My name is Amy and I live in the messy middle of life.

This website started as a blog in 2011 when I still lived in China. It was a place to share the “messy middle” of life. For years I’ve believed that more than one thing can be true at the same time and the pains, joys, boredoms, frustrations, interests, relationships, and God can all reside near each other.

Since then, the internet has changed and I’ve changed. In addition, I’ve written six books and started two ministries.

As one of the cofounders of Velvet Ashes, an online community for Great Commission women, I’m no longer involved in the day-to-day. I’m now more like a proud parent of an adult child. But it was at Velvet Ashes I learned so much about how to connect and use the internet to foster community.

The majority of my working time is invested at Global Trellis—like a trellis in a garden exists to help a vine grow to its fullest potential, my dream for Global Trellis is to help Great Commission workers so that they can play their part in the Great Commission. We talk about Soul Tending and Skill Building because too often, IMHO, Christians choose one over the other and miss out the glorious messiness of becoming more integrated.

As you can see, I’ve always been drawn to creating spaces that hold tensions.

One thing that hasn’t changed is that every I host a Summer Reading Challenge. You can read how it started here and see the most recent on here. This summer will be our ninth summer and you’re welcome to join!

You can check out the books that I’ve written on the “Books” page.

As much I love reading and writing, I love meeting with people in person more. If you’re in need of a speaker for an event, you can check out my speaker page and see how we can work together.

I am quick to laugh, always ready to cheer on the Denver Broncos or Kansas Jayhawks, and have turned into a gardener (love the surprises life holds!). But if push came to shove, I’d choose my family and friends over everything. Thanks for stopping by. In China one always has a gift ready for a guest, so, my welcome gift for you is Life in the Messy Middle.

Welcome to the messy middle,


I also write books for Great Commission Cross-Cultural Workers. All of my books are available in Kindle and Paperback. You can buy them on Amazon here and read about each book here.

Disclosure : Amazon Affiliate links included in this website. If you click through to Amazon, any purchase you make supports the costs of running this website. 

The Messy Middle also has a privacy policy.