Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll’s passion is leading women to deeper delight through rich relationship with God and others. For over 10 years, she has shared messages that enable you to:

  • Release the grind of perfection and grasp the joy of living in God’s incomparable love.
  • Celebrate the full satisfaction found in moving to deeper relationships.
  • Invest yourself in what truly fills instead of chasing what only leaves you hollow.
  • Walk away from loneliness and isolation into the delight of sharing life.

Amy is committed to opening up her whole life (the good, the bad and the ugly) to teach the lessons she’s learned in her pursuit of applying God’s truth. She loves teaching scripture in all its unvarnished glory, and her background as an educator has enhanced her God-given ability to share His big truths in small, understandable bites.

Amy is the author of Breaking Up with Perfect and contributing author for the NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women and Encouragement for Today. She also writes devotions for Proverbs 31 Ministries’ “Encouragement for Today” which are sent out daily to over 800,000 people worldwide. Amy is the founder and director of Next Step Coaching Services, a coaching service for Christian speakers. She’s also the co-host of Grit ‘n’ Grace, a podcast for reforming perfectionists, people-pleasers, and growing HSPs.

Amy’s years of service in women’s ministry leadership and her current position teaching a multi-age Sunday school class for women fuel her belief that the inter-mingling of all ages and stages leads to greater spiritual maturity. She credits godly mentors, mission trips and volunteering for shaping her and constantly inspiring her to grow closer to Jesus.

Amy’s a woman who laughs at corny jokes, cries at Hallmark commercials and is afraid of bouncing checks and her own double chin. She’s married to Barry, the man that she still loves madly after over 27 years, and she gets simply giddy when “Anson” or “Nolan” (her adult sons’ names) appears on her caller ID.

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Speaking Topics


    It’s so easy to get side-tracked in the pursuit of earning acceptance, creating our own perfection, and working to meet others’ expectations. Amy challenges both “Good Girls” and “Never Good Enough Girls” to:

    • Replace your best efforts with true goodness.
    • Reject wrong beliefs that lead you either to over-work or give up, and embrace God’s complete acceptance.
    • Know God wants you to experience the joy of His closeness instead of the distance caused by shame.
  • As unique as we all are, we all have one thing in common. We’ve all experienced failures and flops. They’re definitely painful, but they don’t have to be fatal to the story of our lives. From the lessons learned in a difficult year of her life and the biblical account of Peter’s denials, Amy teaches you to:

    • Exhale with the relief found in embracing the truth that “you’re only human”.
    • See flops and failures as a chance to grow closer to God and others instead of disqualifiers to relationship.
    • Experience the confidence and joy of knowing two sure ways to flip your flops.
  • Our lives hold endless potential, and they’re meant to be invested. In this message, Amy urges women to evaluate their pursuits, choosing what truly fill us instead what leaves us hollow. She’ll challenge you to:

    • Replace the empty pursuits of our culture with quests of substance.
    • Build a deeper relationship with God by loving what He loves.
    • Find true self-fulfillment through focusing on others.
    • Abandon shallow relationships and build ones with impact through generations and into eternity.
  • How is a busy woman supposed to build friendships? We were created for deep relationships and intimate connections, but there is a war against the very thing our souls crave. Amy uses personal stories and timeless truth to encourage you to:

    • Gain a new perspective on what’s essential in deep friendships and build beyond shallow.
    • Find a balance between Facebook and face time.
    • Learn to move through life’s messiness with precious friendships intact.
  • For women who love Jesus, sharing the Life they’ve gained through faith usually inspires a mix of emotion. We all desire to fulfill the call, spreading good news wherever we are, but that desire is often fused with a nervous, pounding heart and a suddenly still tongue. Amy faces the exact same learning curve. As a woman struggling to live the Life herself, she shares lessons learned along the way and leads you to:

    • Embrace consistent speech and lifestyles instead of having “church speak” and “every day speak”.
    • Overcome hesitancy with a vibrant personal story that ignites change.
    • Increase fear-crushing confidence by using your experiences with God to make Jesus real for others.
  • Does God truly care about every season of a woman’s life? Amy follows Mary of Bethany and her close friendship with Jesus to find the answer to this question. Come away encouraged by Jesus’ extravagant love for Mary and how their relationship teaches you to:

