Heart to Heart  -     By: Kathryn Kendrick
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Xulon Press / 2014 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 146
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.34 (inches)
ISBN: 149840572X
ISBN-13: 9781498405720

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Author: Kathryn Kendrick
Located in: Orlando, FL
Submitted: November 14, 2014

    Tell us a little about yourself.  The youngest child of a career military father and homemaker mother, I proudly identify as a baby boomer. We are the children of a simpler time in our nation's history where love of God and country and respect for authority, people and property were the foundations which shaped our lives. Thanks mainly to my mother, I cannot remember a time when I did not believe in and revere God. Yet, being very shy, I (like my father) kept my faith as well as my unsolicited thoughts and opinions to myself. Faith to me was a very private matter between God and me.

I unfortunately did stray from God in my young adult years, but never stopped believing in Him even though I was not walking as closely with Him as I should. In 1979, God answered my prayers and sent me my soul mate. My husband and I sporadically attended church, but were not committed to a close, personal relationship with Christ. When we became the parents of two boys, we determined that we would raise them with the Christian values which we had been taught, and so began to attended church on a more regular basis. We dedicated not only our own lives, but those of our two young sons to Christ. I immediately got involved in many church ministries including choir, playing piano, and assisting with Christmas and Easter pageants, as well as ministering to new mothers and the bereaved.

    What was your motivation behind this project?   Throughout my life, I had not really been called upon to defend my faith. My time eventually did come in late 2013, when I felt called by God to take a visible stand for Him and the Biblical principles and beliefs I professed. Ironically, the object of my concern was a spiritual authority figure whom I held in very high esteem. I felt ill-equipped, confused and humbled by His calling, but there is no doubt in my mind that God wanted me to take a stand. While the encounter did not turn out as I expected (my expectation was not the issue) God immediately rewarded my obedience by imparting verses of poetry to me in the wee hours of the morning. He often woke me with lines of poetry running through my mind, whereupon I would get up and write by the light of a small flashlight. Heart to Heart Talks with God came together in a short nine months from God's first inspiration to publication. In my wildest dreams, I never imagined writing and publishing a book (especially poetry) at this late stage in life. I have never been much of a reader and certainly was not a fan of poetry, but I guess this only proves that God indeed does have a sense of humor. To take a retired, now well past middle-age homemaker and equip her with the desire, inspiration and words to write not one, but two volumes of poetry in the same year, was beyond the realm of possibility in my little world. But we know through His Word that "All things are possible with God," (Mark 10:27b NIV) who gets all the glory for this amazing accomplishment.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Immediately following on the heels of Heart to Heart, the second volume of inspirational poetry is almost complete after only ten weeks. God is simply looking for a willing heart and a humble spirit that He can use for His honor and His glory. In these last days, God is speaking to and through His followers, and to our nation as a whole. It remains to be seen whether we will listen and obey. I hope you are blessed by these poems and that you will look for the follow-up book in 2015 entitled, The Presents of His Presence.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?   While writing Heart to Heart I have drawn closer to and felt the power and presence of God more mightily and more frequently that at any other time in my life. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you..." (James 4:8a) has resonated strongly in my life this past year.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?   I am blessed by the teachings of David Jeremiah, Joyce Meyer and John Hagee,and Kerry Shook. I listen exclusively to Contemporary Christian radio and also enjoy many of the old hymns of the church.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:   Through the writing of this book, God has proven that one is never too old (or I suspect too young) to be used by God to further His kingdom. The writing of this book has been the most humbling and awesome spiritual experience after salvation.

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