Mary Potter Kenyon

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Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and is a grief educator trained under world-renown grief expert David Kessler.
A public speaker and workshop presenter, she founded an annual grief retreat and writer’s conference in Dubuque, Iowa, where she lives with her husband Nick Portzen.
Kenyon is the author of seven books, including the award-winning title “Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace” and “Called to Be Creative: A Guide to Reigniting Your Creativity.”
Her children’s book on grief will be released by Familius Publishing in 2024.
“Called to Be Creative” was awarded the Inspirational Gift Book of the Year by AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) in their 2021 Golden Scroll Awards.



Over the past thirty years, I’ve read dozens of books on creativity and enjoyed most of them. Many of the books defined and illustrated creativity. Some offered excellent tips on how to open our creative veins. A few focused on creative experiences but contained little content.
Called to Be Creative uniquely combines vast research and practical applications while avoiding the pitfall of intellectualism. The richest flavor of the book comes from Mary Potter Kenyon’s shared experiences. Through reading them, we readily absorb practical ways to harness our God-given talents!

Cecil Murphey, New York Times bestselling author


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