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Beliefnet Contributing Authors

At Beliefnet we have always prided ourselves on the quality of our writing. We have some of the top contributing authors in the faith, inspiration, spirituality, health and wellness, entertainment and love and family spaces. We have listed our contributing authors, along with their bios, below:
Christine Agro

Christine Agro

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Christine Agro is the author of 50 Ways to Live Life Consciously. Join Christine for more insight, guidance and support in living life consciously.

Therese Borchard

Therese Borchard

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Therese is the author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes and The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Guide. She writes the blog Sanity Break on Everyday Health and is Associate Editor and a regular contributor to Psych Central. She also writes for other media outlets, as well, like The Huffington Post and PBS/This Emotional Life.

Peggy Bowes

Peggy Bowes

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Peggy Bowes, a devout Catholic, is the author of The Rosary Workout and co-author of Tending the Temple. She graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1988 and served nine years as an Air Force pilot and Health and Wellness consultant. After leaving the military to raise a family, Peggy continued her education in the fitness industry by becoming certified as a personal trainer, Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant and Spinning® instructor. She established a successful and rewarding business in metabolic and athletic performance (VO2) testing, with an emphasis on weight loss counseling. Peggy is also very active in parish life. She has been a lector, CCD teacher, and Little Flowers Girls' Club leader.

Rona Cherry

Rona Cherry

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An award-winning journalist, Rona has written for numerous publications including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Ladies Home Journal, Vegetarian Times, Life Extension, Beliefnet.com, NYCitywoman.com and RealAge.com. She co-authored The World of American Business (Harper & Row) and Woman in the Year 2000 (Arbor House).She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Magazine Editors and has been a judge for the National Magazine Awards, the Interactive Media Awards, the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, and others. She has appeared on national television shows such as "Today" and "Entertainment Tonight" and addressed groups including the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Federation of Press Women. She served as a vice-president of the Newswomen's Club of New York and was a founding member of the March of Dimes National Communications Council.

Matthew Currie

Matthew Currie

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Matthew Currie has been a professional astrologer and counselor for 20 years, with numerous appearances on television and radio, and the author of The Daily Sky and Conquer The Universe With Astrology. He comes to astrology from an educational background in Psychology and Counseling.

Susan Diamond

Susan Diamond

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I am not your typical holy roller. I am a woman who knows that I can pray any where, any time and in any way. Yet, when I pray with words that are expressive and beautiful, I find my sacred conversations are more meaningful and I am closer to my higher power. In my business life I am a sales and marketing professional. Prior to starting Prayables, I was able to bring my skill set to the non-profit world where I worked for both Jewish and Christian advocacy groups. I discovered the language of prayer may be slightly different, but we are mostly praying for the same things. I experimented with new ways to pray in a multi-faith setting and found it was easy to do and tremendously rewarding. Besides doing work that I love, I am blessed with a close and loving family: My husband David, our children Craig & Shani, Howie, Rachel, and Michael provide me with the balance I need to be happy and productive. My grandchildren, are a never-ending source of pure joy. My parents are my biggest fans and it is because of my big beautiful family that I am able to enjoy life and surround myself with positivity.

Cheryl Dickow

Cheryl Dickow

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Cheryl Dickow is the president of Bezalel Books and is the author of Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage and Our Jewish Roots. Cheryl lives in the beautiful state of Michigan with her husband of 27 years and her three grown sons. Her works appears on a number of faith-based sites and has been published in a variety of magazines and papers.

Rod Dreher

Rod Dreher

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Rod Dreher is a journalist who has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. He is currently a senior editor at The American Conservative. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in St. Francisville, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children.

Heloise

Heloise Evans

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Heloise is America’s most recognized lifestyle manager. Her “Hints from Heloise” newspaper column appears seven days a week in over 450 newspapers in the United States and internationally. She has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Good Housekeeping Magazine for over 25 years. She is the author of 13 best-selling books, including her newest, Handy Household Hints from Heloise. She is a guest on national and local radio and TV shows, including The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The View and CNN.

Samantha Fey

Samantha Fey

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Samantha Fey is an intuitive medium who connects with your spirit guides, angels and loved ones on the other side for validations, messages, guidance and deep insight into your soul purpose and life lessons.

