One of the perks of working with Discovery House Publishers is that I get updates on new books coming out, then I can email the publicity department and request those books. A few weeks ago I saw a book on the publishing list that caught my eye, so I ran to the computer and emailed Anne the Publicist and she ran to the mailbox with the book and the post man (I mean–postlady) drove her little truck very quickly to my house and…
then I read the book very slowly.
Oh, I tried to read it fast. I did. I have a stack of ten or ninety-nine books on my table to read, and it behooves me to whip through them so I have time to parent, write, and cook dinner.
But I found I could not read Ask Me Anything, Lord very fast. It didn’t do it justice. It’s a book that needs to be ingested piece by piece, with thoughtfulness. Preferably with a delightful hot beverage, which you will note they have put right on the front cover. You will absolutely want your Bible right next to you so you can look up the references and make notes. If you’re looking for a book for your quiet time or your small group study, this would be a great choice.
The book is written around the questions that God asked His people in the Bible– “Where are you going? Or–What’s that in your hand?” The questions are still relevant to our modern lives, and the book helps us see the connections.
I emailed Heather C. King, the author, and asked if she would like to make an appearance on the blog so you can all get to know her. She agreed!
First, I asked her several probing questions about herself:
Q. Tell us your dessert of choice after all the children have gone to bed and you need a little reward for surviving the day:
A. I firmly believe that if it isn’t chocolate it doesn’t count as a dessert. When my oldest was still napping, I used to reward myself right there in the middle of the day with a Coca-Cola and some Hershey Kisses. Then she stopped napping and I didn’t want her eating chocolate and hyping herself up on caffeine, so that’s when the sneaking began. “Here, honey, play with these blocks while mommy dashes to the back of the house and eats her secret stash of chocolate heaven.” Now, most of my kids don’t nap, so pretty much my only chance to eat chocolate in peace without having to share it (and who wants to share chocolate?) is after they go to sleep at night.
Q. Speaking of children, how many do you have? Girls? Boys? Ages?
A. I have three daughters (Victoria-9, Lauren-7, and Catherine-4). I thought God designed me to be a girls’ mom. Then He gave me a baby boy, Andrew (4 months), and I’m loving it!
Q. What kind of minivan do you drive? Do you love it?
A. I drive a Dodge caravan and I do love it. I’ve never been the kind of gal who mocked the minivan life or tried to stay cool with an SUV or by cramming kids into a sports car. I have four kids. I wanted to have four kids. I love my minivan. Plus, ours came with built-in child restraint seats and that’s pretty awesome. Or, at least, that’s awesome to me. But then, I get jealous of other people when they get a new vacuum cleaner, so….
Q. How do you find time to write with kids that young?
A. People ask me all the time and I always say, “It’s a God-thing.” And it is. For starters, I grew up in a family with 5 kids and I did my homework at the kitchen table with the radio on, the dishwasher running, and people talking non-stop. Typically, quiet is way more distracting to me than noise. I also worked as a stay-at-home mom right from the beginning so all of my children learned very young how to play independently or together without me. Sometimes it’s hard to keep it all in balance and I’ll find myself crying over the pot of spaghetti at night because I’m exhausted. But, all in all the system works for us.
Q. What is your least favorite mom-chore? How come?
A. Vacuuming. Or maybe putting the laundry away. Dishes? Seriously, do I have a favorite mom-chore? Okay, wait, I know—scrubbing the shower. That’s definitely my least favorite chore. Our well water turns the shower orange over time and I hate scrubbing that.
Q. Did you always want to be a writer, or is this a surprising plan of God’s?
A. When I was an English major in college, a random guy in a second-hand bookstore asked me, “So, what do you want to do?” Typically, I stuck with ‘safe’ answers like “teach” or “edit.” But I blurted out, “I want to write.” I had no idea where that even came from. He said, “Well, writers write and writers read. That’s what you need to do.” I didn’t set out to publish a book or make money writing or anything. I started by just typing things out in a Word document on my computer because I felt God called me to write, even if that never meant getting published. He took it from there, one step at a time, and all I had to do was obey along the way.
Q. What authors do you like to read? (Fiction or non-fiction)
A. I’m addicted to books. I have ten or so I’m currently reading and I seriously get withdrawals when I finish a book and don’t replace it right away with another good read. It’s crazy hard to pick favorites. Right now, I’m reading a little Beth Moore, a little Gary Thomas, a little C.S. Lewis, a little E.M. Bounds, a little Joanna Weaver, a little Steven Furtick, and, for fun, a biography of Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet. I majored in British Literature for my undergrad, so for fiction I incline more to Jane Austen (Emma is my favorite) or Charles Dickens (I have well-worn copies of Bleak House and Little Dorritt on my shelves).
Q. Any ideas on what you hope to write next?
A. I’ve completed a project on contentment and how to overcome the push to covet what others have or compare ourselves with others and compete with them. Something as simple as planning a kid’s birthday can send us modern moms into Pinterest-breakdown and Facebook-envy. It’s hard to be content when the world tells us to do more, be more, have more all the time. While I’m working on the publication journey for that, I also post devotions about finding God in the midst of the noise, mess, and busyness of life on my blog: heathercking.org
Now here is a little information about the book itself:
Q. Why should God’s questions to people in Scripture matter to us?
A. In any room at any time, I am usually the one asking the most questions. I’m the same way with God, perpetually asking Him questions and sometimes monopolizing the conversation, always talking and rarely listening. One day, I felt Him search my heart with a question that He asked in Scripture and that dug deep into my motives and the attitudes of my heart. That’s when I realized that God is a question-asking God. It’s His consistent method of drawing His people closer to Him throughout Scripture, just as He did with Adam and Eve, Sarah, Elijah, the disciples and more. Allowing Him to ask us these same questions helps us to know Him better also.
Q. What makes this book different?
A. There are so many great Bible study books that use the metaphors and lessons from the lives of the men and women in the Bible to teach us today. But I wanted to know what lessons God taught them directly and what happens if we let Him search our hearts in the same way? What did He specifically say to Moses? What question did He actually ask? If God asked me those very same questions, how would I answer? This book lets God’s very own questions direct the study and the personal application.
I hope you’ll pop over to Heather’s blog at heathercking.org. You’ll be glad you did!