Stanley, Kelly O’Dell

Stanley_Kelly photoFull of doubt and full of faith, trying to make sense of it all through words. Kelly’s book, Praying Upside Down, is thejunction of all her passions — faith, art and writing. For over two decades, she’s built a career in marketing and advertising, working as a graphic designer, art director, creative director, copywriter and consultant. A regular monthly contributor to Internet Café Devotions, Kelly has alsobeen published in Kyria Magazine (now Today’s Christian Woman), and in Sasee and InsideIndiana Business. Her awards include first place in Inspirational Writing in theWriter’s Digest Annual Writing Contest. Her design work has been included in three Rockport Publishing design anthologies (Best of Business Card Design 4Letterhead and Logo Design 4, and Color: Building Great Designs with Color) andin PRINT Magazine’sDesign Annual, and she’s received awards from the NAHB, Public Relations Society of America and Art Directors Club of Indiana.

In Praying Upside Down, Kelly explores the many ways non-artists can apply artistic concepts and perspectives to see prayer (and God’s ways of answering) in a new light. Throughout 22 years in advertising and a lifetime as the daughter of a professional watercolorist, she’s learned to make unexpected connections. And in her journey to discover God,she’s found that when she incorporates creative approaches to prayer, she always discovers more of the Master of Creativity, the original Artist.

When she’s not writing, she has lunch with friends, coffee with her iPad, and spends any otherwise-unscheduled evenings on the couch with her husband of 22 years. With three kids (20, 17 and 13) and a full-time graphic design business, those evenings don’t come as often as she’d like. Kelly is always a little frazzled, always reading, always watching, always waiting to see what she can discover of our mighty God in this magnificent, busy, confusing, contradictory, glorious, crazy world.