Hi! I’m Sarahbeth (Beth/SB), and I’m an author, editor, and freelance writer. I grew up wanting to write young adult fiction, but later discovered that my passion is for nonfiction — specifically, writing about my journey from Reform Judaism to the Episcopal church, only to realize that my Jewish identity is still very much a part of me. In fact, it is what ended up saving my faith. Read a more detailed explanation of my background and spiritual beliefs here (or just buy my book!).
I believe that Christians have much to learn from Judaism, first and foremost because it is the religion of Jesus. But the desire to understand Hebrew Scriptures from a Jewish perspective has been erased in many churches and Bible studies, and Jews have become targets of of “goy-splaining” — that is, having their own texts explained to them by Christians who, more often than not, haven’t studied ancient Hebrew before. This is just one of the reasons why interfaith dialogue is necessary: when Christians treat Judaism as a broken system rather than a thriving faith with rich history and nuances, something critical is lost.
Since people would ask me all the time about my faith story, I decided to write and self-publish a memoir. Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter (originally published in 2012, reprinted in 2014, and expanded in 2018), was an Amazon bestseller in the “personal growth” category. My writing has since been featured in Huffington Post, The Sun Magazine, Sojourners, Lilith, and Christians for Biblical Equality, among other places.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I live in northern Colorado with my husband, Joshua, and our fur kids, Zoey and Catniss Everclean (follow me on Instagram if you love adorable cat pictures). I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Kent State University, spent a year in seminary studying biblical counseling, and later earned a master’s in creative writing from Colorado State University.
A few of my favorite things: freshly ground coffee, independent bookstores, making jewelry, figure skating, pretzels, and cold weather. I also love helping new authors find their target audience and learn effective marketing skills (learn more on my contact page). I’m an INFJ on the Myer’s Briggs personality scale and a 6 on the Enneagram. Dry humor is my love language, and no pun is beneath me.