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Ellen Vaughn ~ Books

In addition to writing her own books on topics that pique her curiosity, Ellen has collaborated with a variety of colorful characters. They include: Former White House Special Counsel and Prison Fellowship founder and Christian world-view apologist Chuck Colson. Beloved singer and song-writer Steven Curtis and adoption hero Mary Beth Chapman. Country music superstar Alan and the wise and wonderful Denise Jackson. A former major league [Cincinnati Reds] baseball pitcher and energetic California radio host, the late Frank Pastore. Marty Makary, the brilliant Johns Hopkins pancreatic cancer surgeon and media medical expert and his aunt, Mama Maggie, the Nobel Peace prize nominee known as the Mother Teresa of Egypt, who cares for the poorest of the poor in the garbage slums of Cairo. Dois Rosser, the entrepreneurial genius who started ICM, the global church developer that God is using to change lives for good in more than 90 countries around the world. Greg Laurie, the relentlessly creative, former hippie California megachurch pastor whose preaching has ministered to millions.

And while Ellen loves getting inside of other people’s life stories, she’s also loved the challenge of writing books based in her own experiences and loves. Radical Gratitude. Time Peace. The Strand. Come, Sit, Stay. Becoming Elisabeth Elliot . . . and more to come.

Being Elisabeth Elliot

by Ellen Vaughn – 2023

The surprising second installment in the authorized biography of missionary hero Elisabeth Elliot, written by New York Times bestselling author Ellen Vaughn. This story-driven book is based on Elisabeth’s private, unpublished journals, uniquely available to Ellen, and candid interviews with Elisabeth’s friends and family.

Becoming Elisabeth Elliot

By Ellen Vaughn – 2020

In this authorized biography, Becoming Elisabeth Elliot, bestselling author Ellen Vaughn uses Elisabeth’s private, unpublished journals, and candid interviews with her family and friends, to paint the adventures and misadventures God used to shape one of the most influential women in modern church history.

Jesus Revolution

by Greg Laurie, Ellen Vaughn – 2018

“Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn have given us a compelling and insightful look into the Jesus Movement of the ’60s and ’70s. As our society seems to grow more and more dark, this book makes me excited and hopeful that maybe we are not that far from another great move of God.” —Chris Tomlin, music artist, songwriter, author

God in the Crossroads: Signs of Hope

by Janice Rosser, Allen and Ellen Vaughn – 2016

When The God Who Hung on the Cross was published in 2003, readers all over the world resonated with its powerful stories of hope and faith. They said the book challenged them to trust God more and to climb out of their spiritual status quo. Seeing God at work in some of the world’s most unlikely places expanded their vision of what God could do in their own lives. They wanted a sequel.

Mama Maggie: The Untold Story of One Woman’s Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Cairo’s Garbage Slums

by Marty Makary and Ellen Vaughn – 2015

From marketing maven to angel of the garbage district—the inspiring authorized biography of Maggie Gobran, the “Mother Teresa of Egypt.”

Come, Sit, Stay

by Ellen Vaughn – 2012

In a world where anxiety and chaos reign, it’s easy to forget the simplicity, the fun, the excitement of being in a close relationship with Jesus. Whether you are emotionally drained, spiritually hungry, or just looking for some fresh inspiration, it’s time to Come, Sit, Stay . . . and rest in His presence.

Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope

Mary Beth Chapman with Ellen Vaughn – 2010

Mary Beth’s story is our story–wondering where God is when the worst happens. In Choosing to SEE, readers will hear firsthand about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on.


Frank Pastore with Ellen Vaughn – 2010

An uplifting story of how an unpredictable God can surprise any of us with His goodness and love when we allow Him to make beautiful the shattered fragments of our lives.

Lost Boy

Greg Laurie with Ellen Vaughn – 2008

As a hippie and drug user who had to grow up in a dysfunctional family, Greg Laurie knew what it was to be lost. A seventeen year old, long haired Greg soon discovered his passion for seeing people rescued from hopelessness and transformed into renewed beings with a saving faith in Christ. Greg Lauries legacy has been seasoned with trials and questions, but if God can take a hippie from a severely dysfunctional family and raise him to be one of the nations leading evangelists and pastors, what can God do with you?

