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Amy Peterson's Bio:
I was born in 1975 to a young couple who had recently been saved in the Jesus Movement on the West Coast. My father came from the intellectual background of Ivy League schools, and was saved after the Lord revealed himself in a vision while my dad lived in a little house in the middle of a California pear orchard. My mother was a product of Berkeley and intended to enter medical school, but God set her as a teacher in a small New Mexico town, where she discovered there were only two options - go mad or get saved! They met and married on a Christian communal ranch in Northern California. Being then at least a year old in the Lord (very "old" in those days of revival) they were put into leadership. I was the second child. My first years were spent living communally on West Coast ranches and in church houses. When I was four we moved to Chicago, where my father pastored and the family still lives.

I grew up in an unusual melding of two worlds. My intellect was trained to be disciplined and sharp; my spirit was trained to be free in God. I lived in the "inner-city", but was raised by parents who came from a completely different subsection of American culture. Our church was non-denominational and charismatic, while our extended families were Roman Catholic and Episcopalian. I value the training I received from living in these dual worlds. However, it did take its toll on me as a person. In my small, inner-city, Christian elementary and high school I had few friends who would connect with the intellectual, Word-driven part of me. When I went to Wheaton College it flipped, and I had a hard time fitting into a community where few understood the reality of my wild, charismatic, freedom-loving heart. Only recently have I articulated something God was gently leading me in all through those years: only in Him can my two worlds harmonize. I may never find a physical community where they are in perfect unity (although I've had great glimpses of some), but neither am I supposed to! This dissonance has always driven me to Jesus as the only place where I can be whole and be wholly understood. Because I value that intimacy so much, I actually hope the duality is never completely resolved.

In my physical life one can see the same pattern played out. For instance, in my college years I was touched by the work of God stemming from the "Toronto Blessing", and am closely connected now to the prophetic movements and 24-hour House of Prayer movement stemming from the Kansas City area. Yet at the same time I work for a very traditionally conservative Christian organization. Two entirely different worlds!

Although I always loved to read and write, I never made it my goal to be a "writer". Instead of literature or philosophy, I studied history in college because I wanted to know not just what people "thought", but what actions those thoughts led them to take. Since then I have worked as a proofreader, a high-school teacher and administrator, and an office manager. It was through a "what direction do You want my life to go?" prayer that I ended up entering the publishing field, where I've been for over three years. The more I work in the field, however, the more my heart yearns toward the creative rather than the publishing side of it. Perpetua itself was born not of a desire to write but of an un-ignorable insistency that this story - this particular story - be written.