Margaret Feinberg didn't set out to become a Christian communicator. At age 18 she wanted to go to Georgetown University and study pre-law and public relations, but she didn't get in. Instead she attended Wake Forest University in North Carolina, the first of many God-driven course corrections in Margaret's life.
Margaret embarked on a journey that led her to graduate with a religion major, try missionary work, discover a gift for writing, and marry Leif, her husband of six years. Today, she's the author of more than a dozen books, including The Sacred Echo and Scouting the Divine (to be released in October), a popular speaker at conferences such as Catalyst, and an "emerging voice" that many believe will help lead the church in the next decade.
A foundation of that leadership is Margaret's deep desire to know God, be attentive to his direction in her life, and to help others fall in love with God and his Word. Recently TCW chatted with Margaret about her faith journey, hearing God's voice, and following it.
You went through a season in college that you describe tongue-in-cheek as "partying like a rock star. " What made you turn your life around?
After my freshman year, I went to a Christian conference and had an encounter with God that changed everything. God kept drawing me back to Isaiah 43:1: "I have called you by name; you are mine" (NLT). I felt it wasn't just Isaiah God was speaking to; he was speaking to me, saying, "You're mine. I love you. You're precious in my sight. "1