Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Dear Readers, I’m thrilled to introduce you to a dear friend and the wife of one of our pastors. Their family and my family have really connected. I know you’ll love this book. When I opened it and read, “You know you’re a boy mom when all your bedtime stories start with once upon a time there were two wrestlers …, I knew I had to share the book with you.

Welcome, Kendra. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I am a mom, PTA chair, pastor's wife, director for a mentor program, part time accountant, life group leader, section leader, and a writer. I write for ladies' groups and for the magazine Studio G (the magazine of the women’s ministry at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas). I love encouraging women because I see the best in others when they are struggling to find their strengths. I am inspired by the women in my life to live each day to its fullest.

Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 15 amazing years. We probably have too much fun together. My husband Kam is a pastor, motivational speaker, and a dj. Now you know why we have fun. Life can tend to be one long dance party. Together, we have two boys, Christian, 10 and Koda, 7.

And those boys are so cute. Have you written other nonfiction books?

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I am currently writing as a guest for a few blogs and continue to write as God speaks to my heart.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I love to exercise in every way whether it be jogging, taking classes, or popping in a VHS, I mean DVD. Ha! I love a good Tae Bo workout with Billy Blanks. I also love watching my oldest son play baseball and my youngest son dance. Fun with my love, includes dancing for sure. We love to salsa. We also love staying up late talking about life.

Why did you write the featured book?
I had just given birth to my second son and I was drowning in a sea of loneliness. I knew lots of people from church, but I had no real friends. My oldest son was a very difficult little one and my youngest was born cleft lip/palate. I found myself on an island by myself. Kam would head to work, and I was left with two crying kids. In the midst of what I would call crazy, I decided (or Kam forced me) to lead a ladies' group. My very first writing was a personal message that I sent to my group. The ladies asked that I continue sending them emails, and the next thing I knew, I had been writing for 4 years.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
I want my readers to walk away encouraged. I understand the demands on women and the time restraints we live with daily, so I feel like giving women encouragement in the length of one page is a reachable goal. Many women look at full length books and feel defeated before they even get started. I titled the book Encouragement Between Loads of Laundry because that is what I hope the book accomplishes. I have had several readers say that the book has taught them that God wants to speak to women in the midst of the most mundane chore they may be doing. God is interested in relationship with us even as we do dishes, fold laundry, answer emails, and mop floors.

Is there anything you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
This book is filled with encouragement, humor, and true vulnerability. I pray that women learn to live life simply listening for God's voice in the most unexpected places. He is everywhere. He is near you while you wipe baseboards. He is there while you grocery shop. He is there when you are walking the floor in the middle of the night with a little one. He is even there when you are cleaning toilets. Just listen!

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
Encouragment Between Loads of Laundry is available for sale from me personally or on Amazon or Amazon Kindle.

Thank you, Kendra, for sharing your life and this new book with us.

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Encouragement...Between Loads of Laundry - paperback
Encouragement...Between Loads of Laundry - Kindle

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Melanie Backus said...

Kendra's book sounds like one I could really benefit from. Thank you for the opportunity.

Melanie Backus, TX

Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela in Ky

Britney Adams said...

Thank you for sharing Kendra's interview and her book. It sounds like a wonderful book of encouragement and one I would really enjoy!

Britney Adams, TX

Mary Preston said...

What a wonderful idea for a book.

Mary P


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