Lauren Jacobs is an award-winning author, who focuses on empowering women to make the positive life changes they are yearning for. Through careful research and compelling story telling, Lauren pieces together the forgotten stories of history’s women, so as to curate and preserve their legacies for this generation. Her debut Novel, Yehudit Chosen by God was published by Lux Verbi in 2016. It won the coveted Desmond Tutu – Gerrit Brand award in 2017, for its strong stand for justice and its revelation that women were leaders from the very beginning. Her latest historical novel was published in September 2018 and garnered national media attention for its unique storyline about Ancient Israel’s 2000-year-old queen. Lauren was the editor of a collaborative work featuring 12 global women’s stories of hardship and trial. Their stories combined, were published in book format and the profits garnered, was donated to female education in Egypt and to an organisation fighting gendercide in China. She has performed poetry at events, and even featured as the key poet at the Kings and Queens of Africa Summit in 2014.
Alongside her career as a professional author, Lauren has dedicated the past decade to social justice pursuits. From social justice journalism, to conference speaking, radio interviews and collaboration with international organisations, she has frequently written and spoken about issues facing the global community of women. Her work has appeared in magazines, journals, curriculum, anthologies, newspaper columns, weekly online columns, editorials, art exhibitions and blogs. Her voice flows with intensity and strength as she speaks about women abuse, gendercide, equality in theology, and female education. With a degree in psychology coupled with four years work experience as a trauma counsellor and women abuse therapist, her work is built on personal experience and a heartfelt passion for change.
Lauren studied for 10 years across disciplines, with a B.A in Psychology and English, she continued her studies in the area of criminology, and thereafter she obtained an honours and a master’s degree in divinity. Her masters work was ground breaking, as it addressed a topic not spoken about before – the reality of abuse in the lives of affluent South African women, regardless of race. Half of her thesis was dedicated to researching the work of the church in the lives of abused women and how the church should take a more active role in leading healing for abuse. She worked as a non- profit woman abuse counsellor for a crisis centre, and became their woman abuse campaign leader. She led campaigns against women abuse at hospitals, in shopping malls and organised events and breakfasts with key speakers addressing these issues from 2009 to 2012. She is a media writer covering events like the annual 1000 Women 1 Voice event for women abuse and profiling key female leaders in South Africa. Lauren has been a keynote speaker at dozens of events globally, and as a speaker she believes in moving the audience to dig deep in to the layers of their hearts and the recesses of their minds as they connect with the subject matter. She can speak on just about any topic, but prefers speaking on topics that are relevant to our current generation and to women globally. As an ordained minister, she co – found and co-leads a teaching and outreach ministry with her husband Tim. Their vision is to impact the nations, with life changing biblical truth. Lauren has a passion for working with faith communities, whether speaking at conferences or visiting small congregations, her focus is on the upliftment of women. She considers her role as a faith leader as part of her identity and seeks to pursue justice as a primary cause in everything she does. Her passion is the stories of forgotten biblical heroines and those on the margins of biblical history. As a scholar and academic, her written work and speaking topics are thoroughly researched so as to offer truth to the reader or the audience, with all integrity and zeal.
Life Motto: “We lend our voices to those who cannot speak but only until they have found their own.”
Scripture Verse: Isaiah 43: 1 – 2
But now, this is what Yahweh says—he who created you, Jacob,he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.