Patricia Raybon’s personal essays on family and faith have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, Country Living Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, In Touch Magazine, and aired on National Public Radio.
She’s the award-winning author of My First White Friend, winner of a Christopher Award; I Told the Mountain to Move, a 2006 Book of the Year Finalist in Christianity Today Magazine’s annual book competition; a One Year® devotional entitled God’s Great Blessings; and her brand new release with her daughter Alana entitled Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace.
A journalist by training, Patricia earned a B.A. in journalism from Ohio State University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. A former editor of The Denver Post’s Sunday Contemporary Magazine, and a longtime feature writer at the Rocky Mountain News, Patricia taught journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder for 15 years.
Now a full-time author, Patricia is also mom to two grown daughters, a totally smitten “Grammy” to five grandchildren, mother-in-law to one “son,” and the wife of 39 years to her husband Dan. She and Dan make their home in Colorado where she grew up.
In all of this, Patricia seeks to live in the spirit of a favorite Scripture: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)
Awards and Recognition
- Book of the Year Finalist, Christianity Today Magazine Book Awards (Spirituality Category, 2006) for "I Told the Mountain to Move"
- Christopher Award, The Christophers (1997) for "My First White Friend"
- Woman of Achievement Award, Women in Communications, Denver Professional Chapter
- Print Journalist of the Year (1996), Colorado Assoc. of Black Journalists
- Sweepstakes Award (1996), Colorado Press Women
- Books for a Better Life Award (1996), First Place for "My First White Friend"