About Karen

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 MomHoodwinked: 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:

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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  • Greetings Karen,

    I’m reaching out with admiration and appreciation for your ministry. I’m also writing to let you know I’m a nationally recognized writer and speaker, and to
    ask if you might be interested in receiving a review copy of my upcoming book or a related article(s).

    I’m a mother of seven who left a lifetime of abuse to start over with my children. My ex-husband was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Now I’m motivating others to leave their destructive pasts behind and take personal responsibility for their futures. I didn’t have any skills or connections when I started over. But, through determination, hard-work, and faith in a brighter future, I was able to become a successful real estate agent who has generated $400 million in sales.

    Now my primary passion is helping others pull through life’s challenges, and I frequently appear as a guest on podcasts, TV newscasts, and at speaking engagements. I’m also writing articles and a memoir about my experiences. Since I’m a fan of your work and I believe your followers might be interested, please let me know if you would be interested in a review copy of my book in the future and/or a related article(s). It would be a great honor.

    Thank you for your time, and all you do.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Venus Griffin

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  • Subject: Podcast Interview

    Hello Karen!

    I would love to have you on my podcast: A Quest for Well-Being. It has 26,000+ downloads, 2400+ newsletter subscribers, and 99,000views on Youtube!

    We can discuss the topic in your book Reach Out, Gather In: 40 Days to Opening Your Heart and Home.

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    Much Love and Joy!!!


  • I just finished Settle my Soul. I enjoyed it. It mentions Michigan a lot and I see you are from Michigan. I thought I’d look at your speaking engagements to see if you were going to be close enough to Jackson County where I live. I noticed you’re speaking in River Junction. Is that anywhere near Rives Junction ?

  • I just finished Settle my Soul. I enjoyed it. It mentions Michigan a lot and I see you are from Michigan. I thought I’d look at your speaking engagements to see if you were going to be close enough to Jackson County where I live. I noticed you’re speaking in River Junction. Is that anywhere near Rives Junction ?

  • Hi,

    I’m reading (diligently) the Settle My Soul devo and will soon run out. Never before have I really finished any reading and this has become my daily habit before anything else.

    Might you have another one coming (or perhaps there is another one before that is similar) ? Not sure what to do after this one is complete – it’s so good!

    Shannon (Canada)

  • Hi Karen. I am a women’s pastor from Eastern Washington and several years ago came across your “Untangling Christmas” Christmas planner. I have scoured the internet and can’t seem to find your book or planner anywhere? Is it still available? I’d like to share it and the concepts with our young moms this year.
    With Jesus’ Love,
    Kate Posthuma

  • Hi! Karen,
    Enjoyed your devotional on Encouragement Today. I am Rosabel Selvarajah, married with 2 adult children. I love devotionals and being engaged in the word of God.
    I am currently unemployed and looking for employment and it seems hard in the current pandemic situation, however, God is good providing for our needs.
    Please look me up of Facebook as Rosabel Selvarajah.
    My husband Selva and I celebrated 33 years of marriage on 10.10.2020.
    May God bless you

  • I finally found your book, Keep it Shut, I love it and I have never been so thankful to God and you, for your story,
    For God wanted you to write your story, I was never popular in school, no friends, and no social interaction with
    the kids, I was the outcast, bullied, and made me feel like crawling under a rock.
    My story, is long, and would love your input, on my life, it might even be a bestseller for you, not unless you have a book already written.
    I am into bible studies, and loving God and to know him better than I did before, also, I am married, almost forty years in Feb. 2021.
    I have a lot to say, I feel my story would bring light to a lot of other women, I want to help women, who are like me in a way.
    Hope to hear from you soon, and I have lot’s of LOVE to share.

    Sincerely, Debbie Yeater

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  • My small group is studying your book, “What Matters Most.” Could you please explain what you mean on page 118, the bottom of the first paragraph, “The unrighteous will have their names erased or blotted out.” ???
    I thought names were written in this book once a believer became saved and then subsequently could not lose his salvation. Could you please explain this to me. Thank you,
    Pamela Carlson

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  • Hi! I am in search of something that I downloaded and printed 2 or 3 or more years ago. I can’t find it here at your website, but that is the credit on the pages I am hoping to download again. I cannot find them anywhere on my computer. I would love to send you a pix, but I can’t find a way to do that here or anywhere else.

    I will do my best to describe them. There are two pages with lots of word art (I guess that is the right description) all over both of them. They are about the power of the tongue/words.

    On one of them, the largest words down in the right corner say: Do you need a “force quit” on your mouth. On the other one, the largest words in the top right corner say: Words are Powerful, they have consequence.

    If I am able to download these again, I would be thrilled. I like for my kids to read over them! And I need to do the same! We live overseas serving with a mission aviation organization. We live in a dusty, third world place… and I made the mistake of NOT laminating my first prints (well, I don’t think I had a laminator then). Anyway, they are really dingy and dirty… and I’d like them to be nice and crisp and white like some other new things I’m printing to hang near them.

    If you could email me a link, I’d be thrilled! Thank you, and God Bless!

  • Hi Karen, I am reading Keep It Shut right now. I noticed that you are from Michigan as I am. Just wondering what city. I have followed you through the years with Proverbs 31 as well as Real Moms conferences back in the day. Thanks for being a light of God’s Word and His truth. You are a gifted writer and speaker. Thank you for using your talents and gifts for Him and in turn helping your readers grow in Him.