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For decades, Karen Mains, a prolific writer and gifted communicator, has offered her talents, as well as her joys and sorrows, to the building of God’s Kingdom.
Whether as an author, speaker, or radio and television producer and co-host, Karen has addressed the deep spiritual needs and longings that surface in our current society. Karen’s voice is always substantive and practical.
Many of her creative works have been birthed out of personal experience. Her first best-selling book Open Heart, Open Home, is considered a classic and deals with the theology of Christian hospitality. It has sold over 600,000 copies and captured experiences out of 12 years serving in an inner city pastorate in a church founded by her husband, David R. Mains. The book challenges believers to use hospitality as a means of bringing redemption to a broken society.
In 1977, Mains’ communication gifts expanded when her husband became director of The Chapel of the Air Ministries. This nationally known outreach featured a syndicated radio broadcast, aired on almost 500 outlets each Monday through Saturday across the U.S. and Canada. Karen often served as co-host on the 15-minute program, lending her unique perspective to issues that impact the spiritual vitality of individual Christians and local churches. Here broadcast research generated the widely accepted book, Child Sexual Abuse: A Hope for Healing, co-authored with Maxine Hancock. The Mains’ media ministry continued with the daily half-hour national television show, You Need 2 Know, which won the 1995 Producer of the Year award from The National Religious Broadcasters.
In 1980, Karen traveled through the barrios and refugee camps in Central America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. As a result of these journeys, she wrote The Fragile Curtain, which won the 1982 Christopher Award given to writers, producers, and directors whose works affirm the highest values of the human spirit and are representative of the best achievements in their fields.
Mains authored three fictional books for children, The Kingdom Tales Trilogy, of which the first, Tales of the Kingdom, was awarded the Gold Medallion for Children's Books by the Evangelical Press Association in 1984. These stories are frequently used by pastors as sermon material, have been endlessly adapted in dramatic form for churches and Christian schools, and have been regularly employed for the purposes of deep therapy by Christian counselors. In addition, Karen's book, With My Whole Heart, was awarded the Gold Medallion Book Award for a Devotional in 1998 by the ECPA.
Karen Mains served on the Board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for eight years and was elected its first woman chairperson. She is the co-founder of the Chrysosostom Society, a group of well-known Christian writers committed to excellence in their work. A member of the Author’s Guild of New York, she works to reconcile, through a variety of means (one of which is the establishment of Artists’ Communities in local churches), the artist to Christianity.
Karen Mains now serves as co-director of Mainstay Ministries where she is responsible for Hungry Souls, a spiritual mentoring outreach that seeks to help people who are hungry for God to find him in deeper ways. An annual Advent Retreat of Silence and Spring Slowing for the Soul getaway is offered in the Chicagoland area. She delights in leading hungry souls in growth groups where group spiritual direction is offered. In addition, she has developed Journeys for Hungry Souls, a travel ministry that seeks to introduce pilgrims to the disciplines of pilgrimage.
Although she has authored over 27 books in the religious fields (her most recent is Going on a God Hunt with IVPress), Karen feels called to write about spiritual meaning into the secular culture, and is now spending much of her time discovering markets that are open to her work.
The Mains have been married for 47 years and live in the western suburbs of Chicago. As the parents of four adult offspring, Karen and David are highly committed to creating healthy families and are eagerly sharing their invaluable spiritual journeys with the next generation, their own 6 grandchildren.
These are the books Karen Mains has authored:
•Open Heart, Open Home: The Hospitable Way to Make Others Feel Welcome & Wanted
•Comforting One Another: In Life's Sorrows
•Lonely No More: A Woman's Journey to Personal, Marital, and Spiritual Healing
•Making Sunday Special: Creative ways, new and old to make Sunday
•Abuse in the Family
•With My Whole Heart : disciplines for strengthening the inner life
•The Fragile Curtain
•Karen! Karen!: One woman’s response to the whispers of God
•The God Hunt
•The God Hunt I Spy Book for Children
•Tales of the Kingdom
•Tales of the Resistance
•Tales of the Restoration
•Child Sexual Abuse
•Opening Our Hearts & Homes
•Living, Loving, Leading
•Friends & Strangers: Divine Encounters in Lonely Places
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