DEBORAH SMITH SIMPKINS
Deborah Simpkins is a powerful motivational speaker, minister and entrepreneurial book publisher whose Deborah Simpkins Publications has been working with authors since the mid-2000s, may not yet know the details of the continuing saga of plain spoken, opinionated fish out of water Southern belle Elizabeth V. Christian and the characters running the big beautiful blue church as described in her novel “Ministers with White Collars & Black Secrets: The Truth Exposed.” But in her bold world where faith and a true relationship with God trumps and transcends the boundaries of religion, she knows it will come via Divine Direction – also the perfect name to embody the many facets of Simpkins’ empowering multi-faceted ministry.
One thing’s for sure – whatever the words are, they’re going to be controversial and edgy, both in print and when Simpkins speaks to congregations, with a focus on women’s ministries, across the country. She tells it like it is, fearless of the feathers she may ruffle. With God on her side, there is no place for fear (1 John 4:18). When her sneak peek of her first book was released, there was a massive buzz around who might be the real life Bishop she fictionalized in the book. Though The Sun offered her an exclusive, she has NEVER named him publicly. She has shared her vision on the Wendy Williams’ syndicated radio show. She recently created a reality series about first ladies that caught the attention of VH1 and resulted in a pilot presentation.
At one time, Simpkins did 50-60 engagements a year, allowing herself to be an instrument of God in speaking hard truth and inspiration to audiences on tours throughout the Midwest, South and East Coast (New Jersey, Philly, NY and Baltimore). Spiritually refreshed and excited once more with the passion to speak her mind, Simpkins will return to the road once again this year to share her personal joys and struggles and to help people in need find Divine Direction. People have compared her preaching style and impact to top female evangelists like Joyce Meyer, Paula White and Juanita Bynum.
“We’re often bamboozled about what is truly important in life,” she adds, “and I feel that God has called me to reach out to women and let them know it’s all right to be open and vulnerable and above all honest about what they’re going through. I also love to help the many men who seek my counsel – but because of what I’ve been through and am going through, I feel I’ve been called to deal especially with women’s issues.”
As the author writes in the short novel’s introduction: “Often times our character or our integrity that will be slandered by those in their self-righteousness and judgmental standards of upholding their personal ministry aspirations based on their own goals and not of biblical or spiritual objectives. Who are they? “Ministers with White Collars & Black Secrets.” The characters in the book, from the charismatic Pastor Jared and Amanda (the ambitious woman he gives a “friendship ring” to) to the flamboyantly entertaining Mother Mango and the seemingly righteous but actually phony “wolf in sheep’s clothing” Minister June, are all based on folks at Simpkins’ home church – making her a lightning rod of controversy there and beyond.
“In the end,” she adds, “a relationship with God is not about playing games for your own gain, but a true commitment that involves perseverance and dedication. If you seek Him with your whole heart and mind, He promises to give you the desires of your heart. Get beyond the religious rules and church issues and in line with God and His Word and He will open doors – and maybe even answer some mysteries, and He has done many times in my life.”
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