After receiving an MSW from the University of Maryland, Leona Irsch began her career as a psychiatric social worker with troubled children and their families and a consultant in long term care facilities. She then taught baccalaureate social work at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduating with an MDiv from Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary, for six years she was rector of an Episcopal parish in Avon, a bedroom community of Rochester, NY . After leaving the parish, she received a DMin in Biblical spirituality from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Two things make her uniquely qualified to write a book of devotions. First, her background in the Bible comes from use in worship, from education, from reading the Bible daily, and from being able to read the New Testament in Greek and translate passages in the Hebrew Scriptures. Second, her wide-ranging experience with people and their spiritual needs in the parish, institutions, and counseling gives her insight into the needs of many who seek spiritual food. Using this background she has written a book for her own spiritual needs which she now is sharing with others.