Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Why Would God Shelve Me? Our Difficulties Make Us Better Writers, Part 1 by Kimberly Rae

Kimberly Rae
Angie's Aspirations is all about persevering in spite of adversity. We all have problems, reasons to keep us from writing. Most of the time we consider them to be nuisances, but did you ever think of them as gifts? For the next two Tuesdays, Kimberly Rae tells us why God sometimes puts us back on the shelf. ~ Angie

Sometimes I have wondered why God sent me overseas for so many years, then brought me back. I spent so much time studying and adapting to different cultures, I learned a new language, I was ready to give my life to overseas missions.

Then my health problems brought my whole family back to America. As far as we can tell, back to stay. 

I would be lying to say I haven't wondered why. So many people are not willing to go. We were willing, so why keep us here?

God does work in mysterious ways, and some questions will never get answers until heaven (and by then likely they won't matter anymore anyway!). Then again, sometimes God lets us see glimpses of the answers here in this life.

I think my glimpse has come in the form of a book--my book on human trafficking titled Stolen Woman. The setting is Kolkata, a place I've visited twice, next to Bangladesh, where I lived for 2 years. Writing it was like going back for a visit. And the main character's experiences--being young, idealistic and desperately wanting to do something of significance--all of that was written more from memory than imagination.

They (whoever they are) say you should write about what you know. I did. I wrote about a girl who appears competent and confident but is really insecure, and wants to make a difference to show herself and God that she is worthwhile. I wrote about arriving into a world that has too much evil, too many orphans, too many trapped women, and the painful realization that she cannot save the world, no matter how much she cares.

For more about what Kimberly wrote, check back with us next Tuesday. How about you? Has life ever thrown you a curve ball?
About the Author
Kimberly Rae has lived in Bangladesh, Uganda, Kosovo and Indonesia. Her novels on international human trafficking (Stolen Woman, Stolen Child, Stolen Future) are all Amazon bestsellers! Rae has been published over 250 times and has work in 6 languages. Find out more at www.kimberlyrae.com or read Kimberly's real-life adventures on her blog,www.kimberlyraeauthor.blogspot.com!
Stolen Woman, Stolen Child and Stolen Future
by Kimberly Rae

Read excerpts of Rae's Stolen books at www.stolenwoman.org.


  1. Hi Kimberly. Great to read your story here. I look forward to the second part.

    I think life is full of curves. Just when I say, "I gonna..." or "I'm not gonna..." look out. :-)

    1. Thanks so much, Sandra. Yes, life is full of curves and there's no telling what's around the next one. The hard part is having the faith to keep on going, isn't it?

      You're so right, our plans are not necessarily His plans. :)

    2. Thanks, Sandra! You know what they say, if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans! =)

  2. I'm a firm believer that God always puts us where we're supposed to be, when we're supposed to be there. Although His timing perplexes me at the time, later I marvel that it was perfect.

    What an amazing story, Kimberly. Thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to your continuation next week. :-)

    1. Thanks, Dora! She does have an amazing story, doesn't she? Oh, the places she's seen! Isn't it such a comfort to know that no matter what's happening to us, God is there with us?

    2. Thanks, Dora! Isn't God good? We don't usually think of our stories as "amazing" when we're in the middle of them! But as an author, I know that the middle is usually tough for all the great characters. But also, as the author, I know how the story ends!!! I'm so glad all our stories are written by the "author and finisher or our faith"! (Heb. 12:1-2) God bless you.

  3. hhhmmm lovely story. I know all to well God is truly the master and author of our lives and stories. he will turn our mess into our message.

  4. Wow, you have lived in some amazing places, Kimberly. Indeed terrific fodder for stories. Thanks for the reminder that God is always here with us.

    1. Yeah, I've been amazed at how often I've been able to write about the taste of cow brains! =) What's amazing to me is how everyone's story has such potential--if God is in it, it's a great story!

    2. If you can use the taste of cow brains as an illustration, then surely we can find something in our everyday First World lives to use to help others.

      Thanks again, Kimberly, and I'm looking forward to next weeks' post.


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