wall street journal bestselling author * heart encourager * lifegrowth coach

I’m so glad you’re here! If we were having coffee together, I’d lean in and ask about who you are, what you dream of, what makes you laugh the loudest. If you asked me the same, I’d take a little sip from my mug and a big bite of chocolate cupcake {with peanut butter frosting, of course} before I said…

I’ve loved Jesus, words and ideas ever since I was a little girl in my grandparents’ bookstore, where I curled up with stacks of books tall enough to touch the sky. God grew the dreams He planted in my heart and I served as a writer and editorial director for DaySpring for over a decade. Then He led me in a new direction and I’m now the author of You’re Already Amazing as well as several other books with Revell.

grandpa hollie & I

grandpa hollie & I

A few years ago I discovered the internet made it possible for me to connect with the hearts of women in other ways too. So I began a blog and cofounded (in)courage {a place that’s like God’s beach house for your heart}. To my surprise, (in)courage received almost one million page views in its first six months! I also became a certified life coach and got a masters degree in counseling. Whew.


the (in)courage girls

Sometimes people let me come talk to them. I don’t consider myself a traditional speaker or teacher but instead an encourager. It’s like getting to have coffee with lots of folks at once! {Disclaimer: I can get a little distracted before I speak and do things like, um, accidentally wander into the men’s restroom and/or break enormous, fancy water jugs. Yep, consider yourself warned.}


photo by John Thurman

Outside the word world, I’ve been married to Mark for fifteen years. He’s a great guy who keeps my feet on the ground so I can have my head in the clouds. After a long, hard struggle with infertility God gave us a 21-year-old adopted daughter named Lovelle. We’re so proud of her and we love her so much!

Family Photo

photo by Dawn Camp

A few confessions: I’m not a morning person {I once put chocolate on the alarm clock to bribe myself to get up. I ate it and went back to bed}. I like to change the lyrics to happy 80s songs and sing them terribly to my crazy dog. I can be silly and a little messy and I’m always thankful for grace. And good friends who love me as I am.

I see this place as a bit like an online coffee shop. A spot to share our hearts, explore our dreams, laugh, encourage each other and celebrate what God is doing.

You’re always welcome here!


Holley Gerth