Karen Kingsbury, a popular inspirational novelist, has sold upwards of 5 million books. She wrote eight books last year alone and can sometimes turn out a draft in five days. Two of her recent novels are Like Dandelion Dust (Center Street, 2006) and Ever After (Zondervan, 2007). Stan Guthrie, CT's senior associate editor, sat down with Kingsbury.
When did you convert to Christ?
I came to Christ in my early 20s. I had met the man who I ended up marrying, Don. And he was an amazing guy. I loved everything about him except that he had the tendency to want to bring a Bible to a date, and that was just a little more than I could comprehend. I was so frustrated at [our] constant debate about Christ and the validity and the value of the Word, that I took his precious Biblehighlighted, underlined, notes in the marginsand threw it on the ground and broke it in half, the binding split down the middle. God used that.
That weekend I bought my own Bible. I was going to prove him wrong. And God wouldn't let me sleep[I was] just tormented at why I had to throw the Bible down to defend my watered-down faith. I felt all my traditional beliefs falling away, and God said I could either fall with them or I could grab on to his Word and never let go. It was life-changing, and I gave my entire heart to Christ that weekend.
What do readers like about your books?
I'm receiving 300 to 500 letters every week from people telling me that God used my stories to save their marriage or to introduce them to Christ or to heal a relationship that had been broken. Some people will just write and say, "I never realized that loving Christ was a daily, minute-by-minute event until I read your novels and saw how characters were either ignoring God's ...1
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