Wendy Murray's career in journalism spans over three decades, launched by an article she wrote for a local newspaper about her son's second grade teacher, Mr. McCabe, who celebrated homework completed by his young students by marching around the classroom, on desktops, waving a flag, hailing "It is a home-work is done parade!" The editor of that paper knew then that Murray had the right instincts for finding a story and capturing its heart in prose.
Her narrative about Mr. McCabe would launch a career that would span the next 30 years and take her to exotic locales from hidden tunnels in ancient Maya cities, to the Amazonian jungle basin, to medieval libraries in Italy, to an airstrip in California where she boarded the plane of a pilot she was interviewing who, while explaining the difference between negative and positive Gs, flew her upside-down. (Positive Gs are easier to negotiate than negatives.)
Since the late 1980s Murray has written prolifically, whether stories for local papers in small towns, or political and cultural stories for the English newspaper in Honduras, or during her stint in Honduras as the Regional Reporter for Time Magazine. She found her stride when she was brought on at Christianity Today, where she served for five years as Associate Editor and another five years as (the first female) Senior Writer. Her feature articles touched on the defining themes, issues and personalities of American Evangelicalism in the later 20th and early 21st centuries.
Predictably, her magazine writing led to a prolific career in book publishing, including a seminal work on the Columbine shooting titled, Day of Reckoning (Brazos Press), from which friend and colleague Dave Cullen drew heavily for his more-recent and more widely recognized "definitive" book on the same topic.
Going through a difficult divorce in late 2002 spawned a crisis of faith and of life, too. Her writing and publishing slowed down as she took stock and recovered (or tried to) while at the same time reckoning with issues of faith, church and the movement she had once enthusiastically embraced: American Evangelicalism.
She has written many books, which can be found under her publishing names: Wendy Murray and Wendy Murray Zoba
A Mended and Broken Heart
- The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi
- By: Wendy Murray
- Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
- Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
A humane and uncensored portrait of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholicism's most popular - and least understood--saint....
Ho-hum, didn't grab me.
- By Ljsc on 07-16-12
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