Audra Jo Baumgarth

Over fifty years in a wheelchair (polio) has proven God’s faithfulness to Audra Jo Baumgarth on a daily basis. Her life has been full with a long, happy marriage to Lee, two children—Eric and Lisa— her own business, and missionary work with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Her active life included skiing in the 1952 Junior Nationals just prior to polio. The skiing years were portrayed in the movie The Other Side of the Mountain. Audra attended UCLA, had her own business, served on schoolboards, and as a County March of Dimes chairman. She and Lee traveled extensively with their missionary work in Asia a memorable highlight. Audra now devotes her energies to writing. As an observer of people, she states, “Nameless-nondescript people are important to God.” Her first book, Obscurity Unveiled, portrays spiritually heartwarming, dramatic, and sometimes humorous scenes about background people in Old and New Testament stories. Her article “I Left My Heart and Wheels” describes their work in a welfare orphanage for handicapped children in Chungsha, China. Obscurity Unveiled II, Audra’s second book, stirs interest and the expectation of God’s personal transforming touch in every life. The fictionalized possibilities in each story give hope when we often feel like bystander on life’s stage.
Audra lives in California. She loves to hear from her readers. You may email her at:

Books by Audra Jo Baumgarth

Obscurity Unveiled
Obscurity Unveiled II