Karen Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and New York Times bestselling author. Described as profoundly practical, engagingly funny, and downright real, her passion is to help women to live their priorities and love their lives as they serve God and others.
Karen writes for Encouragement For Today, an online devotional that reaches over four million women daily. She also contributes to the First 5 teaching team. First 5 is an app designed to help you spend the first five minutes of every day reading the Bible and connecting with God, and also interacting with other believers in the app's community, if you so desire.
She has authored fourteen books and Bible studies including the New York Times bestseller Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing at All. Her most recent devotional, co-authored with Ruth Schwenk of The Better Mom is entitled Settle My Soul: 100 Quiet Moments to Meet with Jesus and was just selected as the 2020 Devotional and Gift Book of the Year. She also recently released a Bible study with LifeWay on the letter of Philippians called What Matters Most.
Two of her books are written for moms and were coauthored with Ruth Schwenk of The Better Mom - Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off and the ECPA best-seller Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus. She is also on the planning and teaching team of Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference and an occasional teacher in their writers' training site COMPEL.
Karen has been a guest on national media including TODAY Parenting, FoxNews.com, FamilyLife, Engaging Women, Moody Midday Connection, At Home Live, and she has been a popular repeat guest on Focus on the Family She is a cum laude graduate of Spring Arbor University with a BA in Social Science and has been married for over a quarter-century to her college sweetheart Todd. She and the Mr. make their home out in the boondocks in the middle of the Mitten (Michigan--America's "High Five"). They are the parents of five adult children, three biological and two in-laws by marriage, although she forgets which are which.
She sure misses watching her kids in their high school sports and activities. Her daughter was in homeschool drama and played volleyball. Her oldest son was a homeschool basketball state champ and baseball World Series winner. And her youngest son played public school baseball and golf, and was also a member of a 2015 state championship football team his senior year.
She also is content to just spend time with her husband doing absolutely nothing at all. You’ll often find her whipping up something tasty for her neighbors or the many teens and adults that gather around her mid-century dining room table, processing life and enjoying something from Mama Karen’s oven.
Karen also treasures time spent with her close friends (that's co-author and friend Ruth Schwenk of The Better Mom pictured with her above) and especially her ministry partners at Proverbs 31 Ministries (that is some of them singing into hairbrushes at a recent conference--such rock stars!). And she simply cannot imagine life without her Good Morning Girls prayer team--four women who pray for her daily and also check in with each other for accountability and to share what they are learning from their personal Bible study and prayer time with God. (That's her sweet fab four friends pictured with her above!)
She is a lover of coconut and dark chocolate, sharpened Ticonderoga #2 pencils, whimsical notecards, and any kind of Post It note. She is a collector of retro Pyrex ware (especially in aqua or pink!) and is a die-hard fan of the Detroit Tiger baseball team. (Bless you boys!)
But most of all, she considers it an honor to tell others about the gospel--the good news of Jesus Christ--whether from the stage at an event, on the pages of one of her books or Bible studies, or over a cup of French press coffee in her kitchen.
You can connect with Karen on:
Facebook: Karen Ehman
Or at Proverbs 31 Ministries: www.proverbs31.org
Statement of Faith
- The entire Bible is God's infallible word.
- God exists as three in one - The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus Christ's deity, sinless humanity, virgin birth, atoning death on the cross, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven.
- The Holy Spirit is given to believers to indwell and empower them to live the Christian life on earth and to seal them for the day of redemption.
- Christ's personal return to earth to establish His kingdom here.
- The resurrection of the body, resulting in eternal life for all true believers in heaven and eternal punishment for all unbelievers in hell.
- Salvation, by faith alone, through grace alone, is found in Jesus Christ alone.
- The church is made up of all true believers from every tribe, tongue and nation.
- It is the responsibility and privilege of all believers to glorify God by telling others of the good news of the gospel, enabling people worldwide to have the chance to know Christ personally.