Karen Ehman


Karen Ehman is a New York Times bestselling author, a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, and a writer for Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that reaches over four million women daily. She has written eleven books and Bible studies including KEEP IT SHUT: What to Say, How to Say It; When to Say Nothing at All, and Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World. Karen has been featured on numerous media outlets including FoxNews.com, Focus on the Family, Redbook.com, Crosswalk.com, and Home Life Magazine. Her passion is to help women to live their priorities as they reflect the gospel to a watching world. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, and the mother of three, she enjoys herb gardening, collecting vintage kitchenware, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, and feeding the many teens and young adults who gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen's cooking.

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Speaking Topics

  • Got words? Oh yeah, you do! The average women speaks over 20,000 a day—not to mention the ones she types online. Karen Ehman—a woman whose words have often landed her in a heap of trouble— shares from experience the how’s (and how-not-to’s) of dealing with the tongue in her new message based on her book Keep It Shut. Using biblical examples, as well as Karen’s own personal (and sometimes painful!) stories, Keep It Shut will equip you to know what to say, how best to say it, and when you’d better just keep your lips zipped!

    This message can be done as one single keynote or a retreat/conference with 2-4 sessions. Keep It Shut will teach you:

    • The difference between gossip and properly processing with a trusted friend
    • A helpful grid for using our digital tongues as we talk online or on social media
    • How to pause before you pounce, attacking the problem but not the person
    • How to avoid saying something permanently painful just because you are temporarily ticked off
    • What the Bible teaches about making our speech laced with grace, as sweet as honey, and yet seasoned with salt
  • {single keynote or multi-message}

    Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals prepared, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight–or all out–control freak! This humorous, yet biblical and spiritually practical message will enable women to:

    • Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God.
    • Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging.
    • Influence your husband instead of manipulating him.
    • Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances.
    • Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God.
  • {single keynote or multi-message}

    Remember what it was like when you first met Jesus? The peace you felt; the passion you had; the excited willingness to do anything He asked of you? Sometimes when life unfolds, we tend to abandon the fervor we once felt for Christ. Why? What does it mean to “leave your first love?” And more importantly, how can followers of Christ return to it again? These inspiring messages have helped many women to:

    • Meander back down memory lane to reconnect with that “first love” sentiment.
    • Recognize the patterns, choices and habits that seek to steal or replace our zeal for God.
    • Employ practical and tangible tools for keeping our daily connection with God growing despite our hectic schedule.
    • Craft an effective plan for what we should “fast from” and “feast on” in order to live a vibrant, fulfilling and effective life for Christ.
  • {single keynote}

    Do you play the “if only…” game way too much? Catch yourself thinking, “If only I had more money, a bigger house, nicer stuff, a different husband, or more well-behaved children — then I’d be happy.” Karen has rambled down this road often, but ultimately discovered that changing our circumstances rarely changes us. Her transparent message will equip you to:

    • Accept your unique personality and stop comparing yourself to others.
    • Experience contentment even during trying circumstances.
    • Control your emotions when you can’t control the situation.
    • Replace negative self-talk with the assurance of God’s approval.
    • Shift your perspective from “Why me?” to “Whatever You want, God.”
    • Embrace and enjoy the life you now live and stop being distracted by envy.
  • {single keynote or part of “24 Hours is All You Get” weekend package}

    Does the phrase “Company’s coming!” send you running for cover? With humor and transparency, Karen relates the account of marrying into a family full of interior decorators, caterers and Bed and Breakfast owners, while she herself could hardly boil water! She set out to become skilled at “entertaining” to impress her new relatives. However, God quickly taught her the difference between entertaining and offering hospitality, a lesson she learned the hard way. This “I’ve been there” message will enable you to:

    • Recognize how “entertaining” seeks to impress others; “hospitality” aims to refresh them instead.
    • Identify the top five excuses for not opening your home and apply simple solutions to combat them.
    • Arm yourself with cooking-for-a-crowd menu ideas, make-ahead freezer meals and kid-friendly favorites.
    • Acquire weekly speed cleaning strategies, a proven system for de-junking your house and simple, doable decorating tips.
    • Obtain creative concepts for living a life of welcome wherever you are.
  • {single keynote or part of “24 Hours is All You Get” weekend package}

    Do you repeatedly line all your ducks up in a row only to have them get knocked down again, forcing you to start all over? This practical message tackles home management and will teach you not only how to get organized, but how to stay that way! Join Karen as she coaches you how to:

    • Get much more accomplished in far less time.
    • Organize your piles and files and keep them that way by setting up a “brain-in-a-binder” for fliers, rosters, invitations, schedules and other fridge-cluttering papers!
    • Save both your money and your sanity in the kitchen.
    • Acquire weekly speed cleaning strategies and a simple, proven system for de-junking your house.
    • Experience the comforting calm of an ordered home.
  • Ever feel that your busy schedule has you running on an endless treadmill of activity? Does the lack of white space on your calendar send your stress level soaring through the ceiling? How can a woman of today clear her too-full platter and actually live her priorities? Perhaps you assume it is utterly impossible to do it all without doing yourself in. Think again. Karen’s time-management message will empower you to:

    • Honestly evaluate your schedule and identify problem time-management areas.
    • Avoid over-commitment and embrace simplified living through a hands-on, plate-scraping activity.
    • Discern the hows, whens and when-not-tos of multi-tasking.
    • Employ the instrument of smart sequencing to work smarter not harder.
    • Apply scriptural principles to the balancing of home, work and personal time.

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What Others Are Saying About Karen

“Karen is the most thoughtful and creative person I’ve ever met. What a dear, funny and hospitable friend. When I grow up I want to be just like her.”
— Lisa Whelchel, former star The Facts of Life, homeschooling mom, speaker and author of:Creative Correction, The Busy Moms Guide to Prayer and The ADVENTure of Christmas

“Karen Ehman is an honest, funny, inspiring speaker that you will not soon forget! She encouraged me to finally get serious about losing my baby weight. Twenty-five pounds later… I’m healthier and happier than ever. If you want your women to walk away feeling empowered, encouraged, and energized – invite my friend Karen Ehman.”
— Lysa TerKeurst, author, speaker, mother of five and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

Study Products

Listen, Love, Repeat

Our culture is obsessed with self. In our schedules, our relationships and especially online. But we are less content than in decades past. The reason? We have forgotten the joy that comes from putting others first.In Listen, Love, Repeat, Karen Ehman will help you: …

Keep It Shut

What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing At All Got words? Oh yeah, you do! The average women speaks over 20,000 a day-not to mention the ones she types online. Karen Ehman-a woman whose words have often landed her in a heap of trouble- shares…

Zip It! The Keep It Shut 40 Day Challenge

Zip It empowers readers to put into action the advice and commands of Scripture concerning the tongue. The New York Times bestselling book Keep It Shut covered many topics, including anger, truth-telling, people-pleasing, our digital tongues online, and gossip. Because there are more than 3,500 verses in the Bible that…

Let. It. Go.

Many women are wired to control. You're the ones who make sure the house is clean, the meals are prepared, the beds are made, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to work, school, and other activities on time. But trying to control everything can be exhausting, and it can…


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