Meet Keri


is your publishing adventure guide. Whether you are starting with an idea, an outline, a rough draft or a finished manuscript, she will help you create and publish a resource that will establish you as an authority in your field.

Keri is the founder and president of A Powerful Story, which offers editing, collaborative writing, design, production, and publishing consulting. She also continues to write and publish her own work, exploring the intersection of creativity, activity and faith.

She has guided clients to self-publish a dozen titles, ranging from curriculum to full length trade books. She has also self-published several of her own books.

Keri is the author of eleven traditionally published books, and has co-written, collaborated or contributed to a dozen others, collaborating with authors like Rick Warren, Bill Donahue, Mark Ashton, Sylvie Légère of The Policy Circle, and the staff of Prison Fellowship.

Keri and her husband Scot have been married for 30 years and have two grown children.

Published Works

View Book Details + Where to Purchase

Professional Experience

Provide collaborative writing and editing services including:

  • Marketing content
  • Blog posts
  • Books
  • Curriculum
  • Social media
  • Write content based on client ideas and marketing goals.

See more at

Manage and facilitate creation of innovative curriculum with accompanying DVD teaching.

My responsibilities as content director include:

  • product development and ideation
  • manage and motivate a team of eight writers, editors, videographers, photographers
  • manage workflow, implementation and execution of 9 to 12 projects simultaneously
  • write curriculum, website copy, marketing copy
  • direct video production and edit video
  • innovate ideas for small group campaigns and studies
  • coach our clients

I’ve written more than 50 small group study guides for our clients, including our Easter study.

Create and manage content for social media marketing campaigns for publishing clients at C. Grant & Co. Marketing, Wheaton, IL including Twitter, Facebook, Twitter, Wikihow, YouTube. Engage readers via social media channels to increase engagement, increase book sales and brand awareness for major publishing companies including Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, B&H. Created and conducted customized training for authors on using social media.

Innovated personal brand; sold and marketed book ideas to publishers; led process from ideation to deployment. Authored eleven published books. Collaborative writer (ghostwriter) for six published trade books, four educational guides. Writes on assignment for Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, Today’s Christian Woman,, and more.

See full resume on LinkedIn

Statement of Faith

I have trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, I believe that the Bible is the word of God.

I am a member of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. The following is our statement of faith, which I wholeheartedly endorse and uphold. It would pass muster in any leading Bible college or evangelical seminary:

The mission of Willow Creek Community Church is to turn irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, which is uniquely God-inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters on which it bears. As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each possessing all the attributes of Deity.

The basis for all of my teaching is the Bible, especially the teachings of Jesus.

God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s saving grace — not human effort — and must be received personally by repentance and faith.

Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplishes salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between us and God. He will return to earth to consummate history.

The Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ and equips believers for personal growth and service to the church. The church’s role is to glorify God and serve those in need. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Those forgiven through Christ will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.

There are some who misunderstand when I teach about meditation and some forms of prayer. While lots of aberrant ideas are out there, let me try to clarify what I mean by the terms I use:

Meditation on Scripture: In Psalm 1 and many other places in Scripture, we are told that we should meditate on God’s word. I do not teach any New Age or Eastern meditation, involving mantras or “emptying” of your mind. RATHER, I teach people how to reflect upon, and think about, the word of God. My emphasis, which the Bible supports, is on filling your mind and heart with God’s truth. If you have ever memorized Scripture, you have meditated on Scripture. That’s all it is—thinking about it deeply, letting it “soak in” to your heart. The Bible tells us to consider all of God’s work, in the world and in our hearts. Scriptural Meditation is considering, pondering, reflecting on God and his truth, as revealed in his word. We ask God’s Holy Spirit to lead us in this—thus it is “Spirit–led” meditation on God’s Word.

Lectio Divina: This is an ancient spiritual practice, and a form of reflecting on Scripture and listening to God. In it, we read a brief passage of Scripture and ask God to speak, through his Holy Spirit, to us through the text. This practice combines meditation on a passage with listening prayer. It does not take the place of other ways to study God’s Word; it is a compliment to those methods and that is how I encourage people to use it.

Prayer: I teach several forms of prayer, including a breath prayer. This type of prayer is usually based on a text from Scripture. It can also be a way that we bring our needs and desires (which have been transformed by the Holy Spirit) before God (“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 37:4; “…in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6). It can also be a way to pray for others. Examples from Scripture are the prayer of the publican, “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner!” or the man with the diseased son who prayed, “Lord I believe; help my unbelief.”

When I speak or lead a workshop, it is my sincere desire to bring only what will “build others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29). I do not include teaching or practices that are out of harmony with God’s Word. My years of fruitful ministry doing writing and speaking bear witness to how much I love and value the Scriptures, and I want the same love and obedience to be seen in the lives of those to whom I minister. I am always glad to provide references upon request.

I have known Keri for over 20 years and recently had the privilege of working with her to write three small group study guides, as well as a book proposal that led to offers from two major Christian publishers. She is a gifted writer who works fast and has very thick skin – a rare combination. And she is very smart, creative and soulish, which allows her to add tremendous value to a project.”

GREG HAWKINS, Minister of Ministry Development, Oak Hills Church; former Executive Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church; co-creator and lead practitioner of the REVEAL research initiative.

How Can We Help?

Do you have a book idea but don’t have time or expertise to write it?

Do you want a book on your resume so you can be known as an expert?

Do you want a book that you can sell when you speak or teach?

Do you want to turn a talk or series into a book or curriculum?

Contact Us

Share This Page: