Patricia Raybon writes top-rated books that help believers move big mountains. An award-winning journalist and essayist, she digs deep into the intersection of Christian belief and everyday life--taking on tough topics such as race, faith, church, work, family, spiritual struggle and personal healing. Her writing is hailed for its transparency, beauty and courage, but also for its encouragement, inspiration and hope.
Her many acclaimed books include:
- "I Told the Mountain to Move," her prayer memoir which was a 2006 Book of the Year Finalist in Christianity Today Magazine's annual book awards.
- "My First White Friend," her racial forgiveness memoir which won the Christopher Award and a Books for a Better Life Award.
- The One Year® devotional, "God's Great Blessings," a daily study on Bible virtues that God blesses.
- "Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace"--co-authored with her impassioned younger daughter Alana Raybon--on their mother-daughter struggle for interfaith peace.
- "Beautiful Blessings from God," a gift-sized condensed "mini" version of her One Year® devotional, "God's Great Blessings."
- "Bound for Glory," a tribute to African American spirituals, co-authored with renowned calligrapher Timothy Botts.
Patricia's courageous personal essays on faith, culture and family have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, USA Weekend, Country Living Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, In Touch Magazine of Charles Stanley Ministries, and aired on National Public Radio.
A journalist by training, Patricia earned a B.A. in journalism from Ohio State University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Patricia worked for a dozen years in Denver as a newspaper journalist at The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. Mid-career she joined the journalism faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she taught print journalism for 15 years, getting promoted to professor emerita in 2006.
Patricia now writes full-time on matters of faith. She is also mom to two grown daughters, a "Grammy" to five grandchildren, mother-in-law to one "son," and the wife of 40 years to her husband Dan. She and Dan make their home in Colorado where she grew up. In all of this, Patricia seeks to live in the spirit of her favorite Scripture: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes." (Romans 1:16 NIV)