Finally, Kim's strong will had been completely
broken down. Now she was in the perfect
position to receive what God had for her all
along.

Landing the Historic Book Deal
It was the  summer going into fall of 2008,
right around the time the US economy  took a
serious nosedive. Businesses were crashing
and publishers were not looking for new
manuscripts. Thomas Nelson, Kim's current
publisher, had even sent Kim's agent a letter
declining her first fiction manuscript,

Heavenly Places
.

"They said we're not accepting new authors
right now and this is just not the time,"  Kim
remembers. But, delay did not mean denial.
"Do you know they had a meeting one month
where they declined the manuscript and then,
the following month, a different editor
brought in an industry publication that had
something about Heavenly Places in it, and
said, we should really consider this woman in
it? [The editor told the team] they're saying
good things about Heavenly Places. And then,
somebody said that's the author I brought up
last month and we declined it! They said, well,
let's take another look at her. So God brought
me back to their attention and still, it wasn't
until March of 2009 when they said we want to
extend you an offer to come on board as our
fiction author. So, that's how it happened. But,
it was a long wait."
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The wife, mom, blogger, Women of Faith
speaker, and former attorney turned novelist,
is a God-ordained encourager of women.
That's why our interview for her EEW
Magazine feature felt more like a fun chat with
an old girlfriend,  than a stuffy recorded Q&A
session. She's one of the most down-to-earth,
warm, and grounded people I know
and I
know a lot of people.

Perhaps I'm preaching to the choir. Kim may
already have won you over with her
phenomenal page-turning novel,
Faithful
(
Enter to win a free autographed copy); her  
wonderfully transparent
inspirational blog; or  
maybe this is your first time meeting the
homeschooling mom through EEW Magazine.

Whatever the case, you are absolutely in for a
treat as you internalize the words of a woman
who knows what it means to have her world
turned upside down, only to land right-side-up
in the end.

Don't you just love how God does that?

Well, the journey for this successful woman,
who is also EEW Magazine's first cover girl in
our "
2011 Year of the Everyday Woman
Series,
" has not been short,  easy, or without
setbacks.  Before Kim became a source of
inspiration to other women praying to see God
enlarge their ministries,  she had no idea who
God had created her to be.

Even without proper focus in the beginning, if
nothing else, this native of Prince George's
County, Maryland
the wealthiest majority
African American county in the nation
Kim
was driven.  "I think my motivation came from
watching my mother," she says. "My mother
was very motivated. She is college educated
and she worked for the telephone company
when I was growing up, the local phone
company, then AT&T. Because she was raising
me as a divorced mom, I saw her working
everyday and working hard, and really doing
well at what she did," Kim recalls. "She even
would tell me, make sure that you are
independent and can take care of yourself.
Don't depend on any man to take care of you.
So it was pretty much a given that I would go
to college and once I got to college I was
thinking, I want to make money and be really
independent. So what can I do beyond here to
make sure that I can make a lot of money?"

Kim's skill set pretty much made that choice
for her. "I thought, law school, I can handle
that, because I knew I couldn't go to business
school because I wasn't good at math," she
laughs heartily.  "And I knew medical school
couldn't work because I am not good in
science. So I said, I think I can handle law
school with the reading ," and that's exactly
what Kim did.

With big bucks and self-reliance on the brain,
the headstrong teen started college at the age
of 17, determined to make it on her own.  
"Because of the disappointments I had with my
dad, him not being there like I wanted him to
be, even though he was nearby, I just got to a
point where I felt like, I can handle myself and
do it the way I wanna do it. And I'm not gonna
expect anything from you, and I don't need
anything from you. That was kinda my
attitude."

That tough attitude and sharp tongue became
Kim's calling card. "I was very blunt. I would
tell you what I thought in no uncertain terms.
During college years, I pledged a sorority. I
lived on campus, and there was just always
something going on—some kind of drama or
something—so I was known for being quick to
speak my mind, to tell somebody off. So my
friends, they would kind of look to me like,
what is Kim gonna say, if something was going
on, because they knew I might go
off on
somebody."

To witness her tenderness and compassion
today, it becomes easy to see why the writer
often says, "My life is marked by one big bright
neon line down the center, showing a clear
before and after."

Uprooted from Her Home
After graduating from George Washington
University Law School at 24, Kim had no idea
that over the next few years, God would give
her life an overhaul. Though Kim didn't know
the Lord at the time, He certainly knew her.
And He had big plans for the law school grad
who couldn't, for the life of her, find a job at a
D.C. law firm.

Bill Tate, her then beau, now husband, on the
other hand, who was  a Georgetown Ph.D. math
education graduate, received and accepted an
offer to teach at the University of Wisconsin in
Madison.  Naturally, Bill wanted the girl of his
dreams, who he had every intention of making
Mrs. Tate,  to accompany him.
Feeling isolated, uncertain, and somewhat
angry, Kim didn't really know how to deal with
the culture shock, or the blow to her  fiercely
independent spirit. "I felt like I'm just here
because Bill is at the University of Wisconsin
and I don't want be somewhere just because
some man is there—'cause I'm supposed to be
independent, you know," she says, sarcastically
poking fun at her former self. "So I had a lot of
resentment going on and [I kept asking] how
long are we gonna be up here? 'Cause I was still
my old self, so you know I had an attitude, and
would remind him every chance I got that I had
an attitude!"

