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Spiritual encouragement for those seeking a deeper experience of God, from a writer passionate about making faith real.

Are you an aspiring writer?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Authors, books, freelance writing, new books, speaking | 0 comments

Are you an aspiring writer?

Almost every week, I hear from someone who wants to write. They write me brave emails, looking for a word of advice or encouragement. It’s one thing to be a writer–anyone with a pen and a scrap of paper, or a computer, can write. But being published, or even self-publishing–in other words, being an author–that’s another thing altogether. And typically, the people I hear from want to be an author, not just a writer. Maybe that’s you. They typically don’t have any idea what they are getting into. I try to be...

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In which I take short drive and run right into my privilege

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in pace of life, social justice | 3 comments

Within a day of arriving home from an extended trip to California, I came down with what you might politely describe as intestinal distress. It wasn’t pretty. Everyone blamed the plane ride. “You probably picked up something on the plane,” they said. As if planes are somehow flying petri dishes, which enable us to get places fast but hyper-concentrate all the germs we normally encounter in the world. And then, in some cosmic irony, we end up spending two days (about how long it would take me to drive home instead of fly) on the couch...

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How to Pray When You Can’t Pray, part 2

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in books, faith, free books, new books, pace of life, simplicity, spiritual mentoring, Uncategorized, women | 13 comments

How to Pray When You Can’t Pray, part 2

We’re giving away a free book today. Read on to learn how to enter to win. UPDATE: YOU MUST TWEET OR COMMENT BY MIDNIGHT CENTRAL TIME TODAY, JAN. 22, TO BE ENTERED IN THE DRAWING. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the publication of my first book God’s Whisper in a Mother’s Chaos. In it, I explored the simple question: how do you care for your own soul when you are caring for small children? I talked about prayer, solitude, spiritual formation, and my own feelings of doubt and guilt as a mom. I wrote it when my...

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A monastic approach to motherhood

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Authors, books, contentment, faith, new books, pace of life, parenting, spiritual formation, women | 2 comments

A monastic approach to motherhood

I’m excited to welcome Micha Boyett, author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace and Everyday Prayer, to the blog today and tomorrow for a little interview. First, my short review of Found: Being a new mom can make anyone feel, well, a little lost. Especially if you’ve always put found your value in tasks and accomplishments. And when you’re suddenly answering the demands of a little person (or people), prayer seems nearly impossible. And if you’re not “doing” prayer, are you still loved? Can you find God in that season? Or be found by God?...

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Wait, what? I have to market my writing?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in freelance writing | 3 comments

Wait, what? I have to market my writing?

“I’ve always wanted to write a book.” “I think God is calling me to write a book.” or my favorite: “God told me to write a book.” Well, that’s awesome. I’ve written more than a dozen books, so I’m a fan of that endeavor. Mostly. What many writers, or would-be writers, don’t realize, is that writing is one thing. Authoring a book and getting it published is another. But if you indeed do get your book published, the real work begins after the book is done. Today, the job...

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Free Breathe study guide!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in books, pace of life, sabbath | 0 comments

Free Breathe study guide!

Is your life hectic? Hurried? Worried? I’ve got a freebie that might help with that. My book Breathe steps you through Jesus’ invitation, in which he says, “Come to me, you who are weary and burdened…”   And honestly, I have to ask–who isn’t weary and burdened? Not all the time, but really–it happens, right? Life can be overwhelming. Just reading the paper can make you feel burdened, can make you ask–where is the rejoicing in this weary world? Maybe you’re thinking this would be...

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Does church help us live like Jesus?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Keri's Soul, spiritual formation, theology, women in the church | 3 comments

Does church help us live like Jesus?

It’s Monday. How was church yesterday (if you went)? What, if anything, did you learn or discover while investing an hour or two in your local church? Did going to church yesterday help you to live like Jesus today? How did the teaching you heard, or fellowship you engaged in, or serving you did on Sunday impact your faith? Did the experience strengthen your connection with God? How did it impact the kind of person you are becoming? The kind of person you were today at work, or at school, or in your home? Did it stretch and strengthen your...

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Trading “I could never…” for “I just did!”

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in empty nest, fitness, freelance writing, Keri's Soul, parenting, women | 5 comments

Trading “I could never…” for “I just did!”

What keeps you from living the life you want to live? Last winter in Chicago, we experienced a deep freeze where the temperature never went above freezing for more than a month, and walking outside hurt your face. It hurt. Your. Face. At the time, I threatened to spend January 2015 in California. The snow is pretty, but the dark and cold wear on my soul. My parents live here, one of my closest friends just moved here, my daughter goes to school here. Until recently, I was devoting most of my freelance writing time to a company based in Orange...

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Self-care Friday

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in contentment, holidays, hospitality, Keri's Soul, simple, simplicity, simplify, spiritual formation | 4 comments

Self-care Friday

In an act of defiance against the culture, I purchased absolutely nothing today. I spent most of the day on the couch, although I did do some writing work from said couch. I read, took a long walk. Finished cleaning up and putting away dishes from yesterday’s feast. Noticed: I already have a lot of stuff. Did not turn on the television or even listen to music. I savored the silence, which fed my soul a feast. Yesterday, I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for eleven.   We welcomed five more friends for dessert (and yet still have a ton of...

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Free e-book copy of Breathe

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Authors, books, Breathe, free books, Keri's Soul, new books, pace of life, sabbath, simple, simplicity, simplify, spiritual formation, Uncategorized, women | 13 comments

Free e-book copy of Breathe

Many of you remember my 2005 book Breathe. I know some of you continue to use it as a resource for small group discussions or your moms’ ministries, or just to remind yourself to slow down and well, breathe! It’s about slowing down, simplicity, and Sabbath–topics still just as relevant as when the book originally released almost a decade (what?!) ago. It’s got a ton of great information on how to practice Sabbath with your kids, how to simplify your life, and more. It used to look like this: It was re-released under...

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