Becoming a Woman of Purpose…

Please welcome author Karen Kilby. I will be choosing a lucky commenter to win a copy of Karen’s book Becoming a Woman of Purpose…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Karen R. Kilby is a personality trainer with CLASServices, Inc., providing Wired That Way workshops and seminars. She has been affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries in a variety of leadership roles and is currently serving as a speaker and speaker-trainer.  Karen has had over thirty personal experience stories published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and other Christian publications.  She is the author of Becoming a Woman of Purpose, a Thirty-one Day Devotional. The book addresses relevant issues people struggle with, offering hope for a new outlook on life and shedding light on the need to look beyond the ordinary, encouraging readers to look for God’s involvement in the every day circumstances of their existence. Reader reviews on her web site (www.karenkilby.tateauthor.com) suggest that her book Becoming a Woman of Purpose has touched the hearts of many in a variety of ways. It has brought smiles, laughter and even some tears to the readers but most importantly it has revealed God cares about us in our every day circumstances.  Karen was recognized as FamilyTime’s 2010 Woman of Achievement for the Arts and resides in Kingwood, Texas with her husband, David.

Interview:

1.Where did you grow up? Tell us a bit about your childhood.

I grew up in Detroit, Michigan with my older sister and mother and an extended family of a grandmother, aunt, uncle and cousin who lovingly made up for the loss of my father before I was born. I also spent many wonderful summers in Pennsylvania with my father’s brother and his family. My uncle had an amusement park beside the Swatara Creek outside of Middletown and along with all the free tickets to ride the Tilt-a-whirl, I loved running the hamburger stand, earning enough money to open my first bank account when I returned home for school. I wrote a story, The Souvenir, about a trip to Atlantic City with my aunt and uncle that was published in Chicken Soup for the Beach Lover’s Soul.

2.What exactly is a personality trainer?

A Personality Trainer enables people to understand themselves and the differences in other personalities who are not wired the same way. It is our goal to help someone understand how to maximize their God-given strengths and minimize their weaknesses and to develop healthier relationships by accepting someone else’s way of thinking to not be wrong, just different. I took my training with CLASServices, Inc, founded by Florence and Marita Littauer, well-known authors on the personalities for over forty years. They have been very supportive of my writing and have included several stories in their books, Making the Blue Plate Special and Wired That Way.

3.What is next for you? Are you writing now?

After reading and re-reading my devotional book, Becoming a Woman of Purpose several times, many people have asked if I am writing a second book. I’ve been collecting more ‘God Moment’ events for my next book as well as submitting stories to other faith-based publications and on-line magazines. 

4.How do you prepare for a public speaking event?

A lot of prayer goes into preparing for a speaking event. One of the things I’ve learned about my personality is that I don’t like to be on-stage. I’m more of a support person but realize God has given me an opportunity to be His spokesman so I reinforce myself with several of His promises. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philipians 4:13) and “from his glorious unlimited resources he will empower me with inner strength through his spirit” (Ephesians 3:16) are just a few. I also know I need to be well acquainted with the material I’m presenting. After writing it out, I do an outline with the main points to be given. I learned early on there’s too great a temptation to read from the script rather than interacting with the audience from a briefer set of notes. I read through the complete script several times during the week before the presentation so I’m comfortable with how I want to express myself. Then I leave it in God’s hands.

5.Complete this sentence, Lately I am the happiest…

when someone shares how a personality workshop has given them greater insight in understanding themselves and the ability to be more accepting of the one they are having difficulty living or working with. And, it gives me great joy to receive the positive feedback from my readers and to hear how they are wanting to pass my book on to someone else. I have a new reader friend who has purchased a dozen books and continues to spread the word.

6.What genre do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?

One of my favorite comes from reading Nancy Drew mysteries as a kid. I just finished reading, The Simple Truth by David Baldacci. I also enjoy reading stories that tug at my heartstrings and Nicholas Sparks and Charles Martin are great authors for doing just that. If you haven’t read anything by Charles Martin, start with When Crickets Cry. You will too!

7.Messy or organized desk?

My personality is one that likes things neat and in order. When things start to pile up on my desk, I have to find some way to organize it while keeping it in front of me for taking action.

 8.What do you do for you, to have fun or to relax?

I like to stretch out on the lounge chair on the covered porch and listen to the songbirds and enjoy a good book. I also love to travel to new places and return to those that offer peace and relaxation. My dear friend Carol, who inspired me to write, and I make a point of getting together every year with two other friends for a girlfriend’s get-a-away. A highlight of this year was a trip to Costa Rica that my husband and I took when I was invited to do a retreat centered around my book and the Wired That Way workshop. I don’t speak Spanish and it was a great experience having a translator and learning that ‘love is an international language.’ How awesome it was to hear the Tica women say, ‘we have been empowered!’

Review:

Your book speaks to me in a way that a dear friend would–straightforward, honest, from the heart, bare-bones, no holds barred, lay-it-on-the-line truthfulness. I hated to see it end. It is so refreshing to read something of someone’s life with all the good and bad combined and mixed together that says, ‘this is my life.”   Sara R.

 

       Thank you so much Karen,

Doreen

 

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