Thursday, 19 July 2018 Interview with Transformed author Christy Wimber

Christy Wimber is an author, speaker, and pastor who has traveled around the world teaching and encouraging the Church. Monarch is thrilled to publish her wonderful new book, Transformed!

Prior to pastoring, Christy served as Director for Worship Conferences and Training at Vineyard Music before retiring in 2001. She carries the legacy of her father-in-law, John Wimber, the founding member of Vineyard Church Group. In 2006, Christy and her husband, Sean, began the Yorba Linda Vineyard Church in which Christy was the Senior Pastor for eleven years. Now, Christy is focused on Leadership, Mental Health and the training and planting of new Churches. She hopes to connect different people and groups as she continues to speak around the world and minister to leaders.

Here Christy chats with us about what inspired her to write her new book, the best bits of being a writer, and her next pioneering Monarch title, Wholeness — out in April!

Christy Wimber Books for Life Interview on Transformed from Krish Kandiah on Vimeo.

Transformed has been nominated for Woman Alive Book of the Year. Congratulations! How did you feel when you recieved the nomination?

Surprised! I don’t think of myself as a great writer. It’s of course a great privilege. Anytime anyone reads what you write, let alone finds your work inspiring, it's an amazing gift.

What inspired you to write Transformed?

It was a trickle of events. I felt the Lord lead me to Romans 12 and I just began to write and the words continued to flow from there. I call these moments, God inspired, as they come in waves. When they come, you want to pay attention.

Can you tell us a little about Transformed for readers who haven’t read your book yet?

I kept meeting people who felt stuck or frustrated when things in their life weren’t changing. To walk through the importance of how we think, and how we see ourselves, is key to living in the highest call God has called us too. Too many people settle for just enough, or resign to staying in old lifestyles, haunted by patterns which feed distance and guilt. God always has so much more in store for us. The key in knowing our identity is key to knowing who we are, as well as why we are.

I think Transformed is helpful for those who just need permission, as well as confirmation, to say it’s okay to stop and readjust. It’s helpful to know how to make changes, and to be reminded that we aren’t alone in our struggle. Oftentimes, the things which are causing us the most frustration are the things we’ve had trouble trusting God with. Learning how to trust God with our weakest areas is also what leads us to what we are made for. One of the most helpful tools in Transformed are the practical ways in knowing Gods direction and will for our life.

What is the main message you want readers to take away from Transformed?

I want readers to walk free in what they are made for. When people are doing the very thing they are made to be doing it benefits all of us. The journey God takes us on often looks very different than what we planned. There is usually much struggle and hardship, often having to work various things through which eventually form us into who we are meant to be. Struggle isn’t necessarily bad as long as we know we eventually have to surrender. If we don’t surrender to God, we will most likely live frustrated. I think it’s an important reminder to all of us that in our walk with God it is a journey, not a destination. I want people to feel the freedom of learning how to work through things, and come out the other side with peace, knowing who they are and what God has called them too.

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

Very much so. Everyone has various spiritual practices, but I do believe various types of writing can be very spiritual. Journaling can be one of those practices. Writing where we currently are in life and even some things we may be praying for today where we can look back later and see God was more present than we may have realized. In journaling, I have found many times the way God answered prayers turned out to be right after all. Writing a book is very spiritual. Writing for others is a spiritual journey of allowing God to speak to us and through us for the benefit of others. If what we write isn’t rooted in spirituality, where its touched by God and used by God, then it’s just words. It’s the Spirit of God which moves people. It’s the spiritual aspect in writing which changes what is written.

What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author and a public speaker?

Hearing from people first hand about their personal journeys and how I have encouraged them towards hope. My main call is a teacher rather than writer. I sort of ‘fell into’ writing as I had so many requests I just started writing things down. I tend to write how I speak, which is best for me.

When it comes to writing it has been more difficult for me than being a public speaker. Speaking comes naturally to me. I feel very comfortable in large crowds and I find smaller settings a bit more difficult. Not so much now, but when I was younger very much so. Because writing is not my greatest strength, I have found it very rewarding to step into the risk of trying and see God use it in various ways. Just as anytime I speak and people are moved towards God I am amazed, I feel the same when it comes to writing. I never want to lose amazement or take what God uses for granted. It’s not a given, it’s not a right, it is a privilege. Where people are encouraged, helped, or guided in an area they may have needed some direction in, I find that very fulfilling.

What are you working on now? Can we expect any more books from you in the future?

I just completed a new book, Wholeness, which takes a new look at healing. I feel this book is very timely as it addresses the importance of how God sees us as body, soul and spirit, and how every part of us matters. I love the Church and I am a supporter of local Church. At the same time, the Church has her weaknesses, and one of those weaknesses is where the Church can hinder people from feeling safe to speak honestly about their struggles. I write about addiction in the Church and how fear of the Church's response can lead people to keep their struggles a secret. I’m really hopeful this book will help many people, individually and create safe spaces communities so people can experience true healing.

Enjoy reading Transformed. Buy your copy here!

Interested in learning more about Christy? Check out her wonderful website here.