The eyes are windows to the soul. As fast as a blink moistens and changes the lens, I see pain quickly hide within her emerald eyes. I gaze deep, searching – knowing for a moment I had seen the true soul. The past child, the one horror robbed from happiness without permission. The day choice forgot to arrive, the day fear was called without request. In one blink her eyes revealed and ran. She is the same as us; the secret keepers, the pain hiders. The ones who run from memories to not remember while playing the tape to never forget. She is my sister and is a member of our club. We are the survivors.
I have another sister, the oldest of us all. One who has struggled with forgiveness; the one who judges quickly from all her lens has focused and seen. The one who became mother when girl was still alive. The one who became carrier of scribbled notes, begging milk for the hungry baby. The one with open eyes that would have rather been shut. Yet compassion oozes from her pores and she is still the one that I know deep within my soul, would still stand in front of me—still ready to protect.
To understand the emerald eyes, the mother-child, the hungry baby—to understand horror, healing and grace, you must be willing to dissect the past, begging healing while on the table, and viewed only though the lens of grace.
My upbringing as a child was very hard. I was an orphan, the youngest of six children. My mother was 13 when she had her first child and 19 when I was born, having six children in six years. My mother was shot with a shotgun by my father. I lived in violence, abuse and poverty. I personally experienced extreme hunger because there was no food. Eventually the State came in and took all six of us children from the home. We were put into foster care, then an orphanage, and eventually four of us were adopted. I have lived a journey of healing for many years. I chose long ago to not only be a survivor but to be an overcomer! I began a journey of seeking God and as I did I began hearing from God. I kept a journal and wrote down what I heard. My current book, Closet Words is a collection of these words.
About the book:
Taken word for word as heard from God, Closet Words is a collection of powerful and penetrating words written down in the stillness of a prayer closet. Hearing from God for several years, Kim Hilton began writing down what she heard. Encouraging, uplifting, and challenging words with a clear message to His servants, Closet Words gives a renewal and refreshing word to the Christian believer.
Although it had happened once before, it was on a particular August morning in 2002 as Kim Hilton prayed a single prayer to God that He began speaking to her. Taken word for word as heard from God, Closet Words (WestBow Press) is a collection of the powerful and penetrating words that were written down in the stillness of a prayer closet. What began as Kim’s earnest journey to seek God in prayer became a passageway for God to answer and speak to her.
Kim was an orphan, the youngest of six children. Her mother was 13 when she had her first child and 19 when Kim was born. Six children in six years. Kim saw her mother shot with a shotgun by her father. She lived in violence, abuse and poverty. She personally experienced extreme hunger because there was no food. Eventually the State came in and took all six of the children from the home. They were put into an orphanage, then foster care and then eventually four were adopted.
She has lived a journey of healing for many years – she chose long ago to not only be a survivor but to be an overcomer. Kim began a journey of seeking God and as she did she began hearing from God. She kept a journal and wrote down what she heard.
It was during the time Kim had been searching for a deeper relationship with God and praying in the quiet of her closet that she started hearing from Him and she kept a journal of what she heard. His words would come at any time; sometimes as she was praying in the closet, sometimes at night in bed and she would reach for her pen and paper to scribble the words down. He even spoke to others through her and what she passed on to them greatly impacted their lives.
Kim reveals to us the words she heard in the same honest, straight-forward way she received them from the Lord. Closet Words is both encouraging and uplifting, and brings a clear message to the Christian believer – that we are not alone in this life and that God is deeply and personally committed to each and every one of us. From Kim’s powerful and inspiring words we are reassured that we never have to face the journey of life alone.
About the author:
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.
Closet Words VBT Schedule
Interview at The Book Connection
Guest post at Paperback Writer
First chapter reveal at Read My First Chapter
Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner
Interview at Blogcritics
Interview at Pump Up Your Book
Guest post at Cheryl’s Christian Book Connection
Guest post at The Story Behind the Book
Interview at Beyond the Books
Book spotlight and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily
Video feature at If Books Could Talk
Interview at Broowaha
Book club discussion at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Book review at Create with Joy
Interview with Between the Covers
Book review at Cheryl’s Christian Book Connection
Book review at A Simple Life, Really?
Book review and first chapter reveal at Blooming with Books
Book tour highlights at My Devotional Thoughts