LINCOLN — On Tuesday Kathy Elaine Ribble, of Cole Camp, announced the nationwide release of her fiction book, “Springtime in Christmas Town,” a faith-based book that Ribble said happened because her husband pressed the send button.
Ribble, a former pastor’s wife and a current leader in women’s ministries, moved to the area with her husband, Charles, about a year ago due to an economic downturn in Newberry, Ind. The couple now owns Ribbles Appliance Repair in Lincoln, along with their son Eric Ribble, of Edwards.
Three years prior to moving, Ribble completed her book, and stored it on her computer before Charles decided it should be sent to Tate Publishing and Enterprises Inc.
“I just sat down and was doing it and I didn’t even send it in,” Ribble said. “I was too scared to. But he just pushed a button and it was gone.”
She said she and her husband talked about it and since Charles wrote songs he decided to send the manuscript in electronically. Ribble said Charles is close to having one of his songs produced by the well known Christian group “The Crabb Family,” and had contacted the publisher before.
“It’s just amazing what God’s doing,” she added.”They had a contract on my doorstep the next morning!”
During the course of a move, and deaths in the family, the publisher and Ribble lost track of each other. Not giving up they found Ribble again last year right before her move to Missouri, and started the process of bringing her book to publication.
“We wound up moving and they lost sight of it, and some how they found me again last March,” she said. “And they said they were very interested in doing it. And I said ‘do you really think it’s good enough to do?’ And Stacey Baker said ‘we turn down 97 percent of everything we get.’”
Although excited to be accepted, Ribble humbly said she feels she doesn’t have great grammar skills but does posses a vivid imagination and a lot of faith.
“But it’s the message that counts,” she added.
The Ribbles attend Abundant Life Christian Center, in Cole Camp, and are active in the church. She is also a board member for The Place at the Lake, a resource in Benton County for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
“I love women’s ministry,” she said. “I mean I love to minister to women.”
Due to circumstances in her youth, Ribble understands women’s issues better than some, and wants to be there as a help for them whenever possible.
“And then the Lord started putting it in my heart that there’s a lot of hurt women out there that needs a lot of help,” she added.
Her book focuses on Kerri who decided to start a new life and moved back to Christmas Town, after losing her parents mysteriously when they visited Israel. She was raised in church but she became bored with religion and went her own way. Although she is alone with no one in her life she eventually meets an architect and God begins to show her through him how he can move in people’s lives. Karrie begins to learn how to worship God.
“This I believe today is our greatest downfall, is teaching people how to worship and not be entertained,” Ribble said. “Teaching people how to worship and to know him personally.”
Also in the book Karrie comes to terms with things about her parents’ lives she didn’t know before.
“God just gave me a story in my head,” Ribble said of the book. “I want people, women and men, to read it and to find the Lord, and to find that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. And he can help, and he can heal, he can set free, he can break bondage if we allow him to move. That is pretty much the reason I did it is because I want women to set down and and realize that they can abstain. But I want women to understand that if they have gotten a divorce that God is still there and He can help and He can heal and He can set free.
“I want women to understand that God is not through because we make a little mistake, it’s a mistake but yeah, but you know what? God can set you back right where you need to be.”
“Springtime in Christmas Town” is available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Books-A-Million and from tatepublishing.com/bookstore. Ribble plans to have book signings in the future and to soon bring her book to stores in the Sedalia area.