Kendra Y. Adams was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, but raised in Houston, Texas. She is a wife, mother, administrator, and founder, alongside her husband, of Heaven on Earth Marriage Ministry, a community-based ministry that encourages, enlightens and empowers marriages.
She is a minister and teacher of the gospel, certified Christian counselor and mentor. With more than twenty years in ministry, Kendra loves to serve and has held various leadership positions in the area of women’s ministry, youth, music and marriage ministry. She is also a contributor to two published books.
Kendra is an encourager and a firm believer in marriage maintenance and mentoring. She and her husband are passionate about empowering couples with tools to be successful in their marriage. In addition, Kendra has a heart for teen moms. Because of her life experience, she stands as an encouragement to let them know that God loves them and has a plan and purpose for their lives.
Kendra, tell us about your book?
Rescued by Love is a “testament” of God’s Love. I really prefer not to call it an autobiography because although the book talks about my life experiences, the prevailing message I want to be heard is that God’s Love can deliver you out of any situation or any dark area in your life.
In the beginning of the book, I talk about the power of a testimony….Growing up we use to have what we called “Testimony Service”. In this service (which would sometimes go for hours), we testified about what God had done for us so that #1) It could give glory to God #2) It could be an encouragement to somebody else.
When I wrote this book, I had those 2 things in mind .. Giving glory to God & encouraging somebody else who may be in a place in their lives where they feel discouraged and like nobody loves them – not even God.
I believe people are looking for transparency and we need to get back to sharing out story. Testimonies are effective and they are powerful. That’s what witnessing is about. Not necessarily throwing a ton of scriptures at somebody, but simply sharing what Jesus did for you ….. and in that – you can still share the word of God and how the word and the demonstration of Christ’s love changed your life.
Secondly, in this book I make reference to God’s Unconditional, Unending and Unfailing Love. These are the characteristics of “the God kind of love” that I’ve personally experienced.
Unconditional love – Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. It doesn’t mean that God loves everything we do, but rather His love for us is not like man’s … it doesn’t fluctuate – meaning He doesn’t care more for us when we please Him or less when we have failed or sinned against Him. He died on the cross so that EVERYONE could be redeemed and experience eternal life. His love for us is so pure, compassionate, intense and powerful that He loves us even when don’t love ourselves. The very essence of who He is – is Love.
Unending love – 1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. We have a covenant of Love. His love is unending .. It’s everlasting.
Unfailing love – Psalm 48:9 NIV Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Psalm 107:8 NIV Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. God’s love is unfailing. He never stops loving us. There is nothing we can do to make God stop loving us. We don’t have to wonder about his Love. His love never fails.
How did you come up with idea for this book?
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve shared my testimony and someone has said that needs to be in a book. It just so happens that I love to write …. God begin to give a desire to write my story.
He gave me the title of this book about 3 years ago, but I didn’t attempt to start writing this book until the beginning of last year … And after getting only a couple of chapters drafted, this book went into what I call a paralyzed state (some people call it writers block) whatever it was, I couldn’t compose in writing what needed to be said in this book.
On 9/2/14, I was laid off my job and it wasn’t even a month later that this book was birthed.
What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?
Once I stepped into the “season” to write this book and God begin speaking to me, it was easy to write. I found myself in a writing marathon and completed the book in two days. Of course we’ve been editing the book and tweeking here and there, but for the most part, the book was birthed in two days which was amazing to me.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
1) I don’t care how ugly your past or present situation is, God can take it and use it for His glory if you allow Him to.
2) Unless hurt is healed, it will manifest negatively in your life.
3) Forgive so that you can be free to live – release those who have wronged you and allow God to heal you.
4) God is a God of restoration
Who are your favorite authors?
Geesh! So many … but I would have to say Joyce Meyer and Dr Myles Munroe top the list.
What book(s) are you reading now?
When All Hell Breaks Loose, facing your fiery trials with Faith by Richard Roberts
The Source of My Strength by Charles Stanley
What books have most influenced your life?
So many …
- Living Beyond Your Feelings by Joyce Meyer
- How to Succeed at Being Yourself by Joyce Meyer
- So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore
- The Purpose and Power of Praise and Worship by Dr Munroe
- The Power of Character in Leadership by Dr Munroe
- Good Morning Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn
- Transforming for a Purpose by Anita Carman
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
‘Rescued By Love,’ An Autobiography by Author Kendra Y. Adams. EVER WONDERED HOW MUCH GOD LOVES YOU? This is a powerful book that testifies of God’s Unconditional, Unending and Unfailing Love. In this new release, the author shares how the love of God can transform your life from one of hopelessness to hope, from despair to faith, from fear to love. Raised in a home with domestic violence and giving birth at the age of fifteen, Kendra shares how the love of God delivered her from a pit of anger, fear, condemnation, rejection and low self-worth. This book will inspire you and cause you to experience the “freshness” of God’s love. It is sure to be a blessing to all those who read it….Never forget that Jesus Loves You! #RescuedByLove
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