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Elaine R Kelly, Author of Forgotten Follower from Broken to Bold, an inspirational and empowering historical fiction showing women of the Bible, overcoming trauma, abuse, and racism, and becoming empowered to speak and act boldly. 

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The Sword: A fun way to engage in healthy debate on what the Bible says about a woman’s role.

An objective look at the rationale for diverse views on gender roles. 104 flashcards make memorable hands-on discussion starters.

Elaine R. Kelly blogs about her research, biblical interpretation, inspiration, church history and tradition, research, and feminist theology, click on the Blog tab.

Forgotten Followers: from Broken to Bold
A Novel
Released September 2022

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After years of submission, Mara is afraid and unsure about everything—especially her nephew, Jesus. Then he is chased off a cliff, and Mara is forced into the unknown. At the same time, Joanna grapples with hiding her mixed-race heritage or losing her family and community. Despite trauma, abuse, racism, and inequality, they join other women following Jesus. Will Jesus’s opposition to the establishment endanger their lives?

Forgotten Followers brings love and encouragement to anyone who has felt alone, rejected, or simply out of place. Instead of dismissing women of the Gospels as unimportant, author Elaine Ricker Kelly lifts them up as empowered and vibrant characters. Whether evangelical, exvangelical, atheist, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, deconstructing or doubting, readers can find themselves in this historical fiction, the first novel in the Broken to Bold series.

Experience the love and affirmation that empowers these women of the Bible to speak and act boldly. May this novel bring healing and encourage you to be your best self, and to do all that God created you to do.  ​Like a parable, the novel tells a story that speaks straight to the heart.

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Details of the twelve women disciples of the novel are here.

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The Sword
A fun way to engage in healthy debate on
what the Bible says about a woman's ro

Imagine the Bible as the Spirit's powerful Sword. What if the Sword could only be drawn by those with good intentions, ears to hear, and a heart to love?

What if people learned to handle this Sword to cut away barriers between us instead of cutting out people?

This book provides 104 flashcards with various understandings of biblical passages. Sword cards thrust a case for one stance, while shield cards deflect with an alternate perspective. There are an equal number of flashcards introducing Egalitarian and Complementarian views. These flashcards support healthy debate on conflicting biblical interpretations of gender roles at home, church, and society. Contemplate, converse, or cut out the flashcards to use with adults or youth.

Let's increase our mutual understanding and respect.

Explore, reflect, and have fun!

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Forgotten Apostles: from Broken to Bold
Book 2

A Novel: coming in 2023

After Stephen is stoned, Joanna flees to Antioch and joins an active community of Greek believers. Susannah escapes to her Palestinian suppliers in Caesarea. Many understand God’s messages as Susannah interprets the prophecies of her four daughters. Joanna travels using her Latin name Junia and speaks boldly about love and acceptance, becoming the woman Paul calls an “outstanding apostle.”

What to Do When You Feel Forgotten
Interactive Study Guide
Coming Soon

Official companion to Forgotten Followers from Broken to Bold.

If you sometimes feels forgotten, demeaned, or doubt your place in God’s family, this interactive study guide will affirm you. The ten-session guide is for individual reflection or group discussion and it explores the themes of Forgotten Followers: biblical equality, abuse, and racism. See how Jesus encourages, equips, and empowers women as patrons, disciples, and apostles. 

Sessions contain:

  • Biblical References for each chapter of the novel

  • Quotes and journal prompts 

  • Historical notes, illustrations

  • Interactive enrichment activities: character descriptions, plot lines, matching games, quizzes, worksheets, word puzzles

  • Menus and Recipes from the novel

  • Songs matching the themes of the novel

  • Prayer Focus

  • Further study resources


Elaine R Kelly authored this book to show financial planning strategies for charitable giving in a fictional story. 

Canadians interested in donating to charities look for ways to give with their heart and to give smart. 

Through a story of a woman considering her own giving options, Elaine R. Kelly guides readers through the maze of strategies and tax or estate implications to show how Canadians can achieve dramatic value for their charitable dollar. 

"A useful resource to give to anyone who may be considering a major donation." - Brad Giroux, Estate Planning Specialist

"Give Smart is alive with real-life discussions about the experiences and decisions in being a donor.  Kelly takes the reader along a witty journey of investment and tax savvy."  - Alastair Davis, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Niagara

"Creative and comprehensive, Ms. Kelly's book is a great guide for any donor considering return on their investment, and providing clarity on the many giving opportunities available to donors today." - Frances Hallworth, Executive Director, United Way of St Catharines & District

"the concepts remain the same and Elaine Kelly explains them simply.  We often refer to the appendixes which I'm sure many people find very helpful."- A 2021 reader's email

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