Caryn Rivadeneira and Carla Barnhill are editors, writers, mothers, and wives. One is tall, one is short. One is thin, one is not so thin. One tends toward the conservative, one tends toward the liberal. One has two boys and a girl, the other two girls and a boy. But they are both passionate about motherhood and helping moms everywhere live the lives they long for, lives filled with joy and purpose and dreams.
Caryn Rivadeneira has been a trusted voice to evangelical women since 1998, when she started editing Marriage Partnership magazine. During her decade in Christian publishing, Caryn has spoken and written to women as managing editor of Marriage Partnership, managing editor of Christian Parenting Today, and as the first-ever managing editor of Women’s and Family Resources, a department she helped create at Christianity Today International (CTI).
Today she touches the lives of women as an author—WaterBrook Press will release her fist book, Mama’s Got a Fake I.D.: How to Discover the Real You Under All That Mom, in March 2009—and in her work as managing editor of and regular contributor to CTI’s Gifted For Leadership blog, an online community for Christian women in leadership.
Caryn lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her wonderful husband, the three best kids ever created (no offense, but they really are!), a relinquished Rottweiler, an abandoned bunny, and three feeder goldfish.
Carla Barnhill has been in Christian publishing for 15 years. She is the former editor of Christian Parenting Today magazine. She also served as Associate Editor of Campus Life magazine. Carla now works as a freelance editor and writer, working for publishers such as Zondervan, WaterBrook, Baker, Tyndale, HarperOne, and Sparkhouse. She is the author of Blessings Every Day and The Myth of the Perfect Mother.
Carla has also spoken to thousands of mothers at MOPS conventions, women’s retreats, and churches around the country. She is a sought-after source of new ideas about motherhood, parenting, and the spiritual formation of children.
Carla lives in Minnesota with her wonderful husband, her dopey dog, and the three best kids ever created.