Time Peace: Living Here and Now with a Timeless God

by Ellen Vaughn – 2007

In a world that runs with the need for speed, we feel time pushing us, sometimes even mastering us, as we rush from one thing to the next. Time is as familiar as the clock on the wall, yet it’s also a mystery. For poets, philosophers, songwriters, and scientists, time and eternity are frontiers as rich and compelling as the origins of the cosmos and the nature of God.One of the emerging writers and thinkers of our day, Ellen Vaughn, takes us on a stirring journey through this topic that touches us all. How can time-bound humans relate to a limitless God and enjoy his peace?

It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life

Denise Jackson with Ellen Vaughn – 2007

“Denise’s story is an inside perspective on the results of the ups and downs of fame. Her personal struggles with life’s ordinary and extraordinary consequences, her passion to have a stronger marriage, and her desire to have a closer walk with God make for a truly inspiring life.” –Carrie Underwood

Radical Gratitude: Discovering Joy Through Everyday Thankfulness

by Ellen Vaughn – 2005

Gratitude is the lens that reveals God’s incredible grace at work. It is the key to tangible, everyday joy. True to Ellen Vaughn’s signature style, this book overflows with unforgettable, surprising stories that show gratitude’s transforming power. It is fun, slightly quirky, deep . . . and immensely refreshing.

Being the Body

Charles W. Colson and Ellen Vaughn – 2003

Today the book’s classic truths have not changed. But the world we live in has. Christians in America have had their complacency shattered and their beliefs challenged. Around the world, the clash of world views has never been more strident. Before all of us, daily, are the realities of life and death, terror and hope, light and darkness, brokenness and healing. We cannot withdraw to the comfort of our sanctuaries…we must engage. For, if ever there was a time for Christians to be the Body of Christ in the world, it is now.

The God Who Hung on the Cross

Dois I. Rosser, Jr. and Ellen Vaughn – 2003

From the jungles of Southeast Asia to the African bush, from the Mongolian deserts to India, Cuba, and Ukraine, God is touching hearts all over the world today. Dois Rosser takes you with him around the globe and shows how God is doing miracles every day in some of the unlikeliest places on our planet-and how He can bring astounding changes for good to your neighborhood and your community.

Rags, Riches, & Real Success

Dallen Peterson with Ellen Vaughn – 2000

A business book featuring a remarkable true story and success principles based on personal faith. Dallen Peterson shares his story of the founding of Merry Maids–its phenomenal growth and how it eventually became part of the ServiceMaster family. Peterson shares seven principles for real success–life truths that come from serving God.

The Strand

by Ellen Vaughn – 1997

Anne Lorelli has it all. A successful husband. A beautiful home. And a life running right on schedule. But underneath the smooth surface, dark undercurrents are about to sweep her into a nightmare. Powerfully written and masterfully paced, this contemporary page-turner is both a sophisticated mystery with twists that defy formula fiction and a rich story simmering with subtle truths.

Gideon’s Torch

Charles W. Colson and Ellen Vaughn – 1995

Gideon’s Torch is Chuck Colson and coauthor Vaughn’s first novel – a political tale steeped in the details of the White House, the Justice Department, and the K Street maneuverings of those seeking power. Attorney General Emily Gineen must deal with the chaos descending upon Washington, as the new administration of President J. Whitney Griswold copes with a controversial murder, a TV network hijacking, a terrorist bomb, and the emergence of new underground networks formed by ordinary citizens.

The Body: Being Light in the Darkness

Charles W. Colson with Ellen Vaughn – 1992

Colson sounds a clarion call for the church to rise above traditional divisions and market-driven programs to be what God has called her to be-His people. In doing so, the Body of Christ can reclaim God’s holy vision for His church.

The God of Stones and Spiders: Letters to a Church in Exile 

Charles W. Colson with Ellen Santilli Vaughn – 1990

Against the Night: Living in the New Dark Ages

Charles W. Colson with Ellen Santilli Vaughn – 1989

Kingdoms In Conflict (re-released in 2007 as God and Government)

Charles W. Colson with Ellen Santilli Vaughn – 1987 and 2007

In an era when Christianity is being attacked from every side—books being written charging Christians with being theocrats and trying to impose their views on an unwilling culture—what is the message of the Christian church? What does the Bible say, and what do we learn from history about the proper relationship between faith and culture? Appealing to scripture, reason, and history, this book tackles society’s most pressing and divisive issues.