Moore to read: Local author releases second book
Christian testimonial collection spawned from near-death illness
Many people experience that one moment in life that helps push them to do something out of their comfort zone and try something new.
For Rachel Moore that moment came when she survived a near-death illness.
Moore, local self-published author of two books, said she published her first book in November 2017, and her second book was just released.
“It is a Christian testimonial about things the Lord has taught me, and the lessons I have leaned through Him,” she said. “[The first book] is titled ‘Bounty from the Master’s Table,’ and the first story in that book is called ‘Saved for a Purpose.’”
In 2011, Moore fell ill and was on life support.
“The doctor told my husband I shouldn’t have survived, but I did,” she said. “They said they didn’t understand how I was surviving with a crushed heart and collapsed lung, but God helped me survive.
“The book started to develop from that and just kept going.”
Her second book, ‘Moore from Jesus’ was published in October 2019.
“It is an obvious play on words,” she said. “God is in the miracle-working business, and you will keep going, and He will keep helping you until He is ready to bring you home.
“No matter what the devil throws at you, God won’t give up on you.”
Moore is a member of MidSouth Writers group, which meets each Tuesday at the Sho-Me Plaza.
“They have really helped me thorough both of my books,” she said. “My editor is a freelance editor that is in that group. Growing up, I loved to write, but I gave up when someone told me I wasn’t a good writer.”
Moore said after she survived her illness and her divorce, she decided to give it another try.
“My books are a collection of short stories,” she said. “The new book has a scripture that goes with each chapter. People have used it as a devotional.”
The plan is to keep writing, Moore said.
“I don’t know if it will be the same or not,” she said. “I would like to try Christian fiction.”
The second book is dedicated to the memory of her nephew, who died in a drowning accident at 13 years old, and to her brother-in-law, for whom Moore became a nurse when he fell sick.
“The big stories in the second book are about my mom,” she said. “The first chapter is titled ‘Momma Tiger.’ She was really the catalyst for making this second book happen.”
Moore said her mom was her best friend and taught her she could do whatever she wanted to do, as long as she gave it to God.
“Mom was never afraid of what people thought about her, and that has helped me in my writing,” she said. “Her concern was her children, and she always did what was best for us.”
Overcoming such a negative reaction to her writing as a child, Moore said she had to learn to not be afraid to try.
“My one piece of advice would be, you can do it,” she said. “I did it, and no one else can tell you what you can’t do. A lot of people tell me now they wished they could write a book, too. I say, ‘You can do it.’”
Moore said her books will be on more shelves locally eventually, but as for now, they are on the shelves at Dumankos, a Christian thrift store near Purdy that she volunteers at, and at the Barry County Museum.
“I will be doing a book signing at the Sarcoxie Library on Feb. 6, from 5-7 p.m.,” she said. “I would love the opportunity to be more involved in the community locally by doing book events and signings as well as public speaking.”
For more information or to obtain a copy of either book, people may text Moore at 417-342-6535 or follow her author page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rachelmooreauthor.