The Author

Kristen Padilla is the author of a new book, Now That I’m Called: A Guide for Women Discerning a Call to Ministry (Zondervan, 2018). Located in Birmingham, Alabama, she is a speaker, Bible teacher, wife, and mom, and she serves as the marketing and communications coordinator at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, where she earned an MDiv in 2008. Kristen also occasionally blogs at

Brené Brown and the Lie of the Divine Self

The more we belong to ourselves, curving inward, the less likely we are to lay down our lives for others.