Thank you for visiting Raised to Walk.  Here is a little bit more about me.  I’m a mom of three active girls and an Oregon transplant to Texas. Life is busy with work, church, and all my girls’ activities.  Part of my “day job” is writing a variety of content for clients (press releases, articles, social media, etc.).  As I was writing on a variety of topics for other people, I wanted a place to publish my own thoughts on God, faith, and life, so I launched this site in 2013.

I currently volunteer at my church teaching a third-grade Sunday School class.  I believe that if you truly understand a topic, you should be able to explain even the most complex subject clearly, so I try to present information in the same way I would explain it to my class of 8-year-olds . . . simple and clear.  If there are any areas in what I write that aren’t clear, please let me know

Educational Endeavors

In the fall of 2015, I was accepted into the graduate program in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and graduated with a Master of Arts in Cultural Apologetics in December, 2017. I once told a friend that if I could do one thing and nothing else it would be reading and writing. I don’t think I ever made that a formal petition to God . . . but obviously he heard the reading and writing part because that is what this program about. It was intense. I am currently studying for a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages at HBU.

An Unexpected Journal

Part of the joy of the apologetics program was meeting a group of like-minded people. In 2018, a few of those people . . . members and alumni of the HBU MAA program . . . launched An Unexpected Journal, a quarterly journal that discusses the Christian worldview from a cultural apologetics perspective.  I contribute to this journal and you can read some of my essays for the journal on education, Christian truth in a Pixar short, hope and the Fountain of Trevi, and courage found in Til We Have Faces and Dear Frankie.  Print versions of the AUJ are also available on Amazon and at other book sellers or subscribe directly at

The Ongoing Journey

“ . . . For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

My life has seen a number of unexpected turns over the past several years.  If you’d like to join me in this ongoing unexpected journey, be sure to subscribe to updates.

Carla Alvarez


Updated August 30, 2019