Slide Author, Speaker, Retreat Leader,
Teacher of Prayer, Spirituality,
and Healing

International speaker and author Jan Alkire takes to heart Jesus’ words: “I have come to bring you life, life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10).

She has made it her mission to enable people to experience God with them wherever they are and whatever their need. Whether it’s loneliness, a physical illness, a broken relationship, or a spiritual wound, hurting people long for the healing touch of God. They want relief. They want more fullness of life.

Jan is the author of four books that offer hope and help for healing through the use of scripture, compelling stories, and the wisdom of many people. While writing from a Catholic perspective, her books are ecumenical and of interest to any Christian.

A long-time resident of Seattle, Jan leads retreats and speaks at faith communities locally, in the Pacific Northwest and throughout North America. Her experience in healing and wholeness includes a degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin.

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New! Check out Jan’s latest article: “New Life, New Hope.”

Seeking Christ Through Friendship

Seeking Christ Through Friendship

Jan Alkire. Paulist Press, 2019

Many people want to experience fullness of life and draw closer to God but aren’t sure how to do so. They belong to a faith community and want to share their journey with others, but with whom? Few have access to a spiritual director or mentor, and as a result, they feel alone.

Healing: Stories of Faith, Hope, and Love

Jan Alkire. Paulist Press, 2003

This book offers readers hope and shows them how to participate actively in their own healing: physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational.

Healing
Healing As A Parish Ministry

Healing as a Parish Ministry: Mending Body, Mind, and Spirit

Fr. Leo Thomas, O.P. and Jan Alkire

This sound and practical book shows how Jesus’ mandate to heal the sick, an essential but forgotten ministry, is rooted in Christian scriptural and sacramental tradition.

Healing Ministry: A Practical Guide

Fr. Leo Thomas, O.P. and Jan Alkire

Today thousands of lay and ordained people seek ways to bring the healing power of Christ back to the people they serve. This book grows out of Fr. Thomas‘ experience of more than thirty years of training both clergy and laity – Catholic and Protestant – to do pastoral ministry.

Healing Ministry
Quests - Travel Stories of Seeking and Finding

Quests: Travel Stories of Seeking and Finding

Jan Alkire, Byron Books, 2014

When you’re in the hands of unfriendly authorities in a foreign country, an American passport feels like a security blanket— a combined Declaration of Independence and American flag all rolled into one.

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The widow at Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7-24) teaches us about generosity. She and her son were in dire need, yet she gave up her last food to Elisha, and was blessed for it. She questioned him, yes, but in the end she trusted God and how He would get her through this hard situation. Today, offer to God your trust in Him for a difficult situation. ... See MoreSee Less

The widow at Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7-24) teaches us about generosity. She and her son were in dire need, yet she gave up her last food to Elisha, and was blessed for it. She questioned him, yes, but in the end she trusted God and how He would get her through this hard situation. Today, offer to God your trust in Him for a difficult situation.

Jezebel is the famous villain of the Old Testament (1 Kings16:29-33; 18:4,13; 19:1-2; 21:1-24; 2 Kings 9:22,30-37), who lied and deceived others probably her entire life. We may think these stories of the Bible aren't our story, but we all have the tendency to deceive ourselves -- are we hurt about something and we pretend that we're not? Pray for healing for that today, and for the courage to be honest with yourself. ... See MoreSee Less

Jezebel is the famous villain of the Old Testament (1 Kings16:29-33; 18:4,13; 19:1-2; 21:1-24; 2 Kings 9:22,30-37), who lied and deceived others probably her entire life. We may think these stories of the Bible arent our story, but we all have the tendency to deceive ourselves -- are we hurt about something and we pretend that were not? Pray for healing for that today, and for the courage to be honest with yourself.

Tamar's story in 2 Samuel 13:1-33 shows God's compassionate and redemptive heart. In the same way that Ruth wasn't a part of God's chosen people, Tamar also was not. Still, she's one of four women whose names appear in Jesus' genealogy. Her story reminds us that God wants to show us that even when we're unrighteous, His purpose is accomplished. ... See MoreSee Less

Tamars story in 2 Samuel 13:1-33 shows Gods compassionate and redemptive heart. In the same way that Ruth wasnt a part of Gods chosen people, Tamar also was not. Still, shes one of four women whose names appear in Jesus genealogy. Her story reminds us that God wants to show us that even when were unrighteous, His purpose is accomplished.
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