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About Karyn

From a young age, Karyn has been involved in and fascinated by the preparation of food. She grew up fellowshipping in a non-denominational Christian assembly, in which she heard a lot of scripture read...and misapplied.  As a child, cooking often involved recipes made from commercially prepared food products, and the Christian teaching offered a packaged lifestyle that satisfied just about as little. In both cases, what was taught lacked the substantial nature of integrity that she was made to long for. The desire to dig deeply for foundations of substance is a Word that was written into the design of her being, which makes it fitting that her name is spelled with a “why”.

As an adult, brought out of the group she and her husband had known their whole lives, they tested out doctrines of other forms, both for church and for food. She pursued fitness and a deeper faith, still sensing a lack. At the age of 28, The Word introduced Himself. As her Nourisher, Teacher, Deliverer, Protector. He Himself detangled religion from truth, and she received a full, integral faith, not limited to parts of her being--outside of doctrinal teachings. Over the next few years, through the discipline of learning to perceive The Word in everyday experiences, she realized that He was more than a book--He was The Bread and Living Word that carried the integrity worth trusting, and the wholeness that she'd been pursuing through physical health and fitness...yet missing. In 2019, He spoke to her to write a book about these revelations--the parables hidden in plain view within the body and it’s food. After a few years of testing, she received this calling. She began writing in November 2022, and Why We Eat was published in early 2023. The blog posts on this site were written as He began this work in her.

Karyn is a wife (of 14 years) to Drew, and mother of 5. They have received from Abba an 1880 farmhouse (which they are slowly restoring) in Richmond, VA, on 5 agricultural acres—in the middle of a small-lot residential subdivision! Their desire to pursue integrity by The Word together has been tried and blessed, on repeat. Their desire is to work hard, live simply, and render hospitality and all Good Things Abba places into their hands—willingly, at all times. Karyn's pregnancy and childbirth experiences have deepened her faith in YHWH as her One Care Provider, Protector and Deliverer. She longs for all mothers to experience the shalom of receiving this personal and perfect care that can only be enjoyed by a true and integral faith, and that The Bride of Yeshua would receive her inheritance of integral well-being by remaining under a single Authority. Delivered and forgiven of idolatry, she enjoys receiving strength (in a new context--stewardship of this rented vessel for the purpose of serving her One King--Messiah Yeshua) through fitness, and learning better ways to cultivate and prepare Good Things for her family. On their five acres, they are excitedly cultivating many fruit trees and bushes, and an overzealous garden. They also keep a few sheep for milk and mowing, chickens, and a livestock guardian dog. The Dunavant family is  learning to prepare for and receive Shabbat and YHWH's Feasts, fellowshipping and distinguishing satisfying truth from toxic tradition with some close friends.


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