Wonderstruck: An Interview with Margaret Feinberg
Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive and Extraordinary Women. She is the author of her latest book Wonderstruck. Margaret was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
1. Margaret, you’ve been recently named one of 50 women most shaping the culture and church today by Christianity Today. What have you learned about leadership from your diverse experience authoring multiple books and teaching the Word of God?
Margaret: I think the church within the United States (and around the world) faces incredible opportunities and challenges. One of the biggest and most foundation is simply grounding people in the truth that the church is worth fighting for, investing in, sticking with for the long haul. Many are throwing rocks at the church, leaving and never looking back. But the church remains the bride of Christ. She may have holes in her dressed and smeared makeup on her face, but she’s still Christ’s bride. I want to walk among those who are strengthening and building up the church.
Margaret: My husband and I had just gone through one of the roughest years of our lives—the financial, familial, health, and personal losses were overwhelming. In the aftermath, a prayer emerged, not for more faith or trust or grace, but a prayer for wonder. Essentially I was saying, God reveal yourself, your whole self to me. I want to know you like I’ve never known you before. And God did not disappoint. I wrote Wonderstruck book and 7-session Bible study for anyone who has been knocked down in life and wants to reawaken to the reality of God all around them.
4.Jesus says we are “salt of the earth” and “light of this world.” What advice would you give to someone who wants to live this out intentionally everyday?
Margaret: I’d suggest spending time reading the Bible each and every day. This discipline is so basic yet so foundation to our spiritual lives. As we spend time in God’s Word, we are grounded, cleansed, and renewed in the truth, beauty, and freedom that comes with being a child of God. Spending tie in God’s Word will naturally make you more salty and radiant.
5. The world is becoming more filled with clutter and exponential change. How can people discover clarity of purpose and one big thing in life?
Margaret: I think clarity is actually found in broadening our understanding of calling. Our primary calling is to know and follow Christ and make Him known. But when as far as our vocation, now more than ever we need to expand our understanding of what Christ has called us to. Let me give you a practical example. I have a lovely Christian friend who when the topic of calling pops up answers confidently, “My calling is to teach kindergartners and show them the love of Christ.” And I love that! I adore watching the way she talks about her kids, the way she celebrates their progress, the moments she shares funny stories from the classroom. But I also wonder, What if cutbacks begin affecting her classroom? Her job? What if she’s laid off?”
Is the fulfillment of her calling found in a job title or something more? I believe the way she fulfills the calling on her life can’t be limited by whatever fits on a business card. My friend is called to teach—and that gift can be used in countless different ways each and every day both inside and outside the classroom. We must begin thinking more broadly.
6. What are next exciting projects are you working on?
Margaret: Ahh. That’s still under development!
Here’s a recent interview with Margaret Feinberg on LIFE Today TV on her new book Wonderstruck.
About the Interviewee:
Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive and Extraordinary Women. Her books and Bible studies have sold over 600,000 copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and more. She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the ’40 Under 40’ who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailingmagazine. Margaret currently lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her husband, Leif and their superpup, Hershey.