Author interview—Val Waldeck
This week, I'm chatting to South African Bible teacher and author Val Waldeck. Welcome, Val! Please introduce yourself and share something about your life.
I'm Val Waldeck, an Author and Bible Teacher, living in South Africa. After training at the Bible Institute of South Africa in Kalk Bay, Cape Town in the 70s. I worked with Pastor George Dillman at Living Waters Full Gospel Church in Durban and was ordained as a Licensed Minister. I learned much about people and different facets of ministry during those 25 years. My writing career started here and I left fulltime church ministry to follow a career as a fulltime author and Bible teacher. My writing career has produced over 80 books, all available on Amazon. It has also been a pleasure to teach the Bible globally. My special passion is end times and I am watching for the Return of Jesus Christ with much anticipation. Happily single, the love of my life is a little Toy Pom named Penny!
Describe yourself in three words.
Author, Bible Teacher, Christian.
When did you write your first book and how did it come about?
I interviewed leaders of various fringe religious groups,, who claim to be Christian or incorporate Christian beliefs, for a teaching series in 1993. My notes were in such demand, I decided to incorporate them in a book called, What Do They Believe? One book led to another.
Do you always write in the same genre or do you mix it up?
I write mainly Christian books, but also write in the internet marketing and authorship genres.
For readers to get to know you, which of your books would you recommend they read first and why?
My favourite book is, With My Own Eyes, sharing the testimonies of ten miraculous events I personally witnessed. It shares the stories of personal friends who experienced unusual miracles in their lives. One of them was declared deceased after a serious motor accident. He came back to life and shared some amazing insights. Another was paralysed. She was making breakfast when the Lord told her to stand up. She did and the rest is history. Older South Africans will remember Glenda Kemp, the infamous “Snake Dancer” of the 60s who performed with a python named Oupa. Conservative Christian women marched in the streets in protest when she came to their town. Her amazing conversion to Christ shocked the nation. All the stories are true, encouraging, and motivating. It's available globally in Kindle and paperback.
My passion for End Times is expressed in, Rushing to Armageddon, (a book about Bible prophecy in the light of current events).
If you could invite three people to dinner, who would that be and why?
David Jeremiah: His Bible-based teaching ministry and books inspire me.
Fergus Buchan of Messiah Ministries: His ministry to unreached people groups in the rural areas of our world and his passion for prayer motivates me.
Don Moen: His music and marketing skills fascinate me. His music is everywhere!
What is the best marketing tip you've received?
Do three things every day to promote your product.
Would you rather be stuck by yourself on an island or on a boat crowded with people?
Depends. Stuck with a crowd on a smallish boat is not for me. But happy if it is a huge ocean liner with some private space.
What do you do for fun?
I love reading, writing, anything computer-related, spoiling our dogs, walking on the beach, coffee with friends in quaint little restaurants, travelling, listening to music, and just being alive.
If you could ask a question from someone mentioned in the Bible (other than Jesus), who would that be, and what would you ask?
I would ask Enoch to tell me about his walk with God in an evil and godless generation. He was the first human to be raptured and I would also ask him to tell me about his experiences in Heaven. His story is told in Genesis 5:22 and Jude v.14,15.
What are you working on at the moment?
Warriors Wearing Skirts, the case for women in Christian ministry. The title was inspired by the kilted troops that faced the German troops in the trenches in France during World War I. They were also known as “The Ladies from Hell” but I didn’t think that title would work.
Do you have any book promotions or events you'd like to tell us about?
I'm preparing to relocate to Cape Town. Once settled, my plan is to start a podcast as a platform for Bible Teaching linked to my books.
Get a copy of Val's book here .
www.valwaldeck.com - Reaching Our Generation One Book at a Time.
Phone: 27 83 2734700
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