“An appeal to the heart of God never goes unanswered. It’s always met with goodness, mercy, and grace. So why do we so often behave as if God is a harsh taskmaster? The lover of our souls wants to shower us with His love, and we run in the other direction, afraid of His disapproval.”
Lisa Brenninkmeyer is an author and speaker who helps women experience the transforming power of God’s unconditional love. Desiring to see women come to know Christ personally, she founded Walking with Purpose, a Catholic women’s Bible study program. After hearing story after story of women longing for connection, looking for a safe place to ask questions about faith, and needing a way to refuel and be refreshed, she decided to do something to bring change. The result of her holy discontent, Walking with Purpose, is a Scripture-based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart. Lisa is crazy about women, loves Christ passionately, and thinks the most exciting thing in the world is to connect the former with the latter.
Lisa’s love for Scripture and its author began as a child. Raised as an evangelical Protestant in Minnesota, she and her sister grew up watching their parents teach weekly Bible studies. She entered the Catholic Church in 1991 because her Catholic boyfriend was quite irresistible. They married and spent the next ten years living in Germany and Mexico, growing their family along the way. As Lisa developed curricula and led Bible studies for women and children, she began to dig deeper into the rich teachings of the Catholic Church. The spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the patience of her spiritual director with her countless questions, and the writings of other converts have all influenced her greatly, bringing her to a place of joy and contentment within the Church.
Lisa holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from St. Olaf College. She lives with her husband Leo and their seven children in Annapolis, Maryland. Even if she manages to get everyone to smile for the annual Christmas card photo, be assured, there’s often sticky juice residue on the kitchen floor and an empty toilet roll in the bathroom.