2020 FEATURED AUTHORS

Kimberla Lawson Roby

New York Times Bestselling Author & Speaker, Kimberla Lawson Roby, has published 28 books which include her faith-based, nonfiction title, THE WOMAN GOD CREATED YOU TO BE: Finding Success Through Faith—Spiritually, Personally, and Professionally, as well as numerous novels. She has sold nearly 3 Million copies of her books, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence, Upscale, Black Christian News, AALBC.com, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, The Austin Chronicle and many others.

 

Kimberla’s books deal with very real issues, including women empowerment, sexual harassment, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, problems within the church (and the consequences),  Christian/family/moral values, drug and gambling addiction, marriage, infidelity, single motherhood, breast cancer, infertility, sibling rivalry, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, mental illness, and the care-giving of a parent to name a few. In addition, Kimberla’s books offer a message of redemption, forgiveness, and the realities of everyday life.

Connect with Kimberla here: https://kimroby.com/

James L. Rubart

When James was ten, his biggest dream was to be a novelist after reading The Chronicles of Narnia. In eighth grade the dream took a major hit when, after taking a journalism class (loved it) and trying out at the end of the year tried out for the school paper. He was rejected. In that moment, James buried the dream and listened to a lie that sank its claws deep into his heart: “You can’t write.” But the dream refused to die. He dabbled in short stories and went to a few seminars in his 20s, but never showed his writing to anyone.

 

In 2002, his dream came alive again. His wife went on a fast for reasons that she didn't know at the time. After two and a half days, James felt God say, “I’ve given you the skill and desire to write, when are you going to step into your destiny?” James decided to dive full-force into writing my first novel (Rooms) and finished it in late ’05. It was rejected and ultimately purchased in early summer 2008. It took significant perseverance and belief. He encourages everyone to keep pressing into your dreams. Reject the lie and embrace the truth that you have a role, a purpose that only you can fulfill.

Connect with James here: https://jameslrubart.com/

Philip Yancey

Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as “a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time—in order to squash them.” Yancey jokes today about being “in recovery” from a toxic church. “Of course, there were good qualities too. If a neighbor’s house burned down, the congregation would rally around and show charity—if, that is, the house belonged to a white person. I grew up confused by the contradictions. We heard about love and grace, but I didn’t experience much. And we were taught that God answers prayers, miraculously, but my father died of polio just after my first birthday, despite many prayers for his healing.”


For Yancey, reading offered a window to a different world. So, he devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught. A sense of betrayal engulfed him. “I felt I had been lied to. For instance, what I learned from a book like To Kill a Mockingbird or Black Like Me contradicted the racism I encountered in church.” Over the years, Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith, taking millions of readers with him. His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in over 50 languages worldwide.

Connect with Philip here: https://philipyancey.com/

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