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Elaine R Kelly, Author of historical fiction and non-fiction books and blogs.
Elaine Ricker Kelly writes inspiring and empowering fiction using her experiences as a business person, volunteer, friend, daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Elaine Ricker Kelly HBA MBA graduated from the Ivey Business School at Western University in London Ontario with an HBA in 1983 and an MBA in 1991. She earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 1998, the Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) in 2015 and the Certified Kingdom Advisor (CKA) designation in 2018, giving these up when she retired from financial planning in 2021.
Women were a minority when Elaine began her career as an investment and life insurance advisor. However, she saw women in leadership in ministry, church, and politics, and there was a strong movement toward equal rights and opportunities for women. As she prepared to leave the financial industry, she realized women's rights had actually been moving backwards, and some new gender restrictions seemed to be coming from the church. As a Christian, Elaine felt it was important for Christians to know that Jesus endorsed equal opportunities regardless of gender.
As a financial advisor, Elaine knew that Jesus engaged women as financial advisors. As a mother of three daughters, Elaine was acutely aware of how girls and women are devalued in our culture, workplaces and churches. She wanted Christians to know that Jesus equipped women as disciples and empowered women to speak and lead.
Forgotten Followers from Broken to Bold features Mara, the wife of Clopas, recovering from abuse, and Joanna, a financial patron of Jesus, grappling with racism. Biblical fiction is designed to explore the culture and context of the characters and events described in the Bible. It does not add or take away from Scripture but stimulates a deeper reading of Scriptures.
The Sword is her non-fiction introducing various biblical perspectives of a woman's role.
Elaine R Kelly Author also writes inspirational and empowering blogs on biblical equality, biblical interpretation, church history, women leaders, and the Christian feminist movement. She advocates for equal rights and opportunities regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation. She sees the Bible mandating believers to answer God’s call and provide opportunities for all people to use their unique gifts. She believes the Bible authorizes all believers to speak, act, or lead at home, church, or society.
You can find out more about her beliefs here.
Elaine R. Kelly, her husband, and their little dog live near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She and her husband have hiked the 900 km Bruce Trail and enjoy nature, tennis, music, history, and culture.
They worship in the mainline Protestant Christian tradition.
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