With her 6'8" husband, Leif, and their 4-pound dog, Hershey, Margaret Feinberg travels the States speaking to Christian audiences composed of young and old, male and female. Enthusiasm, humor, and candor have established her as a fresh speaking voice, but Feinberg's deepest love is writing. "I want to write more than I want to eat," she says. The author of more than a dozen books, she believes her latest, Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey (see an excerpt), is her current best. "But my best book won't come for another 30 years."
Feinberg's authenticity comes through in everything she says and does. Seeking a sustainable lifestyle, she and Leif plan to spend most of next summer volunteering at a camp for at-risk kids. "Living on the road can't be complete enough," she says. "All of your stories become airplane stories." She says she lives for "introducing and re-igniting the wonder of God and his Word in people's lives."
There's been spiritual wonder aplenty in Feinberg's life, as the daughter of a Jewish man and a Gentile woman, both of whom came to Christ as adults. Feinberg says she "grew up with all the tensions that come from having a Jewish grandmother watch her son turn to a different faith. It's a bumpy journey for sure."
Question & Answer
What are your impressions of the church in the United States?
More than anything, the church is very, very tired—so many new programs, initiatives, and events. In that place of exhaustion, we don't need the latest program or initiative as much as we need people who are falling in love with God and the Scriptures.