Carol King: Writing from the Heart

Carol King: Writing from the Heart

Carol King's love for writing developed early. It quickly became an important part of her life.

Now serving as Associate Dean of Students at BBC, Carol has written articles for Christian publications, an online magazine, and Christian newsweeklies. Her most recent accomplishment is a book of poetry to be released in March. It is entitled "The Empty Cross."Carol King

Carol has many roles on campus, including teacher, counselor, mentor, editor, and writer. She has served on campus since 1989 and took on the role of Associate Dean (or Dean of Women) in 1993. She also serves as Director for Learning Support Services and works with students who have learning disabilities.

A native of Towanda, PA, Carol is married to Dr. Jim King, who is BBC&S' Director of Distance Education.

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Insight Questions

When did your interest in writing begin?
I was 9 years old. I saw an article in the paper written by a 9-year-old, and I thought I could do that. I wrote all through high school for the newspaper, produced a radio program, and did interviews. As a student at BBC, I wrote for a monthly newsletter for married students. There has always been a writer in me.

What do you enjoy writing the most?
I am a poet. I blogged a commentary of Galatians, which was published in the Baptist Voice newspaper. I have done lots of articles, but I didn't know I was a poet until six years ago when I was coming back from a writer's conference and I was so full of "stuff." I ended up using poetry to express it. Poetry allows you to say a lot but forces you into an economy of words. You have to find the very best words. For me, it is a way to paint pictures.

What is "The Empty Cross" about?
It is a collection of poetry, and it begins with creation and concludes today. The first poems are called "Radical Curves," and they speak about the radical curves in creation. Then it moves to "One Night in Bethlehem." Then there is an emphasis on the humanity of Christ; the idea of understanding the humanity of Christ, that he was tempted on all points, as we are, makes more sense. There is a piece called "Passions Crackles a Fire," with the idea that sin starts in the head not the body. There is piece in reference to Saint Patrick's Cathedral - the beauty of God and creation, and then it concludes with a psalm of hope. It is really an accessible collection of poems.

What led you to write it?
Every Christmas I write something as a gift for my family, but this year I wasn't sure what I would do. I had been collecting my poems in groups according to topic and I felt like God was telling me to send them this. So I started collecting poems that were faith related. I began to see there was a sequence - a chronology to what I was collecting. I started to piece them together. I thought "This works! I will do this."

I usually just have things printed locally, but I felt like God wanted me to send it away. I knew about Consumed Publishing and how they are interested in things that benefit the body. So I sent it. I didn't expect them to accept it, but they called and said they wanted to do it. They felt it had a place in the body.

What is the most important thing you have learned?
You have to write for you. This means, "Trust, delight, and commit and he will give you the desires of your heart." For me, that means to write. I have believe that is what God wants me to do. I have to write not to please other people; I have to write what God gives me to write.

What would you ultimately like to accomplish with your writing?
To move people in their walk with God. In some way, even if it is only that they come to appreciate who God is making them to be.

What brought you to BBC?
My husband was invited to come to Baptist Bible Seminary and teach, and we were excited about coming home to the place where he had graduated. Naturally, I was eager to see where God would be using me, especially since our last child would be leaving the nest within a few months. At first, I thought I would be teaching only one class, but on Monday of that first week, my class load rose to three, and my life at the College was off and running.

What do you appreciate the most about BBC?
All I ever wanted to do was to serve God, to minister, and it is such a privilege to work in a place where my colleagues share that passion. Working at BBC is not about a job, making money, or success as the world measures it. It is about ministry, about loving students more, and about responding to God's call to this place. That's what I appreciate, being part of something that will make a difference eternally.

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Posted on: 1/28/2011 10:01:31 AM

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