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Sandra Glahn, B.A., Th.M., Ph.D.

Welcome! ASPIRE started out as an acronym for ARTs, Sanctity of Life, Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, Reproductive Technologies, and Ethics.

These subjects, grounded in my own experience, often made their way into my early writings. And now, some two decades later, I share blog posts, videos, book sales, and free writing resources on the above-mentioned topics as well as a host of others here at ASPIRE2. Today my work relates to what it means to flourish as human beings with emphasis on the Big Ideas, the arts, gender, and living embodied lives designed for human flourishing.
Please join me in the conversation. I’m glad you’re here.

To find out more about me, see my About page. You can follow me on Twitter @sandraglahn and subscribe to my author page at facebook.com/aspire2. I post every other Tuesday on the Engage blog for women in Christian leadership at Bible.org.

Recent Posts

My CT book review: The Sexual Reformation

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This review first appeared in the April 20, 2022 web edition of Christianity Today. Standing outside a Coptic church in Cairo, I saw a mosaic that sent me back to a college hermeneutics class. In the image’s foreground, a man lay slumbering as an angel hovered over him, pointing. I followed the finger to a horizon dotted with pyramids. And I recognized the Bible’s second “Joseph and Egypt” story, which recounts the holy family’s flight from Herod’s persecution. The image reminded me of how I’d wrestled with a passage from Matthew’s Gospel: “Out of Egypt I called my son” (2:15). The passage was suggesting that when the toddler Jesus returned from the land of pyramids, he had “fulfilled,” in Matthew’s words, a vision from the prophet Hosea: “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son” (11:1). Yet Hosea, for his part, wasn’t issuing…

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5 Trends in the Self-Publishing Book Market

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I just finished teaching a week-long course in self-publishing for ministry. As I teach it every year, I watch for trends, and here’s what stuck out this year:  The continuing rise of audio. As demand continues for audiobooks, it also gets ever easier to produce audio versions. Writer’s Digest says “Audiobooks are the fastest growing format in publishing.” By 2027, projected income is in the billions. Creating an audio version of your book means more listeners, from commuters back on the road to parents scrubbing floors needing free hands to the visually impaired. Podcasts are up; so are audio books. More iterations. We used to think of self-publishing in terms of either print-heavy e-books or stacks in the garage of print-heavy print books. Now we have gift books. Workbooks. Print-on-demand books. Books with black-and-white photos. Books with color photos. Audio books. And so many more…. And let’s not forget comic books and graphic novels….

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Featured Books

Vindicating the Vixens

Vindicating the Vixens (Kregel Academic, forthcoming) is the result of a diverse team of 16 male and female theologians who’ve partnered to take a second look at vilified and marginalized women in the Bible. The church has often viewed women’s stories through sexist eyes, resulting in a range of distortions.

On March 23 at DTS, Dr. Sandra Glahn moderated a panel discussion about women in the Bible whom we have either vilified or marginalized.

Vindicating the Vixens Panel Discussion 

When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden

Encouragement for Couples Facing Infertility (2nd ed.)

When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden brings solid facts, detailed information, and a message of encouragement to infertile couples and those who work with them, along with answers to the questions they most often ask.

Mocha on the Mount

Imagine yourself having coffee with Jesus. What would you ask Him? What might He ask you? In this study we’ll consider his words in the Sermon on the Mount and explore how our righteousness can actually “exceed that of the scribes and the Pharisees.” Okay, actually, we’ll explore how Jesus set the bar so high that we see the key to entering the kingdom of heaven: realizing our deep need for grace and for someone else’s righteousness to be credited to our account. That’s the only way we get that kind of righteousness.

Lethal Harvest

In the midst of a frivolous malpractice suit, a fertility clinic loses its chief researcher in a freak accident. When the survivors piece together discrepancies in the victim’s cloning and genetics research, they uncover a Machiavellian plot that pits them against biomedical companies in a race to discover what the researcher knew.

A Christy Award finalist (Suspense category) and CBA bestselling novel

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