Welcome to Words to live by. This site intends to provide you with inspirational texts based on scriptures and narratives of a philosophical and spiritual nature. These texts, columns, meditations or whatever you wish to call them, will be posted on a regular basis, twice a month.

About me

After some brief excursions in music and art, I went to study theology at the University of Tilburg – Netherlands – and graduated in the nineties with a master-thesis on religious studies. Since the mid-eighties I have published articles on women’s studies, history and non-christian cultures. Over the last twenty five years I have worked as a pastor and spiritual counselor, choir conductor and copywriter.



If you have any questions or remarks concerning this blog, please feel welcome to mail me or leave a comment on this website. I’ll be happy to respond. Greetings, Maria van Gurp.