Author Judy GannWhether it’s comforting those who are ill, exhorting parents to read to their children, or encouraging women, Judy Gann’s passion is to offer hope and encouragement through her writing and speaking.

Books and words have been a focus of Judy’s life since, at age five, she stood on tiptoe and checked out Make Way for Ducklings (by Robert McCloskey) at the Ocean Beach Public Library in San Diego. When she wasn’t reading, she loved to scribble stories in notebooks. Her favorite school assignment: write an essay. Judy’s first published piece was a character sketch of a six-year-old, published in the county high school literary magazine.

After college, she taught elementary school and later became a children’s librarian in a public library. But busy with the priorities of daily life, she stowed her dream of writing until she had more time.

Then in 1988, a severe allergic reaction to medication severely impaired Judy’s cognitive abilities. After spending nearly a year bedridden, she returned to work, only to find she’d lost the ability to write even a simple memo. Judy’s dream of writing crumbled.

Over the next seven years her cognitive abilities—including writing—gradually improved. “Writing is a gift from God,” says Judy. “God is a God of second chances. I believe He gave my writing ability back to me, and I have a responsibility to use it for Him.”

Author of The God of All Comfort: Devotions of Hope for Those Who Chronically Suffer, Judy serves as Writers Coordinator/Acquisitions Editor for Rest Ministries, an international support ministry for people with chronic illness and chronic pain. A member of the Christian Authors Network (CAN), she coordinates CAN’s marketing efforts to public libraries. Judy’s published several magazine articles and contributed to compilations. Her current projects include a book for parents on sharing books with young children and a book for women facing life alone.

Judy lives in Washington State where, when she isn’t writing, speaking, or playing matchmaker for books and readers, she enjoys reading, collecting children’s books (pre-1960’s), crocheting, eating Mexican food, cheering the Seattle Mariners, and taking long walks—even in the rain.