Caren Goldman, an award-winning author and seasoned journalist, writes inspirational books and articles about the intersections of healing, spirituality, psychology and religion. She also leads spiritual retreats nationwide and serves as a conflict resolution consultant to congregations and non-profits. Her most recent book, RESTORING LIFE’S MISSING PIECES: The Spiritual Power of Remembering and Reuniting with People, Places, Things and Self (Sky Light Paths Publishing) was named a “Best Spiritual Book of 2011.” In his praise for the book, Thomas Moore, bestselling author of CARE OF THE SOUL, wrote: “I’ve been reading Caren Goldman for many years and consider her one of the very best writers in the spiritual area
Caren’s other books include HEALING WORDS FOR THE BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT: 101 Words To Inspire And Affirm (Morehouse Publishing) which is used worldwide as a complementary resource for healing and wholeness and two widely endorsed books about Jesus of Nazareth. For over 35 years, hundreds of Caren’s articles exploring the intersections of paths to healing and wholeness have appeared in national publications. These include Spirituality & Health, Coping, Diabetes Self-Management, New Age Journal, Body & Soul, Natural Health, Common Boundary, Yoga Journal, Forward Day-By-Day, as well as regional magazines and major metropolitan daily newspapers
Eleven years ago she wrote Healing Words after being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. She is a grateful survivor who feels blessed and she donates her royalties to cancer causes. Caren is also the Jewish co-author of FINDING JESUS, DISCOVERING SELF and ACROSS THE THRESHOLD, INTO THE QUESTIONS (both Morehouse), two experiential books that focus on Jesus of Nazareth as a first century Jewish man. Additionally, she was the writer for the Omega Institute Mind, Body, Spirit Book: Vitality & Wellness (Dell 1999). Today she is a contributor to PlaidforWomen.com and an associate editor of The Bible Workbench, an internationally distributed adult Bible study curriculum published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.
Caren received her BA in journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University. Graduate studies at Ohio State and Cleveland State Universities included courses in journalism, psychology, religion, education, and the arts. She received her Montessori training from the St. Nicholas Montessori Training Centre in London, England. She has also done extensive leadership and organizational development training with The Guild For Psychological Studies in San Francisco, The Mid-Atlantic Training Committee, and Dr. Peter Steinke who developed the Bridgebuilder™ method of conflict resolution. Prior to becoming a full-time freelance writer and author, she was an award-winning features and investigative reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the assistant editor of the Cleveland Jewish News. Among her honors are listings in Who’s Who In the Midwest, Foremost Women In Communications, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who of America.
When she is not racing to meet deadlines, Caren speaks about healing, spirituality, and the healing power of words to groups and audiences of all sizes at hospitals, medical schools, cancer centers, hospices, churches, synagogues, and universities. She also leads retreats and seminars at spiritual and secular conference centers throughout the country and works as a Bridgebuilder™ conflict resolution consultant to churches, synagogues, and non-profit organizations. Caren has served as adjunct faculty in the Mass Communications Department at Bowling Green State University and on many non-profit and secular boards. She, her husband Rev. Ted Voorhees, and their two amazing rescue dogs Micah and Karma live in St. Augustine, FL
And now for the “real” stuff
*Caren plays the accordion. Her husband, children, and dogs agree that she plays golf a lot better.
*She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and Jackie Robinson lived around the corner. When she was seven or eight, her aunt took her to Ebbets Field for her first Dodgers baseball game. She was real eager to see the guy who occasionally visited us at P.S. 244 belt a ball out of the park. It was a long — very long — no-hitter and Brooklyn lost. It took awhile before she went to another baseball game.
*She dreamed of being a newspaper reporter from the time she was seven. She dreamed it because she believed she could marry Superman. One dream came true.
*Although she is married to an Episcopal priest, Caren is a practicing Jew. However, there are times when she wonders if she’ll ever get it right so she can stop practicing. In the meantime she describes herself as “skewish.
*She is a founding member of the St. Augustine Initiative for Compassion, the Cyprian Center for Expressive Arts in St. Augustine and The New World Center for Civil Rights and Social Change. All making a real difference in the community and people’s lives.
*Caren and Ted have a blended family with four children. Read more about them in her books.
*When Caren uses puns to the point where people say, “Go take a hike,” she does. She understands they mean something else, but since she loves hiking it’s a great excuse to obey marching orders. Not too long ago she thought she was going to love riding a motorcycle, too. However, after becoming a crash test dummy during motorcycle training school, she decided to scratch it off of her bucket list. Today, getting a small accordion to take on hikes is still on the list. Such things make for happy wanderers.