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Second Book Flows Out of First Novel
“I intended my next novel (on Hagar and Ishmael) to be the second checkmark on my bucket list and dived into the research,” Kathleen said. “However the lessons I had learned from Ruth and Naomi kept swirling through my head, and I had to write them down first.”
Kathleen’s second newly-published book, a Disable the Label, focuses on the labels we are given in life. This topical Bible study encourages exploration, discussion, and belief in the label God has given all who believe in him. Disable the Label uses Less Than a Widow as a companion book in the Bible Study.
“Ruth’s society declared her to be worthless—a widow without children—but she refused to believe it,” Kathleen said. “We are all categorized by family, friends, culture, but it is the labels we accept as true that make a big difference in our lives.”
In 2013, Kathleen retired from The Write Place after more than 15 years as a business writer and graphic designer to devote more time to her own writing. She completed the fifth rewrite of the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz, a work of historical fiction based on the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament. Less Than a Widow was published by Principia Media in the fall of 2014. Other recent works include two curricula developed for the Third Church Learning Center in Pella, Iowa: Life in the Spirit (a two-semester course) and GD2ROM (God-Designed to Renew Our Minds)–Scripture, Science, and the Brain. These courses are continually being taught in churches, small groups, and adult-learning classes.
Kathleen and her husband John live in Pella, Iowa, and enjoy the blessing of proximity to their four children and ten grandchildren.
“My life revolves around God, family, friends, and as much laughter as I can pack into each day,” Kathleen said.
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