In 1978, at the age of 17, Eva asked an innocent, simple question to the doctor who had been treating her following her automobile accident several days earlier. “Doc, when will I be walking again?” His simple answer would change her world forever, “Never, Eva. Never. You will never walk again.”
So life began all over again for Eva. Her story is a powerful testimony of God’s grace and provision. Today, Eva’s story of overcoming tragedy to find purpose and joy in life is an inspiration to all. Drawing on her experiences as a wife, mother of two, Bible teacher, and friend, Eva’s unique storytelling style blends personal anecdotes, humor, and practical applications of powerful Biblical truths.
Originally from Concord, NC, Eva graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1984. For the next eight years, she worked as an area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. During that time, she became close friends with Lisa Harper, who is now a nationally sought after speaker and author. Lisa has this to say about Eva:
The authenticity of Eva’s message resonates with women from all walks of life. Her gift as a storyteller will cause you to laugh hysterically or cry uncontrollably. But most of all, she will cause you to draw closer to our Lord.
Although her primary vocation has been that of a wife and mother, Eva has been a featured speaker for Moody Bible Institute, Phil Waldrep Ministries, and Focus on the Family, including the popular “Renewing the Heart” conferences which were attended by almost 200,000 women. She also continues to lead Bible studies in her home church. Dr. Dennis Swanberg, America’s “Minister of Encouragement” says Eva is:
Genuine . . . authentic . . . funny . . . inspirational, but most of all a great wife, mother and woman of faith wrapped into one. Eva’s the real deal.
Eva’s biography, May Bell’s Daughter, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, is the amazing story of what God has done in her life – and what He can do in the life of anyone who surrenders to Him. Patsy Clairmont, popular speaker and author of many books, including Cracked Pots, says:
The tenderness of Eva’s message never fail to move me to tears and life-change. I am blessed to call her friend.
Eva is not a full-time speaker. She is primarily a wife and mother and draws on those experiences – understanding the challenges and responsibilities that those roles present – to shape her relevant, timely messages for women.
She is married to Andrew Self, who serves their community as a circuit judge. The Selfs have two precious daughters, Abby and Audrey. They live in Andrew’s hometown of Hopkinsville, KY.