Robert Elmer

For decades, kids and their families have enjoyed Robert’s many historical fiction adventures, from World War II Denmark (The Young Underground series), to pioneer Australia (The Adventures Down Under), 1940s Israel (Promise of Zion), and Germany during the Cold War (The Wall). He has also written fantasy for young readers (Astrokids, HyperLinkz, and Shadowside series), and contributed fiction components for Lee Strobel’s “Case for” books for kids.

For grownups, Robert has written several full-length novels like The Duet, The Recital, The Celebrity, Wildflowers of Terezin, and others.

But he’s perhaps best known these days for his modern-language adaptations of spiritual classics, starting with Practicing God’s Presence: Brother Lawrence for Today’s Reader (NavPress) and Rediscovering Daily Graces. Most recently, he has edited and updated the popular “Prayers of the Church” series with Lexham Press. With more to follow, the first three are Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans, Fount of Heaven: Prayers of the Early Church, and Grace from Heaven: Prayers of the Reformation.

All told, Robert has a passion for introducing today’s audiences—young and not-as-young—to the faith and strength of past generations, in ways that everyone can relate to.

The son of Danish immigrants, Robert grew up in a multi-cultural home. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Simpson College in San Francisco and later earned a teaching credential through St. Mary’s College. Before writing full-time, he enjoyed a career as a news reporter and editor, then as an advertising writer. He and his wife Ronda (they met in Bible college) live in a beautiful corner of the Pacific Northwest. They have three adult children and nine grandkids.