Debra Rienstra

Debra Rienstra is professor of English at Calvin University, specializing in early modern British literature and creative writing. She is the author of three books—Great with Child: On Becoming a Mother, So Much More: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality, and Worship Words: Discipling Language for Faithful Ministry—as well as numerous essays and poems. She writes biweekly for The Twelve, an online magazine connected with The Reformed Journal, writing about spirituality, pop culture, the church, the arts, higher ed, and more.

Her current project connects faith and the climate crisis through theological reflection and nature writing. It’s called Refugia Faith: Seeking God in the Household of All Life (under contract with Fortress Press). Her podcast associated with this project, The Refugia Podcast, is available on most platforms.

You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter @debrakrienstra. Her website is

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