Author | Speaker | Educator

Donna Gaines

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Donna Gaines is a Pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, author of four books, and editor of A Daily Women’s Devotional. She is a disciple maker who fervently desires to see the lives of women transformed as they encounter God through His Word and prayer. Embracing God’s missional calling on her life, Donna mobilizes women to practically live out their faith through both inner city and international efforts. She is the Founder and President of the Board for ARISE2Read, a nonprofit that focuses on literacy in the inner city. She is the mother of four and “Nonna” to 11 grand children. Donna enjoys Memphis Barbecue, Alabama football and anything you can douse with salsa.

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Donna’s Books

Choose Wisely, Live Fully

This book will help equip you to: discern the voice of God and follow His path; experience the joy of wholehearted obedience; and let God help you mentor the lives around you in remarkable ways.

Leaving Ordinary

In Leaving Ordinary, Donna Gaines shares from her personal experience how prayer can become the channel that links the believer’s heart to the heart of God.


Too many Christians go through life unaware of the riches we have in Christ. Discovering these blessings is the first step to living them out in daily life.

There’s Gotta Be More!

There is a way to find the satisfaction we are all seeking, and we find it in relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Home Builders

In this twelve week study based upon the wisdom and insight of Proverbs 24:3-4, women in every season of life will be challenged to embrace the ministry of the home through scriptural principles and practical tips.

Fresh Brewed Faith

In this ten-week study of Hebrews, you will discover a message of courage and hope that is as relevant today as it was two millennia ago.


In this 10-week study of Romans, you will encounter the ingredients of genuine faith—the gift of salvation, foundational doctrine and practical application of truth.


Save a child. Save a family. Save a city in Memphis and beyond.

– Donna Gaines, ARISE2Read


ARISE2Read takes an active role in the development of children in our public schools through the presence of volunteers focused on literacy. We tutor students one hour per week utilizing a simple sight word approach. We also provide books for the students to enhance literacy.

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Memphis Women

Tuesdays | 3:00 p.m. | AM640 and FM 100.7

Tune in to hear “Memphis Women,” an all-new ‭weekly radio program featuring Donna Gaines. This ‭30-minute radio program encourages women to be ‭catalysts for spiritual awakening in Memphis and ‭beyond.

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When Illness Strikes

When Illness Strikes

It was August 6th of 2000 when late that evening, unable to sleep, I found myself kneeling before the chair in my bedroom crying out to the Lord.  “God, please protect and heal my husband.” My heart constricted as I thought of our four children...

No More Fear

No More Fear

I still struggle trying to describe what happened when they laid my first born in my arms. I looked up at my husband, and said, “I don’t know what we are going to do, but I can’t leave this baby.”

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

I had lunch with some young moms not long ago and enjoyed watching how they interacted with their children. But one mother stood out from the rest. She couldn’t enjoy her meal because her child demanded all of her attention.

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