April Yamasaki is a pastor, speaker, and writer on spiritual growth and Christian living. A member of Redbud Writers Guild, she is the author of Sacred Pauses, and her work has appeared in Christian Century, Canadian Mennonite, and other venues. Yamasaki has more than twenty years' experience as a congregational pastor and leads workshops and Bible studies in denominational and other settings. Four Gifts is her fifteenth book. She and her husband, Gary, live in British Columbia.