Murray Pura was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Ordained as a Baptist minister in 1986, Pura has served five churches in Canada and headlined numerous speaking engagements in Canada and the United States. He has 12 books published, is a contributor to the Life With God Bible, has been a finalist for The Paraclete Fiction Award, the Dartmouth Book Award, the John Spencer Hill Literary Award, and The Kobzar Literary Award of Toronto. Murray has an MDiv from Acadia University and Baptist Divinity School and a ThM and DCS from Regent College (Vancouver). He lives near Calgary, Alberta.