Besides being Rachel’s mom, Becky Johnson is the best-selling author, co-author or collaborator of more then forty books covering everything from inspirational humor (with titles like Worms in My Tea and Real Magnolias ) to brain science (with titles like This is Your Brain on Joy). (Some of Becky’s earlier books, still listed on Amazon, are in her former name, Becky Freeman.)
For many years, Becky entertained and shared her heart with audiences of all sizes, in venues from small church retreats to mega-sized events on college campuses. She also wrote a popular column, did hundreds of interviews, and was a humorous storyteller on a segment called Front Porch Stories for Home Life TV.
Delightfully married to literary agent Greg Johnson since 2004, Becky focuses most of her attention on their large blended family made up of six adult children and their mates, along with five grandsons under age six. She and Greg also mentor lots of young married couples and new parents from their church in Denver, Colorado.
The fast-growing circle of family and friends who frequent the Johnson’s home spawned an increased passion (and need!) for cooking, serving and hospitality.
Rachel and Becky are currently writing a book together (We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook — due out Aug. 6, Zondervan Publishers) between testing recipes and cuddling with Rachel’s baby son, Jackson.
Becky’s daughter, Rachel, now a wife and mother herself, shares her mom’s love of laughter and a good story, and pleasure of cooking a beautiful, tasty, healthy meal. Rachel also inherited a talent for writing that appears to be passed down from the female side of the family tree. (Becky’s Aunt Etta, her mom Ruthie and her sister Rachel –her daughter’s namesake—are all published writers.)
Though this mother-daughter duo share much in common, there ARE some differences that are both challenging and comical. Rachel is gifted with organization in the kitchen (loading a dishwasher like a lab scientist) while Becky is a certified “Messy” (loading a dishwasher more like a “drunk monkey”). Rachel is also an avid vegan; Becky can’t yet imagine giving up butter or bacon. However, Rachel’s influence has affected Becky’s cooking, which is more and more “veggie rich.”
They are excited to invite you into their kitchens to enjoy the chick-chat, the laughter, the occasional tear, and always a good recipe for a yummy dish. Thank you for stopping by!