Meet Steve Austin

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I am Steve Austin, author of From Pastor to Psych Ward and The Writer’s Toolkit.

Steve Austin headshots 2016

I’m a thirtysomething husband and dad. I scored “above average” on my psychologist’s ADHD test, different foods on my plate cannot touch, and I binge watch Netflix like it’s my j-o-b. I am a writer, worship pastor, and a professional photographer. I am also a volunteer member of the RAINN Speakers Bureau. But sign language interpreting is what pays the bills.

I write about the messiness of grace, finding Christ in the midst of mental illness, the struggles with childhood trauma and the ordinary, powerful ways God heals us. You may also hear about my foibles in fathering, see me gush over my kids, or brag on my wonderful wife. I’ll also probably complain about how it sucks to be a Christian right now, but how I’m doing it anyway.

I am not a politician, a theologian or a professional Christian. They have written plenty of blogs, but this is not one of them. For me, this faith journey is not about being on the left or right or judging the actions of others.  It’s about taking my story and using it to positively impact others with similar struggles.  It’s about giving all those rotten things in life meaning, and eventually a purpose.

Thanks for joining the conversation! Feel free to email with questions or comments.

Grace is messy,



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Being a part of the Patheos family has been a great honor. The readers and bloggers that call this place home have taught me so much, making me a better writer and human. I’d love to stay in touch with you, now that I am transitioning back to my personal blog. Please follow me at Thank you!