Dr. Barbara ten Brink

About the Book:

A chance meeting between Rachel Carson, one of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century, and a fictional character in our story begins a life-long friendship, a passion to protect the environment, and a love and study of science. Miss Carson and our heroine, Louise, work together to identify the problems afflicting Louise’s family farm, implement solutions, and develop a relationship of mutual admiration and respect. Louise honors Miss Carson’s legacy by her career choice and continued farm conservation practices.

It engages new or seasoned missional leaders in the foundations of missiology, leadership theory, and leadership practices and tools. The curriculum explores three inter-related themes that build effective missional leadership: the missiology, community, and ethics of missional leadership. These themes are explored through spiritual formation practices based upon Lectio Missio, an expansion of Lectio Divina, including mission-related practices. Using Lectio Missio, small groups of leaders read and study Scripture, pray, dialogue, meditate, journal, and participate in experiential learning. These disciplines of spiritual formation are the basis of missional leadership training and development.

About the Author:

Dr. ten Brink is a science educator of 49 years. Her novel, In the Springtime with Rachel Carson, is the culmination of her teaching of science and love of nature. She was Director of the Austin Regional Science Fair which served as a model for the book’s science fair. The City of Austin presented Dr. ten Brink the distinguished service award. She received the Conservator of the Colorado River Award which she shared with Lady Bird Johnson, posthumously. She is a Fellow of the Texas Academy of Science. Find her other books at Amazon.com and barbaratenbrinkbooks.com