Born into a close-knit family in the idyllic town of Bluffton, Indiana, Jill Baughan has grappled with a series of painful experiences, ranging from her father’s early death to her own infertility. These hurts have changed her, but her innate wildness remains unshaken. “Even when part of me mourns what’s lost and trembles at what’s to come, I still want to hop on a Harley, swing like Tarzan from a vine, and toilet paper the preacher’s house.”

Baughan believes that too many women have let life’s hurts overwhelm their sense of fun, and she, no stranger to pain herself, wrote Born to Be Wild to help them rediscover it. Jill Baughan is an English instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of A Hope Deferred: A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Infertility.

Jill serves on the worship ministry team at Cool Spring Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. She believes God has gifted her as a goof-off, and she plans to practice this gift until she dies. She has been married to Ben since 1976, and they have a daughter, Jamie, who came after the couple struggled many years with infertility.

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