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About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, eight have been book club selections, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include numerous magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. Along with my husband Dan, I also have produced a series of booklets for writers. My writing has appeared in a number of volumes including three versions of the NIV Devotional Bible and the devotional book My Heart, Christ’s Home, Through the Year. I love to write, and I love to share about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I do enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships! More and more my writing and speaking are drawing me to countries and cultures around the world. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God and to speak on their behalf. I’ve traveled to the hard places of the world to tell “the rest of the story” of our donor dollars at work. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with 17th century John Newton, slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland with the preview team of the movie Amazing Grace (John wrote the hymn). I recently spoke in Japan and South Korea, and my husband Dan and I taught writing classes in India. And, oh, how thankful I am for every bit of it! I went to West Africa to work on a non-fiction book, but when I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall, I was struck dumb. All I could think was: “How could good, God-fearing people ever get to the place where they think that is okay?” From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. My seven trips to India led to the Blessings in India fiction trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Join me as I walk along the beach, or work in the garden, or warble a tune. Be my friend. Maybe you will choose to also be a 21st century abolitionist.

War and No Peace

Tweet Nuclear war.  The words that fill our hearts with dread and send chills down our backs are being spoken far too nonchalantly these days.  By people who should know better but refuse to step down, and by those who understand far too … Continue reading

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Hats off to the Students of Stoneman Douglas High

Tweet Hooray for the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida! Everyone’s heard about the 19-year-old former student who walked into the school with a legally purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and killed 17 people–mostly students.  I cannot begin to imagine what those survivors experienced.  … Continue reading

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Do Facts Matter Anymore?

Tweet “We Americans are being flooded with lots of crazy stuff that way too many people believe.  I mean, stuff that can actually be proven wrong.  I guess, it’s not that surprising in times of such awful partisanship as we are currently enduring.  Maybe, but it’s still terribly depressing.  Partisanship is one … Continue reading

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3 Weeks Late, But I Saw The World!

Tweet Yes, I know.  This post is coming thee weeks late. But I have a really good excuse.  I had an opportunity to speak on a  cruise ship leaving San Juan, Puerto Rico, chugging 3 days to the Canary Islands, up … Continue reading

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Thank You to a Silent Savior

Tweet His name was Nicholas Winton, a quiet Englishman who recently died at the age of 106.  He never got around to talking much about himself. Probably no one would have known had his wife not found the dusty scrapbook in their attic, and that … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dad

Tweet Had my dad lived three more months, he would have been 99 years old today.  99!  That’s so hard to imagine. If you’re no longer a young whipper-snapper, you probably recognize that weird phenomenon of getting set on a certain … Continue reading

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So You Want To Write A Book?

Tweet Write your book only if you can do it for the creative joy of writing.  Because if you don’t enjoy it, you likely won’t finish writing it.  And even if you do finish, most likely you won’t take the time and effort to do it the … Continue reading

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What if…?

Tweet What if  I lived in Syria instead of the USA?  What if my little granddaughters were out playing when the chlorine gas fell from the sky? What if they couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t help them? What if the … Continue reading

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Truth or Fiction

Tweet “It is as fatal as it is cowardly to blink at facts because they are not to our taste.” ~John Tyndall~ English Physicist (1820-1893)

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Once again, Poison Gas Raining Down

Tweet Several years ago, I told you about an amazing Iraqi soldier, fighting under Saddam Hussein in Desert Storm.  A member of the privileged class, he lived well and wanted for little. Amazingly, he was a Christian. When Saddam rained poison gas down … Continue reading

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