My name is Bonnie Gray and I’m the writer behind Faith Barista.
I’m a native Californian living in the heart of Silicon Valley, where I watch the sun rise and set in the eyes of my husband Eric and our two boys Josh and Caleb.
Rain or shine, I live for the moments I get to write, hovering over my keyboard, fascinated by a passion to uncover stories of faith in everyday life.
I am the creator of Faith Barista, serving up shots of faith for the daily grind. I’m a featured writer for DaySpring’s (In)Courage and Relevant Magazine. I was profiled by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the top 6 new religion authors in 2014.
My blog Faith Barista is syndicated on Crosswalk.com and iBelieve. My writing is nationally published and spotlighted in Christianity Today, Catalyst Leadership, Today’s Christian Woman, and McClatchy-Tribune News Services.
I am the soulful author behind the memoir-driven book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul To Rest, which has garnered starred review praise from Publisher’s Weekly —
“[Gray] offers intriguing insights into scripture and on how God views his flawed but beloved creations…More than a memoir, this is an invitation to walk the difficult road to self discovery and healing with a fellow traveler who understands.” (read full review)
“Whitespace is soul grace. Bonnie Gray ushers weary women into the real possibility.”–Ann Voskamp,New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
“Women need this message. If you want to hear Jesus speak more tenderly to your soul than ever before, this is the book for you.”–Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author of Unglued
“We live in a culture that brags and boasts about being busy. Into that reality steps Bonnie with a new idea.”–from the foreword by Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Start
“This is a soul-stirring book that takes you on a journey to make space in life to nurture your heart with God and dream dreams in new ways. This book will give women permission to yes to God, practical ways to say yes to rest and find the spark in their hearts again.” – Kelly Givens, editor of iBelieve.
After graduating from UCLA, I’ve crossed a variety of life transitions — as a missionary, ministry entrepreneur and high tech professional in Silicon Valley.
I was always trying to find my place in this world, unsure if I could ever truly taste the sweetness of faith long enough to make it my heart’s everyday home.
It turns out the beauty of faith often takes place when life goes off script.
Let’s gather our stories — the ones that make us tender with dreams, real with tears, curious with questions — and refresh each other with conversation. Your journey is worth sharing. As is.
And because faith is as mysterious as it is real, we need each other for this journey.
Because sometimes, we need a double shot of faith.
Stay awhile. Pull up a chair and swap some stories at Faith Barista.
Together, we become kindreds on the journey of faith. One brew at a time.
A Quiet Space
I believe life is a journey and our stories are the greatest gifts we can live out and offer to each other – especially when they go off script.
This is a quiet space. Where your soul can breathe and unplug from the sea of distractions. To step into the inner life where Jesus has made His home in you and me.
The writing featured here is handcrafted. Just for you.
To feed your soul with whitespace: long-format stories that focus on faith and community, thoughtful interviews, curated articles that inspire a restful, rejuvenated life, writing prompts and inspiring quotes to find your voice, and connect with God deeply.
Take some time to explore the site. be you. be inspired. breathe.
Our lives are never ordinary, no matter how things appear.
The inner life is where real life happens.
It’s where God calls us to be,
where faith becomes fresh and new again.
“…your real life is hidden with Christ.” Colossians 3:3
This inner life is what I’d love to journey into. Will you share yours with me? I will share mine with you.
So, what do you do when you’re not writing at Faith Barista?
If you were to knock on my door, you’d find me:
Doing family and friends stuff like hanging out at coffee shops, parks, kids bday parties, breakfast joints and sandwich shops, running errands, going to Safeway, Target or trying to get rid of junk (I’m a recovering pack rat!).
On top of my dresser, you’d see:
Piles of books, non-fiction mostly about spirituality, God, the Bible, parenting, marriage and relationship, and magazines. Thank you cards to write and water bottles to keep me hydrated.
Hanging out with my best friend, Hubby, love of my life. Eric and I are both from the 80′s, love John Candy, OMD, stuffing ourselves with popcorn at the movies, hitting the beach and having coffee with pastries.
Wrangling my two boys, Josh and Caleb. Josh is my eight-year-old son who fires up a bazillion question per hour, kind-hearted observations and steals my heart everyday. Caleb is my five-year-old cutie who sweetens my heart with honey with his heart-melting hugs, his penchant for stories, singing and butterfly kisses.
So, why did you start this blog?
Faith is a topic that is my sold-out passion. It’s been many moons since I first became a Christian. Even though I’ve got some mileage on me (you see the wrinkles?), I am still fascinated by the challenge to keep faith hot and fresh.
I’m continually asking, “Why is it that some Christians are hot on fire for God, always growing and full of life?”
I want to know how people keep that fire of faith lit when it’s a flickering wick and how to feed it when it’s embers are quietly burning.
I started this blog to share my faith experience, and in the process, find others to learn about theirs.
Why did you choose the name “Faith Barista”?
I love the idea that I can be “barista of faith”, because we are all apprentices, learning the skill and art of walking by faith. We learn from the master craftsman of faith, Jesus Christ, who serves up just what we need for each day’s journey.
In turn, we can be a priesthood of faith baristas, offering one another encouragement to live out our faith. Now, that’s exciting!
What I Believe
Probably the best way to understand what I believe is to see how I live. Hopefully, reading FaithBarista will give you a good idea of what that looks like.
But, to put it succinctly into words, I’ll point you to my local church’s statement of faith.
I am a member of the body of believers of Jesus Christ all over the world. But, my church family is The Highway Community, Mountain View, CA.