• Holy Week Confessions

    Wednesday Thinking about Judas today, in his negotiations over how much he’d sell you out for. It’s easy to judge him, blame him. But really, I’ve sold you out lots of times, I’m sure. For more. For less. Doesn’t matter. Forgive me for the times I’ve traded you for the ...

  • Introducing: Broke

    Though Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed about God’s Abundance has been available for a little over a week, April 7 has always been Broke’s Official Launch Date. And it’s here! Yay! To celebrate, here is a sample chapter. Though Broke is a book about money–or, our time of living without much of ...

  • Book Bits

    A selection of bloggy tidbits from my books. “What I learned about asking God to give us this day our daily bread is that it’s really asking God into our lives, asking God to be made manifest in our needs. Because when we learn to live–or are forced to live, ...


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Recent Books:

Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed about God’s Abundance (InterVarsity Press, 2014)

Shades of Mercy: A Maine Chronicle, with Anita Lustrea (RiverNorth, 2013)

Known and Loved: 52 Devotions from the Psalms (Revell, 2013)

Recent Articles:

If you wanna read what I’ve written of late, click on through.



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Quick Bio

I’m a writer, speaker, editor, mom, wife, and worship planner. I’ve written five books:

I’m a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s Her.Meneutics blog and the “Wonderlust” columnist for Re:Frame Media’s ThinkChristian.

I live just outside of Chicago, and my family and I are members at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, which is where my worship planning life happens.

For more information, check out my full bio.

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Speaking Calendar


February 7&8: Day Apart Retreat, Glen Ellyn, IL

March 8: Private Women’s Retreat, MI

April 10-12: Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing, Grand Rapids, MI

April 25: MOPS, Sugar Grove, IL

May 2: IVP Women’s Event, Westmont, IL

May 20: MOPS, Fort Atkinson, WI

October 24-25: ECLA Conference, Wheaton, IL

November 21: Advent by Candlelight Service, Lombard, IL

For speaking inquiries, email caryn@carynrivadeneira.com. Thanks!

Latest News

New Releases!

  Known and Loved: 52 Devotions from the Psalms (Revell): MOPS Int’l’s Theme Devotional of 2013. Releases April 2013! Shades of Mercy: A Maine Chronicle (River North/Moody Press): My first novel–co-written with Anita Lustrea–releases September 2013!

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Book-signing Fun

Last week I hung out at Cornerstone Used Books in neighboring Villa Park, Illinois, to celebrate the store’s 9th birthday. I had so much fun chatting with one of the store’s owners, my former fellow Timothy Christian Schools board member Cathy McNeil Stein, talking to customers (and even my high school history teacher….), and meeting […]

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“Tending the Soul”—Now Available!

How fun it was to get to contribute a devotional to Midday Connection’s newest book, Tending the Soul: 90 Days of Spiritual Nourishment. Edited by Moody Radio’s Midday Connection hosts, Anita Lustrea and Melinda Schmidt, and their producer, Lori Neff, Tending the Soul is jam-packed with wonderful little nuggets from several Redbud Writers Guild members […]

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