I'm very pleased to welcome Kim Vogel Sawyer back to my blog. I just finished reading the featured book My Heart Remembers, and you won't want to miss it. It's truly well-written. If you want to read my review of it, go to www.shoutlife.com/lenanelsondooley It's my latest blog on Shoutlife.
I had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home, so the realization of my need of a Savior came early. When I was eight years old, I invited Jesus to enter my heart. Four years later, a bit more mature and in better understanding of what it meant to live a Christian life, I rededicated my life to Jesus. He has been my constant companion, ever-present help, and bringer of peace for many, many years. I can’t imagine living without Him.
I know what you mean, having accepted Him into my heart as a seven year old, then later really understanding what it means to make Him Lord of my life. How did you and your husband meet?
Don and I met in January of 1983 on a blind date, set up by his aunt who was one of my coworkers. So now we blame Aunt Linda for everything. lol
This is too funny. James and I were a blind date also. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Oh, wow, this is too hard! I can think of some I’d choose for the sweet fellowship—so many of my writing friends are “on-line” rather than “face-to-face” friends, so the opportunity to get together would be wonderful. Others I would choose because I admire their writing so much and would love to sit at their feet and learn from them. And then there are those who are new in the craft, floundering to find their footing, and I’d love to give them a boost and help them along. So…I don’t know what to say!
I know you have a singing and speaking ministry. Tell us about that.
I’ve had to put the singing part on hold for a while—waiting for a throat ulcer to heal. God actually called me to speaking ministry back in 2002. I really fought it—I don’t like being in front of people, and I didn’t feel as though I had anything worthwhile to say. But after literally months of battle, I finally gave in and said, “Okay, Lord, I’ll do it, but you’ll have to give me the words to say.” In 2004, He reached down through a prayer warrior named Brandilyn and brought emotional and physical healing into my life—in other words, He gave me a testimony worthy of sharing. So now I share it, and He receives the glory.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
I would have to say my most embarrassing moment was at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre in Wichita, Kansas. The theatre is fairly dark, my husband was wearing a dark blue blazer, and I mistakenly slipped my hand through the elbow of a dark blue blazer and snuggled in…only to realize that blazer was not being worn by my husband. When I realized I was cuddling up to a stranger, I’m pretty sure I turned red enough to light the place. I excused myself and fled. My husband thought it was pretty funny; I did not.
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
If that’s your passion, do it! I don’t believe I’ve ever heard someone say they regretted writing a book, but there have been plenty who’ve regretted they didn’t. So get the words down! You’ll be glad you did.
When their parents are killed in a tenement fire, the Gallagher children—Maelle, Mattie, and baby Molly—are sent on an orphan train to Severy, Missouri. Although Maelle tries desperately to keep her brother and sister together, they are taken by three different families. Maelle slips a keepsake into the packs of Mattie and Molly with the promise that she will find them again one day and will know them by their tie to home. Eighteen years later, Maelle is still searching…
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Just go to http://www.KimVogelSawyer.com –I enjoy visitors!
Kim, thank you for spending this time with us.
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