Born in Ramsey, Illinois, Brenda Poinsett earned her bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She then went on to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth where she received a master's degree in religious education. Since completing her education, Poinsett has taught, spoken, and written extensively. She has taught Bible literature, math, and sociology at high school and college levels, including working as an adjunct instructor in religious studies for Oakland City (IN) University. She has authored 14 books on topics ranging from prayer to dealing with depression. As a member of the National Speakers Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Poinsett is a frequent speaker on topics such as women in the Bible, spiritual transformation, and dealing with emotions. Passionate about sharing knowledge that changes lives, she organizes retreats and serves as women's ministry consultant for a missions organization in Missouri. Brenda and her husband, Bob, have three grown sons and reside in Union, Missouri.