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Finding God in the Story of Your Life

Biography

Keri Wyatt Kent helps people find God in their story. She’s authored ten of her own books, and co-written, collaborated or contributed to a dozen others, collaborating with authors like Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Bill Donahue, Greg Hawkins, and the staff of Prison Fellowship. She’s the founder and president of A Powerful Story, which offers ghostwriting, curriculum production, editing and training. She speaks at events and retreats around the country.

website-photo-3-verticalPrior to launching A Powerful Story, Keri served as director of content development for LifeTogether, where she managed a team of writers, videographers, graphic designers and editors to create innovative video-based small group curriculum. Prior to that, she worked for C. Grant & Co. creating content for social media marketing.

She’s a regular contributor to several magazines, websites and blogs, including Christianity Today and its affiliates. She’s a member of Willow Creek Community Church, where she has taught, led groups, and volunteered in a variety of ministries for more than two decades. She currently serves as a Response Pastor at Willow.

She and her husband Scot have been married for 25 years, and have two grown children.

 

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Published Works:

  • Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesus (Abingdon Press, 2012)
  • Deeper into the Word New Testament: Reflections on 100 Words (Bethany House, 2011)
  • Deeper into the Word Old Testament: Reflections on 100 Words (Bethany House, 2010)
  • Simple Compassion (Zondervan, 2009)
  • Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity (Zondervan, 2008)
  • Oxygen: Deep Breathing for the Soul (Revell/MOPS, 2007)
  • Listen:  Finding God in the Story of Your Life (Jossey-Bass, 2006)
  • Breathe: Creating Space for God in a Hectic Life (Revell/MOPS, 2005)
  • The Garden of the Soul (InterVarsity Press, July 2002)
  • God’s Whisper in a Mother’s Chaos (InterVarsity Press, July 2000)

Resume:

President and Founder, A Powerful Story

Provide collaborative writing and editing services including:

Marketing content

Blog posts

Books

Curriculum

Social media

Write content based on client ideas and marketing goals.

See more at APowerfulStory.com

Director of Content Development

Manage and facilitate creation of innovative curriculum with accompanying DVD teaching.
My responsibilities as content director include:
* product development and ideation
* manage and motivate a team of eight writers, editors, videographers, photographers
*manage workflow, implementation and execution of 9 to 12 projects simultaneously
*write curriculum, website copy, marketing copy
*direct video production and edit video
*innovate ideas for small group campaigns and studies
*coach our clients
I’ve written more than 50 small group study guides for our clients, including our Easter study, which you can see at http://lifetogethercampaigns.com/exponential-easter/.

Social Media Copywriter and Trainer

Create and manage content for social media marketing campaigns for publishing clients at C. Grant & Co. Marketing, Wheaton, IL including Twitter, Facebook, Twitter, Wikihow, YouTube. Engage readers via social media channels to increase engagement, increase book sales and brand awareness for major publishing companies including Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, B&H. Created and conducted customized training for authors on using social media.

Multi- Published Author

Innovated personal brand; sold and marketed book ideas to publishers; led process from ideation to deployment. Collaborative writer (ghostwriter) for five published trade books, four educational guides.

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Statement of Faith

What I believe

I have trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, I believe that the Bible is the word of God.

I am a member of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. The following is our statement of faith, which I wholeheartedly endorse and uphold. It would pass muster in any leading Bible college or evangelical seminary:

The mission of Willow Creek Community Church is to turn irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, which is uniquely God-inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters on which it bears. As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each possessing all the attributes of Deity.

God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s saving grace — not human effort — and must be received personally by repentance and faith.

Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplishes salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between us and God. He will return to earth to consummate history.

The Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ and equips believers for personal growth and service to the church. The church’s role is to glorify God and serve those in need. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Those forgiven through Christ will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.

The basis for all of my teaching is the Bible, especially the teachings of Jesus.

There are some who misunderstand when I teach about meditation and some forms of prayer. While lots of aberrant ideas are out there, let me try to clarify what I mean by the terms I use:

Meditation on Scripture: In Psalm 1 and many other places in Scripture, we are told that we should meditate on God’s word. I do not teach any New Age or Eastern meditation, involving mantras or “emptying” of your mind. RATHER, I teach people how to reflect upon, and think about, the word of God. My emphasis, which the Bible supports, is on filling your mind and heart with God’s truth. If you have ever memorized Scripture, you have meditated on Scripture. That’s all it is—thinking about it deeply, letting it “soak in” to your heart. The Bible tells us to consider all of God’s work, in the world and in our hearts. Scriptural Meditation is considering, pondering, reflecting on God and his truth, as revealed in his word. We ask God’s Holy Spirit to lead us in this—thus it is “Spirit–led” meditation on God’s Word.

Lectio Divina: This is an ancient spiritual practice, and a form of reflecting on Scripture and listening to God. In it, we read a brief passage of Scripture and ask God to speak, through his Holy Spirit, to us through the text. This practice combines meditation on a passage with listening prayer. It does not take the place of other ways to study God’s Word; it is a compliment to those methods and that is how I encourage people to use it.

Prayer: I teach several forms of prayer, including a breath prayer. This type of prayer is usually based on a text from Scripture. It can also be a way that we bring our needs and desires (which have been transformed by the Holy Spirit) before God (“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 37:4; “…in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6). It can also be a way to pray for others. Examples from Scripture are the prayer of the publican, “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner!” or the man with the diseased son who prayed, “Lord I believe; help my unbelief.”

Please know that when I speak or lead a workshop, it is my sincere desire to bring only what will “build others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29). I do not include teaching or practices that are out of harmony with God’s Word. My years of fruitful ministry doing writing and speaking bear witness to how much I love and value the Scriptures, and I want the same love and obedience to be seen in the lives of those to whom I minister. I am always glad to provide references upon request.