Debra Engle is the bestselling author of The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance and Peace of Mind (Hampton Roads Publishing), featuring a foreword by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and an endorsement by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

She also wrote Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time (Rodale Publishing), which provides excellent examples of community and team-building principles in action and received a glowing review in Oprah magazine.

Her book, Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, was published in the U.S. by Hampton Roads and in Germany by Random House. It won a silver award from Nautilus, which recognizes books that build a better world.

Be the Light That You Are: 10 Principles for Bringing Peace to a Chaotic World, helps readers apply their spiritual practice in everyday situations, with practical ideas of what to say and do when life throws you challenges.

Her latest book and first novel, Twenty, addresses themes of loss and redemption at mid-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 co-author 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 a number of Fortune 500 companies.

In 2005, she founded her company, GoldenTree Communications, which offers writing and personal growth retreats.

Deb holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore and now serves as Managing Director of Story Summit

Her years of experience in publishing and communications, along with personal development, serve as a solid basis for her books, classes, presentations, and workshops.

Deb lives near Des Moines, Iowa. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @DebraEngle2.

Deb is a member of the Iowa Writer’s Collaborative:

Deb’s session was beyond a 5. She pulled out stuff
in me I didn’t know was there. Supportive, direct, gentle, powerful. How can one person be all those things at once?

Okboji Writers’ Retreat participant


  1. Writing Your Life Through Memoir
  2. Spiritual Nonfiction: Writing to Inspire

What have you found works best in coaching beginning and professional writers?

Listening carefully to who they want to be as a writer, then giving constructive feedback with plenty of encouragement. DEB ENGLE