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About Meggie Lee Calvin
Meggie Lee Calvin (Meg) is an Amazon Bestselling Author, Wife, Mom, Speaker, Podcaster, and Coach who helps her fellow Spiritually-Attuned Go-Getters find confidence and certainty in who they were meant to be.
After serving as a Minister to Children and Families at a mainline protestant church for over a decade, she now serves as Director of Engagement for the Institute for Discipleship. Her days include such fun as recruiting participants and instructors for BeADisciple.com, producing and co-hosting the Listening Chair Podcast , and writing and speaking over grit and grace to her fellow spiritually-attuned go-getters.
The Bluebonnet Child: Finding Grace in Poor Soil with Wipf & Stock is her first book. It seeks to equip us to offer hope to kids whose homes seem hopeless. Her second book, I Am My Own Sanctuary , with Quoir Publishing reads like Seth Myers and the Benedictine nun, Joan Chittister had a book baby. This satirical, yet holy tale was written for other “recovering holy-rollers” and will disrupt any thought patterns around ambition or self-love being the opposite of godly and good.
Meg has been featured on NPR, and has served as a workshop presenter at both state-wide and national conferences. Fellow spiritual satirical writer, David Hayward (the NakedPastor) had this to say of Meg’s latest book,
“If you want to read a book
about taking good care of yourself that is approachable, honest, wise, and funny,
then read this one.
It’s an enticing, educating,
encouraging, and entertaining read.
Actually, all those adjectives describe Meg, too!”
She has a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Southwestern College of Kansas and an MA in Children’s and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary of Minnesota. Meg earned her Certification in Mindfulness at Wichita State University under Cyndie Koopsen and Caroline Young, authors of Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health. She is a member of the 2019-2020 cohort of the Foundations of Christian Leadership program of Duke Divinity School.
Meg is obsessed with Saturday Night Live and loves to hunt for antiques, learn Spanish and line dance. She and her husband spend most of their free-time by the chimenea with some classic rock music, or playing board games with their daughter.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Meggie was a weird teenager. We're talkin' so weird that her parents worried about her being too religious.
After a divine nudge to preach at the age of thirteen, she answered the call to full-time ministry as a sixteen-year-old. She became a paid church staff member a year later, and from 18-32, served in the same church. While creating sacred space for others, Meggie forgot to nurture her own. In the rush of ministerial leadership, she allowed many limiting beliefs to hold her back. She searched for validation from others but failed to look within and find that she was already enough. These pages tell her satirical, yet "holy," tale of discovering that because the Divine dwells within, she already possesses enough grace for every wound and enough grit for every goal.
She now offers this gift to you, to encourage you toward the same end. You, yes, all of you, are your own sanctuary. Part memoir, part self-help book, and part spiritual devotional, Meggie will make you laugh, disrupt your thought-patterns, and above all else, empower you to become that which you were meant to be—a sanctuarium tuum. (If you want to know what that means, ya gotta read the book!)
People can be similar to the Bluebonnet flower. They are born into poor soil and have to live with the challenges presented to them. Kids from neglectful or abusive families are Bluebonnet children.
We are trained in children's and family ministry that the parent is the primary faith nurturer. But what happens to a child who does not have a healthy parent to nourish them?
Whether you serve in a school, nonprofit program, or the local church, this book will equip you with helpful tools and inspire you with hope-filled stories. While the tale of the Bluebonnet child is heavy, in Christ there is hope. He is counting on you to shower them with the healing waters of His grace as they bloom through life.
"Anyone who has worked with children (or youth) will recognize exactly what Meggie Calvin means when she speaks of bluebonnet children, who like the bluebonnet can thrive in the poorest of conditions. But how do we influence children to become a bluebonnet? Through sharing personal experiences, quality research, and practical support, she proclaims hope in an otherwise overwhelming task. I heartily recommend it for pastors, teachers, youth, and children's workers."
--Ashlee Alley, Clergy Recruitment and Development Coordinator, Great Plains United Methodist Conference
"Ministering to children who come from hurt places is not easy or often intuitive, but it is essential. In The Bluebonnet Child, Meggie Calvin faithfully walks through Scripture to reveal how to best embrace and serve children from hurt places. . . . I wish I had this book when we started! Calvin has provided a robust resource to empower the local church, ministry leaders, and families to reach children more effectively and with God-glorifying love."
--Matt Guevara, Executive Director, International Network of Children's Ministry
"The Bluebonnet Child is a call to minister to all of God's children, including those who come from challenging home environments. Meg guides the reader with her inspiring personal story and with her years of experience in ministering to the bluebonnet child. Be prepared for spiritual discomfort and a compelling learning experience that cannot be missed!"
--David Brian Smith, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church-Winfield
Meggie Lee Calvin's roots are in Texas, but she has served in the Sunflower State as the Director of Children's Ministry at the FUMC of Winfield (www.winfieldfumc.org) for nearly a decade. She has a BA in Religion from Southwestern College of Kansas and an MA in Children's and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary of Minnesota. She blogs at www.thebluebonnetchild.com. She and her husband spend most of their free time playing tag with their young daughter.