I have an M.A. in Religion with a concentration in World Religions. Over the years, I have worked as a college campus minister, writer, editor, researcher, media specialist, social services program coordinator, non-profit executive director, and start-up leader. I currently serve as a tech apprentice in St. Louis, MO.
For leisure, I garden, walk, and relax with my family and friends. I love traveling and am an avid reader! I enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, and fantasy--adult, youth, and juvenile. I also enjoy Christian theology and most things related to the faith of other people. I love learning!
To learn more about my work, please visit my website: www.shealavastbinder.info.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh, my! That's a hard question to answer. I LOVE to read so I have a lot of favorites. If I must choose, then I'd say: 1. C.S. Lewis' anything! I particularly like his Space Trilogy. 2. Anne Lamott's "Traveling Mercies." She's so funny and honest as she faces the life issues we all wrestle. 3. Leslie Newbigin's "The Gospel in a Pluralist Society." He's great at balancing respect for other faiths while also honoring his own. 4. Thrity Umriga's "The Space Between Us." She handles the class differences in India (and everywhere, for that matter) with gentle but firm hands. 5. Lisa Samson's "The Passion of Mary-Margaret." All I can say is, "Wow!" If you haven't read it, you WANT to now.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost anything clean, funny, romantic, or optimistic! I love mysteries, sci-fi, and fantasy--adult, youth, and juvenile. I also enjoy Christian theology and most things related to the faith of other people.
“10 Things You Need to Know” is designed to offer support during the interval between leaving your home country and when you’ve adjusted to new life in the U.S. In the original book, you’ll find helpful resources and information about relocating. This workbook acts as a supplement by providing checklists and charts to take you step-by-step through each of the sections described in the first book.
Moving to a new country is one of the hardest things you can do. Learning another language. Connecting to a new community. Adapting to an unfamiliar culture. These adjustments take years, but this practical guide provides information that will make your move easier. All ten themes are inspired by the author’s personal experiences and those of her many International friends. Welcome to the U.S.A.!