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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 Proverbs 31 Ministries First 5 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 thirteen books including Listen, Love, Repeat:Other-centered Living in a Self-Centered World and the New York Times bestseller Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing at All. She also just 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 MomHoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off and the newly released 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 a teaching staff member of their writers' training site COMPEL.

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Karen has been a guest on national television and radio programs including FamilyLife, Engaging WomenThe Harvest ShowMoody Midday Connection, The 700 ClubAt 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 three sometimes quarrelsome but mostly charming children ranging in age from teen to adult.

Karen's grown daughter owns her own hair salon far away in Charlotte, NC and also works as a stylist on video filming shoots, including many of Karen's Bible study series. Her young adult sons live at home (for now!) with the oldest one working at a factory while attending trade school and the youngest working at a golf course while attending community college. (That is her below on the right with her "baby". She's not sure where his 6' 5" height came from but suspects someone spiked his sippy cup with Miracle Grow!)

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. Thankfully, both boys now play in a flag football and softball league so she can continue her tradition of sitting in the stands and cheering wildly. (Yep. She's that mom!)

She also is content to just spend time with her man doing absolutely nothing at all. She enjoys going bargain shopping and out to lunch with her mom, or out to breakfast with her father, who often gives impromptu life lectures, a tradition Karen carries on with her own kids--and any of their friends who will listen. You’ll often find her whipping up something tasty for her neighbors or friends or the many teens that gather around her kitchen island, processing life and enjoying something from Mama Karen’s oven. (Although she only has three biological children, at last count at least seven teens and young adults had her in their cell phone contacts listed as “Mom.”)

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:

Twitter: Karen_Ehman

Facebook: Karen Ehman

Pinterest: karenehmanp31

Instagram: KarenEhman

Or at Proverbs 31 Ministries: www.proverbs31.org

To inquire about having Karen speak at your event, visit the Proverbs 31 speaker page or call the Proverbs 31 Ministries Office at 877-P31-HOME.

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.

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  • Just discoved you at Proverbs 31 because of your Proverbs 31 devotional. I feel connect to you and the way you write. Real practicle advise. I too am in a waiting mode but since I read “enjoy the journey” I am not waitng I am going to focus on enjoying the journey even if it is in the wilderness.

    God Bless You

  • As a mother of three boys, this book is a Godsend. I absolutely love the Emile Barnes set of books on home, hospitality, and organization. I can’t wait to read your latest book. I want my home to be a safe haven for my children and their friends where they feel welcome and loved. Thank you for writing and sharing the message God put on your heart.

  • Hi Karen, I mailed your Christmas card to the address I had and it was returned. Could you kindly send me an updated one? Hope you are doing well! We’re still loving Nashville! Merry Christmas and see you in three months. Teena

  • I so related to the answer envy devotion. I am here in Hawaii, feeling trapped and asking God to rescue me. Yes, I know some are saying, rescue from Hawaii? But, it’s not paradise to live 2,000 miles away from friends and family, financially heading for disaster and so bored you could die. I am not a patient person but I guess God is working that out through this. Anyway, I will claim those scriptures and pray for patience as I wait. I too seem to have waited longer for most things in my life, married at 34, second child at 39. Now I wait for the next chapter which I dream about. I do believe God hears and I will wait through the quietness from Him. I look forward to telling the story of how God released us from this place some day.

  • you have such a lovely family. you must be trully blessed!

    i want all your four books!! i live in Africa, Kenya and i will enquire more on there cost and shipping charges.

    keep up the good work Karen!

  • Hi Karen.

    I received a devotion from a friend that was written by you. And I loved it! Would like to be included in any future devotions or emails.

    Blessings!
    Jennifer