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Author and speaker Karen Whiting shares from her heart to bring creativity, truth, and inspiration to her readers. She shares her messages through her sixteen books for women, families, and children plus hundreds of articles, media appearances, and speaking engagements.

A message from Karen

I love to let creativity splash on the pages I write. I desire to help you develop strong relationships with your family and God and to live more joyfully. Check out videos of my TV appearances and my numerous upcoming book releases. It’s a pleasure to connect with my readers, so please join me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. This year I will have three new books release, making a total of twenty-five books published.

My book The One Year My Princess Devotions won the Christian Retailer Best Awards, children's nonfiction category, for the year of release. These are books the retailers believe have a great impact.

I'm thrilled that my co-authored book Stories of Faith and Courage From the Home Front won the Military Writer Society of America Gold Medal, nonfiction faith, and the 2013 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year! It took tons of research but we were honored to share true stories of women, children, and volunteers on the home front during American wars.

              I love to cook, especially breads. My new book Gift of Bread includes recipes, heart warming stores around bread, and insights into bread in the Bible. It’s a book that’s been on my heart for a long time. Jesus is the Bread of Life and I’m thankful for His gift of living bread.

News

Upcoming Book Fun

I’ve been busy doing media interviews the past several weeks and will be entering a season of booik firs where I will meet people, and sell and sign my books. It’s always fun to talk about books! These will be local gatherings and here’s a quick list:

 

  • Suntree United Methodist Chiurch in Melbourne on November 11 (10-2)
  • Author’s Book Fair and Artist Festival at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne November 18, all day
  • Authors in a Boxat the Melbourne Square Mall, 10Am-8PM

It’s great to network in my own area. I’ve only lived here for 20 months, so it’s great to get to know people and interact with readers as well as other writers. Fall is also tie for Christmas shopping and books make great gifts.

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma brought back memories of rebuilding after Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago when we sustained 99k in damages. It seemed like we lost about a year of normal living but my children matured and faced it all with trust in God. Now they have been living in various parts of Florida and damage and uncertainty have touched their lives.

My own home near Melbourne sustained minor damage of lost roof shingles and flashing, but there’s power. My oldest son is staying there because his home a few miles away is still without power. He should have power within days to a few weeks and then will have some repairs, but his house is in good shape.

My younger daughter rents and her home has no power in the Miami area. She is staying with in-laws and assessing damages (not major). However, the house is set to foreclose in early October and finding a place to live is nearly impssible at the moment.

My youngest son lives in the Sarasota area and is in NC at the moment. He is still finding out the condition of his area and the home where he rents a room. The college where he teaches is closed for this week.

All that is small compared to what my oldest daughter faces. Her oldest daughter refused to leave the Keys and her status is unknow. Rebecca’s husband pastors a church in Marathon Key. He just found out the church suffered no damage and the parsonage on the outside looks good and they are waiting to find out if the house had any flooding. They are praising the Lord for the good news. They own a home in Labelle near Fort Meyers and don’t know the condition of that home either, but suspect there are not major damages since they have not heard from the renters. Both areas were hitn heavily and they may have severe losses.

But we trust in the Lord. After Andrew we studied Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem. It gave us strength as we learned how they put their hearts into the task, trusted God, and overcame obstacles including taunting and emotional attacks from enemies meant to discourage them. Yes, we’ll have days that are tough, but we’ll continue to hope and trust. And we’ll pray for those who suffered loss from Harvey and Irma.

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