Beginning  -     By: Karen Dorris Kolbu
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 228
Vendor: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1607995875
ISBN-13: 9781607995876
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Author: Karen Dorris Kolbu
Located in: Kerrville, Texas
Submitted: March 16, 2011

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I have been writing for one reason or another for more than 40 years. I enjoy getting my thoughts, passions and experiences out on paper. My spiritual gifts include teaching and exhorting others, so this book is a great use of those skills entrusted to me by my Lord. I graduated with honors from a seminary internship program specializing in Women’s Ministry leadership and a church-sponsored counseling program. I also served in my church’s children’s ministry, women’s ministry and worship and arts programs. My greatest accomplishment, though, is becoming a child of God. What a God we serve who takes the least qualified and equips them for His works. I have been told over the years that my writing style is conversational, easy to read and easy relate to (I risk ending this sentence with a preposition). I am told I write very closely to how I speak. I’m not quite sure how to take that, but I think the comments were meant as compliments and so that’s how I’ll take them.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  The birth of "Beginning: Developing a Lasting Devotional Practice"... I began authoring the “Verse of the Day” in 2000. Studying the Bible became a major driving force in my expository of the daily verses and so did my desire to help Christians with their understanding of God’s Word and how to apply it in their lives. Then after a number of devastating events in my life, I began to hear God so clearly and rely on Him more and more. I used my training design and development skills to build on the Verse of the Day and teach folks how to spend time alone with God. I write for new Christians or Christians whose path may be a little garbled (as mine was in the in the beginning) and need some focus and direction. Members of churches and Christian groups would benefit greatly from reading Beginning.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  My hope is that, after reading this book, folks would have the skills and practices in place to maintain their devotional practice they developed while going through the book. Ultimately, being and becoming closer to God.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  It's amazing how God can use anyone as a tool in His hand to further His kingdom. I am continually blessed and encouraged by the comments and feedback I get as a result of being a tool in God's hand.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  First and foremost, Jesus. I try (very hard) to be like-minded. I would say Paul, the author of much of the New Testament, is a close second. Then I would have to say Josh McDowell, Donna Partow and a myriad of other Christian authors.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  If you're impassioned to do something that appears way too big for you, don't stop there. If the idea scares the socks off you, it's most likely from God. Follow it. If you're having trouble discerning God's will for you or His voice, take the journey through this book and He will make your path straight. God bless you on your new Beginning!


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