kristin ritzau she is not perfect

Kristin Ritzau is the author of A Beautiful Mess: A Perfectionist’s Journey Through Self-Care. She earned her Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology and Spiritual Formation at Claremont School of Theology. She is a certified spiritual director, writer, speaker, and recovering perfectionist. Additionally, she an adjunct faculty member at Azusa Pacific University, teaching leadership and writing, and is the Executive Editor and Director of the blog, A Beautiful Mess (, a community of women sharing honestly and finding inspiration. She also leads retreats and workshops for women wrestling with perfectionism. Currently residing outside of Los Angeles, she lives with her family on their urban homestead.

Some of Kristin’s Favorite Books:


Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith Anne Lamott

The Way of the Heart Henri J. Nouwen

Eating in the Light of the Moon Anita A. Jonston PhD.

A Hunger for Healing J. Keith Miller

Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body Susan Bordo

The Good Body Eve Ensler

The True and the Questions: A Journal Sabrina Ward Harrison

The Red Tent Anita Diamant

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith Anne Lamott

Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself Sabrina Ward Harrison

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Anne Lamott

The Gift of Sex: A Guide to Sexual Fulfillment Clifford L. Penner

Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice Stephanie Paulsell

Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ Jeanne Guyon