Born and raised in Texas, Trudy Smith has since made her home in many different countries around the globe, living out various expressions of community in the U.S., Argentina, Thailand, China, India, and Canada. Previous to writing God in Disguise, Trudy and her husband, Andy, spent two and a half years in north Indian slums with Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor, an international network of Christian communities living and working in the slums of Asia and the West. They currently live in Vancouver, BC, where Trudy works as a legal assistant at Community Legal Assistance Society and the BC Human Rights Clinic.
She writes about poverty, justice, development, refugees, faith, culture, and daily life in the tension of seeking the upside-down Kingdom which has already begun, while waiting and working toward the full realization of justice and love which is not yet here. Following Jesus has led to a lot of unlikely places. As she has crossed boundaries of culture, class, religion, and geography, new questions have deconstructed old paradigms and reshaped the way she sees things.
Trudy is passionate about using storytelling to create inclusive community, foster reconciliation, and build bridges between cultures, groups, and individuals. Through her writing, she seeks to invite her readers into both a deeper, more purposeful life and fuller, more loving experience of God. Trudy has previously written for the Huffington Post, RELEVANTmagazine.com, Plough Quarterly, SheLoves Magazine, Christ and Pop Culture, Conspire!, Sojo.net, MissioAlliance, the Mudroom and Cordella Magazine. Her new book, God in Disguise, is available through Amazon and other retailers.