Sonia M. Gangotena, Ph.D.

Dr. Sonia Margarita Gangotena 150 pixels webAfter getting my Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, I worked overseas with Citibank, Life/DowChemical and consulted and taught at various universities and business training centers. After my two children were born, I had a very beautiful and life changing encounter with Jesus, when with all my degrees and knowledge I found myself divorced and without work back in Minnesota. The next day after Jesus came to my heart, my five year old son drew a picture of me with a heart that covered my whole chest and he said he had seen a light go out of the sky and into my heart. Shortly after I saw a scripture that said,”I will take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

I call this the Divine Exchange. My life improved, God brought to me wonderful people, Christians and non-Christians, who supported me. Shortly after I began to teach at the U. of Minnesota and then at the U. of Houston, at Texas A&M, Central Michigan University and then UNILID for Campus Crusade for Christ.

Some years later, while teaching at Texas A&M, I read a book where Marie Margarite of Alacoque, a French nun, sees Jesus in a vision and he asks her to give Him her heart and that He would give her His heart. Yes,here again, I saw the Divine Exchange. His Life for my Life, His heart for my heart and a better life as a consequence.

My Life

  • Friends describe me
    as fun, serious, friendly, helpful.
  • Hobbies
    Talking with Jesus, reading, friends, Facebook, swimming.
  • Fantasy dinner guests
    Jesus, my mom, dad, Ernest and Nancy Bormann.
  • In college I drove
    A Jeep CJ7
  • Worst school subject
  • College for undergrad degree
    University of Minnesota ~ Twin Cities
  • Favorite books
    Pride and Prejudice, Thief, Rebel, David Copperfield.
  • Favorite coffee
    Chocolate, I don't like coffee
  • Nobody knows I
    think spiders are beautiful, but dangerous.
  • If I were not a professor, I would
    a librarian, oh, that I was, hmm...businesswoman, oh wait, I am, hmm, yes, a counselor to the hurt and offended.
  • Latest accomplishment
    Getting my work ready to teach in the summer
  • Current research
    Interpersonal and intra-personal communication difficulties product of psychological or sexual abuse/harassment.
  • Quote

    The life that I live in the body, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

    Saul of Tarsus (in Galatians 2:20b)

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