Renita J. Weems, a minister and teacher, is passionate about helping women find a balance between their spiritual values, their personal lives, and their professional aspirations. Whether it's through her books, articles, sermons, or classes, she sees her work that of as a midwife of inner wisdom, helping both women and men “know what they already know.”

A former contributing writer to Essence Magazine, Dr. Weems is the author of two widely acclaimed books on women's spirituality, Just A Sister Away and I Asked for Intimacy. Her most recent book is Showing Mary: How Women Can Share Prayers, Wisdom, and the Blessings of God (Walk Worthy/Time Warner Books).

Ordained an elder in the Methodist tradition, Dr. Weems has written about the waxing and waning of faith all believers endure on the spiritual journey. Her book Listening for God: A Minister's Journey through Silence and Doubt (Simon & Schuster) won the Religious Communicators' Council's 1999 Wilbur Award for excellence in communicating spiritual values to the secular media.

Dr. Weems earned her Ph.D. in biblical studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University and publishes an online newsletter, Something Within: For Women Seeking Balance and Wholeness. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter.

Explore Renita's page on Beliefnet, and hear her answers to readers' questions on relationships, work, and spirituality.
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