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Miss April 2016 – Karen Jordan

April 4, 2016

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I started dabbling with blogging in 2008 under duress. At my first Christian writers’ conference a few years earlier, everyone urged me to begin building an online platform. They claimed if I wanted publishers to consider my nonfiction book proposals, I’d better start “building a platform.” I panicked at first. Then, I dove head first, drowning in the technology challenges.

Blogging helped me establish my online presence, as advised. In fact, my first book, Words That Change Everything: Speaking Truth to Your Soul launches in June 2016.

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As a writer, a writing instructor, and blogger, I enjoy encouraging others to tell their faith and family stories—because when we tell the stories that matter most, lives change and heart heal. I recognize the need for people to tell their stories. Passing along their legacy stories helps them make sense of some of the crucial issues that they face in life. I know the powerful impact of story.

As a mother and grandmother, I also know the importance of sharing my faith stories with my children and grandchildren. I believe my stories will be my spiritual legacy to the next generation. I’m working with another writers on a book for grandparents, encouraging them to consider the legacy they will leave to the next generation—especially their faith and family stories.

My husband, Dan, and I have been married 40-plus years. Native Texans, we moved to Central Arkansas from Texas with our two children, Adam and Tara, several decades ago. Then, we moved to Hot Springs Village a few years ago, preparing for my husband’s recent retirement. Our children and their families (seven grandchildren) live in Texas and Arkansas.

My social networks. Honestly, it’s still a struggle to schedule time to blog on my personal site (www.karenjordan.net), since I contribute to several other blogs, including the WordServe Water Cooler (www.wordservewater.com) and FaithHappenings.com. But I hope you will check out my blog. And be sure to “friend” me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter @KarenJordan. You can also find me on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Katharine April 4, 2016 at 10:06 am

It’s great to learn more about you, Karen! Thanks for sharing!

Karen Jordan April 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Thanks so much, Katharine! Honored and blessed to be part of Arkansas Women Bloggers!

Dorothy Johnson April 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Glad to see you here, Karen. I appreciate the things I’ve learned from you about writing.

Karen Jordan April 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm

Hi, Dorothy! Miss seeing you at Little Rock American Christian Writers. Hope all is well with you.

Talya Tate Boerner April 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Congrats on being Miss April! And congrats on your upcoming book. Exciting!

Karen Jordan April 4, 2016 at 9:37 pm

And congrats to you, Talya! I’m reading your book now, and I LOVE it! Sorry I missed your book signing in Little Rock though. Hope to see again you in the fall at the AR Women bloggers conference.

Debbie April 5, 2016 at 7:04 am

So looking forward to all you have to say. Congrats on that book coming out.

Karen April 6, 2016 at 6:56 am

I’m excited to finally see it in print, too! Thanks for your encouragement, Debbie! Blessings!

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