Up-close and Personal Interview with Holley Gerth
February 26, 2016
Holley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, certified life coach, and speaker. She’s also cofounder of (in)courage.me and a writer for DaySpring. She loves encouraging the hearts of women through her popular blog, as well as through her many other faith-building tools such as journals, perpetual calendars and now a new LifeGrowth Guide!
What are two or three things you can tell us about your heart for your line (blog, books and products)?
I have a passion for seeing women embrace who they are, become all God created to be and live intentionally! That desire has come from my experiences as a counselor, life coach and author as well as my personal journey with Jesus. We are all more alike than different.
Through my books and partnership with DaySpring, I hope to share encouragement and affirmation that leads to life transformation.
Why partner with DaySpring?
My grandparents had a Christian bookstore and I grew up dreaming of being a writer. During my freshman year of college I started working as an intern for DaySpring. When I graduated, I became an editorial director for many years and also cofounded (in)courage before God called me on to a new season.
I still write for DaySpring and I’m so grateful to continue partnering with them. DaySpring loves Jesus and people! They create tools that provide encouragement, strengthen relationships, share truth and offer hope. In our culture, I believe all of that is needed more than ever.
What do you hope readers and DaySpring customers will take away from your work?
I hope that folks who read the words God puts on my heart will walk away with a deeper sense of their identity in Christ, a clearer vision of His purpose for their lives and the encouragement as well as practical tools they need to take the next step toward all He has for them.
What are two or three things that might surprise us about you?
I’m not a morning person—I once put chocolate on my alarm clock to bribe myself to get up. I ate it and went back to bed!
My husband and I struggled with infertility for almost a decade before God surprised us with a wonderful daughter who was already in her twenties! He showed us what looks like a “no” can actually be a “yes” that just looks different than what we expected.
What is one of the scariest or most exhilarating thing you’ve ever done/experienced, and what did you learn?
I spoke to a huge crowd of people last summer and I felt scared silly. Just before I stepped out on to the stage it seemed God whispered to my heart, “You’re not here to impress them. You’re here to bless them.” That moment calmed my fears and I still often think of those words when I’m nervous!
Do you have a motto, mission statement, or a scripture that you feel best defines you or your life approach? What can you tell us about it?
When I sign books, I include the reference for this passage because it’s my prayer for all those who read the words God has given me to share:
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19
What does success look like to you?
Our culture tries to tell us that success has to be something you can measure. It’s even tempting to look to things like Facebook likes and Twitter followers to define our worth. But years ago God really laid it on my heart that our role is obedience and His job is results. So for me success is not about anything I can see; it’s about the words I hope to hear at the end of my life, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
All in all, this up-close and personal interview with Holley Gerth only solidified our notion that she is simply amazing. Thank you, Holley, for giving us this unique glimpse into your inner workings. We are truly grateful for you.
For a special note from Holley as well as more tools and resources, click here.