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Patrice Gaines

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Patrice Gaines is an author, motivational speaker, spiritual counselor and intuitive. She is the author of two books, Laughing In The Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Color— A Journey from Prison to Power and the self-help Moments of Grace—Meeting the Challenge to Change. She has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and was featured on a segment of NBC Dateline. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Essence, the New York Times Magazine and BlackAmericaweb.com. She has been a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Blues and Notes”.

Sandra Garson

Sandra Garson

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Sandra Garson, a proud Buddhist practitioner, is the author of Veggiyana, the Dharma of Cooking (Wisdom Publications, 2011), a popular paperback with food wisdom, history and vegetarian recipes. She is the founder of the food/food garden charity Veggiyana which feeds Tibetan Buddhist monastics and schoolchildren. She studied food history at Radcliffe, has published many articles and essays, ran a successful catering business and sold her baked goods at a farmers' market before writing How to Fix a Leek... to answer all the questions shoppers asked. She is also the kitchen magician who teaches kids about food as Nana Letscook.

Danielle Hark

Danielle Hark

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Danielle Hark is a wellness writer, photographer and freelance photo editor. She is also a mental health advocate and founder of BrokenLightCollective.com, the online photography gallery for people affected by mental illness. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues, her mission is to help as many other people who are struggling, using photography and creativity whenever possible.

Jenny Isenman

Jenny Isenman

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Jenny Isenman is the first Jen X’Pert (Gen-X lifestyle expert). She gives advice on family, marriage, anti-aging, and fashion for people who remember the making of the Thriller video. She’s contributed segments nationally and has reoccurring segments locally on NBC, CBS, and FOX. She's the humor columnist for South Florida Parenting Magazine and writes for multiple parenting sites. She’s called Jenny from the Blog at her uproariously funny blogs: The Suburban Jungle and I’m a Jewish Mom, What’s Your Excuse? Good Housekeeping calls The Suburban Jungle “the best suburban blog out there.” Jenny claims that reading it will make you smarter, tanner and reduces cellulite, but at the very least it’ll keep you literate.

Greg Kandra

Deacon Greg Kandra

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Deacon Greg Kandra is a Roman Catholic deacon serving the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. A veteran broadcast journalist, Deacon Greg worked for 26 years as a writer and producer for CBS News in both New York and Washington. He has been honored with every major award in broadcasting, including two George Foster Peabody Awards, two Emmy Awards, and four awards from the Writers Guild of America.

Meri Blye Kramer

Meri Blye Kramer

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Meri Blye Kramer is an award-winning author of two books and more than 100 articles in a variety of periodicals. Enrolled through ALEPH (Alliance for Jewish Renewal), she is studying to receive smicha (ordination) as a rabbi. Meri has spoken at numerous events across the country, including the Distinguished Author and Speaker series, Mensa's Regional Conference, and Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. Her media appearances include NPR's All Things Considered, the Glenn Mitchell show, Common Threads, Talkline, and many others. Having graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington, Mary holds a degree in philosophy and anthropology.

Dr. Kulkarni

Dr. Himani Kulkarni

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Dr. Kulkarni is a licensed physician in New York City and has been an avid practioner of meditation, spirituality, and mind-body medicine for over 10 years. Dr. Kulkarni is a contributing author for and has published articles on Intent.com, Beliefnet, and several other health and wellness sites.

Danielle LePorte

Danielle LaPorte

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Danielle LaPorte is the author of The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide for Creating Success on Your Own Terms. An inspirational speaker, former think tank exec, and business strategist, she is the co-author of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. Danielle is named one of the top 100 websites for women by Forbes Magazine.

JoAnn LeQuang

Jo Ann LeQuang

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Jo Ann LeQuang is a professional writer specializing in medical topics and a Christ-follower who blogs at AWretchLike.Me.

Don Lubov

Don Lubov

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Don Lubov spent 39 years as an artist - drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture. He taught art on the university level for nine years and has been writing on spirituality since 1971 and began publishing his writings in 2001. His most recent book: The Six-Step Path - Spirituality with a touch of Zen is the text for his classes in spirituality; at 3 local colleges. Frosty The Soulman is his first illustrated book on spirituality for children.

Don MacMannis

Don MacMannis, Ph.D.

