Welcome to the official site of

author Phyllis Keels.

The Gifted Writer, LLC

“Gifted for a purpose”


Phyllis Keels is an award-winning author, speaker, illustrator, and a woman after God’s own heart. Through her books, Bible studies, and blog, she brings the tenderness of our Heavenly Father to those who are crushed in spirit.

Phyllis shares honestly (and often humorously) about her own experiences with grief and loss. She has dealt with many kinds of grief throughout life, and most profoundly from the death of her daughter Julie.

Much of Phyllis’ joy comes in sharing how compassionately the Lord has comforted her. In her writing and speaking, she calls women to a deeper level of honesty and intimacy with our Lord Jesus Christ. She calls others to cling to our Good Shepherd in life’s valleys and beyond them.

A deaconess of her church, Phyllis teaches Bible study, speaks, and is ever watchful to use any opportunity to minister to hurting women of all ages (whether it is by encouraging a total stranger or weeping with a dear friend).

Phyllis’ passion is that others may also know how very faithful the Lord is, and that Jesus is intimately aware of our suffering. She proclaims our Heavenly Father’s promise that He is indeed near to the brokenhearted.

A full-time author, speaker, and business owner of The Gifted Writer, LLC, Phyllis lives in North Carolina, with her son and two really big dogs.

Come join Phyllis and see how the Lord gives us beauty in exchange for our ashes of grief. (Isaiah 61:3 NIV)