    • Increase your love for God and those around you instead of living in the distraction of busyness.
    • Realize scripture can become a source of help for every area of your life by learning a simple study method.
    • Find sources of strength and improve your responses during times of stress, disappointment and grief.
  • Have you ever longed for another woman who will invest in your life? Amy’s life has been transformed by the power of Christ and by the women that He has put in her path. This retreat addresses both women that God is calling to mentor and to those who long for a godly older woman to lead the way. Amy helps you to:

    • Rediscover your need for connection to other women and eliminate loneliness.
    • Identify the characteristics of a trustworthy mentor who will nurture you in your phase of life.
    • Avoid the pitfalls of mentoring and become a mentor who makes a real difference in another woman’s life.
  • Holiday Messages:

  • Sometimes a look at life leaves you feeling like you’ve been stuck with the leftovers. This session is an encouraging look at hurt, disappointment and suffering from a new perspective. Amy will encourage you by guiding you to:

    • Realize even hard experiences aren’t wasted.
    • Value each difficult circumstance as an opportunity for growth.
    • Recognize the power of thankfulness in overcoming disappointment.
  • What is your standard for a wonderful Christmas? For many women, perfection is the standard by which we measure our holidays, but perfectionism sets us up for disappointment and struggle. Amy encourages you to:

    • Embrace a new standard for measuring the success of the holidays.
    • Experience the pleasure of Christmas with a focus on relationships.
    • Express your true, inner self with joy and freedom instead of celebrating “like everyone else”.
  • Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and togetherness, but it can be a struggle to overcome busyness and stress during the holidays. Amy has experienced the frustration of falling short, but she knows that the baby who was sent to us, Jesus, changes everything! In this session, she will share some of the lessons she’s learned and lead you to:

    • Overcome holiday overload and preserve time to enjoy others.
    • Jettison frustration by developing activities for real connection with family and friends.
    • Experience the reality of God’s presence at Christmas instead of living in a blur.

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What Others Are Saying About Amy

“Whether in a small group, classroom or conference setting, Amy easily relates to those around her with charm, humor and the challenge of truth.”
— Barry Lane, Pastor

“Amy’s humorous delivery and home-run direct-blow application points are what make them so memorable and usable. There are a few memorable phrases that seem to float up at just the right time. I cannot say enough about her contagious passion for seeking God’s heart.”
— Kathy Parker, Conference Attendee

“Amy’s message is Biblically sound, relevant and powerful. Many of our ladies have said that she is their favorite speaker to date, and we so appreciated her teaching and accessibility!”
— Patty Baird, Event Coordinator, Marysville, Ohio

“Amy is an absolute JOY!! She took us on a journey leading us right to the heart of Jesus. Her passion for the Lord came through in every word she spoke. Amy came to us as a speaker; she left as a friend.”
— Dianna Corson, Event Coordinator, Murfreesboro, TN

“Amy speaks with such enthusiasm and transparency that women can’t help but be drawn in. Weeks after the conference, women are not only still talking about what they learned but also applying it to their daily lives. This is what a women’s conference is all about–changing lives for greater kingdom impact!”
— Sondie Williamson, Event Coordinator, Pinehurst, NC

Study Products

Breaking Up with Perfect

We've all been in relationships that were bad for us . . . whether with a catty girlfriend, a selfish boyfriend, or a coworker who undermines our best efforts. But there is one relationship that steals the potential of all other relationships- including our relationship with ourselves and, ultimately, our…

Encouragement for Today

Pull away from the things that pull you down and find lasting encouragement for today. Encouragement for Today: Devotions for Everyday Life features 100 daily readings that meet you where you are. Written by the Proverbs 31 Ministries team, authors Lysa TerKeurst, Renee Swope, Karen Ehman, Glynnis Whitwer, Suzanne Eller…

Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women

When each day is filled with obligations, unexpected moments, and relationships, it is essential to know you are not alone. Find a friend on the pages of the NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women. Filled with insightful daily devotions written by Lysa TerKeurst and the Proverbs 31 Ministries team, the…

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