About the Author: TWENTY

About the Author

Twenty by Debra Landwehr Engle

Debra Landwehr Engle is the bestselling author of five books, including Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time (Rodale, 2003), as seen in Oprah magazine, and The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Adundance, and Peace of Mind (Hampton Roads, 2014), featuring a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and an endorsement by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. 

Deb’s latest nonfiction book, Be the Light That You Are: Ten Simple Ways to Transform Your World with Love (Hampton Roads), was released in spring of 2019. It’s all about taking your spiritual practice out into the world and putting it to work for you every day, with practical ideas of what to say and do when life throws you challenges. 

Her debut work of fiction, Twenty, is about a woman who’s lost her enjoyment of life and is given 20 days to make peace with her past and find reason to move forward. Twenty examines many of the emotional issues we all face—loss, grief, forgiveness—and shows that new life is always possible.  

A vision mentor for the Voices of the Future program through World Pulse, which champions the voices of women in emerging nations, Deb is co-founder of Tending Your Inner Garden, a program of spiritual and personal growth for women, which was featured in TIME magazine. A prolific writer, speaker, and workshop facilitator, she teaches A Course in MiraclesShe has coached and mentored many women around the age of her novel’s protagonist who have been through losses and have asked themselves the same questions: Why am I here? What’s next for me? Am I done with this life?  

Deb’s writing was included in The Art of Living: A Practical Guide to Being Alive, along with essays by Deepak Chopra, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sir Richard Branson, and the Dalai Lama, among others. She is the coauthor of Hunger in the Heartland and served as the producer and writer for the accompanying 30-minute documentary, which was broadcast on the Iowa PBS affiliate. 

For many years, Deb worked as a freelance writer and editor for such national publications as Better Homes and Gardens and Country Home. She also served as project manager for custom publications, working with several Fortune 500 companies. 

Deb holds a master of fine arts degree in creative nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Deb lives near Des Moines, Iowa. Follow her on Facebook at @debraengleauthor and on Twitter at @debraengle2 or visit her online at www.debraengle.com.