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Joy Jordan

joy jordan lakeJoy Jordan-Lake is the author of five books, including Blue Hole Back Home, winner of the Christy Award for Best First Novel and Baylor University’s 2009 Common Book. Her other books include Grit and Grace: Portraits of a Woman’s Life; Whitewashing Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Nineteenth-Century Women Novelists Respond to Stowe; Working Families: Navigating the Demands and Delights of Marriage, Parenting and Career and Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Alarming Words of Faith.

Joy holds a Ph.D. in English Literature, as well as a masters from a theological seminary. She has served as the associate pastor of a multi-ethnic church in Cambridge, Mass., where she led compassion ministries targeting homeless families and was a Baptist chaplain at Harvard. 

With her husband and their three children, she lives just south of Nashville. Her blog “Writing and Reading in the Midst of Real Life” can be found at