Abby, tell us about yourself.
I’m a military spouse, married for 13 years and currently living in Clarksville, Tennessee. My proving grounds for growth in Christ have been a long struggle with anorexia and a very difficult marriage early on. Praise the Lord, through all His patience and goodness, He has brought me into a place of peace, joy and contentment.
I have published two books, this one and the story of my recovery from anorexia: “The Predatory Lies of Anorexia: A Survivor’s Story.” Now, I continue to write for my own blog as well as numerous other Christian online and print publications. Also, I’m the senior editor for two websites: www.tblfaithnews.com and www.mydailyarmor.org.
In my free time, I support my husband’s career in the Army and volunteer in my community through pet therapy.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I get up “early.” Of course, that’s relative, but since we don’t have kids, 6 a.m. usually provides me plenty of time to get up and spend an hour or more with God before I start the rest of my day. Throughout the day, I’m in constant prayer and I love to fill any quiet space with praise and worship music or sermon podcasts. I’m also a part of a women’s small group and lead a small Bible study in my home.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
Liz Curtis Higgs is fabulous. I also love reading C.S. Lewis. Other than that, I bounce around a lot, usually choosing books that have some element of truth. I’m not a fan of science fiction. Of those authors, C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” is my all time favorite book, and I love Higgs’ series that begins with “Thorn in My Heart” is the best!
Tell us about your journey to publication.
This was really a surprise to me. I’ve always loved to write and jokingly said I wanted to write a book–fully believing I could never write 50,000 words on one topic. But then, a wonderful Christian agent, Vanessa Grossett read something of mine on FaithWriters and contacted me asking if I ever planned to write a book. Her question got the cogs turning in my head and I finally thought, “Okay, I’ll try.” What was born was “The Predatory Lies of Anorexia.”
When I finished, I was afraid to hope for publication, but Vanessa believed in me and in the book. Within three months, she’d found a publisher!
Tell us about your current book, Beyond Belief?
This book was written through me more than by me. Again, Vanessa believed I had another book in me and my sister casually mentioned I should write a Bible study. With little intention of publishing it, I began to notice a theme in the journal that I keep during my quiet time. God kept speaking to me about spiritual maturity. Before I knew it, I had 12 points that I knew I could expound upon.
My heart has long been heavy over the luke warm status of the American church. I believe God led me to write this as a tool for Christians to assess their relationship with Christ and understand from the Bible how to go deeper.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
The points were laid out in my journal completely by accident on my part and perfect intention by the Holy Spirit. I never felt like I really had choices in the creation of this book.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
I want people to use this book to identify where they are at with Christ. Are they comfortable with pat, Sunday school answers to surface questions about their faith? Or, do they hunger and thirst for more of Jesus? If they find themselves less than passionate about their relationship with Jesus, I want them to find in this book a guide to going deeper.
What’s next for you?
I’m not sure, it’s a day to day thing right now. I’m loving the process of editing and have been blessed to begin editing some books as well as the websites that I work for. I still write articles and short pieces, but if God wants another book, He’ll have to make that abundantly clear!
Please tell us where we can connect with you online.
Sure! My website is www.predatory-lies.com. My Amazon author page is http://www.amazon.com/Abby-Kelly/e/B00HTEHBFM/. You can also find me on Twitter at @predatorylies and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506106005.