Keri Wyatt Kent

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Keri Wyatt Kent is the author of GodSpace: Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God, and ten other books. She is a sought-after retreat leader and speaker, and co-author of a dozen other titles. She is a lay pastor at Willow Creek Community Church. She and her husband Scot have two grown children. Learn more about Keri at www.keriwyattkent.com.

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Keri Wyatt Kent As Anne Lamott would say, "shitty first drafts and short assignments." Like most professional writers, I "deal with it" by getting my butt in the…moreAs Anne Lamott would say, "shitty first drafts and short assignments." Like most professional writers, I "deal with it" by getting my butt in the chair and just writing. I give myself permission to do a really bad first draft, to get things flowing. If I feel blocked, I'll give myself an assignment: a certain number of words, or a blog post, or a query. Just write something! Also, I make sure I engage in self care: exercise, prayer, looking at art or beauty, times of community with friends. These fill me up. They may not seem related to writing but they are. Writing flows out of a full soul. But number one: don't wait until you feel like writing to write. Just show up at the page and start writing. When I'm working on a book, I have a daily word count that I make myself hit each day. I track my progress, which motivates me.(less)
Keri Wyatt Kent My readers. When you write something, and it helps someone, or connects with them on a soul level--that's an amazing gift. I'm always delighted when…moreMy readers. When you write something, and it helps someone, or connects with them on a soul level--that's an amazing gift. I'm always delighted when someone tells me one of my books helped them in some way. I also love the flexibility. This morning, I sat on my back deck with a cup of coffee and wrote. The flip side is, you have to be self-motivated. You have to meet deadlines. It's hard work, you're always looking for the next project, but I'm really grateful I get to work from home and choose my projects. Also, I love the craft of writing--making something beautiful out of words. In a world that values bucketloads of content, I care about quality. I love the process of honing and self-editing what I write to make it as strong and clear as I can. (less)
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Beef stew as self-care: winter blues help for empty nesters

This is the first in an occasional series on empty nesting, or as my friend Tim likes to call it, spacious nesting.


Outside, the soft pewter sky of winter afternoon spits down a thin, bitter snow. The frigid air is comfortless, too cold to allow flakes, let alone clumps. One online report I see notes that it is colder in Chicago today than on Mars! (I wish I were making this up.)



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99 Bible Words You Should Know by Keri Wyatt Kent
" 5 Star reviewer wrote of this book: "I was delighted to pick up this book and to discover how readable it is. Keri explains the meaning and its usage ...more "
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This is a newer edition of Deeper into the Word New Testament. It explores 99 Bible words from the New Testament: the original Greek word, the context where we find that word, and what it means for our lives.
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I'm the author, so I'm just offering a summary to help others discover the book. Deeply Loved is a 40 day devotional, which offers scriptures and reflections around the theme of how much God loves you. God loves each of us as if we were an only child ...more
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God's Whisper in a Mother's Chaos by Keri Wyatt Kent
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I'm the author, and this book was written when my children were ages 1 and 3. Truly a chaotic season, and a very realistic book. If you're trying to figure out how to connect with God while parenting littles, this short and easy to read book is for y ...more
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I'm the author, and this book was written when my children were ages 1 and 3. Truly a chaotic season, and a very realistic book. If you're trying to figure out how to connect with God while parenting littles, this short and easy to read book is for y ...more
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I'm the author. Of my 12 books, this one is my favorite. It's about how to listen to God, in both the joys and challenges of our lives. We can hear God through other people, through the Bible, and through the still, small whisper in our soul. This bo ...more
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I'm the author, so just wanted to offer some thoughts on why you're going to love this book. It's a 365-day devotional, which invites you on a journey toward loving God, your neighbor, your world. I wrote it several years ago but it is particularly t ...more
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I'm the author, so just wanted to offer some thoughts on why you're going to love this book. It's a 365-day devotional, which invites you on a journey toward loving God, your neighbor, your world. I wrote it several years ago but it is particularly t ...more
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“Galatians 5:22-23 describes the fruit of the Spirit, which is "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Notice the verse does not say the "fruits" of the Spirit, but fruit. The fruit, or result, of the Spirit working in our lives is that we become not just some but all of these things: more loving, more patient, more faithful, and so forth. This verse is not a to-do list for us to work through, but a description of the transformation that occurs when God's Spirit begins to work in us.”
Keri Wyatt Kent, Deeper into the Word: Reflections on 100 Words From the New Testament

“Church, in the New Testament sense of the word, is not a meeting we attend, but a group of which we are a part, and a group we serve within.”
Keri Wyatt Kent, Deeper into the Word: Reflections on 100 Words From the New Testament

“The fields...are white already to harvest" (John 4:35 KJV), or as other versions put it, "ripe for harvest."...One part of the harvest metaphor we may have missed was the importance of timing-there is a season for both sowing and reaping, and sometimes there is a season of simply waiting and watering.”
Keri Wyatt Kent, Deeper into the Word: Reflections on 100 Words From the New Testament

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