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Shannon Popkin

Shannon Hopkins

I’m happy to be sharing life with Ken, who makes me laugh every day. Together we have the joy of watching our three young adult children become the amazing people God created them to be. We also have two adorable Shih Tzu’s, who—unlike the kids, have no plans of moving out.
In 2021, I celebrated my fiftieth birthday and twenty-fifth anniversary, and my request from my family was the above photo, taken not too far from where we live at Holland State Park in West Michigan. Ken and I are enjoying are newly empty nest, but we love having all three kids close by. He and I are members of Crossroads Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI.
As an author and speaker, I love combining my gifts for humor and storytelling with my passion for Jesus and the truth of God’s Word. I speak for ladies’ events, retreats, and conferences, and I host the Live Like It’s True Podcast. My latest book is Comparison Girl, published by Kregel (visit to learn more).
I’ve had the privilege of being featured on FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Proverbs 31, and other ministries. I also had the joy contributing as a blogger at Revive Our Hearts for many years.

Job Description
Author & Podcast Host
Live Like It's True Podcast
Live Like It's True
Image by Chris Nguyen

Most Recent Content

Two Voices of Wisdom: James 3:13–18

Hello, I’m the voice of wisdom. I’ve been around for a long time, and I know how things work here in the world. If you listen, I’ll point you in the right direction. Every step of the way, I’ll tell you to focus on you...

How to Surrender Control and Trust God with Your Child’s Salvation

When my kids were little, I wasn’t the mom who insisted on bike helmets and sunscreen. I fed my kids plenty of junk food and let them loose on our trampoline, which had no net. While I didn’t obsess over their health and safety...

Do You Put the Same Value on Unity that Jesus Does?

Conflict is like a spidery crack through the unity of the Church. Left unchecked, conflicts can fracture relationships that took years to build, and they can split close-knit groups of Christians into 'sides.

Killing the Characters: Mistake #1 in Teaching the Bible

Three Practical Ways to Overcome Comparison

Once after my friend, Angela, visited, my husband asked why I was so grumpy. 'You usually love having Angela come,' he said. But I replied, 'Yeah . . . I don’t think I like Angela anymore.' My husband was puzzled...

How to Run Your Race, Not Hers

There’s something I do that always compounds my weariness in this race of life: I glance sideways at the person in the land beside me who doesn’t seem to have as much to bear.

We Villainize the Villains: Mistake #3 in Teaching the Bible

God's Perspective on the Temptation You Can't Avoid

A young woman once asked me, “If I surrender my marriage to God, will He keep my husband from having another affair?

I'm to Submit Because I'm the Wife?

Great. My son stomped his foot on the car's floorboard for emphasis. "I get to go to my sister's game instead of the birthday party. It was true. It had started with me wanting him to clean his room and him wanting to get to...

How to Influence the Control Girls in Your Church

Jane loves serving on her church’s worship team, but lately she has become frustrated. Her new pastor seems to unravel all of their efforts to cultivate a worshipful tone by spending the first half of his sermon telling silly...

Failing to Feel: Mistake #2 in Teaching the Bible

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