F. LaGard Smith was born in 1944 in Houston, Texas, thereafter living in Shawnee and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lancaster, Texas, and Birmingham, Alabama, before heading off to college at Florida College, graduating from Willamette University with both an undergraduate and law degree.
Smith was a District Attorney for Malheur County, Oregon for three years, served as an administrator for the Oregon State Bar in Portland for a year, then spent 27 years teaching at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, focusing on Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice, and Law and Morality.
For five years, Smith was Scholar in Residence for Christian Studies at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. After serving as Visiting Professor of Law at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama, Smith has now retired to write full time.
Smith has written some 30 books–legal, social, doctrinal, and devotional. He is most widely known as the compiler and narrator of “The Daily Bible,” the NIV in chronological order.
A popular speaker, Smith has been on the circuit for many years, and has also made frequent guest appearances on radio and television.
Smith and his wife Ruth live in Tennessee, and–with every opportunity–at their cottage in the English Cotswolds where he does much of his writing.