This interview was given for Christian Book Distributors (Nov. 2017) regarding my book No Ordinary Invitation: Called to Live a Life of Eternal Purpose
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a speaker, teacher, pastor’s wife, and musician. I am active in my church, community, and missions. I have a personal ministry that encourages believers to grow spiritually and develop their gifts. I have been married for 25 years and have two children. I have a personal website where I post articles to encourage believers.
What was your motivation behind this project?
In 2003, God gave me a personal ministry called Come Unto Me Ministries. The foundational scripture verse is Matthew 11:28-30, and the purpose of this ministry is to write, teach, speak, counsel, and support. Over the years, God gave me scripture verses and thoughts that I jotted down. And then one day, He prompted me to compile a book. No Ordinary Invitation: Called to Live a Life of Eternal Purpose was the result.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project?
My goal is to help revolutionize lives. I want to inspire and encourage people to grow in their personal walks with Christ and surrender to what He is calling them to do. I hope that people will take time for introspection as they read this book, and once they have done this, take action. One person can make a difference, and one person can change the world. This is what I desire to do, and I hope to help others do the same.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project?
As I was writing, God spoke to me. I was taught, convicted, challenged, and encouraged. I had to take time for introspection, and after I did this, I was inspired to take action. Writing this book was a journey for me, and it brought about spiritual growth.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?
My greatest source of inspiration comes from God and His Word. I am also inspired by those who are committed to impact the world for Christ. I have been inspired by the biographies of missionaries and persecuted Christians. Some of the authors that I enjoy are Elisabeth Elliot, Charles Spurgeon, Priscilla Shirer, and Max Lucado. Christian music is also a big inspiration for me.
Anything else you would like readers / listeners to know:
God invites each of us to multiple things, and it is important to know what those things are and respond to them.