italy, was released in June 2008 by Basic Books. She currently lives north of Boston.