Cynthia’s greatest passion and privilege is to help ordinary men and women connect with an extraordinary God through prayer. Leading people into satisfying, two-way, relational, personal conversation with God is the aim of whatever she does, whether as an author, editor, prayer leader, speaker, teacher, mentor, or prayer retreat leader.
The thing people most often say about Cynthia’s communication style is, “She’s one of us! She’s real and she really understands where we’re coming from.” That’s probably because Cynthia did not come out of the chute praying. It was her desperate desire to have a genuinely personal relationship with God—and her years of seeking that—that sets her message apart from many other messages about prayer. You’ll never hear Cynthia putting people on a guilt trip because they don’t pray enough or do it “right.” Instead, you’ll hear her say, “Oh, I really get that! I used to feel that way, too! But let me tell you the cool thing God did that helped me with that!”
Cynthia is the author of three books on prayer: Prayer and the Word of God (Prayer Shop Publishing), Prayer Begins with Relationship, (NavPress), (both are Bible studies) and Come Away with Me: The Pray! Magazine Guide to Prayer Retreats, (NavPress.) Her third Bible study is scheduled for publication in late 2014 through Prayer Shop Publishing.
Cynthia is a section editor for Conversations Journal, and was editor of Pray! magazine (NavPress) until it ceased publication in 2009. She has contributed to a number of books and has written hundreds of magazine articles. Currently Cynthia serves as Editorial Director for Community Bible Study.
Widowed in 2008 after her husband’s long struggle with multiple sclerosis, Cynthia lives with her two cats in Colorado Springs. She is mother to Ian, who lives in Latin America. He motivates her to keep her suitcase packed, as she visits him in warm places like Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Leading prayer retreats is one of Cynthia’s favorite things to do. Consider asking her to lead a retreat, teach, or speak, for your church, prayer team or other ministry.