A. L. van den Herik graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a degree in Biological Sciences in 1990 and also earned an MBA from UC Berkeley in 1995 and was elected to membership in the Gamma Beta Sigma honor society.

A former atheist, van den Herik came to faith in Christ in 1998.

The culmination of more than 20 years of research, The Shortest Leap is the book that van den Herik prays today’s atheistic students at Stanford (and elsewhere!) would be willing to read.

Van den Herik resides in San Diego, California.