In January 1999, when my mom’s neurosurgeon and radiologist jointly told her and me that they’d done all they could do for her, I remember feeling as though a knife had sliced my body in two. It was the most painful news I’d ever been told, and at that very moment, I began wondering how I was going to live without her. I wondered why this was happening to my mother, the woman who always went out of her way to do for others…the woman who always had the same smile on her face, even when she became ill. It was way too much and learning that my mom was terminally ill became, by far, the worst and most heartbreaking experience of my life. Which is the reason that even though my mom quickly found peace with her diagnosis and then tried to comfort and console me and prepare me for what was to come, it didn’t help much. And worse…for the first time in my life, I became angry with God—something I never believed I would ever do or that I was even capable of doing—and my faith in Him dwindled to an all-time low. I was angry, devastated, and confused because I just couldn’t understand why this was happening. In today’s episode, I share my own experience with losing faith, how I regained it, and why you should never give up under any circumstances.
Kimberla is a Christian woman, wife, bonus mom, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, including THE WOMAN GOD CREATED YOU TO BE: Finding Success Through Faith—Spiritually, Personally, and Professionally, which is the companion book for this podcast. Kimberla has sold nearly 3 million copies of her books, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, such as The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence magazine, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many others. She is the recipient of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction and the 2017 SOAR Radio Trailblazer of Honor award, and in August 2020, she was named by USA Today as one of the 100 black novelists you should read.
Over the years, Kimberla has spoken to thousands of women at churches, conferences, luncheons, libraries, colleges, and universities where she candidly shares her personal journey—hoping to help women become all that God created them to be.
Kimberla resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.
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