Marci Preheim

Marci is a married mother of two and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Her husband Arnie put her through college at the ripe old age of 30 since she squandered her youth on wild living in the far country. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University but she considers herself more of a theology nerd. She was a women’s Bible study teacher at Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, for many years. During that time she also led a monthly chapel service for women at the Nashville Rescue Mission (the Hope Center, for recovering addicts) and has been a guest speaker for women’s events and retreats. After a season of illness, she turned to writing.

Marci’s passion is to talk to people and write about the power of the gospel as it applies to our everyday lives—to be freed from legalism that we are so easily drawn to and the fear of man that blinds us to what true righteousness is. “The righteous will live by faith” (Romans 1:17). She is the author of Grace is Free: One Woman’s Journey From Fundamentalism to Failure to Faith, and two Bible study guides: But He Gives Us More Grace: A Study in the Book of James and At His Feet: A Guided Study Through the Gospel of John.

You can find more of Marci’s writing at her blog, on Facebook and Twitter at @MarciPreheim, and on the podcast Fundyland Sees Red (on Twitter @sees_red) that she cohosts with Sarah Taras.

Books by Marci Preheim

Articles By Marci Preheim

Learning Through Joy

Tuesday August 15, 2017

christian life

Rules and laws don’t change our desires. Shame doesn’t motivate us. Accountability partners turn us all into liars. These things may change our behavior temporarily, but only until our desires bubble up and overrule them.

The Benefits of Preaching Law

Thursday July 27, 2017

grace 101

Ahhhhhhh, towing the line, having a foot in both camps, tossing a bone to legalists for appeasement, riding the fence. Throw in a side helping of law with that gospel order. All of this is evidence of the fear of man.

The Search For Safety

Thursday July 6, 2017

christian life

In the same way that Peter was able to walk on water as long as his eyes were on Jesus but then sank as he turned his gaze to the tumult around him, we lose sight of our real Savior too.

Move In with a Prophet

Thursday June 8, 2017


My past experiences with James have come in the form of lessons from other people interpreting the book for me. I recall a lesson here on taming tongues, and a lesson there on the importance of caring for widows and orphans. Whenever you break up a book of the Bible into pieces, this is what it can become—lessons in moral living.

The Kid Who Threw Up in the Cafeteria

Thursday May 11, 2017

christian life

I have three hometowns. In those three places, I am known. I have acquaintances from here and there. But I am not known anywhere like I am known in my hometowns. I have the same reputation in all three. I am a rule-breaker.

It Hurts to Love You

Thursday April 6, 2017

christian life

Sometimes it hurts to love you, you know? No, I realize that you don’t know. You’ve said as much; Why can’t you just be quiet? Why can’t we go back to the way it was? The things you say reveal that you don’t get it. Of course you want to go back. Back to when I carried our conflict in silence because you refused to look at it. Back to when I had to forgive, but you never had to acknowledge those things that needed forgiveness. Back to the time when it was up to me to sweep everything under the rug so you could maintain your façade of perfection to the world.

Willful Spiritual Blindness

Thursday February 23, 2017

christian life

Have you ever wondered why Jesus was so hard on Pharisees? The Pharisees were the Bible scholars of their day. They were experts on obedience to God, and made it their business to make sure everyone else was meticulous about obedience as well.