Karen Walrond is the author of the bestselling book The Beauty of Different, the upcoming Make Light, and a contributing author to the books Disquiet Time and Expressive Photography.  In addition, her writings have also appeared on Huffington PostSheryl Sandberg's LeanIn.org, and Wondertime, Good Housekeeping and Redbook magazines. Her words are always positive, encouraging readers to tap into their own superpowers.


make light: stories of bright sparks, slow burns & thriving out loud

MAKE LIGHT is a chronicle of stories and imagery of people who make it their mission to thrive out loud -- who pursue passions and new businesses and breathtaking adventures.  Who hone their minds, bodies and spirits in ways that allow them to change their worlds.  As you read their stories in these pages, you'll be inspired by a new definition of what it means to "thrive" -- and discover that doing the power of doing so lies only in our desire to make light.

MAKE LIGHT is a visual work designed to connect you with your own power to change your world -- by listening to your own inner voice, identifying the gifts and passions that you have that were meant to be used to create light in your world, and also using them create light in the lives of others.

We are all designed to make light; this book is a beautiful reminder that it is entirely within our power to make it happen.

the beauty of different:  observations of a confident misfit

Constantly bombarded with messages on how to think, how to feel, how to look, it can be very easy to fall into the mindset that we somehow fail as individuals, that we are not enough. But the truth is, those aspects of ourselves that make us individuals are actually the source of our own beauty, our super power.

THE BEAUTY OF DIFFERENT explores beauty in nine fresh ways and challenges the reader to revel in her own uniqueness. Combining beautiful imagery, portraiture, insightful commentary, essays, and interviews, this multi-sensory exploration of what is really beautiful provokes deeper self-discovery, and encourages the reader to reframe her differences, not as shortcomings, but as characteristics of distinctionโ€”maybe even superpowers.

THE BEAUTY OF DIFFERENT contains intimate portraits of men and women who have discovered what makes them beautifully different.  Spend time leafing through the pages, and you'll discover a whole new way of seeing yourself.

 
 

disquiet time:  rants and reflections on the good book by the skeptical, the faithful & a few scoundrels

DISQUIET TIME is an engaging and hilarious collection that encourages readers to tackle those strange, awkward, worrying, yet endlessly compelling passages of the Bible.  The Bible is full of not-so-precious moments, from murder and mayhem, to sex and slavery. Now, an incredible cast of contributors tackles the parts of the Bible that most excite, frustrate, or comfort, like: 

  • What the heck is the book of Revelation really about? (The answer will surprise you.)
  • How do we come to grips with the Bible's troubling (or seemingly troubling) passages about the role of women?
  • Why did the artist of the oldest known picture of Jesus intentionally paint him with a wonky eye--and what does it tell us about beauty?

DISQUIET TIME was written by and for Bible-loving Christians, agnostics, skeptics, none-of-the-aboves, and people who aren't afraid to dig deep spiritually, ask hard questions, and have some fun along the way.

 
 

expressive photography:  the shutter sisters' guide to shooting from the heart

When a photograph captivates you and stirs your soul, you know it instinctively. You not only see the image, you feel it. But how do you capture shots like that with your own camera? How do you make your photographs worth the proverbial thousand words? From portraits to landscapes, still-lifes to documentary shots, EXPRESSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY will not only show you why certain images sing, it will also teach you how to create your own compelling photographic images--one click at a time.

  • Written by the immensely popular Shutter Sisters, Blogger's Choice Award nominees for best blog
  • Themed chapters containing the voices of several photographers give artistic insights into any shooting opportunity
  • Evocative imagery that captures the emotion of the moment
  • Compositional tips and recommendations throughout

Visually stunning and unique in its collaborative approach, this book brings the spirit of the immensely popular Shutter Sisters' blog to the printed page through the voice and photography of its founding members.

 

Karen Walrond can see beauty like nobody else. And spending time with her camera lens โ€” and her voice โ€” shows the rest of us how to see it, too.
— Katherine Center, author of The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone is Beautiful & Get Lucky