Meet Kay Marshall Strom

Kay Marshall StromI first met Kay Marshall Strom way back when I was in college. We both attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Since she was in my sister’s class, several years ahead of me, I didn’t know her well. However, I knew her well enough to remember her several decades later when I saw her at my first Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference.

With considerable nervousness (I was under the new-writer’s spell of admiration for published authors and seminar speakers!), I approached her at one of the meals and identified myself. She was so gracious and asked for an update on my family.

Soon after, though I’m shaky on the time line, I read an article Kay wrote for our alumni magazine. I was so impressed with her skillful writing and her depth of compassion and spiritual understanding.

I made a point from then on to sit at Kay’s table for at least one meal whenever I went to Mount Hermon, though my interests lay with all things fiction and Kay was a non-fiction instructor.

Then one year, Kay had a new book, written with Michele Rickett, that had just released – Daughters of Hope: Stories of Witness and Courage in the Face of Persecution (InterVarsity Press). I bought the book and found it to be a stunning, inspirational, challenging, revealing book about suffering Christians around the world. I can’t think of another book that has moved me to prayer more than this book.

Lo and behold, my path has once again crossed Kay’s, this time in the fiction world. The Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is featuring her first novel, the beginning of a trilogy entitled Grace in Africa. Mind you, this had to be a stretching venture for an author of thirty-four non-fiction books, but the subject matter is in line with what I’ve come to expect from Kay.

I’ll save my review for later, but one thing you might be interested in: the story grew out of the biography Kay wrote of John Newton, author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” Kay herself says John Newton opened her eyes. She goes on to say

My friends, we have never needed John Newton’s legacy more than today. For 200 years later, more people are enslaved than ever.

Any surprise, then, that The Call of Zulina is a story about slavery? I’ll be doing a review of the book later this week, but if you don’t want to wait, check out what the other CFBA participants are saying. (You can find a complete list at the CFBA blog). I suspect Kay Marshall Strom is an author you’ll want to remember.

Published in: on September 2, 2009 at 11:43 am  Comments Off on Meet Kay Marshall Strom  
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