Meet author Karen Whiting
Karen Whiting writes to help families thrive and pray together to build strong bonds. A mom of five and grandmother, she enjoys adventure like camel riding in the Canary Islands, white water rafting in Australia, and scuba diving off Bermuda’s coast. She’s a certified writing and marketing coach, international speaker, former television host, and author of twenty-eight books.
Tell us about your newest book.
52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer provides tools to pray together and explore elements of prayer. Every week includes a different way to pray with children, hands on activities to investigate questions children ask about prayer, a contemporary story involving prayer, a Bible story to read that focuses on prayer, scripture prompts to chat about prayer, and ideas to write about in a prayer journal.
What inspired you to write 52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer?
As a family my husband and I prayed with our children and that brought us closer together. I wanted to share the value and ideas on prayer with other families. Praying together equips a family for life.
How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb?
Want to create a great family prayer life? Then try this book that’s packed with stories of contemporary families, fifty-two exciting ways to pray together, hands-on activities that help children understand basic principles of prayer, and discussions that encourage you to dig into what happens when we pray.
What genre do you focus on?
Nonfiction. It provides a simple way for me to share lots of create ideas that are easy to apply.
Why do you write?
I write because God gave me a vision followed my someone giving me a painting of the vision. The passion to help families thrive and engage with God drives me to write.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?
My schedule when I write a book, market, or write articles is the same. I write all day five days a week unless I am speaking or have appointments/family events.
What is the hardest part of being an author?
Balancing the desire to write with the need to market plus the pressure within the industry that we have good sales.
What’s the best part of your author’s life?
The best part is meeting people and impacting their lives in a positive way. I love engaging with people and sharing what God puts in my heart.
What’s one unusual fact about you?
I have five children and fourteen grands who are loving and supportive of one another.
How have you changed or grown as a writer?
I have continually studied writing and marketing so that continues to help me grow as a writer.
What is your favorite pastime?
Being with family.
Do you have other books? We’d love to know.
I have 27 other books.
Watch for my next two books: Devos for Brave Boys
The Super-sized Book of Bible Gift Crafts (paper crafts that focus on kindness and encouragement written with my older daughter).
What are you working on now?
Two recently contracted books and starting a podcast with Michelle Medlock Adams.
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