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Rena Pederson writes for the heart and mind. She engages readers with her vivid stories and inspires them to make meaningful change in their own lives and the world around them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


"We are dependent on persons who set examples, persons who can symbolize what we are seeking and mobilize the best in us. Aung San Suu Kyi is just such a person...Knowing she is there gives us confidence and faith in the power of good."

– Nobel Prize Committee Chairman Francis Sejersted announcing that Aung San Suu Kyi had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

 

 

 


THE BURMA SPRING: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of A Nation will tell how this astonishingly brave woman stood up to a brutal military regime and changed the history of her country. It is also the untold story of covert efforts to help her behind the scenes. This book is a new and important update to her story, told by an award-winning writer who has interviewed Aung San Suu Kyi and other key figures in Burma at considerable risk over the years.

  • Featured selection Los Angeles Book Festival 2015
  • Featured selection Texas Book Festival 2015
  • Featured Overseas Press Club of America Book Night, New York, 2015
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"Thanks to Rena Pederson for digging into The Case of the Missing Apostle like a good police reporter. Junia the apostle was one of the first victims of identity theft. Restoring her name is a service to women everywhere."

– Linda Ellerbee,
award-winning television producer, journalist and best-selling author

 

 

 
In the New Testament book of Romans (16:7), the apostle Paul says "Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives, who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles and they were in Christ before I was." In this same chapter, he mentions a number of other women as well—Phoebe, Prisca, Mary, Tryphena, Tryphosa, Persis, Julia. Paul held all of these women of the early church, it appears, in high esteem. How does this fact fit with Paul's other teachings on the subordination of women? Was there a disconnect between teachings attributed to Paul and his actual practice? What roles did women play in the early church? What are the implications for Christians today?

Based on extensive research, international travel, as well as discussions and correspondence with top historians and biblical experts, Rena Pederson has pieced together a story not just of Junia but also of women of the early church—women like Prisca, Nympha, Thecla, Mary of Magdala—and given us new insights on scripture, history, and the life of the first Christians. We can use those insights to make a stronger church today, one that truly and fully calls upon the gifts and abilities of women and men.



"This wonderfully inspirational and compelling book is a must-read and a special gift for women in the prime of life and career."

– Elizabeth Dole

 

 


What’s Missing? engages women in a conversation on the nature of faith from various traditions. Includes insights from First Lady Laura Bush, Diane Sawyer, Karen Armstrong, Patti LaBelle, Judy Collins, Peggy Noonan, Zina Garrison, Naomi Harris Rosenblatt, Rabbi Janet Marder, Linda Alvarado, Anne Graham Lotz, Beth Moore, Hind Jarrah, Sister Joan Chittister, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and many others.