Hi there – and how utterly charming to meet with you!
My name is Tanya Marlow, and I’m channelling my inner Jane Austen as I invite you to sit with me, take a sip of your favourite hot beverage, and get to know a little about me.
Writer, author, broadcaster, campaigner:
- I am the author of Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty – Whispers of Restoration from the Book of Ruth, intertwining my own journey with the book of Ruth. See more here.
- I am a contributor to the book Soul Bare – ed. Cara Sexton (forthcoming, IVP (USA), Aug 2016)
- I have also written for The Spectator, Relevant Magazine.com (USA), Premier Christianity Magazine (UK), Threads (UK), and BigBible.
- I am a broadcaster who has been featured in BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Devon, and UK’s Premier Christian Radio (audio), and Big Bible Project, BBC Spotlight, Change for ME documentary (video).
- I am the founder of Compassionate Britain, a grassroots campaigning organisation that unites Christians to speak up for disabled people against the government cuts affecting their essential support. I campaign for disability rights and better treatment and funding for M.E. patients.
Background – Christian ministry; university-level lecturing:
- I was formerly a lecturer in Biblical Theology, and Associate Director for the Peninsula Gospel Partnership Training Course (accredited by St Mark and St John University, Plymouth, UK).
- I have had ten years’ experience as a Christian minister, pastoral counsellor and student worker, and have been a speaker and preacher at Spring Harvest and New Word Alive.
- In 2007, I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a debilitating chronic autoimmune neurological disease, which affects my mobility and energy, and comes with a plethora of annoying symptoms. You can read more about it here.
- In 2010, my world changed when I gave birth and my M.E. tipped over into ‘severe M.E.’ Since then I have been housebound, needing to spend approximately 21 hours per day in bed, only able to leave the house once or twice a month for a brief trip out in my wheelchair. I now measure out my life in teaspoons. I need to rest much of the day, and have to strictly ration my time talking with friends, writing, or playing with my son.
- In 2014 I was also diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which means my body does not enjoy being upright, and my heart goes crazy when I stand up.
- Living with chronic illness has shaped and refined my theology, and made me passionate about justice for marginalised people. You can read more about my response to this in Why Thorns and Gold?
- I have an amazing husband who is a vicar (church minister) in the Church of England, and we live by the sea in Devon, UK. (NB the picture above is NOT Devon. It’s Greece…) He’s an artist, wine connoisseur, preacher-man and organiser of legendary kids’ parties, and blogs sporadically here.
- We have a small-but-loud golden-haired son whose company we enjoy immensely. To protect him from future teenage friends googling his name and finding out all the cute things he did as a toddler, I refer to him online as ‘boy’.
- writing honestly about suffering, doubt and searching for God
- connecting the emotional with the spiritual, and vice versa
- teaching the Bible so that it gets under your skin, ministers to your spirit and leads you to Jesus
- social justice, especially feminism and rights for disabled people
Wanna know even more about me? Click on my More About Me page for some fun facts.
But enough about me – what about you? Please do introduce yourself, say, hi, interact and leave a comment, tell me your story – I’d love to hear it.
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