Kim Hilton, MCC, PCC, has a master’s degree in Christian counseling. Founder of Closet Words Ministries Foundation, Kim is a teacher on prayer and listening to God. An avid writer of several books, Closet Words was chosen as the first book to be published with the proceeds going to Closet Words Ministries Foundation. A sought-after speaker and Bible Study leader, Kim has spoken at both national and local events. She resides with her husband on a farm and enjoys spending time with their six grown children and grandchildren. For more information on Kim Hilton or her work, please visit: www.KimHilton.org.
Welcome to the Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Club, Kim. We’re thrilled to have you.
During this book tour, you've openly shared about your childhood; one that was filled with violence, abuse, and poverty. Do you feel your difficult childhood influenced your writing?
Yes, as it kept me searching for something better. Many people go through difficulties and even a difficult childhood…but it’s the frame of mind about it that takes you to a better place. The “it will make you or break you” mindset so to speak. I chose to allow my past to make me stronger rather than weaker. I began writing at an early age. It was an outlet to many feelings that I was unable to speak.
What influenced your decision to pursue a Master’s degree in Christian counseling?
This was a personal preference. I wanted to gain as much training as possible in this area.
Why did you decide to include copies of actual handwritten pages from your prayer journal in Closet Words?
In my initial draft of Closet Words, I included one of the handwritten pages from the journal. It was a unanimous request to see more of the original pages. Also, by including the originals it shows that these words are indeed a product of a journal with pages written at different times of day and night.
There is a Reflections and Study Guide section included in Closet Words. How does this complement the earlier sections of the book?
I decided to write the Reflections and Study Guide after Closet Words was finished. I wanted to show how these words from God indeed complemented and confirmed scripture. And because Closet Words is very thought-provoking, I knew the Reflections and Study Guide would help prompt discussion and thought. Over 90 hours were spent in writing the Reflections and Study Guide.
Can you tell us about some of the Bible studies you’ve led?
I have led various Bible studies. Currently I am teaching three different studies. I have broken Closet Words into Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3, dividing the book in ten chapter groups. Because each chapter builds one upon the other, I teach classes based on where you are in your journey in Closet Words.
What can you tell us about Closet Words Ministries Foundation?
Closet Words Ministries Foundation is dedicated to the global support for Christian education, training and support of basic life requirements for those in need.
Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
Closet Words is a call to action for Christians to find within themselves their true commitment to God. Chapter One to the end, each chapter builds upon the other, calling the reader to a deeper, closer and more committed relationship with God. Closet Words is truly a bugle call to the modern day Christian.
God wants us to take our Christianity seriously. It is time the Christian believer answers the bugle call.
Questions for our readers:
- How have challenges in your life strengthened your faith?
- Have you ever kept a journal?
- Do you participate in Bible studies?
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