About Laurie Polich Short

A few of you might remember me from my maiden name (Polich), and the books I wrote for youth workers and students when I was a speaker for Youth Specialties.  But a few things have changed:

I moved to Santa Barbara, got married, became a mom, and started writing books about faith- and why we can hold on to God when life takes an unexpected turn, or isn’t what we thought it would be.



I’ve authored 5 new books

I’ve written 5 books in this second chapter of life– Finding Faith in the Dark, (2014), When Changing Nothing Changes Everything (2017), 40 Verses to Ignite your faith  (2019) and Grace-filled Stepparenting (2021). My new book Faith, Doubt and God’s Mysterious Timing came out in January 2023.

Faith, Doubt and God’s Mysterious Timing is an exploration of some of the stories in Scripture that give us insight into the mysteries of God’s ways and timing. Finding Faith in the Dark wrestles with where God is in dark times; When Changing Nothing Changes Everything shows how broadening your vision helps you see the bigger purpose of your life; and 40 Verses highlights verses we don’t notice that give us important insights about our faith.  Two of my books have been published in other languages, and four of them are available as audio books. All of my books have studies to accompany them on RightNow media and this website.

I am passionate about…

…encouraging people in their faith through my speaking, and helping people see a broader vision for their lives. You can find info about my speaking and books on the other pages of my website, so take a look around and make yourself at home.  Email me at [email protected] if you want to inquire about having me come and speak.

I’d love to meet you!
“Laurie is one of the most dynamic communicators I know. Her ability to connect with an audience is truly remarkable.”

“Her messages were filled with honest and humorous insights on life and relationships–and how God is at work in the midst of it all.”

“Laurie Short is a terrific speaker, great to work with, and uniquely gifted to connect right away with adults and students. Our whole conference loved her!”

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