Upset and all, Kim settled in. "I was clerking for
a judge and a year later I went to work for a law
firm so I was generally busy working, which
helped. But it was always there, that I'm here in
Madison. I'm not in D.C. What am I doing
here?" Admittedly, it was a struggle to adjust to
her new life with the man who swept her off her
feet and uprooted her from everything she
knew and loved. "We lived together in
Wisconsin for 2 years before we got married.
And we, all along, had been planning this big
wedding in May in Maryland. But then, even
before we were saved God was drawing us and
convicting us about living together. So we did
have the private ceremony on Valentine's Day
in my house and we only told my mother, and
the woman who married us was a witness. And
then we still had the big wedding in May, so
most people didn't know we had already gotten
married," shares Kim.

The two found a church home, started a family,
and happily grew together in their faith.


Challenged by God to Write
"The first book happened quickly," Kim recalls.
It was late 1996. "I had one child and I was on
maternity leave with him, and God gave me the
idea to write my non-fiction memoir," called
More Christian than African American: Finding
the Balance between Race and Religion.  

While penning this book, though Kim was
young in her faith, God was helping her see that
her true identity is in Jesus Christ, not her
ethnicity or career. Eager to share this message,
Kim wrote the book and took the necessary
steps to get it published. "It was about the end
of 1996, early 1997. I had an agent. I had a
contract. So, because it happened so quickly, I
thought, okay so it'll be boom, boom, boom. I'll
have all these  non-fiction books out—because I
wasn't
thinking about fiction.  I left my job. And
when I left my job to be a stay-at-home mom, it
wasn't just to watch my kids. It was also to
write. Because, I thought that's what I would be
doing. So, it was easy to leave my first job,
because I [thought I] had another job. I would
be writing
and be home with my kids. But that
was not the plan. That was not God's plan."

Kim would not have another book published
until 2008, 9 years later.

Dry seasons are not easy, especially when we
think we know what we ought be doing. But,
God took Kim through a process that ultimately
led to her to a place of total surrender to God's
perfect will.

"He got me to the point where He had me to put
everything that I thought, every passion,
dream, desire I
thought I had, He had me to just
put it on the altar. And I got to the point where I
said, Lord, I don't care if I
never write another
book—I thought that's what You wanted me to
do, but it looks like that's not the case. I really
thought that was it [for my writing career]. So I
[told God I] just wanted to die to all of that. [I
said Lord] I just want You and
Your will. I don't
care about any of it, just as long as I'm in Your
will. He had to get me to that point, because we
can't be desiring the thing, we have to be
desiring God. "
o know Kim Cash Tate is to love
her. I'm convinced of it after
sharing laughs, prayers, and
personal conversations with my
new friend.
MAY 2011 COVER STORY    KIM CASH TATE  
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PHOTO CREDIT: WOMEN OF FAITH (Pictured) Women of
Faith speaker, Kim Cash Tate, on the Women of Faith Imagine
Tour in Las Vegas where she shares powerful teaching.
PHOTO CREDIT: SUSAN KELLER PHOTOGRAPHY
Though reluctantly, Kim moved away from her
largely African American community in the
D.C.  area,  to Madison, Wisconsin, a
much less
diverse city. To put  things in perspective,
according to the 2010 census, the racial
makeup of the city was 83.96% White and
7.07% African American (
SOURCE). The city
of Milwaukee, which is about an hour away
from Madison, landed at #1 on the list of the 10
most segregated urban areas in America
(
SOURCE). In other words, people of color
mostly live in Milwaukee,
not Madison, where
Kim and Bill settled.  
Today, Kim Cash Tate holds the prestigious
honor of being the first African American
fiction author signed to Thomas Nelson's
roster. “We’re honored that EEW is
recognizing Kim and the power of her stories,"
said Allen Arnold, Thomas Nelson's Senior VP
and Publisher, Fiction. "What first attracted us
to this gifted author was the way her stories –
and her life story – both address and yet
transcend race. Her novels, more than most
Christian or African American fiction –
features a diverse cast of characters who
authentically represent the larger body of
Christ. It’s exciting to publish this fresh new
voice in Christian Fiction that doesn’t define
readership or characters within the novel on
the basis of their skin color but rather on the
basis of their choices and their faith.”

Now Kim is gearing up to release her next
novel,
Cherished, due out in the Fall of this
year. Currently, she is touring as a Women of
Faith speaker, where she gets to inspire
thousands of women in diverse cities
throughout the US.

Kim can truly say it was all worth the wait. "If
it's a God-given passion and desire, it's not
going anywhere. And what we tend to want, is
to do it right now. But, a big part of the
Christian walk is waiting. It's so hard, but it's
so necessary, because God will put that seed in
our hearts and it could be
years before we see
that [manifestation of the] full vision in our
minds. But He's working in us. We wanna jump
to the outside ministry and do those things
whether it's writing, speaking, or whatever it
may be—we wanna do those things that are on
the outside, but God's biggest work is on the

inside
of us. So in that time of waiting, where
we have this vision but it's not happening
today, God is trying to do a work on the inside
with our character. And we have to get to the
point where we are totally yielded to Him with
a heart of obedience, where we are willing to
put everything on the altar."

The woman who was once defined by race,
career, and independence, has discovered her
true identity in Jesus Christ, and is helping
others find theirs.

Kim believes focusing on our walk with God, is
the key to everything else. "When you grow in
communion with Him and your thoughts
become His thoughts, and His ways become
your ways, and your whole life is colored that
way, there is nothing that can stop you. God
will have His strong hand upon you. That
doesn't mean you won't face opposition,
because that's the enemy's job. It won't mean
that everything will be easy, but you can be
sure that God's strong hand will be upon you
to accomplish everything He has called you to
do." Visit her at
www.KimCashTate.com.

Dianna Hobbs is EEW Magazine's Founder & Editor In
Chief.