Tomorrow I turn 40-something. A “something’ a little closer to 50 than to 40 is all I’ll say.

I told my hubby I don’t want any gifts.

(Although I wouldn’t balk if he fell into some money and bought me an Ipad! I’ve often thought I need to go to group therapy and boldly declare, “Hello. My name is Karen. I have Ipad envy.”)

Today, I want to give some gifts to you and invite you to my upcoming “party”.

The party is our online study of hospitality that starts March 19th based on my book A Life That Says Welcome. Wait ’til you see the great line-up of guests who will join us and the stunning giveaways they are offering!

But to participate, you must do two things: Get a hold of the book and start reading. (Yes, you’ll need the book. You can often borrow it from a church or public library) And then, sign up for my RSS feed in the top of the sidebar here so the posts will arrive automatically to your email. We will also be doing some fun connecting on Facebook too so head over and “like” my Karen Ehman’s Book Studies page.

Now, for my birthday givewaway.

I can’t think of anything I’d rather give a cyber friend than the gift of God’s word. So, here is a package that includes:

~A NIV woolen Bible in dark gray with a whimsical button closure. Cute!

~ A blue Bible highlighter designed not to bleed through the pages.

~ A copy of the DVD teaching series of Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst and a participant’s guide. You can study alone or grab a few friends and host a study at your home.

Ok– to be entered to be gifted with this gift package, tell me what cake you would pick to enjoy on your birthday?

I love coconut cake. The from-scratch kind laden with coconut all over the thick, white frosting my mom used to make me.

And you?

NOTE: Be sure to mark your calendar and catch me next Monday on Focus on the Family talking with John Fuller and my friend Dr. Juli Slattery on Practical Tips for Organizing a Busy Home. :-) We had a blast recording it. I just love the folks at Focus!


  1. favorite b-day cake would be a homemade french vanilla cake with a champange filling the icing is a special whipped creamed icing. But this isn’t my birthday its yours, may you have a blessed and joyful day.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU , HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ,HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR Karen HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUUU!!! My FAV. cake is my mom’s german chocolate cake the frosting also a coconut yummo!!!

  3. Happy Birthday! I’m actually a pie girl – cherry preferably. If I have to pick a cake, we had a hummingbird cake for our wedding and it was amazing!

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