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I began my writing career as an advertising copywriter and aspiring screenwriter but God had other plans for me. After I told the story of how I came to faith in my first book, Baptism by Fire, all my gifts from then on—for language, creative problem solving, leadership, gathering—were redirected into serving ChristDuring the season when my children were young this meant teaching creative writing and Junior Great Books, (and chairing a lot of meetings). As I grew in my faith, my desire to help remove obstacles and create entry points for others grew, too. This compelled me to create an original, arts-based vespers called The Renaissance Service (TM), organize/lead retreats at a high desert monastery, write the books The Pitcher’s Mom and Elijah & the SAT, and continuously expand my life of prayer and study.

Fifteen years into my walk with the Living God, I had the opportunity to pursue an MA in Theology at Concordia University, Irvine, which I completed in 2013.  Born of that remarkable season of deep study and conversation was a new partnership with a classmate: a company we call icktank—short for “ichthus think tank.” Loaded Words: Freeing 12 Hard Bible Words from Their Baggage was our first co-authored book. Icktank Press has also released a user-friendly version of my thesis work—Man Turned in on Himself: Understanding Sin in 21st-Century America— and happy are those, my palm-sized, “backpack apologetic” guidebook that helps talk through some of the very real and stubborn obstacles that stand between thoughtful people and the idea of a creator God.

In 2014, I began working with  LINC Los Angeles, which has expanded my vision of revealing Christ in the City of Angels immeasurably. As 2017 begins to take shape, a new season is emerging with more speaking, leading, and raising up the next generation of those who will carry within them the Eternal Flame. Whatever may come, you will hear about it here.

Soli Deo Gloria

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 © Heather Davis, Heather Choate Davis, and heatherchoatedavis.com, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Heather Choate Davis with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

17 Comments on “about

  1. Good Morning Heather, Loved your blog and can’t wait to read more!! Nancy

  2. Hi,
    Greetings. I got your mail forwarded by my daughter. I shall take some time to read some parts of your blog.

    I am on online MA programme with King’s Evangelical Divinity School, UK but I have not really started.

    Glad to hear from you indeed.

    best regards,

    quay beng tiong (john)

    Kindly convey our regards to your aunt.

    • So good to hear from you John. I think you’ll especially like the blogs “Opting for Joy 1 & 2” Best of luck in your studies. I’m starting my MA in Theology as well this fall — maybe we can form a long distance study group!

  3. Hi Heather,

    Thanks for posting such vivid, detailed and poignant accounts of your Taize experience. I found your blog via Google as I will be going there this June for the first time. Your blog covered many of the questions that I had and now I’m even more excited and ready to go. Blessings to you and keep the thought-provoking entries coming!!

    Laura

  4. Yes, Heather, I remember. I was just up in Irvine a few weeks ago, doing a Lenten talk at Saint Paul Greek Orthodox Church. I’m teaching this semester at a new, start-up college in Encinitas—Saint Katherine College. Here’s wishing you a blessed Holy Week (ours is next week), and a glorious Easter!

  5. Dear Heather – Enjoyed your story in the Huffington Post and could relate to it as I have two sons who play baseball – one in college and one in high school. Did your boy ever think about getting “Tommy John” surgery, or had he finally reached the end of his playing days for other reasons? Thx, Mark

    • Believe it or not, Mark, I had Tommy John surgery as a teenage gymnast (performed by Frank Jobe, who pioneered it). But I think for Graham, he knew it was time to walk away. The tear healed quickly: the heart took a little longer. Thanks for writing. And good luck to your boys with their respective seasons!

  6. Can you get a print copy of The Pitcher’s Mom?If so, how? I can’t seem to find it on Amazon. I would like to share it with someone who doesn’t have electronic access.

    • Thanks for the support Jeanann! The Pitcher’s Mom will be available in paperback next week—just in time for Mother’s Day. It should be on Amazon by the 23rd. Hope your friend likes it:)

  7. Hey Heather, I really enjoyed reading about the Renaissance Service you created. I was actually considering creating something artistic for Lenten services at my church in Fresno in 2013. I was just curious if you have any of the liturgies or outlines of the services and content available for purchase and or use, so that I could have a skeleton of how to organize such a service. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

    • Hi Dan-
      I was asked several years ago to create a package of Lenten services for another church in Northern California (as well as the vespers I did for The Glen Workshops in Santa Fe) and was happy to do that for a small fee. As I am now knee deep in my MA Theology studies and no longer have all my resources at my fingertips, I cannot provide you the same level of care. But I’d be happy to chat w/ you about how you might structure a simple service (I did them twice for our church during Lent–it really is the perfect season for it). I will email you and we can set up a time to chat from there. Pax, Heather

  8. Greetings from your first breakfast buddy at camp Arcadia!! I can’t wait to dive in to your books and will recommend you to our Christian women’s seminar that we have every year. They would love you!

    Wishing you nothing but love and success in your mission of adding members to God’s family!

    • Wonderful to hear from you, Karen. I hope you like the books and help me with some good word of mouth in Iowa. Forever grateful for our first breakfast together and your making me feel so at home. Until we meet again…. Heather

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