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Author Stephen W. Hiemstra lives in Centreville, Virginia with Maryam, his wife of more than thirty-five years. Maryam hails from Iran and teaches high school mathematics and chemistry. Together, they have three grown children.


Stephen worked as an economist for twenty-seven years in more than five federal agencies, where he published numerous government studies, magazine articles, and book reviews. Check for a complete listing of volumes available in a library near you.


Stephen has published a six-book, Christian spirituality series. He wrote his first book, A Christian Guide to Spirituality in 2014. In 2016, he wrote a second book, Life in Tension. In 2017, he published a memoir, Called Along the Way. In 2019, he published Simple Faith. In 2020, he published Living in Christ. His sixth book—Image and Illumination—was published in 2023.


He began a new Image of God series with the publication of Image of God in the Parables (2023) and Image of the Holy Spirit and the Church (2023).


Two books from his Christian spirituality series are available in Spanish: Una Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad (2015) and Vida en Tensión (2021). He also published his first book in German: Ein Christlicher Leitfaden zur Spiritualität (2022).


In 2021, he published his debut novella, Masquerade, and rewrote it as a screenplay under the title: Brandishing the Blue. In 2023, he published a sequel, The Detour, and adapted it as a screenplay. In 2024, he published Christmas in Havana, which is now also a screenplay.


Stephen published his first hardcover book, Everyday Prayers for Everyday People (2018). He also published an ebook compilation book, Spiritual Trilogy, that year.


Stephen has a Masters of Divinity (MDiv, 2013) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. His doctorate (PhD, 1985) is in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. He studied in Puerto Rico and in Germany, and speaks Spanish and German.


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