Debra Engle is the bestselling author of The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance and Peace of Mind (Hampton Roads Publishing), featuring a foreword by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and an endorsement by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

She also wrote Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time (Rodale Publishing), which provides excellent examples of community and team-building principles in action and received a glowing review in Oprah magazine. Her most recent release, Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, was published in the U.S. by Hampton Roads and in Germany by Random House.

Engle’s writing was also included in The Art of Living: A Practical Guide to Being Alive, along with essays by Deepak Chopra, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sir Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama, among others.

She is the co-author of Hunger in the Heartland and served as the producer and writer for the accompanying 30-minute documentary, which was broadcast on the Iowa PBS affiliate.

For many years, Engle worked as a freelance writer and editor for such national publications as Better Homes and Gardens and Country Home. She also served as project manager for custom publications, working with Liberty Mutual Insurance, Wal-Mart and other major corporations.

In 2005, she founded her company, GoldenTree Communications, which offers writing and personal growth retreats, as well as mentoring for authors in writing and publishing. In addition, she writes a blog called “Everyday Miracles,” for, the world’s largest religion/spirituality site.

Engle is the co-founder of Tending Your Inner Garden®, an international program of personal growth for women that has been featured in TIME magazine and Woman’s Day online. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore.

Her years of experience in publishing and communications, along with personal development, serve as a solid basis for her presentations and workshops. Widely acclaimed for her warmth and unique ability to connect with her audience, she is a sought-after speaker on topics of leadership, business creativity, vision and purpose, life balance, women in business, change, writing and publishing, inspiration and overcoming adversity.

Engle lives near Des Moines, Iowa. Learn more at and follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @DebraEngle2.

The following is a partial list of
organizations Deb has worked with:

Association for Women in Communications, featured luncheon speaker

Body, Mind, Spirit Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, featured speaker

Chamber of Commerce, Clarinda, Iowa, keynote speaker

Common Thread, featured speaker

Community Garden Club, Walnut, California, featured speaker

Community Garden Club, Washington, Missouri, featured speaker

Community Gardening Group, Delaware, keynote speaker

Des Moines Area Retired School Personnel Association, featured luncheon speaker

Des Moines Downtown Kiwanis, featured speaker

Des Moines Downtown Rotary, featured speaker

Des Moines Leadership Institute, keynote speaker

Edgewater Senior Living, workshop facilitator and presenter

Hawkeye Teacher of the Year Banquet, keynote speaker

Hope for the Hungry conferences, keynote speaker and facilitator

Indian Hills Community College, keynote speaker

Iowa Association of Administrative Professionals, trainer

Iowa Association of Community Providers, trainer

Iowa Caregivers Association, trainer

Iowa Health Association, trainer

Iowa Therapeutic Recreation Association, conference keynote speaker

Lions Club of Winterset, Iowa, featured speaker

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, opening night speaker

Metro Women’s Network, Des Moines, Iowa, keynote speaker

Myrtue Medical Center, customer service trainer

Present Moment, Chicago, Illinois, workshop leader

Rotarians of Guatemala, Guatemala City, featured speaker

Tending Your Inner Garden, Flathead Lake, Montana, week-long women’s retreat co-faciliator

Unity of Bon Air in Richmond, Virginia, presenter and workshop leader

Unity of Branson, Missouri, presenter and workshop leader

Unity of Joplin, Missouri, presenter and workshop leader

Unity of the Valley, Minneapolis, MN, presenter and workshop leader

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, featured luncheon speaker

Women of Worth, featured luncheon speaker