Recovering controllers Nicole Unice and Karen Ehman believe that the root of control is fear or pride. Learn how they overcame their destructive tendency to control the people around them.
Karen Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and New York Times Best-selling author. Described as profoundly practical, engagingly funny and downright real, her passion is to help women to live their priorities and love their lives as they serve God and others.
Karen writes for Encouragement for Today online devotions that bring God's peace, perspective, and purpose to over one million women daily. She has authored seven books including the popular LET. IT. GO: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith and her newest release Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing at All. Both include a companion DVD Bible study designed for group or individual use. Her next book, Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off releases in November of 2015 and is co-authored with Ruth Schwenk of TheBetterMom.com.
She is also the Speaker Track Director of Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference and a teaching staff member of their writer's training site COMPEL.
She has been a guest on national television and radio programs including The 700 Club, At Home Live, FamilyLife Today, Engaging Women, The Harvest Show, Moody Midday Connection, and Focus on the Family. She is a graduate of Spring Arbor University and has been married for over a quarter-century to her college sweetheart Todd. Together they raise their three sometimes quarrelsome but mostly charming children in the boondocks of central Michigan ranging in age from teen to adult.
Nicole Unice is a fresh voice for the next generation. Part bible teacher, part community organizer, part busy mom–Nicole has the uncanny ability to relate to people in all ages and stages of life with her “keeping it real” approach to ordering a life around God’s word.
Nicole’s teaching reaches wide, both as a writer and speaker. Her first book, She’s Got Issues, released May 2012 and speaks to a fundamental question of faith: is being a Christian supposed to change me? The book is followed by a DVD Group Experience, a six-week journey of interviews, questions and teaching around the book. She’s since co-written a book about the basics of a relationship with Jesus called Start Here. Her most recent book and DVD study is Brave Enough, a conversation about finding courage in Christ.
Nicole’s invitations to speak have taken her across the country to conferences and women’s retreats, big and small. Her heart belongs to Hope Church, where she serves as the ministry director, providing leadership, teaching and directing a full-time ministry residency program called Praxis.
You can catch her podcasting every Tuesday with senior pastor David Dwight, where they spend 15 minutes talking about “God’s truth and modern life” and laughing about all kinds of other things. David and Nicole have co-authored a new book called “Start Here: Beginning a Relationship with Jesus”.
Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She loves creating a space for ministry and spiritual formation in the everyday rhythms of life with her awesome husband Dave, their three young children, and a mischievous puppy named Shep. Nicole is known for making friends in all corners of the world–especially via social media. So connect with her on her Facebook page or via Twitter–and hopefully face to face at one of her upcoming events. Nicole is ordained as a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.