About Me

I am the person who said I’d never have a blog.

But here I am – a fresh reminder of why you should never say “never.” As for what changed my mind, see my home page.

I have made my living mostly by teaching. My teaching career began in a fifth grade classroom about the time the Berlin Wall turned into souvenir collectibles. Twenty years later, I found myself embarking on another “first year” – teaching Old Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. That’s a story all in itself.

Early in 2012 God started putting the pieces together for a major career change, and for a couple years I wrote for a living instead of teaching – at Logos Bible Software. (No, I didn’t write software. That would be a Really Bad career change.) The journey from teaching to writing is another story all in itself.

I’m a language nut (my academic transcripts say I’ve learned nine languages, but “learned” overstates the case for most of them) – and so I blog about loving words and loving the Word.

P.S. I also have an online portfolio at http://wendylynnwidder.wordpress.com/. Stop by and see me!

P.P.S. A friend has advised me to include my credentials here so, should you want to cite me for some paper you happen to be writing for a professor somewhere in the world, you can justify using me as a legitimate academic source. So, here goes: I have a PhD in Near Eastern Studies (University of the Free State), an MA in Hebrew & Semitic Studies (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and an MDiv with an emphasis in educational ministries (Grand Rapids Theological Seminary). I am also under contract with Zondervan to write two commentaries on the book of Daniel. Hopefully that will satisfy your prof.

6 Responses to About Me

  1. Oscar Villa says:

    As a minister to singles, I would like to express my thanks to God for your ministry. I found your book, “A Match Made in Heaven” helpful in nurturing a Scriptural understanding of singleness. I was helped by your personal illustrations and honest reflections on your struggles. I have used much of what I have learned in addressing the minds and hearts of single and married believers, as we seek to grasping the Biblical testimony and what it means for us. Thank you!

    • wendywidder says:

      Thanks for your encouragement. I’m so glad “Match” has been helpful for you and your ministry!

      • Oscar Villa says:

        I was wondering if you could help me. We have held 3 annual singles conferences (aside from the monthly fellowships) trying fleshing out what singleness means. I was able to use your material to help participants from other churches think these things through and yet I am still looking for good references. Are there any free online resources you could recommend for me and those I minister to as we think through Biblical singleness? I ask because I don’t have a credit card to make online purchases. I spotted (providentially) a copy of “Match…” from a second hand bookshop.

      • wendywidder says:

        Hi Oscar, You might try the following Web site: http://www.singlesmall.com. I haven’t checked it out recently, but you might find some helpful ideas/materials there. If you find resources you’d like, you should be able to have a bookstore order them for you – and you pay when they arrive.

        Best,
        Wendy

  2. Patty Winters says:

    Hi Wendy, I found your book “Living Whole Without a Better Half” a few years ago in a little bookstore in Vero Beach. It has been like a devotional guide when I need encouragement and a reminder of God’s unconditional love for me. Last night I googled your name and found the blog. I have just ordered “Match” and cannot wait to read it and share it. Please know that God is spreading His message through you down here in Miami! Blessings, Patty

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