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Don R. MacMannis, Ph.D. (a.k.a “Dr. Mac”) is a psychologist and Clinical Director of the Family Therapy Institute. He has been a therapist for over forty years. His practice includes work with children, families and couples, with a specialization in parenting kids ages two to twelve. In addition to lecturing nationally on a variety of topics related to families and social/emotional development, he is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book, How’s Your Family Really Doing?: 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family. In 2009, he won the title of “Best Family Therapist” in a poll taken by SBParent.com.

Scott McKnight

Dr. Scott McKnight

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Scot McKnight is a widely-recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago). A popular and witty speaker, Scot has given interviews on radios across the nation, has appeared on television, and is regularly asked to speak in local churches and educational events throughout the USA and in Denmark and South Africa. Dr. McKnight obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham. Dr. McKnight is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Society for New Testament Studies and the author of more than twenty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed.

Steve McSwain

Dr. Steve McSwain

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Dr. Steve McSwain is an author, speaker, thought leader and spiritual teacher. His books and blogs inspire spiritual seekers around the world. He is a devoted follower of Christ but an interfaith activist as well. He is frequently heard to say, in the words of Mother Teresa, "I love all religions; but I'm IN LOVE with my own." Dr. McSwain writes the Beliefnet column Your Best Life Ever.

Karen Noe

Karen Noe

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Karen Noe is a renowned NJ based psychic medium, spiritual counselor, and healer with a two-year waiting list. She is the author of The Rainbow Follows the Storm: How to Obtain Inner Peace by Connecting with Angels and Deceased Loved Ones and Through the Eyes of Another: A Medium’s Guide to Creating Heaven on Earth by Encountering Your Life Review Now, and she’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News affiliates across the country. She is the founder of the Angel Quest Center in Ramsey, NJ where she teaches classes, gives readings, and practices alternative healing. You can listen to Karen on The Angel Quest Radio Show by tuning to www.wrcr.com on the first Saturday of every month at 1:05pm Eastern time.

Heidi Oran

Heidi Oran

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Heidi Oran is a mother, writer and founder of The Conscious Perspective, a blog providing education and awareness about Personal Growth, Spirituality, and Humanitarian issues.

Carol Orsborn

Dr. Carol Orsborn

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Carol Orsborn is Founder of FierceWithAge, the Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration and Spirituality. Dr. Orsborn is the best-selling author of 21 books including her newest book: Fierce with Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn. (Spring 2013) With a doctorate in religion from Vanderbilt, Dr. Orsborn is a sought after speaker/retreat leader and spiritual director.

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Maureen Pratt

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Maureen Pratt is an award-winning playwright, journalist and author, as well as a sought-after speaker and patient advocate. Maureen also writes the Beliefnet column Good Days, Bad Days.

Sharon Taphorn

Sharon Taphorn

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Sharon has been trained in numerous healing modalities, spiritual and inner growth workshops. She is the host and producer of Shifting Times Radio's Playing with the Universe, Calling All Angels and Soul Food as well as various specials and morning meditations, Internet Radio Programs. Her articles have been published in The Sedona Journal of Emergence, Beliefnet.com, Issues Magazine, a monthly column at Ok in Health Web Magazine, Vibes Magazine and numerous newspapers and have previously been a guest on CBS Psychic Radio, as well as had programs on Utopia Radio and The Shift Radio.

Margarita Tartakovsky

Margarita Tartakovsky

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Margarita Tartakovsky, MS, is an associate editor at PsychCentral and authors the body image blog Weightless, which helps women boost their body image, ditch dieting and love themselves exactly and gloriously as they are. She writes about everything from anxiety and ADHD to creativity and couples to mindfulness and stress. She received her B.S. in psychology from Florida State University and her M.S. from Texas A&M’s clinical psychology program.

Jeffrey Totey

Jeffrey Totey

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Jeffrey Totey is a pop culture enthusiast, founder of the Writer of Pop website, a future screenwriter (aren't we all?) and former director of the Acts of God Drama Troupe in Everett, Washington. He is a student of television, movies, books and has written six full length plays and numerous sketches.

Brandi Ann Uyemura

Brandi-Ann Uyemura

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Brandi-Ann is a full-time freelance writer with a passion for the written word. Her articles have been published in both local and regional publications such as Animal Wellness, The Writer, Rabbits USA and NikkeiWest, Pacific Edge and national pubs like Hawaii Magazine. She has a MA in Counseling Psychology and a BA in English.

Ben Witherington

Dr. Ben Witherington, III

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Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies. Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications. Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

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